clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Are Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul playing for the Suns on Thursday in Game 6 vs. the Nuggets?

Here’s a look at the Suns injury report ahead of Game 6 against the Nuggets.

2023 NBA Playoffs- Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns
Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns interact during the game against the LA Clippers During round one game one of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2023 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns are facing elimination on their home floor when they host the Denver Nuggets Thursday in Game 6. The Suns were able to win Games 3 and 4 at home to level the series, and will need to once again hold serve at home to force Game 7. Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul are dealing with injuries ahead of Thursday’s contest. Here’s the latest on their respective statuses.

Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul injury updates

Update: Ayton has been ruled out with a ribs injury, which means Jock Landale likely gets the most run at center for the Suns in Game 6.

Ayton is officially listed as questionable with a ribs issue, and he’s expected to be available to play. The Suns do have enough depth in the frontcourt with Jock Landale and Bismack Biyombo, so Ayton’s absence won’t have a huge impact if the big man is unable to suit up.

Paul has been ruled out for Game 6 with a groin injury he suffered late in Game 2. He has not played since that time, and it seems like the progress for his injury has not gone as planned either. In a do-or-die situation at home, Paul will not be able to suit up. That means more run for Cameron Payne and more usage for Devin Booker.