Phoenix Suns star point guard Chris Paul has entered NBA health and safety protocol and is out indefinitely, jeopardizing his availability for the Western Conference finals, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. .
The league’s rules for isolation periods related to the coronavirus have evolved throughout the season in correlation with the increase in the number of vaccines. If Paul is already vaccinated against COVID-19, he could be facing a shorter absence.
Phoenix swept the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals and will face the Utah Jazz or LA Clippers in the Western Conference finals, which are scheduled to begin next week. Against the Nuggets, Paul, 36, averaged 25.5 points on 61.8% shooting, 58.3% from 3, 100% from the free throw line, plus a 41-to-5 ratio of assist to turnovers.
Athletic first reported Wednesday that Paul would be indefinitely sidelined as a result of entering the protocol.
This will be Paul’s second trip to the conference finals. In 2018, when he was a member of the Houston Rockets, he missed Games 6 and 7 due to a hamstring injury when Houston lost in seven games to the Golden State Warriors.
Information from ESPN’s Royce Young was used in this report.