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Eric Bledsoe to miss at least a week with sprained knee injury

Jan 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson AP

Eric Bledsoe was a late scratch for the Suns in their home loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday, thanks to some swelling that appeared in his knee in the days that followed the team’s win in Los Angeles earlier in the week.

A couple of extra days off hasn’t helped enough to the point where he can get back on the court just yet, and head coach Jeff Hornacek said at Saturday’s shootaround that Bledsoe would now be sidelined at least a week with the injury.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

Bledsoe sprained the right knee during Monday night’s win at the Los Angeles Clippers and sat out Thursday’s home loss to Memphis due to the sprain and swelling in the knee. He underwent a MRI and the diagnosis remained a sprain.

“It actually felt better day by day so we shall see,” Bledsoe said. “It’s definitely frustrating but it happens.” …

“We don’t want to rush him back,” Hornacek said of Bledsoe. “They’ll check him out in another week and see if the inflammation goes down and go from there.

“He said the swelling is still in there and it’s stiff.”

The Suns are 3-4 without Bledsoe in the lineup this season.

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Gerald Green, who came to Phoenix in the offseason in the trade that sent Luis Scola to the Pacers, will get the start in Bledsoe’s place. He’s performed well in that role, averaging 15.2 points per game in his 13 starts for the Suns.

Phoenix currently sits at seventh in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-12 on the season. Bledsoe has been a big part of that with averages of 18 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 33.5 minutes per contest.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Man this kid misses a lot of games or what

  2. 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Okay bball gods, this joke is getting old…

    • floridabred - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      Great draft pick for me but the timing of these missed games is killing me…

  3. spyder9669 - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I love him on my team but with each injury I wonder if he maybe should take it easy driving thru the paint like a madman and develop the jumper a little more. We can’t give this guy a max deal if this is gonna be the norm…At least Archie Goodwin will get more minutes to develop his game.

  4. imthedudedude - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Simply precautionary, don’t want him to put too many miles on those legs if there’s swelling. Same thing with Len, which I’ve heard is getting better. I am excited to see more Archie as well. Long Live PHX! GO SUNS!

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