God’s point is back.
According to Chris Hines of Yahoo Sports, veteran point guard Chris Paul plans to return to the Phoenix Suns starting in the fifth after he missed the first two games of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers due to health and safety protocols.
Paul, who missed only two games in the regular season due to injury, has faced his share of playoff misfortunes. After injuring his shoulder against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the floor general tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.
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Fortunately for Phoenix fans, the Suns were excellent even without Paul, jumping into the 2-0 series against the Clippers – including dunking Dunk by hitting the bell from DeAndre Ayton to win Game 2.
One of the main reasons the Suns continued to win was the excellent play of reserve goalkeeper Cameron Payne, who scored 29 points and 9 assists in Game 2 and averaged 20.0 points and 9.0 assists per game in the series.
With that said, the impact of Paul’s return would be enormous.
The 36-year-old general excelled in Phoenix surrounded by a small core.
Paul, averaging 16.4 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.5 rebounds this season, has been better in the playoffs averaging 25.5 points, 10.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game in the Suns’ semifinals to sweep the Denver Nuggets.
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Furthermore, Suns head coach Monty Williams noted that although Paul missed about a week of playing time and conditioning, Suns is unlikely to give him an exact limitation.
“We don’t have the luxury of waiting for anyone right now. These games are very important. Every exercise, every movie session,” Williams said. “We will definitely see where it is when that time comes, but it’s hard to make that judgment just because COVID is so different. You have COVID and the playoffs, do you know what I mean? It’s not COVID and normal season.
“I’m sure if I tried to take Chris out of the game, we’d have to stand up and move on. So we’ll just make that assessment when the time comes,” he continued.