Suns’ Chris Paul was reportedly expected to miss games 3-5 after injuring his groin versus the Nuggets

If the Phoenix Suns want to avoid an offense against the Denver Nuggets, they’ll have to do it without Chris Paul.

The veteran is expected to miss Games 3-5 in the Western Conference semi-finals after suffering a groin injury in Game Two, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Paul will reportedly be re-evaluated within one week after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday.

The Suns are currently down 0-2 in the series.

Paul injured his left hip in the third quarter on Monday while trying to hold off Nuggets winger Kentavius ​​Caldwell Pope for a rebound. He immediately grabbed his thighs after landing and was slow to get back on offense with his teammates.

For Paul to lose at least three games is a blow to the No. 4 seed Suns when he was already down and was already short on depth after being traded for Kevin Durant. In the regular season, the 37-year-old Paul averaged 13.9 points, 8.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals while shooting 37.5% from 3-point range.

Cam Payne and Damion Lee represent the next two men at point guard for the Sun, but their combined 1-for-12 performance in 42 minutes in Game 2 didn’t quite inspire confidence.

The Sun will have to survive without Chris Paul. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Game 3 between the Nuggets and Suns is scheduled for 10 p.m. EST on Friday in Phoenix (ESPN).

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