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Suns PG Chris Paul on verge of stunning early return from thumb injury

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The Phoenix Suns took a big blow in February when it was revealed that star point guard Chris Paul suffered a thumb fracture that would keep him out for several weeks. The initial timetable was that he will be out for at least until the first week of April, but it appears that there’s a chance that he could return earlier  — way earlier.

Via Sam Amick of The Athletic:

As if all that good news wasn’t enough, there’s this, too: Sources say Paul, whose team-issued timetable of six to eight weeks on Feb. 20 would have slated his earliest return date for April 3, is likely to return even sooner. Some sources close to the situation wouldn’t even rule out a Paul return for Wednesday’s game at Minnesota, but these coming days will be key in determining the exact timing of it all.

That’s incredible news for Suns fans, though, Phoenix can still practice caution and let Paul rest up some more even if it seems that he’s close to being game-ready. For one, the Suns are sitting comfortably atop the rest of the teams in the Western Conference. At the moment, they are nine games ahead of everyone in the conference. Plus, it the Suns have been handling their business quite effectively during his absence.

In the 14 games that Paul has missed thus far due to his hand injury, the Suns have gone 10-4 and have not even lost consecutively during that stretch. They are even on a five-game win streak, heading to Wednesday’s road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.