Phoenix Suns veteran Chris Paul listed as “probable” on the team’s injury report for Game 3 against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
For the first time in more than a decade did the Phoenix Suns make the NBA postseason. Many reasons could be the factor for their regular-season success. However, no reason can be as major as the acquisition of veteran point guard Chris Paul on the team.
After the Devin Booker-led Suns went 8-0 in the Bubble last season, it was clear that this young team needed one right addition to make it a successful team. CP3 has been that answer for the Phoenix franchise. Behind the leadership of the 11-time All-Star, the team had an impressive 51-21 record. Clinching the 2nd seed in the playoffs, the determined Suns team face LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers as their first-round playoffs matchup.
For a team that lacks playoffs experience, Phoenix has been playing incredibly well. With the interesting series tied 1-1, the latest blow the Phoenix suffered was the shoulder injury sustained by their 36-year-old leader. Ever since Chris Paul went down in the second quarter of Game 1, he hasn’t been playing like himself. The important questions which every Phoenix fan must be asking would be – will Chris Paul be playing Game 3?
Chris Paul was shaken up after this play and headed to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/qvr79pSG1J
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 23, 2021
Phoenix Suns list Chris Paul as “probable” for Game 3 on their team’s injury report
Even though Chris Paul played 23 minutes in Game 2, it was pretty visible that the shoulder injury was annoying him. Coach Monty Williams had to even pull his star off the court during the last quarter. When asked about it, the coach of the year candidate said:
“Just looking at him. Holding his arm the way that he was holding it, I just couldn’t watch him run like that. He’s not able to make the passes he wants. He wasn’t even running the way that he ran and dribbled the ball this morning.”
According to Phoenix Suns’ team injury report, the 6-foot guard is listed as “probable”. While it isn’t 100% confirmed that Paul will be stepping on the hardwood, Suns fans will be breathing a sigh of relief to learn that Chris hasn’t been too severely injured.
REPORT: Chris Paul is now listed as *probable* for Game 3 tomorrow, via @AZSports
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 27, 2021
As the series now shifts to a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles, the Lakers will be hungry to grab some home wins while keeping their back-to-back title aspirations alive. If Paul does not make the floor, in-form Devin Booker will have to carry most of the offensive load. With the series tied 1-1, the rest of the Suns’ players will have to step up their game if they want to snatch a few wins from the defending champions at the enthusiastic Staples Center.