Paul was ejected from the game in the third quarter after complaining to the officials about the injury, according to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. Shortly after JT Orr whistled him for a technical foul, Paul had a pass deflected by Dennis Schröder and grabbed at his hand in pain after the play. He then bumped into Orr from behind, which drew a second technical and an automatic ejection and may result in further penalties from the league.
Paul was voted into Sunday’s All-Star Game as a reserve, so a replacement will have to be named if he can’t participate.
After leading the Suns to the NBA Finals last season, Paul has remained in the MVP conversation this year at age 36 by averaging 15.0 points and a league-high 10.8 assists through 57 games. A serious injury could affect the balance of power in the West, where Phoenix holds the top seed at 48-10.