Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul was happy that he was able to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers. "S--- happens, and it did," Paul said of his eight-day isolation period from the team because of testing positive for the coronavirus, even though he was already vaccinated.
"I'm here now. So I'm cool." Paul posted a double-double in his first game back as he had 15 points and 12 assists. Unfortunately for Paul and the Suns, that wasn't enough as they lost Game 3 106-92. "I got to be better.
I shot terrible," Paul said. "I've got to pick up the pace. We'll be ready Game 4." Being away from the kids wasn't easy for Paul. "I was laying in bed with my kids and got a text from Brady," Paul said.
"It is what it is. I dealt with it. Anybody with kids, anytime you're going through something, the hardest part is being away from your kids and your family. Once you get over the shock of what's happening, to hell with how and why.
You just start figuring out how you can get better."
Paul received messages from players around the NBA
"I talked to a few guys around the league who called, checked on me and whatnot," he said. "I think the biggest thing, they called and said they just loved the way our team is.
A few guys, like stars in our league, called and said, 'Man, just to see the way that you guys really play together, play for each other, that's real' -- our relationships and stuff. "It's genuine. It's a fun group to be around, and when you're around a group like that, you want to win.
You don't ever want the season to end because you actually like being around each other." Paul was grateful that he was able to play in Game 3. "I'm just happy to be out here playing," Paul said. "There's a lot of people out here in the world who dealt with this [virus] and don't get the opportunity that I have.
So I'm just grateful to be back out here playing." Suns head coach Monty Williams suggested he overplayed Paul. "I thought I played him too much. He probably got tired. But it hurt us when Cam Payne couldn't come back, so I left Chris out for a longer stretch.
That's on me," Williams said. "But I think if he practices more and plays more -- he hasn't done much in 10 days -- I think he'll be much better in the next game from a conditioning standpoint."