After a defeat of 97-87 that gave the Nuggets to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series, coach Monty Williams remarked, “We’ll find out more (Tuesday).”
When Williams was asked whether Paul could get an MRI, he said, “We’re not quite sure yet.” We’ll see.”
The doctor has given Paul a few days off to rest and recuperate. This series’s third and final game will occur in Phoenix on Friday.
When Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a guard for the Nuggets, went up for an offensive rebound with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Paul was in the act of boxing him out. Paul made his way toward the bench and into the changing room shortly after the action had ended.
Williams provided the following explanation: “He couldn’t push off of it or anything.” “Right now, we’re not entirely sure what it is, but it appears to be something in the groin area,” said the doctor.
In little over 25 minutes of play, Paul had eight points, six assists, and four steals.
The Suns’ point guard, Devin Booker, commented on the tragic turn of events, saying, “I mean, obviously it’s an unfortunate event.” “As of right now, I have no idea what it is. I haven’t really had the opportunity to speak with him, but all we can do is wish for a rapid recovery on his part. We’re going to be following closely after him. We are going to keep things under control when he is gone, regardless of whether he is out or not. We’ll just take it from there and see where it goes.”
This coming Saturday, Chris Paul will be 38 years old. He now holds the fifth spot on the list of all-time playoff assists in the NBA and the 11th spot in steals.