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Report: Suns' Chris Paul to enter COVID-19 protocols, status for Western Conference finals uncertain
Suns PG Chris Paul, who has been a key piece in the team's rise to the Western Conference finals, but he may miss extended time in the series.
Though the Phoenix Suns rolled into the Western Conference finals, they apparently will start the series shorthanded.
According to The Athletic, point guard Chris Paul will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time as he is entering the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Paul, 36, has been a standout for Phoenix this season and in the playoffs, averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game in the postseason.
It is unclear if Paul is vaccinated against COVID-19 or if he tested positive for the virus or was merely a close contact of an infected person, but The Athletic also reported that a potential isolation period could be shorter for a vaccinated person.
“We’ll address that when it comes as far as a union and players,” Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association, said of vaccines in December. “But when it comes to all different types of vaccines, a lot of that stuff is personal.”
The Suns swept the Denver Nuggets and await the winner of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz series, which is tied at 2-2.
If the Clippers-Jazz series ends in six games, the Western Conference finals will begin on Sunday. If the series goes to a Game 7, the conference finals will begin Tuesday.