The Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard (knee) for the fifth consecutive game and Marcus Morris (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday.
With Payne suffering his injury early in the first quarter, Paul was forced to play extended minutes in his return bout.
Paul played a team-high 39 minutes while scoring 15 points on 5-of-19 shooting and distributing a game-high 12 assists.
“I said it last night, I felt like I played him too much,” Williams stated. “But that may end up helping him, to have your body go through that soreness. It probably felt like an old-school training camp … I think it’s going to help him. And not having Cam out there probably sped up the process. Having been around Chris, once he has a game like that under his belt, he tends to bounce back from a conditioning standpoint better than most.”
After Game 3, the star guard dismissed the notion that he was fatigued at any point.
"Things could be a lot worse," Paul said after the game. "I'm here now. I’ve got an unbelievable team in Phoenix, and I've got the best support system you could absolutely have. So ain't nobody over here feeling sorry. Whatever happened is in the past, and you move on."
Phoenix leads the series 2-1.
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