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How long will Chris Paul be gone? Timeline, return date, latest updates from star Suns

Three days after their series win over the Nuggets, the Suns lost one of their best players indefinitely. And it was not due to injury.

Chris Paul tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, June 16. That means he’s out as the Suns prepare to compete in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2010.

Paul is one of the best players on the team and a valuable leader. The veteran point guard averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game in the regular season. If he is forced to waste time during the Western Finals, that will hurt Phoenix’s chances of reaching the NBA Finals.

Here are the details on Paul’s absence, including the latest updates on when he could return to action during the 2021 NBA playoffs.

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How long will Chris Paul be gone?

Paul’s COVID-related absence was first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania on June 16. Charania then reported that Paul was out “for an indefinite period of time.” That could include part of the Western Conference finals.

In addition to the positive test, Paul had an unfortunate break when the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit against the Jazz and dispatched Utah in six games on Friday. If the Jazz had won, the Western Conference finals would have started on Tuesday. Instead, they will start on Sunday.

The shortened time between your positive test and Game 1 of the conference finals could cause you to miss more of the series.

John Gambadoro of Phoenix radio station KMVP reported that Paul was vaccinated in February with other Suns players.

As such, their quarantine time may be shorter than that of an unvaccinated player, which is 10-14 days.

Paul was still in the league’s health and safety protocols as of Saturday, without a schedule for his return.

Barring one surprise, it looks like Paul will be out for Game 1. After that, the Suns will wait and see.

Why is Chris Paul out?

Paul entered NBA health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19. News of the test was reported on June 16.

Paul has reportedly been vaccinated. His return schedule is uncertain.

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Chris Paul COVID Timeline

It was reported on June 16 that Paul was placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and would be out indefinitely.

Later that day, John Gambadoro of Phoenix radio station KMVP reported that Paul tested positive for COVID-19.

The Western Conference finals will begin on June 20, two days after the Clippers defeated the Jazz behind Terance Mann’s 39 points in Game 6 of the conference semifinals. As of June 19, Paul was still in league health and safety protocols without a schedule for his return.

Chris Paul COVID updates

– 19th of June: Paul remains in health and safety protocols with no return schedule. The Western Conference finals are scheduled to begin on June 20, so Paul is likely to miss at least part of the series.

– June 16: Shams Charania reports that Paul entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. John Gambadoro later reports that Paul tested positive for COVID-19.

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