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Chris Paul expected to play in Game 2 vs. Lakers on Tuesday [UPDATE]

Here’s how the Suns shape up on the injury front heading into their first postseason in 10 years.

Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of Game One of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at Phoenix Suns Arena on May 23, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns came one game way from the top record in the NBA and the Western Conference, as they are set to match up with the Los Angeles Lakers. This should be a very competitive series especially for a No. 2 vs. No. 7 matchup in the NBA playoffs. The Lakers are now fully healthy, while the Suns have a few players listed on their injury report.

Phoenix Suns injury report

Chris Paul update — Monty Williams said that Chris Paul dribbled through soreness at practice on Monday. He’s expected to play in Game 2 against the Lakers on Tuesday, according to The Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin. Paul posted an underwhelming stat line in Game 1, but will likely still carry a heavy workload in the second matchup between Phoenix and Los Angeles if he’s active.

Suns vs. Lakers Game 1 update — Chris Paul suffered a shoulder contusion in the second quarter of Game 1 vs. the Lakers on Sunday afternoon. He’s had to go to the locker room multiple times and is back there again in the second half with the Suns trying to hold onto a lead.

Deandre Ayton, knee - The Suns big man has been a force down low this season with 10.5 rebounds and 14.4 points per game, and he is being listed as day-to-day with soreness in his left knee. Earlier this week, head coach Monty Williams said he is on track to play Game 1 of the first round series. Ayton played in 69 games this season before missing the final three to close out the regular season.

Cameron Johnson, wrist - The Suns forward hasn’t played since May 5, missing the final six games of the regular season due to an injury to his right wrist. He is expected to return to the floor for the first game of the series on Sunday.

Abdel Nader, knee - He hasn’t played since March 21 and underwent a right knee arthroscopy last month and remains out indefinitely. In 24 games, he is averaging 6.7 points this season.