Sources: Chris Paul’s status in doubt for Games 3 and 4 (groin strain)

Phoenix Suns player Chris Paul’s participation in Games 3 and 4 against the Denver Nuggets may be at risk due to a left groin strain. Although he is expected to try to return, it is thought to be a significant hurdle to get him ready for Friday’s Game 3. The Suns have officially stated that Paul is day-to-day and, as a result, it is not certain whether he will return to the court soon.

Paul sustained the injury while competing with Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope late in the third quarter of Game 2 on Monday. He was checked out of the game with 4:32 left in the quarter and went straight to the locker room. Throughout his successful professional career, Paul has experienced multiple injuries during the playoffs, including a hamstring strain that kept him out of the last two games of the 2018 Western Conference finals.

In these playoffs, Paul has been averaging 12.4 points and 7.4 assists, and he has the Suns’ best plus-minus rating, with Phoenix outscoring opponents by 39 points over seven matches with him on the floor. The Suns are facing a 2-0 deficit as the series moves to their home arena on Friday.

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