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Chris Paul available for Friday's Suns-Pacers game after missing Thursday practice for additional COVID-19 testing

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 1/13/2022 Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic

INDIANAPOLIS – Suns All-Star point guard Chris Paul is available to play in Friday's game against the Pacers (15-27) after not being at Thursday's practice for additional COVID-19 testing.

Paul is not listed on the team's injury report for the second of a five-game road trip.

The Suns (31-9) all made it out of Canada following testing after Tuesday's 99-95 win over the Raptors.

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They practiced Thursday at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) high fives head coach Monty Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Phoenix. The Suns won 104-96. © Matt York, AP Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) high fives head coach Monty Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Phoenix. The Suns won 104-96.

"All these situations, you can't look at one group of people and say, it's going to be like this, it's going to be like that," said Suns coach Monty Williams, who missed four games in COVID health and safety protocols.

"The only thing I sweat is if you get an inconclusive test because somebody handled it the wrong way or they got your test mixed up. That's the only thing you can't control, but the rest of it is like, I'm doing everything I can. I feel like I'm wearing a mask all the time."

Paul has only missed two regular-season games since joining the Suns with one being for rest in the last game of the 2020-21 regular season. He also sat Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Clippers in protocols.

Cam Johnson is listed as questionable for Friday's game after missing Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain he suffered late in Saturday's loss to Miami.

"He did a little bit (in Thursday's practice)," Williams said. "He didn't do any 5-on-5. We got up and down and bumped a little bit .He didn't get in that, but he did everything else. Obviously a lot better than he was."

Johnson is averaging career highs across the board in points (11.9 per game), field goal percentage (45.8%), 3-point percentage (43.8%) and rebounding (4.3). Reaching double figures in 20 straight games, Johnson has averaged 15.5 points during that stretch.

Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson drives to the basket past Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C. © Chris Carlson, AP Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson drives to the basket past Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.

"He's walking around well," Williams continued. "Now it's a matter of getting some more confidence in pushing off (the ankle) and playing, but he's waking up feeling a lot better every single day. So that's pretty promising."

Two-way player Ish Wainright, who missed Tuesday's game in protocols, is questionable for Friday's game as he's now in "return to competition reconditioning."

Wainright missed out on an opportunity to play against the Raptors, who waived him heading into the 2021-22 regular season.

"Really knows how to play," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said about the 27-year-old undrafted rookie forward, who played internationally the previous three seasons.

Dec 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Ish Wainright (12) against the San Antonio Spurs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports © Rick Scuteri, Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Dec 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Ish Wainright (12) against the San Antonio Spurs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The 6-6, 250-pound Wainright is averaging 1.6 points in his 16 games played for Phoenix.

"Really knows how to play the game," Nurse continued before Tuesday's game. "Makes the right decisions at both ends. Competes. Good dude. It was hard to let him go because he played well, practiced well. Worked hard and does have a really good IQ and a pretty strong body." 

Justin Jackson, who is on a 10-day contract, is back with the team after missing Tuesday's game for personal reasons. 

The 6-8 forward has scored 13 total points in the three games he's played for the Suns. Jackson is shooting 71.4% from the field, connecting on 3-of-5 shots from 3.   

Have opinion about current state of the Suns? Reach Suns Insider Duane Rankin at dmrankin@gannett.com or contact him at 480-787-1240. Follow him on Twitter at @DuaneRankin.

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