The first season in the post Steve Nash era isn’t going well for the Phoenix Suns. Even though the team made an effort to bring in players during the off-season with the acquisition of Michael Beasley and attempts to bring in Eric Gordon, Phoenix has been a resounding disappointment this season and may finish the year as the team with the worst record in the Western Conference.
As if the 21-40 record wasn’t bad enough, the Suns lost an important player on Thursday with center Marcin Gortat going down with a foot injury. Gortat’s injury is serve enough to keep him sidelined for the next three to four weeks according to
Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat had an MRI Thursday morning that revealed a Lisfranc (midfoot) sprain in his right foot. The injury is expected to sideline him for approximately three to four weeks.
Without Gortat in the lineup for the next month or so, the team will likely turn to veteran Jermaine O’Neal to shoulder the load at the center position moving forward. O’Neal recently missed time with the Suns due to his daughter’s open-heart surgery.
It remains uncertain when O’Neal will return to the team after his daughter’s surgery, but if the veteran does get back quickly, the Suns will be in trouble in the frontcourt.
As for Gortat, the Suns will miss his production on the floor with the veteran center averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Gortat’s numbers are down in comparison to last season, but Nash’s absence has really hurt his game.
Last season, Gortat experienced a career-year with 15.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Although Gortat may return in a month’s time, the Suns may decide to shut him down for the year with the team nowhere near being in contention for a playoff spot in the West.