Chris Paul To Miss At Least 6-To-8 Weeks With Thumb Fracture

Suns star Chris Paul has suffered a right thumb avulsion fracture and will be re-evaluated in six-to-eight weeks, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports tweets. Phoenix currently holds the best record in the NBA at 48-10.

As we previously relayed, Paul sustained the injury against Houston on Wednesday night and underwent an MRI on Thursday. He has yet to miss a game this season.

“We’re 48-10 and if we do miss some time, I know the guys are going to hold it down,” Paul said before his timetable was announced. “There’s always going to be a frustration with injury. My hand surgeon is part of my family now.

“… I always want to play. When I felt that in my hand, I was mad for all types of reasons. Obviously we’re not going to (rush it). I’m going to try to heal as fast as physically possible. The second I’m able to play, I guarantee you I will be playing.”

The Suns do expect both Cameron Payne and Landry Shamet to return after the All-Star Break, which is perfect timing with Paul expected to be sidelined for much of the rest of the regular season. Elfrid Payton and newly-acquired guard Aaron Holiday will also be in the mix for backcourt minutes.

Paul, 36, is in his 17th NBA season and second year with Phoenix. He’s averaged 14.9 points, 10.7 assists and 1.9 steals per contest this campaign, shooting 49% from the floor. The Suns are coming off their first NBA Finals trip since 1993.

While the Suns, who have a 6.5-game lead on the No. 2 Warriors, may not need Paul in their lineup in the next few weeks to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference, they’ll certainly need him back if they want to make another deep playoff run. If CP3 is able to return in six or seven weeks, he’d be available for the start of the postseason, but a timeline of eight weeks or longer would carry over into the playoffs.

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