The Western Conference semi-final series between the Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets was a back-and forth affair. The Suns have tied the series at 2-2 after a 2-0 deficit. The Suns have done it without Chris Paul, their star point guard who has been sidelined with a groin problem since Game 3.
Paul sustained his injury during the third quarter of the Game 2 of the Nuggets series. Paul and Nuggets Kentavious Cadwell-Pope got tangled while competing for a rebound with about four and half minutes left in the quarter. Paul was forced to leave the game after he injured his groin. He did not return to court after leaving the game.
Paul’s initial MRI scan suggested the same and indicated that he would be out of Games 3-5. The latest update from his franchise says he will not play Game 5 against Nuggets. Paul’s MRI scan suggested the same thing and that he would miss Games 3-5. Suns’ equalizing of the series has eased some pressure, but such news is still a cause for concern.
Paul’s absence in the series indicates that the Suns are facing even more trouble. Paul may not be at his peak, but he is still an important member of the team. Paul, 37, is a key contributor to the Suns’ success in the postseason. He averaged 12.4, five rebounds and 7.4 assist and shot 41.8% on the field.
Chris Paul to miss Nuggets Game 5
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of Paul, even though the Suns won both games against the Nuggets without him. In his third season with the team, he has led the squad to the NBA Finals 2021. The Suns have had trouble with ball movement. Losing their point guard was a bad sign. Paul was a facilitator of other stars in the team, such as Kevin Durant and Devin Booker.
The Suns must continue to cope with his absence, and face a monster in Nikola Jokic who scored a career high 53 points in Phoenix in Game 4. Kevin Durant, and Devin Booker were able to carry the load for their team and secure victories. These wins, even if they are not the most beautiful, with very close margins at the end, still count.
Tomorrow, the Suns will play the Nuggets in Game 5. You can watch the game and find out who finally breaks the gridlock to win the series.