NBA Rumor: Cameron Payne Injury

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Cameron Payne, Jae Crowder suffer wrist injuries

Suns backup point guard Cameron Payne didn’t play in the second half of Saturday night’s 113-103 win against Indiana after injuring his right wrist in the first half. Payne was shaking and holding his right hand and wrist after a basket with 1:20 left in the first quarter. He was fouled on the play by Pacers big Isaiah Jackson. Continuing to play, Payne finished with seven points on 2-of-5 shooting and three assists in the first half as he left the game with 9:24 left in second quarter.

Cameron Payne is nearing his return to the Thunder, but first he’ll have to suit up for the Oklahoma City Blue. Thunder coach Billy Donovan didn’t specify which games Payne would play in, but the 22-year-old is expected to play this week for the Blue, possibly as early as Tuesday night in Salt Lake City. It’ll be Payne’s first live game action since suffering an acute fracture in his right foot in the Thunder’s Blue and White scrimmage Sept. 27. The Blue has three games this week: Tuesday at Salt Lake City, Thursday at Reno and Saturday at home against Greensboro (7 p.m., Cox Convention Center).
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