Paul suffered an unfortunate injury.
The Phoenix Suns lost 87-97 against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2023 NBA playoffs held at the Denver Ball Arena on the 2nd (Korean time).
Phoenix lost the first two games of the series at Denver. It is Phoenix, the championship candidate who gave up two wins first and was on the verge of being eliminated.
The problem is not only defeat. Starting point guard Chris Paul, a key resource, left in the middle of the third quarter due to a groin injurㅋㅋㅋ벳y. Paul, who complained of groin pain while jumping during the boxing process, did not return to the game after being replaced by Cameron Payne.
An accurate diagnosis of Paul’s injury has yet to be made. However, news broke that he had been unable to move properly since suffering an injury, casting a cloud over his remaining playoff prospects.
Director Monty Williams said, “Chris Paul couldn’t move at all after he injured his groin. We’re not sure right now, but there seems to be something in the groin area. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Phoenix, led by Paul, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Deandre Ayton, has emerged as a strong championship candidate after the Durant trade. Veteran Paul, born in 1985, even evaluated that this was the last time he could challenge for the championship as a key player.
Paul has built a career that is not enviable after his debut, but has never won a championship yet. He is Paul who is desperately trying to win the championship, leaving behind the words, “No one is more desperate to win than me.”
However, things took a drastic turn for the worse in the second round. Phoenix’s championship challenge has been hampered by Paul’s injury, following a two-game losing streak against No. 1 seed Denver.
Phoenix is already struggling with weak backup resources. The performance of Cameron Payne, who should support Paul, is not good. If Paul doesn’t come out normally, the burden on Durant and Booker is expected to increase.
“All we can do is hope Chris Paul recovers quickly,” said Booker, who forms a backcourt duo with Paul. Can Phoenix overcome the crisis and make it to the Conference Finals?