When will Chris Paul Return? A Timeline of His Injury and Latest Updates

Published 06/21/2021, 1:35 AM EDT
May 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The Western Conference Finals is seeing some old and new faces. The Phoenix Suns have made it to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2010 and the LA Clippers for the first time in franchise history. However, the two entered their first game of the series shorthanded with both teams missing their future Hall of Famers, Kawhi Leonard, and Chris Paul.

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But the Suns’ Chris Paul isn’t a victim of this season’s injury plague, but of the COVID-19 virus instead, that has left the world rattled since 2020. So when will Phoenix see their veteran superstar return to the lineup?

When was Chris Paul put into isolation?

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Thankfully, the Suns suffered no consequences in Paul’s absence. Devin Booker’s incredible career-first triple-double sealed their first victory against the LA Clippers. But what we do know is that the Phoenix Suns are a much better team when Chris is on the floor, and they will definitely need his leadership as the series moves further.

Paul was first reported as COVID positive on June 16 and Shams Charania had posted that he would be sidelined for an indefinite amount of time. At first, his status for Game 1 against the Clippers was up in the air.

But on June 20, Shams reported that he would remain out. This did not come as a surprise because Paul was still under the league’s health and safety protocols, with no definite timeline on his return.

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When will Paul return to the Phoenix Suns lineup?

It wasn’t until after Game 1 that Suns’ coach Monty Williams declared Chris as “day-to-day”, and his presence for Game 2 is still uncertain. This may be because vaccinated players have a shorter isolation period, and Paul was apparently among the several other players who got their vaccine back in February.

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So far, the Suns seem to have it handled. Devin Booker was absolutely incredible in their first game as he finished with a whopping 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.

If Booker alone can give Phoenix this crucial lead, imagine what the Suns can achieve with Paul on the court with them. It is a wait-and-watch situation for Chris. But it seems like his return isn’t that far away and if he comes back with the same form, the Clippers could be in trouble.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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