Mar 30, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT
In a blow to the already fading playoff hopes of the Phoenix Suns, they are going to be without Grant Hill for most if not all of the rest of the season.
Hill is set to have his knee scoped out on Friday, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.
A magnetic resonance imaging test on Hill’s right knee revealed Thursday that he has a meniscus tear to the right knee, which underwent an arthroscopy in September to remove a loose piece of cartilage.
Hill likely will be out until at least mid-April, if not the season, but more will be known after the surgery.
With Hill at age 39 it’s hard to put him on the optimistic end of a recovery timeline. And even if he could come back for the final week of the season, what is the point if the Suns are not going to make the playoffs.
Hill starts at the three and averages 10.7 points per game, but it is really on the defensive end where he makes his mark with this team and will be missed. He usually is assigned the best perimeter player of the opposition to stop.
The Suns are two games out of the eight seed and the playoffs heading into the weekend of play. That ground just got a lot harder to make up.