NBA Star Chris Paul Sidelined by COVID During Playoffs

The NBA’s concern that players could be sidelined due to the coronavirus during league playoffs in a non-bubble environment proved valid, as Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul has entered the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania tweeted Wednesday morning that Paul will be sidelined indefinitely after helping the Suns advance to the Western Conference Finals. Phoenix awaits the winner of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz.

Entering the protocols doesn’t mean Paul tested positive for COVID-19. He might have been in close contact with someone who tested positive. Charania tweeted that depending “on the medical circumstance, an isolation period could be shorter for a vaccinated individual.”

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