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Chris Paul’s absence gets brutally honest take from Suns coach Monty Williams

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When Chris Paul was ruled out for the Phoenix Suns due to a fractured right thumb, Devin Booker found a silver lining in it. At age 36, the Point God could really use the extra rest he gets from the recovery period to get a fresh set of legs come playoff time. However, if you’re going to ask head coach Monty Williams, he wants his veteran guard to come back soon.

Williams admitted as much on Sunday ahead of their showdown with the Sacramento Kings. The Suns coach emphasized that he still has no timetable for return for CP3, but he did confirm that the playmaker is doing more and more in his recovery.

“I’d rather have him back sooner than later,” Williams said, per Duane Rankin of AZ Central.

It is easy to see where Monty Williams is coming from. While it is great that Chris Paul is getting some much-needed rest, it will be hard for him if he returns right before the playoffs. The truth is he needs to play at least a few games in this last stretch of the regular season to shake off the rust and get him back into game shape.

With that said, it’ll definitely be better if he returns sooner rather than later with just 10 games left for Phoenix after Sunday’s contest. The Suns already have a playoff spot clinched, so there won’t be a ton of pressure for Paul to perform at his best when he returns.

Hopefully, Paul comes back soon and works his way back to full health. The Suns need him to be ready for the postseason, and that doesn’t mean simply being available.