Suns’ Chris Paul grateful to be back on the pitch after positive COVID-19 test


Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns shoots against Ivica Zubac of the LA Clippers in the first half of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

While Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul was unhappy with the outcome of Thursday night’s loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference to the Los Angeles Clippers, he was grateful to be back on the pitch after. missed time due to testing positive for COVID-19.

“I’m just happy to be here playing,” said Paul. “A lot of people around the world who have faced this and don’t have the opportunity that I have.”

“[Expletive] happens and it happened, and I’m here now.

He hadn’t played since a Game 4 conference semifinal victory on June 13 that completed a Denver Nuggets sweep, testing positive for the virus three days later despite taking the Pfizer vaccine in February, according to Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Groundbreaking cases like Paul’s are rare in Arizona, with only about 2,000 cases of COVID-19 having been documented among the estimated 3 million fully vaccinated people in the state, the Department of Health Services said. Arizona. KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email last week.

Paul said he found out via text message while lying in bed with his children at home.

“Once you’ve got over the shock of what’s going on, the heck with the how and why, you just start to understand how you can improve yourself,” Paul said.

While Paul was away from the team, his presence was still felt.

Team FaceTimed Paul after wins in Games 1 and 2 in Phoenix.

“It’s a lot easier to play than to watch at home,” said Paul. “My nerves were terrible the last two games watching at home.

“It felt good to come back and play there, now we have some unfinished business.”

Paul said he couldn’t wait to get home and watch the movie of the game, a night when the Suns’ shooting performance fell far short of their usual outing.

Phoenix entered the game with a 49% playoff shooting percentage, but only hit 38.9% in the 106-92 loss.

Paul had his own struggles, passing 5 of 19 from the floor with 15 points.

Despite the loss, the Suns still have a 2-1 advantage in the series heading into Game 4 on Saturday night.

Departing from Los Angeles is at 6 p.m. and all the action can be heard on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station.

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