PHOENIX SUNS

Report: Suns expect Chris Paul to miss Games 3-5 with left groin strain

May 2, 2023, 4:19 PM | Updated: 8:11 pm

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Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Suns point guard Chris Paul suffered a groin injury on Monday against the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix is preparing to be without him for Games 3-5, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Charania adds that Paul is expected to be re-evaluated in a week after getting an MRI on his groin on Tuesday.

The Suns also announced on Tuesday night that Paul is considered day-to-day with a left groin strain.

Paul suffered the injury in the third quarter of a 97-87 loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, and Phoenix now finds itself down 2-0 and needing to find a way to extend its postseason without its floor general.

“He couldn’t push off of it or anything,” Suns head coach Monty Williams told reporters on Monday after the game. “We’re not quite sure what it is right now, but it seems to be something in the groin area.”

With five minutes left to play in the third quarter, Paul was seen holding his groin area and walking toward the bench after boxing out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who recorded an offensive rebound on the play before scoring.

Paul, who turns 38 on Saturday, was up to eight points and six assists in just over 25 minutes of action before exiting with the injury.

Luckily for Paul and the Suns, the point guard will have few extra days to recover. Game 3 in Phoenix won’t tip off until Friday night.

“I mean, it’s an unfortunate event, obviously,” Suns guard Devin Booker said. “I don’t know what it is yet. I haven’t really got to talk to him, but all we can do is hope he has a speedy recovery. We’re going to be behind him. We’re going to hold it down while he’s out or if he’s out. We’ll just take it from there.”

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