New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who leads all rookies in points, assists and steals, left the Hornets’ game against Portland on Friday night with a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss at least two weeks. Paul grabbed his right thumb and walked toward the Hornets bench after a basket by Portland’s Juan Dixon with 11:24 left in the third quarter. Early exit: Houston forward Juwan Howard was ejected from Friday night’s game against Toronto for shoving the Raptors’ Mike James in the face with the basketball. After James drove toward the basket and was fouled by Howard, he exchanged words with Howard, who approached James before shoving the ball into his face. James was restrained by his teammates. Both received a technical but Howard was also tossed. James said the incident inspired him, as he ended up with 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. “After that happened, something really clicked inside of me,” James said. “The only person I fear in my life is my heavyweight father. Besides that, I fear no man.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He ranks fourth all-time, trailing Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Wilt Chamberlain (78). Hughes out again: Cleveland guard Larry Hughes underwent surgery to repair his broken right middle finger and is expected to miss eight weeks. The Cavaliers knew that Hughes, 26, had a history of injuries when they signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in the offseason. Special care: Boston Celtics first-round draft pick Gerald Green, a 6-foot-8 swingman who has yet to appear in a regular-season game, will be sent to the NBA’s developmental league, head of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. Green, the 18th overall pick in the June draft out of Houston’s Gulf Shores Academy, will be assigned to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Patriots. Paul, the Hornets’ first-round draft pick, is averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game. For the record: New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd recorded the 69th triple-double of his career, which is more than that of 22 of the NBA’s teams.