The Phoenix Suns are in a must-win situation in Game 4 against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. With Chris Paul clearly bothered by a shoulder injury, his status for Game 4 was in doubt after he played limited minutes and kept nagging at the injured shoulder in Game 3. However, Paul will be good to go for Game 4, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Suns guard Chris Paul (shoulder) will play in Game 4 vs. Lakers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 30, 2021
Paul has been a sensation for Phoenix all season after coming over in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Suns snagged the 2-seed in the Western Conference, although a first-round draw with LeBron James and Anthony Davis and the defending NBA champions was certainly a bit of unfortunate luck.
The Suns stole Game 1 but the Lakers responded with back-to-back wins, and Phoenix definitely needs Chris Paul in some fashion if they want any shot of moving on to the next round.
For the Lakers, Davis and James are clearly hobbled by their respective injuries, although Davis was cleared to play for Game 4, to the surprise of nobody.
Still, the question remains about how many minutes Paul can play and how effective he can be running the offense as the Suns aim for a way to even the series and head back to Phoenix at 2-2.