Phoenix Suns are damn mad: The frustrations (officiating, etc.) and solutions

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Phoenix Suns frustration No. 3: Chris Paul’s status

It’s been painful to watch the future Hall of Famer try to find ways around his obvious injury — and coming up with no answer.

Just a week ago, Suns fans envisioned Paul frustrating the Lakers with his precision passing and general leadership punctuated by his 30-point scoring potential on offense.

Today, the series analysis continues to focus on Paul’s infamous history of postseason injuries.

“I know I do everything on a daily basis to prepare myself to be ready to play,” Paul said after the 109-95 defeat. “When things happen, they happen. You gotta overcome it and get through it.”

Paul, 36, had entered the NBA MVP conversation late in the season as the Suns chased the league’s No. 1 overall record, ultimately falling one game short.

In Game 3, Paul managed only seven points, six assists and five rebounds in 27 minutes. He’s putting up a modest 6.7 points on 38.3% shooting in the series.

Adding to the troubles, Paul’s Twitter account was hacked, with the messages including some NSFW diatribes about the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. More than 25 tweets were sent before order was restored.

Solution: Hope for the extra day of rest to dramatically improve Paul’s health. If he can approach 90 percent, Paul could have the Suns on the brink of taking back home-court advantage.