Chris Paul listed as probable in Suns injury report for Game 3 against Lakers
Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul is listed on the injury report as probable for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The injury is called a right shoulder contusion.
Paul injured his shoulder on Sunday in Phoenix’s Game 1 victory and was clearly deranged while dribbling or shooting with his right hand. He still managed to play 36 minutes.
The team listed it as a contusion to his right shoulder, but that appeared to be something else as Paul’s shoulder was not in direct contact with teammate Cam Johnson.
The Suns then did not list Paul in the injury report leading up to Game 2 on Tuesday, but when the ball was tipped the point guard still showed signs that dribbling and passing with his right arm was a chore.
He also sported a band of Dynamic Tape brand athletic tape on his shoulder.
The band “acts mechanically like a spring to strongly decelerate or assist movement to improve movement patterns”, according to the brand’s website.
“It can help reduce the load on injured or overworked structures like muscle strain, sprained ankle, tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis and can help with weakness…”
Substitute Cam Payne played against Paul throughout Game 2, and the starter finished with six runs left with five assists and three turnovers in 23 minutes.
“I knocked him out,” head coach Monty Williams said after the Suns’ loss on Tuesday. “It was all me, just watching him hold her arm as he held it.” I just couldn’t watch him run like that. He tries to play games. He fought. He’s a warrior. We all know that. I just made the decision to release it.
“It’s pretty obvious that he can’t do the passes he wants,” added Williams. “He was working tonight. … He didn’t even run like he ran and dribbled the ball this morning, so we hope it gets better over the next 48 hours.