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Breaking: Suns PG Chris Paul Reportedly Enters Protocols, Out Indefinitely

Chris Paul during a Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns game.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JANUARY 23: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during overtime of the NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns Arena on January 23, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nuggets defeated the Suns 120-112. . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Just days after securing a trip to the Western Conference Finals, Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has reportedly entered NBA COVID-19 protocols.

Paul is out indefinitely, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. This leaves his availability for the start of the Western Conference Finals in doubt.

"Depending on the medical circumstance, an isolation period could be shorter for a vaccinated individual," Charania writes.

The Suns swept the Denver Nuggets in four games to earn their first WCF berth in 11 years. They await the winner of the Utah Jazz-Los Angeles Clippers series.

It seems that the length of Paul's absence will be determined by the type of exposure he had and his vaccination status. Looking ahead, the Jazz-Clippers series is going at least six games, with Game 5 tonight and Game 6 scheduled for Friday.

If the two teams have to play a Game 7, it will be held Sunday. The NBA has not released the official schedule for the Western Conference Finals yet.

The 36-year-old Paul averaged 16.4 points, 8.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds this season, finishing fifth in league MVP voting. He's averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game in the postseason.

We'll update you on this story as more info becomes available.