The Suns will have to play the rest of the third game without a player to help them build a 2-0 series lead against the Clippers.
Phoenix guard Cameron Payne was excluded from the rest of the game on Thursday after an ankle injury at the end of the first quarter. Payne sprained his left ankle while chasing the ball near the touchline and seemed painful when trying to transition from offense to defense.
Payne completed the first quarter, but he didn’t play for the rest of the first half. The Suns subsequently announced The 26-year-old will not come back. He left the third game with two points and an assist in four minutes.
In the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Payne replaced Chris Paul (health and safety agreement) as the team’s starting point guard, scoring a total of 40 points and 18 assists, with only one turnover. Throughout the season, he has been a key contributor to the Phoenix team and has performed well on the bench.
In the next series, the Suns and Clippers play every other day, so Phoenix fans hope he can recover as soon as possible.