Phoenix veteran point guard Chris Paul is ‘out’ indefinitely due to an apparent violation of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. It is unclear how long he’ll be out and how many games he could miss. The team will update his status this Saturday, according to statement released by the team this morning.
The Suns completed a four-game sweep of Denver on Sunday night and await the winner of the Utah-Los Angeles series in the Western Conference finals.
Paul led the Suns to their first postseason appearance in a decade and the No. 2 seed in the West in his first year with the franchise. During 70 regular-season games, Paul averaged 16.4 points, 8.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
The Wake Forest University product shot a career-best 93.4 percent from the free-throw line and also buried 49.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and 39.5 percent of his launches from 3-point land.
Paul was sensational in Game 4 at Denver this past Saturday, scoring 37 points to go with seven assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals. He made 14-of-19 FGAs and all nine of his attempts from the FT line.
When Paul injured his shoulder in Game 1 of the opening round vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, it appeared as if his postseason run of bad luck would continue. However, the Suns upset the Lakers in Game 4 at Staples Center and then L.A. star Anthony Davis suffered a groin injury in Game 5.
Phoenix went on to win the series in six games.
When Paul was with the Clippers earlier in his career, he broke his thumb in the West semifinals and they lost that series. When he was with Houston several years ago and it had a 3-2 lead over Golden State in the West finals, an injury to Paul caused him to miss Games 6 and 7 and the Rockets were ousted.
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past several days thinking and mentioning how happy I am for Paul with the way this postseason has turned out, especially with the Jazz and Clippers slugging it out while Paul’s Suns are chilling and awaiting the winner.
But now this. Obviously, Phoenix will be rooting for the Jazz and Clippers to go the distance and need seven games to determine a winner. For now, we aren’t sure how long Paul will be out or when Game 1 of the West finals will be played.
Nevertheless, it appears to be another bad break for him. Hopefully he won’t miss much time. We shall see.