For the seventh straight game, the Phoenix Suns will be without PG Chris Paul due to a hip injury.
This will be Paul’s 21st game of the season that he will miss entirely, and with his 38th birthday approaching just before the playoffs, this number continues to be a growing concern.
But even when healthy, Phoenix has not seen the same contribution from their Hall of Fame point guard compared to recent years.
Paul is shooting at a low .425 rate this season, his worst field goal percentage since 2018. The struggle to find a rhythm has the 12-time All Star averaging just above 13 points per game; if this number stays on course, it will be a career low.
As for tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers, it will be the first time these two teams meet this season.
Along with Chris Paul, the Suns will also be without Landry Shamet, Devin Booker, Cameron Payne, and Cameron Johnson.
There also is a possibility that C Deandre Ayton will be out due to a non-covid-related illness; he is currently listed as questionable. Ayton is coming off one of his better games of the season, as he racked up a double-double against the Nets on Thursday.
Despite these injuries, the Suns are still four-point favorites over the Pacers, who are currently at .500 on the year.