Disaster for the Phoneix Suns, as they now will be without their top player of the new season so far, Eric Bledsoe, for the remainder of the year.
The 18th overall pick of the 2010 Draft had surgery on Tuesday morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, which he picked up during the home loss of 111-104 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The 26-year-old injured himself, according to the Arizona Republic: "on defense when he tried to avoid a screen away from the ball and planted on his left leg."
Bledsoe is expected to be ready to play again in time for the start of the Suns' training camp next season. Until then, the Phoenix-based franchise will have to do without their top scorer and playmaker.
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So far this season, the former first-round pick had averaged career highs of 20.4 for points, 6.1 for assists, 2.0 for steals, and 3.5 for turnovers. He also had 45.3 shooting percentage rate from the field and made 37.2 percent of his 3-pointers. A huge loss for the Suns.
With the loss of Bledsoe and with the team currently sitting on a record of 12-21, playoffs may already be out of the picture for the Suns unless someone is able to step up. Their current five-game losing streak also looks set to continue.
The 26-year-old has had problems with his knees in the past, according to the Arizona Republic, as he: "tore the meniscus in his right knee while with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011. He underwent surgery to repair it and then had it removed in January 2014 while with the Suns, sidelining him for about 10 weeks.
"Bledsoe returned at the end of the 2013-14 season and started 81 games last season, missing one game for the birth of his son."
The Suns may now move quicker to bring back forward Markieff Morris from a two-game suspension for throwing a towel at coach Jeff Hornacek during the team's 104-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
24-year-old guard Brandon Knight will now as well take on the role of running the offense in Bledsoe's place, in order to try and put the team back into contention of challenging for a playoff spot this season.