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Suns PG Chris Paul’s absence forcing Monty Williams’ hand to make key adjustment vs. Clippers

Monty Williams, Chris Paul, Clippers, Suns

Not having Chris Paul for the start of the Western Conference finals is a huge bummer for Monty Williams and the Phoenix Suns, to say the least. Paul is virtually an irreplaceable asset for the Suns, but with the Point God
out of commission because of health and safety protocols reasons, Williams knows he will have a whole lot of coaching to do, at least in Game 1 of the series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Via Andrew Greif of The Los Angeles Times:

Monty Williams says he may have to manage the team’s play calls more than usual because of Chris Paul’s absence. “You can’t fill Chris’s shoes. … we’re not going to boo hoo because they’re without Kawhi and Serge.”

Even without Chris Paul, the Suns remain a formidable opponent for the Clippers. For one, Phoenix is well-rested after sweeping the Denver Nuggets in the second round, while Los Angeles has just finished taking care of its business in the conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz.

Monty Williams will look more for the duo of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton to carry most of the load for the Suns while Paul is out. Ayton could be the biggest factor for the Suns against the Clippers, who did not have to contend with an offensive-minded big man in the Jazz series.