Despite missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Chris Paul’s services weren’t needed as the Phoenix Suns went 2-0 against the Los Angeles Clippers. But will he at least be available for Game 3 tonight?
It looks like he will be. On Thursday, the Suns announced that Paul is officially “available” after going through the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.
Paul has been in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols since last Wednesday. He was initially going to be sidelined for “an indefinite period of time.”
Fans were understandably worried when Paul was first sidelined. In the Western Conference Semifinals, Paul averaged 25.5 points and 10.3 assists per game. He played a huge part in the Suns sweeping the No. 3 seeded Denver Nuggets.
Health Update | Game 3:
Chris Paul: AVAILABLE – Health and Safety Protocols pic.twitter.com/B8kISeE81y
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 24, 2021
Fortunately for the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton immediately picked up the slack in the absence of Chris Paul. Booker had 40 points and 11 assists in their Game 1 win over the Clippers. In Game 2, Ayton took control, recording 24 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-103 win.
Adding Chris Paul should only multiply the Suns’ odds of winning the series – especially as Kawhi Leonard recovers from a knee injury.
In his storied NBA career, Chris Paul has never appeared in the NBA Finals. But he’s never been closer to getting there than he is right now.
What kind of an impact will he make now that he’s available for Game 3?