Bledsoe Needs Knee Surgery

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Bad news came this afternoon for the Phoenix Suns as they found out starting point guard Eric Bledsoe will need surgery on his right knee and will be out indefinitely, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports.

Bledsoe has missed the past four games with a right knee sprain. The Suns said that it was bothering him during the December 30 win against the Clippers, but it would only keep him out for about a week. On January 4th, Arizona Republic posted an article which quoted Bledsoe saying that he was feeling better.

“It actually felt better day by day, so we shall see. It’s definitely frustrating, but it happens,” Eric Bledsoe (via Paul Coro).

This is not good news for the Suns, a surprise success this year with a 21-13 record, good enough for seventh place in the Western Conference. In his first year in Phoenix, Bledsoe is averaging 18 points on 48.6 percent shooting to go along with 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds, all of which are career highs. Gerald Green has been starting in his place and he hit the game-winning shot Wednesday night for the Suns against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Suns are 5-5 without Bledsoe this season, who missed a couple of games earlier in the season with a shin bruise. The Suns play again Friday night in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Tip is at 8 p.m. ET.