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Suns standout Chris Paul out for first game of Western Conference Finals

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, front, reacts after hitting a basket late in the second half of...
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, front, reacts after hitting a basket late in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Denver. Phoenix won 125-118 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)(AP Photo/David Zalubowski | AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 2:08 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 11:37 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Suns’ Chris Paul will reportedly not be playing in Sunday’s game, the first game of the Western Conference Finals, according to the NBA.

Paul entered the NBA’s COVID-19 “health and safety protocols” earlier this week and was sidelined for an “indefinite period of time.” It’s not clear if he’s vaccinated or if he may have to isolate for some time if he tests positive. The NBA injury report Saturday night lists Paul as “out” for Sunday’s game.

The last time the Phoenix Suns were in the Western Conference Finals was 2010. They’ve also won the Conference title in 1976 and 1993 but the team has yet to win the championship.

Paul, 36, has been essential to the Suns all season, including when they defeated the L.A. Lakers in Round 1 and then swept the Denver Nuggets in Round 2. This will be CP3′s second time in the Western Conference Finals. He went in 2018 with the Houston Rockets, but an injury kept him out of Games 6 and 7.

Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers is set for 12:30 p.m.

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