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Suns’ Chris Paul ‘out indefinitely’ after entering NBA COVID protocols

JR Isaga
Suns’ Chris Paul ‘out indefinitely’ after entering NBA COVID protocols

TEAM LEADER. Veteran Chris Paul averages a double-double for the Suns.

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Chris Paul’s status for Game 1 of the Phoenix Suns’ Western Conference finals stint remains up in the air

In yet another concerning blow to the Phoenix Suns’ awe-inspiring playoff run, veteran floor general Chris Paul is now “out indefinitely” after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday, June 16, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

In his article, however, Charania noted that “depending on the medical circumstance, an isolation period could be shorter for a vaccinated individual.”

This means that the 36-year-old Paul may not miss significant time after the Suns swept the Denver Nuggets with new MVP Nikola Jokic in the Western Conference semifinals. However, his status for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is up in the air.

Right now, Paul and the Suns have at least four to five days to reevaluate since the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers are still tied 2-2 on the other side of the West bracket, meaning that the series will need at least two more games with a day of rest each in between.

If the Jazz-Clippers series reaches seven games, the West finals will likely start on Tuesday, June 22 (Wednesday, June 23, Manila time), giving Paul a full week to pass tests and be cleared to play again.

Paul the “Point God” is coming off a video game-like series against Denver, where he averaged 25.5 points, 10.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals on dreamlike splits of 63% shooting, 75% from three, and a perfect 100% from the line.

In his previous series against the former champion Los Angeles Lakers, Paul battled through a nagging shoulder injury, and played as a fourth or fifth option behind Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and reserve guard Cam Payne. –