NBA: Chris Paul enters COVID-19 protocols, out indefinitely

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Posted at Jun 17 2021 01:52 AM

NBA: Chris Paul enters COVID-19 protocols, out indefinitely 1
Phoenix guard Chris Paul passes the ball against the Nuggets in their NBA Playoff series on June 9. Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Chris Paul entered COVID-19 protocols and could miss part of the Western Conference finals, according to multiple reports.

The Phoenix Suns advanced to the conference finals with a sweep of the Denver Nuggets behind Paul's 25.5 points per game and 41-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio in the series.

Paul, who is the president of the NBA Players Union, is out indefinitely and could have a shorter isolation period if he's vaccinated. 

The Suns would be pulling for a long series in the other Western Conference semifinal between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. The series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday.

A potential Game 7 would be played Sunday. The NBA has not released a schedule for the conference finals.

Paul, 36, has made one other trip to the conference finals, in 2018 with the Houston Rockets. He was forced out of that series with a hamstring injury after the Rockets went up 3-2 in the best-of-seven set. Houston lost the final two games to the Golden State Warriors.

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