Except for a counter-attack before Thursday night, Suns point guard Chris Paul intends to return to action for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
A report late Tuesday evening indicated that the Suns were optimistic that Paul – who has been on NBA health and safety protocols since the beginning of last week after testing positive for COVID-19 – would be released for Game 3.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 announced earlier Wednesday (via Twitter) that Paul would have to go through a process that includes a mini-physical and cardiac screening for myocarditis before receiving medical authorization. The Haynes report suggests that CP3 took this step. Sources tell Yahoo Sports that the tipping point passed a cardio exam Wednesday morning, which Haynes says was the last step in canceling the protocols.
We’ll be waiting for an official update from the Suns to confirm Paul’s availability for Thursday, but for now it looks like he’s on trend toward a return.
While Phoenix is on track to regain its All-NBA star rating, it remains to be seen when the Clippers ’All-NBA First Team will advance, Kawhi Leonard, will return. Leonard has missed the team’s last four games due to a knee sprain.
The Suns are 2-0 in LA in the best-of-seven series.