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Goran Dragic sprains left ankle, may well miss some time

Nov 4, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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It didn’t look good when it happened. In the second quarter Sunday against Oklahoma City, Phoenix guard Goran Dragic was on the break with the ball, drove the lane, tried a Eurostep move and as he did rolled his left ankle.

He limped off the court, soon was helped back to the locker room and did not return.

This is the same left ankle he had tweaked during the preseason and in speaking after the game to the Arizona Republic he sounded like a guy who could miss some time.

“It felt worse this time,” Dragic said…

“It’s frustrating, but I have to be strong,” Dragic said. “Maybe it’s because I played the whole summer (for Slovenia’s national team), but I feel good. Maybe I just don’t have luck. I’ll be strong, work on this and come back stronger.”

Just watching when it happened, this looked like the kind of thing that would keep a guy out for a few games. The Suns have a back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday on the road and I wouldn’t bet on seeing Dragic. We’ll likely learn more about the severity of it Monday afternoon.

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Dragic has been the second leading scorer for the Suns, averaging 13.7 points plus 5.3 assists per game. This is going to mean more Eric Bledsoe (which is not a bad thing, he stepped up his game in the second half after Dragic went down and kept the Suns close to the Thunder). Also expect some extra run for Gerald Green, which should mean a couple highlight reel dunks if nothing else.

  1. imthedudedude - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Get healthy Dragon! We need you to be that 2 guard scorer. PHX!

  2. 00maltliquor - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    That sucks. I was liking betting on the Suns because the spreads are ridiculous because they are so “bad” but they have the talent to keep it somewhat close on any given night. Got me a nice payback last night against OKC.

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Now watch Bledsoe flourish even more in a more natural position and take poor Goran’s spot to where they eventually (and unwisely) trade him for a real SG.

    Kind of like what Paul George is ultimatly doing to Danny Granger.

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