Suns hopeful Chris Paul returns for Game 3 vs. Clippers
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) gestures as he controls the ball against the Denver Nuggets during Game 3 in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Suns hopeful Chris Paul returns for Game 3 against Clippers

Chris Paul has been quarantining at home with his family in Los Angeles, so he's already in town for Thursday's Game 3 against the Clippers. However, it's still unclear whether or not he'll play after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. 

Still, the Suns are reportedly hopeful that Paul will play Game 3 despite not yet clearing the NBA's health and safety protocols, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

Wednesday marks the seventh day that Paul is away from the Suns. A positive COVID-19 test requires players to be isolated for 10-14 days, but vaccinated individuals are subject to different standards. 

Paul reportedly received the Pfizer vaccine in February and is currently asymptomatic. 

Before being sidelined, Paul was tremendous in Phoenix's second-round sweep of the Denver Nuggets. The 36-year-old averaged 25.5 points, five rebounds and 10.3 assists per game while shooting 62.7% from the field and 58.4% from deep. 

The Suns currently lead the Clippers 2-0, with Game 3 set for Thursday at the Staples Center. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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