Bledsoe’s MRI negative, but Suns guard remains sidelined

Nov 28, 2013, 2:22 AM | Updated: 2:22 am

PHOENIX — Another day, another game missed by Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe.

He dressed but wasn’t expected to play when the Suns hosted the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. For those keeping track, that’s six straight games he’s been sidelined because of a bruised shin.

“We wish he was back,” head coach Jeff Hornacek said prior to Wednesday’s game. “We could go play back with him and and Goran (Dragic) at the guard spots and really push the ball.”

Instead, the onus again fell squarely on the shoulders of Dragic, who in his past two games (at Orlando and at Miami) has 22 assists with only a single turnover in 53 minutes.

Gerald Green was once more inserted into the starting lineup. It was his 10th start, which is one more than he had in his previous two seasons combined in Indiana and New Jersey.

Green is making the most of his early minutes, averaging 16.9 points while shooting 46.7 percent, including 37.9 percent from three as a starter.

“He’s been great. Gerald is definitely a team guy,” Hornacek said of his third-leading scorer at 15 points per game. “That’s kind of our special guy in there that can light it up quickly. And it’s only going to add when Eric comes back because then you’ve got extra depth. Right now we go to the bench, we’re OK, but we’d be even better when he comes back.”

Bledsoe, who suffered the injury when he and PJ Tucker collided in practice on Nov. 17, underwent an MRI earlier in the day. It was considered precautionary.

“It didn’t show anything besides what they knew already; just a contusion,” Hornacek said.

Bledsoe remains day-to-day. The hope is he’ll be back sooner rather than later.

“I thought maybe he’d miss one game or two games,” Hornacek said. “Whenever somebody gets hit like that you never know. You hope it’s fast. He’s got to be able to go out there and push off; and if he can’t, then he doesn’t play.”

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns cheers from the bench during the second half of Game Five of ...
Haboob Blog

Suns’ Mikal Bridges shows no chill, dunks on kid at his basketball camp

No one is safe from getting dunked on by Suns forward Mikal Bridges. Even kids attending his own basketball camp.
14 hours ago
Josh Okogie #20 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Houston Rockets at Target...
Jake Anderson

Josh Okogie agrees to 1-year deal with Phoenix Suns, per report

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent wing Josh Okogie, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
2 days ago
Jock Landale #34 of the San Antonio Spurs drives against Willy Hernangomez #9 of the New Orleans Pe...
Jake Anderson

Report: Phoenix Suns trading for Atlanta Hawks center Jock Landale

The Phoenix Suns are trading for Atlanta Hawks center Jock Landale, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
2 days ago
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round ...
Alex Weiner

The Athletic’s Hollinger: Suns trade for Kevin Durant likely needs 3rd team

NBA analyst John Hollinger devised 10 Kevin Durant trades, and the Phoenix Suns option became one of the more complex.
2 days ago
Bismack Biyombo #18 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Footprint Center o...
Kellan Olson

Report: Bismack Biyombo agrees to re-sign with Phoenix Suns

Unrestricted free agent Bismack Biyomba agreed to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns Saturday morning, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. 
2 days ago
Damion Lee #1 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after a three point basket in the first half ...
Jake Anderson

Damion Lee agrees to 1-year deal with Phoenix Suns, per report

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent wing Damion Lee, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
3 days ago
Bledsoe’s MRI negative, but Suns guard remains sidelined