Suns’ Eric Gordon, Mavs’ Kyrie Irving out, Luka Doncic to play
Jan 24, 2024, 5:29 PM | Updated: 5:42 pm
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The Phoenix Suns will be without guard Eric Gordon (sore right wrist) for Wednesday’s road game at the Dallas Mavericks, who will have Luka Doncic (lower back tightness) available to play. Kyrie Irving (sprained right wrist), meanwhile, is out.
All three players were questionable coming into Wednesday.
Phoenix big man Bol Bol remains out (right foot sprain) for the sixth straight game.
Dallas guards Seth Curry (left ankle sprain) and Dante Exum (right plantar sprain) will also play after being listed as questionable while Dwight Powell (left eye corneal abrasion) is out.
Gordon missed Phoenix’s 23-point comeback victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday after playing Sunday against the Indiana Pacers. He was questionable going into Monday’s game, as well. The veteran has started 19 of 36 games played for Phoenix this year and averages 12.5 points on 44.3% shooting (37.6% from deep).
He has had a tough stretch leading to the injury, averaging 6.0 points over his last five games. That included a 13-point night and a couple clutch 3s in Phoenix’s 22-point comeback against the Sacramento Kings.
Doncic has scored at least 30 points in five straight games played, including 33 each in his most recent two performances. Those came after he missed three games with a right ankle sprain. He dropped 50 against the Suns on Christmas Day, their last matchup.
Irving said he sprained his wrist Monday against the Boston Celtics. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said Irving was wearing a brace but did not expect to miss time. He did not play on Christmas.
Curry was out Monday and is a 37.3% shooter from deep this year off the bench. Exum is working back after missing the last nine games. The 2014 fifth overall pick was starting before the injury. He scored 14 points on Christmas.
Wednesday is the second meeting between the Western Conference foes of the season. Dallas won 128-114 the first time, although Suns starters Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkic did not play.
Tipoff Wednesday is at 6:30 p.m. on 98.7 and the Arizona Sports app.