REPORT: Suns star Chris Paul’s official status for Game 2 vs Clippers
It’s official. The Phoenix Suns have just confirmed the status of superstar point guard Chris Paul for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers, and it will likely have a significant impact not only in this game, but potentially for the entire series.
As reported by team insider Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints, the Suns have just confirmed that Paul has officially been ruled out for Tuesday’s Game 2 bout due to the league’s health and safety protocols:
Chris Paul remains OUT for Game 2 vs. the Clippers. due to health and safety protocols. #Suns
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 22, 2021
Not long after the Suns completed a majestic sweep of the Denver Nuggets in the second round, news broke that CP3 tested positive for COVID-19. The All-Star point guard missed Phoenix’s Game 1 win over the Clippers on Sunday, but there was some optimism about a potential return for Game 2.
It was earlier reported that Paul has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 and that his recovery was going well. However, it was not clearly stated if he had actually already returned a negative test result. Whatever the case may be, the Suns superstar has failed to recover in time for Game 2, and Phoenix will need to face the Clippers again without their primary playmaker.
It is worth noting that Kawhi Leonard, who also missed Game 1 due to a knee injury, has likewise been ruled out for Game 2 as well. The two-time Finals MVP has no official timetable to return, and much like the Suns, the Clippers are also going to navigate the next game/s without one of the most important players on their squad.