Suns' Paul (heel) expected back against Celtics

by Gordon Dixon - After suffering a heel injury Nov. 7, Chris Paul is expected to play Wednesday night as the Suns host the Celtics.

Chris Paul (heel) expected to play as Suns take on Celtics 4:02 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Suns star Chris Paul is expected to play for the first time in a month when Phoenix hosts the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. Paul, who has been out since Nov. 7, when he suffered a heel injury that forced him to leave a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half, is listed as questionable for Wednesday night's game, but he's expected to play if there are no setbacks after working out. "I feel pretty good," Paul told reporters in Phoenix. "I'm gonna see how I feel after this and go from there." The Suns have gone 9-5 over the last month with Paul sidelined, and enter Wednesday night's game (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) sitting in first place in the Western Conference standings for a second straight season. Paul, 37, is averaging 9.5 points and 9.4 assists per game across 10 games this season. The 9.5 points would easily be the lowest of Paul's career, as he has never averaged less than the 14.7 he posted last season. He's also shooting career-worsts from the field (36.8 percent) and 3-point line (27.3). Boston, meanwhile, is going to be without starting center Al Horford , who entered the NBA's health and safety protocols Wednesday afternoon. Guard Malcolm Brogdon was listed as available by the team after dealing with a non-COVID illness. The Celtics, who began a six-game road trip with wins on back-to-back nights in Brooklyn Sunday and Toronto Monday, has the NBA's best record at 20-5. Boston next plays Saturday in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors , before playing a back-to-back in Los Angeles next Monday and Tuesday.