The length of time Paul could be away depends on several circumstances, such as whether a player is already vaccinated. If the Jazz and Clippers series grows to seven games, it will be played on Sunday, likely pushing the start of the Western Conference Finals to early next week.
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Paul has been instrumental in the Suns’ turnaround season and their playoff success so far. He finished fifth in the MVP vote and is averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game in the playoffs. The 36-year-old brought the Suns to the conference finals for the first time in more than a decade as they are four wins away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.
Not having Paul would be a big blow to Phoenix and an unfortunate circumstance for the league, which always knew it was a possibility while playing during a pandemic. During the regular season, the NBA postponed 31 games due to player isolation due to COVID-19. The Suns were one of the few teams in the league that did not see a significant COVID-19 outbreak on their roster because several teams in the league were unable to play in the games because they did not have the required number of players needed. to go to court. So far, the league has not had to consider postponing playoff games or seeing a game where one player was isolated, and for three consecutive weeks no player had tested positive for the virus, from June 9.
The nature of Paul’s situation is unknown at this time, as it is not known whether he himself tested positive or came into contact with an infected person. It is also not known whether he has come into contact with other teammates or staff within the Suns organization, as this could also have an impact on who will also be available at the start of the final of the Suns. conference. Phoenix will likely do a contact tracing to determine if anyone else needs to go into segregation.