Saturday update: Shams Charania is reporting Beal will miss several weeks rehabbing the ankle injury he suffered in Friday’s game against the Knicks. The relief is that testing showed no major damage, so this is likely to come down to pain management once Beal does start ramping up towards a return to play. It’s still a tough break for the guard, who has missed a lot of games over the last two seasons.
Update: The Suns have quickly ruled out Beal for the rest of Friday’s contest. He finishes the evening with six points and one assist in five minutes of action. Gordon is out tonight for Phoenix with a shoulder issue, so Grayson Allen will likely get more shots in this offense with Nassir Little and Jordan Goodwin also seeing playing time with Beal out.
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Bradley Beal went back to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury Friday against the New York Knicks. Beal turned his ankle after landing awkwardly on a shot attempt and went back to get checked out. Here’s video of the play.
You can clearly see Beal’s right leg brush against Donte DiVincenzo, who is flying by attempting to impact the shot. DiVincenzo does make some contact with Beal, but the real problem is the guard landing on DiVincenzo’s ankle at the end of the play. Now Beal did shoot the free throws so he could possibly come back into the game if everything checks out.
This is obviously a rough break for Beal, who has missed most of the season with lingering back issues. This was only the second time all season the Suns had Beal, Devin Booker and Kevin Durant on the floor together, and that’s largely due to the shooting guard being out. Beal has had health issues over the last few seasons in Washington, and it appears he’s going to keep battling through injuries this year.
If Beal does not return to this game and is out for a while, look for Eric Gordon and Grayson Allen to continue filling in. Both have already taken on bigger roles this season, so the Suns shouldn’t really miss a beat when it comes to maintaining their level of play.