Storyline: Eric Bledsoe Injury

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Bledsoe put in a dedicated offseason last year, when he stayed in Phoenix to work with Suns athletic trainers, participate in free-agency recruiting, attend summer league and play from the start in voluntary pickup games. He has given indications of doing the same this year. “His vision for the program and his teammates is very clear,” Suns interim head coach Earl Watson said. “It’s sincere and he’s passionate. It’s determined that next year will be not even close to the same year as this year. It’s going to be better. His focus is on improving our team to where we can compete for the playoffs.”

With treatment decisions still to be made, the Suns have not announced Bledsoe’s MRI results or a timetable for recovery. Bledsoe, 26, injured the knee during the second quarter of Saturday’s 111-104 home loss to the woeful 76ers. On defense, Bledsoe was chasing Philadelphia guard Ish Smith off the ball when he swerved to avoid a Robert Covington screen and collapsed to the floor after planting his left leg. He was carried off the court and did not return.
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January 17, 2019 | 6:43 pm EST Update