Chris Paul Probable To Play As Suns A Win Away From Clinching Top Playoff Seed

Suns All-Star point guard Chris Paul is listed as probable to return on Thursday for the game in Denver, as relayed by Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic.Chris Paul

Paul has missed the previous 15 games with a fractured right thumb. Of course, the Suns kept chugging right along, winning 11 of those. They enter Thursday at at NBA-best record of 59-14 and are one win away from clinching the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs.

Paul, 36, was originally expected to miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering the injury on Feb. 16. So should he actually return, he’ll be ahead of schedule.

Through 58 games, Paul is averaging 14.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and a league-leading 10.7 assists. He has already been the NBA’s assist champ on four occasions.

Cameron Payne has been starting in place of Paul, faring well, and once Paul returns, Payne will give the defending Western Conference champions even more depth.

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