VIDEO: Chris Paul writhing in pain with apparent shoulder injury vs. Lakers
The contact looked to be between Paul and his Suns teammate Cam Johnson, who grazed the point guard as he was turning his back.
Watch the clip below to see for yourself:
Here's the play where Chris Paul was injured:pic.twitter.com/f3au1wuux4
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 23, 2021
The Suns All-Star was escorted to the locker room and even got some well-wishes from his good buddy, Lakers star LeBron James.
But in true Chris Paul fashion, the Suns got the point guard back just a few moments later. The veteran had escaped any serious injury, as he was diagnosed with a right shoulder contusion. This was reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Official diagnosis on Chris Paul: Right shoulder contusion. He's back. https://t.co/DAFrh9Mmfe
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 23, 2021
Phoenix can’t afford to lose Paul for any stretch of this series, as they’ve been deemed underdogs despite owning the much higher seed and home-court advantage. Suns fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their point guard is healthy enough to reenter the game without even waiting for the halftime break.
The Lakers know better than to take the Suns for granted, especially with Chris Paul leading the way.