Chris Paul revealed after the Phoenix Suns ’6-game winning streak over the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals that he had played with partially torn ligaments in his right hand.
Saturday, he said the days off before the NBA Finals were beneficial, according to him Dave McMenamin of ESPN. The 36-year-old also said he managed well through the injury during the Western Conference finals.
Paul also dealt with a nerve problem in his shoulder during the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers and contracted COVID-19 between the second round and the conference finals. He added that he is appreciative of his free time.
“Every day we left was really nice, and we all had the opportunity to rest a bit before we picked up,” Paul said.
Despite illness, Paul has been one of Phoenix’s best players this postseason. He averaged 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game while shooting 47% from the field and 40.5% from deep.
One of his best performances came in the Game 6 win of the Clippers Suns series. The 11-time All-Star scored 41 points to go with four rebounds and eight assists in the 130-103 victory.
The Suns will now face the Milwaukee Bucks, who defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games during the Eastern Conference Finals, in the NBA Finals.
Match 1 of the championship round is scheduled for Tuesday.