NBA: Phoenix Suns Guard Bradley Beal Out Once Again After Ankle Injury vs New York Knicks

 

Published By: Siddarth Sriram

Last Updated: December 16, 2023, 18:15 IST

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Bradley Beal after his injury (Credit: Twitter)

Bradley Beal after his injury (Credit: Twitter)

The 30-year-old Beal took a 3-point shot in the first quarter, which he made, but he landed on the foot of New York’s Donte DiVincenzo, who was called for a Flagrant 1 because he didn’t allow Beal a space to land.

Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal injured his right ankle during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks and won’t return, according to the team.

It’s another blow for the Suns’ All-Star trio of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Beal, which has played together for just one other game this season, and that was in Wednesday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

The 30-year-old Beal took a 3-point shot in the first quarter, which he made, but he landed on the foot of New York’s Donte DiVincenzo, who was called for a Flagrant 1 because he didn’t allow Beal a space to land.

Beal was on the ground for a few minutes, writhing in pain. He eventually got up to make his free throw, but then went to the locker room.

The three-time All-Star was playing in just his sixth game this season. He has dealt with a sore back for much of the past two months. Durant and Booker have also missed time this season with various injuries.

 

The Suns came into the season with high hopes, largely thanks to the star trio of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Beal, but the group hasn’t played together through 11 games. Booker has also missed substantial time with various injuries, including a calf strain.

At the post-game interview, Kevin Durant was inquired about Beal’s injury and whether he felt cheated by luck for not allowing the Big Three to take center stage and get going.

 

“Bad luck? You believe in that? I don’t even look at life that way. S**t happens, that’s a part of it. Brad, we got a great training staff, he got great support behind him,” replied Durant.

 

Acquired from the Washington Wizards in an offseason trade, Beal was expected to form a high-powered big three in Phoenix, but injuries have prevented that from happening.

Beal had six points against the Knicks before leaving with the injury.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Associated Press)

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