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Eric Bledsoe to miss fifth straight game for Suns due to shin injury

Nov 25, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson AP

Eric Bledsoe was off to a strong start to his first season with the Phoenix Suns, scoring as many believed he was capable of while playing starter’s minutes for a team that’s surprised with a 7-6 record through its first 13 games.

The past four games, however, Bledsoe has been sidelined to due a bruised shin injury that will also keep him out of Monday night’s game in Miami against the Heat.

For a multitude of good reasons, there’s no hurry for Bledsoe to come back until he’s feeling 100 percent.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

As he has with previous games, Bledsoe took to the court before [Sunday's] game just to see if he could go through warm-ups. It was a short visit before he returned to the locker room for treatment. Bledsoe watched the first half from the Suns bench but was in the training room for treatment during the second half.

“It wouldn’t budge,” Bledsoe said. “I was trying. I guess it just needs more rest.

“Don’t nobody know your body like you know it. I know that if I get out there and try to play, there’s a good chance that I’m going to hurt my team more than not. It’s just strained, that’s what it feels like. There are some days you just have to fall back off of it when you’re trying to come back from an injury. This is one of those days.”

The Suns are obviously going to try to win as much as possible, but they’re also developing young talent at the same time.  With Bledsoe sidelined for Phoenix’s win in Orlando, Gerald Green got the start, and Ish Smith and Archie Goodwin got some decent minutes in off the bench.

The low expectations placed on this Suns season along with Bledsoe’s potential future value to the franchise make it an easy decision to hold him out if he’s feeling even slightly limited by this injury which has lingered now for five straight games.

  1. shanelsweet - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Am I the only one who’s getting tired of the same old “nobody knows my body like me” line that folks are giving for not playing with a variety of strains, sprains and bruises. When you are paid whether you work or not, working hard is tough for a bad team with management not too interested in winning. The NBA can’t be immune from having folks that don’t really want to work hard. I’ve seen lots of them in my career.

    • mackcarrington - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      These guys are in a profession where their body IS their job.
      When their body is not right, their work suffers. Iwould be reluctant to judge someone else’s pain.

  2. hildezero - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    The Suns have actually been decent without Bledsoe which is also surprising.

  3. jerdogthompson - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    @shanels

    What a DB comment. EB is as tough as they come, I’d bet I could tie one hand behind his back bad shin and all and he would still knock the stupid off ur chops.

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