Paul finished with 26 points (11-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, two rebounds and a steal across 39 minutes in Tuesday's season-ending Game 6 loss against the Bucks.
Paul fell short in his quest for a ring once again despite being the Suns' best and most consistent player during the entire Finals run. Though he committed multiple turnovers for the fourth time in his last five games, he also surpassed the 20-point mark for the third time in that span. Paul averaged 21.8 points, 8.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game during the Finals.
Paul totaled 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-3 3Pt), 11 assists, two rebounds and a blocked shot over 35 minutes in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks.
Paul bounced back from a quiet 10-point effort in Game 4 with his first double-double of the series, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Bucks from grabbing the win and a 3-2 series lead. The veteran point guard has played well overall during his first trip to the Finals, posting per-game averages of 21.0 points and 8.8 assists while shooting 54.3 percent from the field (including 52.4 percent from deep). With Phoenix facing an elimination game Tuesday, Paul's leadership at the point could be key if the team is to force a Game 7.
Paul finished Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks with just 10 points (5-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven assists and four rebounds in 37 minutes.
The Bucks were able to completely take Paul out of the game, limiting him to only 13 field-goal attempts without a single trip to the free-throw line. The veteran guard committed five turnovers, the final of which essentially sealed the game for Milwaukee. With under 35 seconds to play, Paul attempted to drive to the rim but fell over and lost control of the ball, which ended up in the hands of Jrue Holiday, who pushed it ahead to Khris Middleton for a layup that put the Bucks up by four with 27.2 seconds remaining. It was certainly a night to forget for Paul, who's quietly averaging 5.3 turnovers per game in the Finals, but he'll have a chance to bounce back at home when the series shifts back to Phoenix on Saturday night. Prior to Wednesday, Paul had averaged 24.7 points, 8.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds through the first three games.
Paul finished with 23 points (10-20 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and a steal across 41 minutes in Thursday's win over the Bucks.
Paul reached the 20-point mark for the fourth straight game and ended just two assists away from putting up a double-double. He's been extremely consistent since returning from his absence due to COVID-19, scoring at least 15 points and dishing out at least seven assists in each of his last six appearances. He's averaging 25.2 points and 8.7 assists while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range in that span.
Paul totaled 32 points (12-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 118-103 victory over the Bucks.
Playing in his first Finals game, Paul showed why he is held in such elite company, controlling the flow of the game from start to finish. After a somewhat passive start to the game, Paul made the necessary adjustments on offense, seizing control and powering the Suns to an impressive Game 1 victory. He did appear to be in some discomfort with a wrist injury and was seen having it attended to by the medical staff. While there is no indication he will miss time, it is simply something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Paul amassed 41 points (16-24 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 130-103 victory over the Clippers.
Paul was clinical as the Suns dismantled the Clippers to advance to the NBA Finals. The veteran was simply on fire, tying his playoff career high in scoring, including 31 points in the second half. Age seems to be merely a number for Paul, who appears to be thriving alongside his younger teammates. This will be his first NBA Finals, and given what we have seen thus far, there is no reason to think the fairytale will stop here.
Paul registered 22 points (8-19 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight assists and three rebounds in 35 minutes during Monday's 116-102 loss to the Clippers.
The 36-year-old got back on track Monday after shooting just 26.8 percent over his first two games of the series, hitting eight of 19 shots. Since returning from a two-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols, Paul is averaging 18.3 points, 9.0 assists and 1.3 steals over his last three games. The 16-year veteran will look to help the Suns bounce back and punch their ticket to the NBA Finals in Game 6 on Wednesday.
Paul mustered 18 points (6-22 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal across 37 minutes in Saturday's win over the Clippers.
Paul didn't have a good shooting performance for the second straight game and was unable to deliver a double-double as he did in Game 3, but he still posted decent numbers across the board. Through 12 games in the playoffs, the veteran floor general is averaging 15.8 points, 8.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Paul contributed 15 points (5-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 assists, three steals and two rebounds across 39 minutes in Thursday's loss against the Clippers.
Paul finally returned for Game 3 of the series. While his numbers looked good on the surface -- he delivered double-digit assists for the fourth time over his last six games and has three double-doubles in that stretch -- his shot was a bit off, and the Suns didn't look like the same team that won the first two games of the series. Paul's performance wasn't an off night by any means, though, and he's expected to remain as the starting floor general going forward since he doesn't have any minute-related restrictions following his two-game absence due to COVID-19.
Paul (COVID-19 protocols) has no minute restrictions for Game 3 against the Clippers on Thursday, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Coming off the coronavirus, Paul appears ready for a full workload as the Western Conference Finals shift to Los Angeles. In the sweep against Denver in the previous round, the 36-year-old saw an average of 35.7 minutes per game, while posting 25.5 points, 10.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 triples per game.
Paul (COVID-19 protocols) is officially listed as available for Thursday's Game 3 against the Clippers.
As expected, Paul will be making his return after missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals due to contracting the coronavirus. The news has resulted in the Suns, who are up 2-0, being slight favorites for their first road game of the series. Paul's performance in Round 2 during the sweep of the Nuggets was exceptional, as the veteran averaged 25.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 62.7 percent from the field, 75.0 percent from three and 100 percent from the charity stripe.
Paul (COVID-19 protocols) intends to make his return for Thursday's Game 3 against the Clippers and is officially considered probable, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Paul passed a cardio exam Wednesday morning, which was the final step in clearing the NBA's health and safety protocols. So, barring an unforeseen setback, Paul will make his series debut Thursday. The star point guard was dominant during the Round 2 sweep of the Nuggets, as he averaged 25.5 points, 10.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 36.0 minutes. There hasn't been any word of a minutes limit for his return.
There is optimism from the Suns that Paul (COVID-19) could make his return for Thursday's Game 3 against the Clippers, Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report.
Tuesday marked the sixth day Paul was in isolation because of COVID-19-related mandates. During most of the regular season, players were required to quarantine for at least 10 days, but vaccinated players operate on a different standard, making it possible for the reportedly vaccinated Paul to return as soon as Thursday. If Paul is cleared, it's not clear if he'll be 100 percent for Game 3. There haven't been any updates regarding how he's handling the illness.
Paul (COVID-19 protocols) will not play in Game 2 against the Clippers on Tuesday.
Paul will continue to be sidelined to start the Western Conference Finals as he remains in the league's health and safety protocols. The 36-year-old point guard isn't exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, but it looks like the earliest he could return would be Game 3 in Los Angeles on Thursday. Devin Booker will likely take on a heavier playmaking workload in Game 2, while Cameron Payne could slide in for another start.
Paul remains in the league's COVID-19 protocols but is symptom-free while quarantining in Los Angeles, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. The Suns remain hopeful that he'll clear the health and safety protocols at some point early in their Western Conference Finals series with the Clippers.
While the fact that Paul isn't exhibiting symptoms is an excellent sign, it remains unclear just how long he'll have to remain quarantined before he's allowed to rejoin the team. Paul tested positive for COVID-19 during the gap between the Western Conference Semifinals and Finals and was held out of Sunday's Game 1 against the Clippers, which the Suns were able to win without him behind a 40-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double from Devin Booker. When asked about Paul's outlook Sunday, coach Monty Williams didn't offer many details. "It's just a day-to-day thing with him right now," Williams said postgame. "I probably drive the people here crazy with that, but that's the way it is. We're hopeful that any day now we hear he can ramp up and get back with us. But right now, he's in the protocol." For now, Paul should be considered very much questionable for Tuesday's Game 2.
Paul (COVID-19) will not play in Sunday's Game 1 against the Clippers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The veteran point guard tested positive for COVID-19, and he'll be forced to sit out the start of the Western Conference Finals. There haven't been any updates regarding his condition. In Paul's stead, Cameron Payne, Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig are candidates to see increased usage.
Paul (COVID-19) remains in health and safety protocols as of Saturday, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Clippers is Sunday.
At this point, it seems unlikely Paul will be available for Game 1, as there's not much information available aside from the fact that he's still in protocols. If that's the case, Cameron Payne figures to draw the start, while Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig could also see increased minutes.
Paul (COVID-19) has not re-joined the team as of Friday, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
This is essentially an update to clarify that there is no update, and it remains unclear when exactly Paul might be available to play. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski displayed some optimism on the show Get Up when he noted that there would be a chance Paul misses just one game of the Western Conference Finals. That scenario would be made more likely if Friday's game between the Jazz and Clippers results in a Utah win, forcing a Game 7 and pushing back the start of the next round.
Paul (COVID-19) will be re-evaluated Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Paul was placed in protocols Wednesday due to a positive test. It's not immediately clear how long he'll be sidelined, with more information possible coming Saturday. If the Jazz can force a Game 7 against the Clippers, that will push back the start date of the Western Conference Finals, which would be ideal for Paul and the Suns. However, there seems to be a realistic chance the point guard misses at least Game 1 of the next series.
Paul was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocol Wednesday due to a positive COVID-19 test, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news earlier Wednesday that Paul entered the health and safety protocol, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the point guard tested positive for the virus, or was a close contact of an infected persons or persons. With Paul confirmed to have tested positive, he'll now have to complete an isolation period, though the 36-year-old may be in line for a shorter absence after having previously received the Pfizer vaccine in February, according to Gambadoro. At this time, it's unknown if Paul has experienced any symptoms of the coronavirus, making it uncertain if he'll be available for the Suns' Game 1 matchup with either the Jazz or Clippers in the Western Conference Finals. The Jazz-Clippers semifinals series is currently tied 2-2, with Game 7 of the series set to come Sunday, if necessary.
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