Suns Coach Monty Williams Gives Update On Chris Paul Injury

EDITORS NOTE: According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Chris Paul is reportedly ahead of schedule for his thumb injury and could return as soon as Wednesday, just a few days ahead of his original return date of April 3.

Just before the NBA All-Star break, superstar point guard Chris Paul fractured his thumb. Over the past few weeks in his absence, the Phoenix Suns have still played great, pulling away with the league’s best record at 58-14. 

However, Paul will be key for the Suns in the postseason as the look to make another trip to the NBA Finals. 

When is Paul expected to return to the lineup?

Over the weekend, Phoenix coach Monty Williams said that there still isn’t a timetable for Chris Paul’s return yet. However, he did mention that the 12-time All-Star is doing “more and more” in his recovery from a fractured thumb.

“I’d rather have him back sooner than later,” Williams added. 

Prior to his injury, Paul had averaged 14.9 points and 10.7 assists per contest in the 2021-22 season. One of the best point guards in the NBA, Phoenix will need him back if a championship is to be won. As talented as the Suns are from top to bottom, Paul is perhaps the most important player on the roster.  

With the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference essentially locked in, it makes sense for the Suns to be cautious in Paul’s return to action.