Phoenix Suns Point guard Chris Paul will be re-evaluated in a week and likely won’t be available until a potential Game 6 with the Denver Nuggets, The Athletic reported.
A left groin injury eliminated Paul from Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in Denver on Monday night.
Phoenix trailed the best-of-seven series 2-0 in a 97-87 loss to the Nuggets on Monday night, finishing the game without Paul in the game — or at the arena — due to the injury. .
The good news for Paul and the Suns could be the longest layoff in the series schedule. Game 3 is Friday in Phoenix, a day before Paul’s 38th birthday
“We don’t know exactly what it is at the moment,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said
Cameron Payne would likely replace Paul with Devin Booker taking on more point guard responsibilities if the Suns do not have their main point guard for game 3
Phoenix’s concern was that Paul couldn’t push his left leg at all on Monday night when he left the game, according to Williams, which limited occasional movement and all but obliterated any explosive outbursts with the ball.
The 12-time All-Star came out with 4:32 left in the third quarter after tangling with Denver’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while trying to get rebound positioning. Paul quickly grabbed his groin area as he came down.
Paul, in his 18th NBA season, finished the night with eight points, six assists and five rebounds in 25 minutes.
In Phoenix’s five-game win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, Paul averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
He played in 59 games during the regular season, collecting 13.9 points, 8.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Paul’s major playoff appearances have been hampered by injuries in the past. He injured his right hamstring with the Houston Rockets leading the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, and wrist and finger injuries slowed him down against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Finals. of the NBA 2021 with the Suns