The Phoenix Suns had the best record in the NBA during the All-Star break, with a 48-10 record and a 6.5-game lead over the Western Conference’s 2-seed. On Sunday evening, just before the All-Star Game, the team revealed some information that could jeopardize their chances of retaining the top seed in the Western Conference.
The Suns announced that Chris Paul’s right thumb has an avulsion fracture, which will keep him out for 6-8 weeks, just one day after he intimated that a thumb injury would force him to miss time. The injury occurred during the team’s pre-All-Star break game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Despite his injuries, Paul intends to play on the court for a short period of time while in Cleveland. “Chris Paul is going to try to play a couple of minutes tonight, get maybe an honorary assist or two,” TNT’s Allie LaForce says.
If Paul misses the earlier part of that timeline, he’ll return around the first week of April, just as the Suns begin their postseason drive. The final regular-season game for Phoenix is on April 10, and the NBA playoffs will begin six days later.