Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said Saturday night that Eric Bledsoe avoided an ACL tear when he left the loss to the Philadelphia 76ers with an injured left knee, but Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic says Bledsoe is still expected to miss “extended time” with a torn meniscus that’ll require surgery.
Bledsoe is no stranger to meniscus injuries, as he had surgery on his right meniscus in the 2013-14 season after having that same meniscus repaired in 2011. He missed about two months after the second operation, and it remains to be seen how long he’ll be out after this latest procedure.
This injury comes at a terrible time for the Suns, who are reeling in a bad way. Phoenix has lost four games in a row and six of seven, with the latest the aforementioned embarrassing defeat at home to the previously 1-30 Sixers. Bledsoe is the team’s leading scorer at 20.4 points per game, although he’d been struggling over the past few losses.
The Suns sit at just 12-20 on the year, but interestingly enough, they’re only two games behind the eighth-seeded Utah Jazz. So despite the poor play, Phoenix isn’t dead in the water, although this injury won’t help matters.