While the Milwaukee dollars and Atlanta hawks Fight to determine Eastern Conference representative in NBA Finals, suffering Phoenix Suns Star Chris Paul says the extra days off before the first final appearance of his 16-year career have been helpful.
Paul revealed on Wednesday after the Suns’ Game 6 victory over the LA Clippers in the Western Conference Finals that he played with partially torn ligaments in his right hand during the series.
When asked on Saturday how he got through the competition with an injured shooting hand, the 36-year-old point guard shrugged.
“I handled it well, well,” he said.
He could have used a much stronger superlative to describe his performance in the closing game, when he tied his career-high 41 points in the playoffs, while shooting 16 for 24 from the field. 30 of those points came in the second half when the Suns pulled out to secure their first place in the final in 28 years.
After facing a nerve problem in the shoulder in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers and contracting COVID-19 between the second round and the conference finals, Paul enjoyed time spent away from the game to rest.
“Every day we’ve spent has been really good, and we all get a chance to rest a bit before we start again,” said Paul.
Game 1 of the final will be either this Tuesday if the Bucks win Game 6, or Thursday if the Eastern Conference Finals are in Game 7.