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Chris Paul Likely Returning Tonight: NBA World Reacts

Chris Paul on the court for the Suns.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 11: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half in Game Three of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

When Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul fractured his thumb in February, the initial prognosis was a 6-to-8 week injury.

However, after sitting out just over a month, Paul is listed as probable to return tonight against the Denver Nuggets. In total, he missed only 15 games and made it back in plenty of time for the playoffs.

At 59-14, the Suns are already cruising to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They went 11-4 without Paul in the lineup, and getting the future Hall of Famer back can only help them prepare to defend their conference title.

As Paul gets ready to come back, the NBA world tried to quantify what his return means for the Suns.

Prior to getting hurt, CP3 was averaging 14.9 points and 10.7 assists per game in 58 outings. That's the highest assist average he's posted since 2013-14.

Hopefully for his and the Suns sake, this is the last injury he has to deal with this season and in the playoffs.