Chris Paul Ramping up Workouts, But Out Again For Suns' Must-Win Game 6 vs. Nuggets

The Phoenix Suns' season is on the brink of elimination and things are not looking good as star point guard Chris Paul has now been officially ruled out of Thursday's must-win Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets. Coach Monty Williams said, "I'd love to equate the two -- 'If he's doing more, then this' -- but I'm careful not to do that just yet because I haven't had a report come to me that says he's 80%, 90%," in regards to Paul's recovery from his strained left groin injury.

Center Deandre Ayton is also tentative for the game, listed as questionable due to a rib contusion. Paul has painfully watched from the front row as his teammates battle it out in the playoffs, but to the surprise of everyone, the 38-year-old hit the court Wednesday to ramp up his workouts. Paul shot off the dribble and off of handoff action and even completed some running, backpedaling, and defensive slides. He ended the day with a intense session conducted by assistant coach Jarrett Jack.

Paul is a 12-time All-Star who is averaging 12.4 points and 7.4 assists per game this post-season, so this season rests on the shoulders of Deandre Ayton and the rest of the Suns' roster as they travel to Denver for Thursday's make-or-break Game 6.