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NBA: Suns facing spell without star Paul

Phoenix Suns could be without veteran point guard Chris Paul for the remainder of the NBA regular season due to a hand injury.

The Suns are 17/4 to win the NBA Championship outright, having lost out in the Finals Series to Milwaukee Bucks last season.

Paul suffered a hand injury during Phoenix's win over Houston Rockets on Wednesday and scans have since revealed a fracture to his right thumb, meaning he will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks.

As such, the 36-year-old could miss the rest of the regular season, but may be fit for the start of the play-offs on 16th April.

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Speaking before the extent of the injury was known, Paul stressed he would be ready to pick up where he left off as soon as he is cleared to make a return.

"I always want to play," said Paul, as reported by France 24. "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."

Paul influential for Phoenix

Paul has played in all 58 of the Suns' games so far this season and is averaging 14.9 points-per-game, 10.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

Phoenix are currently top of the Western Conference with a league-best 48-10 overall record.

The Suns may be able to keep hold of top seed despite Paul's absence as they are six-and-a-half games ahead of closest rivals Golden State Warriors, while they are all-but guaranteed to finish in the top three in the West as they are 12 clear of Utah Jazz in fourth.

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