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Chris Paul upgraded to probable to return Thursday vs. Nuggets

Suns PG has been sidelined since the All-Star break due to a fractured thumb.

Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns smiles during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 2, 2022 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

Phoenix Suns PG Chris Paul has been upgraded to probable to return to the lineup on Thursday night vs. the Denver Nuggets. CP3 has been sidelined since the All-Star break due to a fractured thumb. Paul had popped up on the injury report earlier in the week. This is big news for the West-leading Suns entering the final few weeks of the regular season. Phoenix has a chance to get CP3 up to speed before making another run at the NBA Finals come April and beyond.

The Suns have gone 11-4 in Paul’s absence, which includes a current six-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game. Without Paul, Phoenix has had to lean on the likes of Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Cam Payne, Deandre Ayton and etc.

Booker is averaging 22.9 points, 7.0 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in his last 11 games. As for Ayton, he’s taken his game to another level for the Suns — averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds since the All-Star break. Phoenix is the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals at +290, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.