The Phoenix Suns will have to go without shooting guard Bradley Beal until early January after he suffered a right ankle injury in a game against the New York Knicks. Beal sprained his ankle in the first quarter of the game, and X-rays and an MRI revealed no structural damage. The team plans to evaluate Beal at the beginning of January to determine his recovery progress.
This injury is just the latest setback for Beal, who was acquired by the Suns in a blockbuster trade with the Washington Wizards in the offseason. The team had high hopes for Beal, intending to build a “Big 3” with Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. However, Beal has struggled with injuries, missing most of the season with a back injury and only appearing in five full games before the ankle injury.
With Beal sidelined, the Suns will have to rely on Durant and Booker for additional scoring, hoping to alleviate the burden on their top two stars. The team will also look to veteran players such as Grayson Allen and Eric Gordon to play more minutes and provide scoring support.
Despite the setbacks, the Suns are hoping to stay competitive. They had a strong start to the season, but have since lost seven out of their last 10 games, slipping to a record of 14-13. The team is hoping to turn things around and stay above .500, as they are still considered contenders with relatively high odds to win the NBA Championship and Western Conference.
The Suns are also facing difficulties in their division, as they are currently the underdogs behind the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings. They have upcoming games against the Kings and Dallas Mavericks, where they hope to secure wins and regain momentum in the league.