The Clippers said Sunday that Paul suffered a nasal fracture in the first quarter of the team's game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and will wear a similar clear mask to the one Bryant has worn since Dwyane Wade fractured Bryant's nose in the NBA All-Star Game.
"It was my first time wearing one," Paul said of his protective mask. "I found out after the game in San Antonio that I'd probably have to wear one. It's the first time I've ever been hit in my nose, so it's a first time for everything. It's different, but it doesn't inhibit anything."
Paul finished with 23 points and five assists against the Warriors on Sunday night, but couldn't mask his disappointment over the Clippers' foul-line futility. Los Angeles missed 16 of 35 foul shots.
"That's the real story of this. We beat ourselves," Paul said. "The bad part of it is how we started out. We dug ourselves our own hole. We were getting a lot of open shots, but at some point, you can't hope they miss. You've got to make yours."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.