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Report: Suns hope asymptomatic Chris Paul will return early in Western Conference finals

Suns star Chris Paul

DENVER, CO - JUNE 11: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets during Round 2, Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 11, 2021 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Suns beat the Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Another win could be around the corner for Phoenix, which played without Chris Paul (coronavirus protocols).

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

The Phoenix Suns are encouraged with the progress of Chris Paul and are hopeful that he will clear the COVID-19 health and safety protocols at some point early in the Western Conference finals, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Paul is quarantining in Los Angeles and has been symptoms-free since testing positive for COVID-19 last week, sources said.

Game 2 is tomorrow. Game 3 – the latest that could be considered early in the series – is Thursday.

Paul was reportedly vaccinated, which would make him more likely to remain asymptomatic and allow him a path to return sooner.