Phoenix Suns point guard Brandon Knight has only played one game since playing 13 minutes on March 9 because of a sprained left ankle and bone bruise on his heel, and those injuries will likely keep Knight out for the rest of the season, according to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic.
Knight first sprained his ankle on March 9 on a drive against the Golden State Warriors. He missed eight games before coming back on March 29 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he had just three points on 1-of-10 shooting in 22 minutes and hurt his heel. He hasn’t played since and won’t travel with the Suns on their four-game road trip that starts in Atlanta on Tuesday. There’s just one game left in the regular season after that trip, and the point guard isn’t expected to play:
“From our standpoint, we need that to heal so I would guess he’s out for the season,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Knight came over to Phoenix during a trade deadline that saw the Suns ship out point guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas. Knight has only played 11 games in Phoenix, and the 23-year-old struggled in those games, averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 35.7 percent overall and 31.3 percent from three.
With Knight hurting, the Suns have slumped and have little chance at the postseason. Phoenix is 39-38 and three games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the final playoff spot and 2½ games behind the ninth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans. The Suns’ closing schedule is brutal, so a playoff berth would be an absolute miracle.
Looking ahead further, Knight is going to be a restricted free agent in the summer, leaving Phoenix with a big decision to make about its new point guard.