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Grant Hill could return from knee injury next week

Apr 10, 2012, 1:25 PM EST

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The Suns are trying to making a late push for the postseason, but have had to do so without Grant Hill, the team’s best defensive player, for the last eight games. He may, however, be ready to rejoin them for the final six of the regular season.

Hill had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus tear back on March 30, but he could be back for next Monday’s home game versus the Blazers — or even sooner, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

If Hill had it his way, it might even be earlier, but the athletic trainers will be cautious with his return date as they monitor his reactions to daily increases in his workouts. Hill went through a rigorous pregame workout Monday night of plyometics, sprints and shooting that had him drenched in sweat. Earlier Monday, Hill did a workout of lateral basketball movements for the first time.

Phoenix has gone 5-3 with Hill sidelined, and has won five of its last six. Despite the recent success, the Suns are still on the outside of the playoff picture looking in as of today, sitting a game behind Dallas and Denver for one of the final two spots in the West.

After the home game against Portland that Hill is targeting for his return, Phoenix plays four of its final five games on the road, and does so against some of the league’s stronger teams — Oklahoma City, Denver, the L.A. Clippers, and San Antonio are among those stops.

Sneaking into the playoffs with that schedule is going to be extremely tough, but Grant Hill’s return will certainly help the cause.

  1. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    This dude has missed so much time due to injury that he’ll play in the league another 4 years….

    • sunsbolts7 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      He could play in the league another 4 years cuz the Suns medical staff is the best in the league. If Grant Hill went anywhere else other than Phoenix after his injury prone years in Orlando, he would’ve retired 3 years ago.

  2. gmsingh - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    And don’t call his injury “gay”.

  3. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    @sunbolt who studies training staffs or medical staffs you mouth breather?!!! You’re not an m.d. how would you know you dork?!!!

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