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NBA Announces Punishment For Chris Paul's Kick

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)

During Game 5 between the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Paul delivered a low blow to Jose Alvarado. On Thursday, the league announced a ruling on this play.

Paul has been officially assessed a flagrant foul for kicking Alvarado in Game 5.

"Chris Paul (PHX) has been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league review for his contact against Jose Alvarado (NOP) at 4:35 of the 2nd quarter on 4/26/22," the NBA announced.

This flagrant foul could be the NBA's way of issuing a warning to Paul before Game 6. However, it doesn't change the results of Tuesday night's game.

Paul finished Game 5 with 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

Throughout the Pelicans-Suns series, Alvarado has been closely guarding Paul.

Judging by Paul's recent actions, he was frustrated by Alvarado's tight defense. That being said, he'll need to stay calm and collected in Game 6 if he wants to stay on the court.

Tipoff for Game 6 between the Pelicans and Suns is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.