The Phoenix Suns haven't let go of their firm hold of the NBA's best record even with Chris Paul being sidelined. He was diagnosed with a thumb fracture during All-Star weekend and was sidelined for 15 games. After missing a sizeable chunk of the season, he is ready to return.
The Suns officially annoucned that Paul is listed as probable for their game against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 24, 2022
Paul was reportedly close to being back yesterday. His recovery timeline has been the best-case scenario, as he returns just in time to get ready for the postseason. With nine games left in the regular season, Paul will work out the kinks as he and the Suns look to finish what they started last season. He is averaging 14.9 points, 10.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 33.0 minutes.
During the 15 games that Paul missed, the Suns posted a record of 11-4. The team hardly looked like it slowed down after losing their veteran star thanks to their great depth. Still, adding Paull back will be a big boost. His playmaking is hugely impactful, as he ranks second in the league in total assists even as he missed 15 games.
The Suns, at 59-14, have a comfortable lead in the standings. With Paul coming back to set up shots for Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and the rest of the fellas, they should head into the playoffs with tons of confidence and momentum.