The Phoenix Suns were dealt with quite the brutal blow after Chris Paul was ruled out for the rest of Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to the Suns’ update on Twitter, Paul is dealing with a right heel soreness, forcing him to call it a night after just 14 minutes of play. He exited the contest with just two points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Prior to his exit, Paul was seen tripping off the foot of a Sixers defender. He was then spotted hobbling when checking out and didn’t return to the bench afterwards.
This was Chris Paul trying to navigate around a screen shortly before checking out of the game in the mid-second quarter. Was hobbling a bit off that right foot and wasn’t on the bench after coming out. pic.twitter.com/wj0SEeUFyN
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) November 8, 2022
The severity of Chris Paul’s injury has yet to be known, though it is definitely concerning that he was unable to return to the bench. Of course it remains possible that shutting him down was just a precautionary measure to prevent worsening his injury.
Hopefully, though, Paul’s latest setback won’t sideline him in their upcoming games. His absence will be a brutal blow to the Suns, who are already dealing with a potentially season-ending injury to Cam Johnson.
Prior to Monday’s game, CP3 is averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game. He is also tallying 1.7 steals on just 1.4 turnovers as he provides stability on the Suns’ backcourt.
If Paul ends up missing games because of the issue, Cameron Payne will need to step up and fill the void the Point God leaves in the backcourt. Devin Booker might also have to spend more minutes handling the rock and creating plays for his teammates while leading the team offensively.