Phoenix Suns Guard Bradley Beal Out for Two More Weeks

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Posted on: December 22, 2023, 10:38h. 

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Phoenix Suns shooting defender Bradley Beal will beryllium sidelined until early January pinch a correct ankle injury.

Suns Bradley Beal injuryMedical unit from nan Phoenix Suns be to shooting defender Bradley Beal aft he went down pinch an ankle wounded against nan New York Knicks astatine Footprint Center successful Phoenix. (Image: Getty)

Beal sprained his ankle successful nan first 4th against nan New York Knicks past week. It was a crushing rustle considering it was only his sixth crippled of nan season.

X-rays were antagonistic and an MRI revealed nary structural damage. The Suns will measure Beal successful early January.

Beal knocked down a 3-point changeable but he landed connected Donte DiVincenzo’s ft and rolled his ankle. Officials reviewed nan incident and called DiVincenzo for a flagrant 1 foul since he grounded to let Beal abstraction to onshore aft his jump shot.

The Knicks held disconnected nan Suns, 139-122, acknowledgment to a 50-point eruption by constituent defender Jalen Brunson. The Knicks hadn’t defeated a squad pinch Kevin Durant successful much than 10 years, but yet sewage disconnected nan schneid pinch nan roadworthy victory.

Another Injury, Another Setback for Beal

The Suns acquired Beal successful a blockbuster waste and acquisition pinch nan Washington Wizards successful nan offseason. They sent early Hall of Fame constituent defender Chris Paul and aggregate draught picks to nan Wizards, who past flipped Paul to nan Golden State Warriors for shooting defender Jordan Poole.

Mat Ishbia purchased nan Suns successful nan mediate of past play for a grounds value tag of $4 billion. He wanted to put his imprint connected nan squad by assembling a “Big 3” pinch Durant, Devin Booker, and Beal.

Beal missed astir of this play pinch a backmost wounded and his debut pinch nan Suns was delayed while he recovered from a sprained back. He appeared successful 3 games successful November earlier he aggravated his ailing back, and was sidelined for almost different month.

Beal averaged 16.4 points per crippled successful 5 afloat games earlier he went down pinch an ankle wounded against nan Knicks.

Without Beal, nan Suns will trust connected Devin Booker and Durant to supply further scoring. The Suns are classed #15 successful nan NBA successful scoring and mean 114.9 points per game. The Suns specifically added Beal to alleviate nan scoring load connected their apical 2 stars, but injuries derailed their plan.

There were only 2 games this play successful which neither Booker nor Durant led nan Suns successful scoring. Guard Grayson Allen led nan Suns pinch 26 points successful an overtime triumph against nan Chicago Bulls successful early November. Center Jusuf Nurkic dropped 31 points successful a nonaccomplishment against nan defending champion Denver Nuggets successful early December.

Next Man Up: Grayson Allen, Eric Gordon

With Beal sidelined, nan Suns will trust connected nan seasoned tandem of Allen and Eric Gordon to log much minutes.

Head coach Frank Vogel experimented pinch Booker astatine constituent guard, and Allen started 22 games astatine shooting defender this season. Allen averages 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

The Suns acquired Allen, formerly of nan Milwaukee Bucks, successful a multiteam waste and acquisition pinch nan Portland Trail Blazers that sent Damian Lillard to nan Bucks.

Gordon started 16 games for nan Suns this season. He averages 13.8 points and 2.8 assists per game, and emerged arsenic nan Suns’ astir reliable scorer speech from Durant and Booker.

Second-year defender Jordan Goodwin earned Vogel’s spot and he’s been logging 20 minutes per crippled disconnected nan bench. Goodwin, an undrafted subordinate from St. Louis, averages 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

Banged-Up Suns Trying to Stay Above .500

The Suns had an 11-6 grounds successful precocious November earlier they mislaid 7 retired of their past 10 games. They sunk to 14-13.

The Suns are 1 of nan uncommon teams that play amended connected nan roadworthy (7-5), and who person a losing grounds (7-8) connected their location court.

The Suns are 1 of nan worst betting teams successful nan NBA this season. They person a 10-16-1 grounds against nan constituent spread.

Despite their slow start, nan Suns are +850 likelihood to triumph nan 2023-24 NBA Championship. They’re nan fourth-highest squad connected DraftKings’ NBA futures board.

The Suns are +450 likelihood to triumph nan Western Conference, and way only nan defending champion Denver Nuggets astatine +225 odds.

The Los Angeles Clippers (17-11) are nan betting favourite to triumph nan Pacific Division astatine +140 odds. They’re up of nan Sacramento Kings (16-10) astatine +290 odds, nan Suns astatine +400, nan Los Angeles Lakers (15-14) astatine +600, and nan slumping Golden State Warriors (13-14) astatine +1100.

The Suns are a +3.5 underdog erstwhile they sojourn Sacramento to play nan Kings connected Friday night. They big nan Dallas Mavericks connected Christmas evening during nan NBA’s yuletide quintuple-header.

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