NBA Rumor: Killian Hayes Injury

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The hope as an organization is that these early struggles would eventually translate to more steady performances in the second half of the season. Even then, you’re not expecting an All-Star talent to emerge all of a sudden, but you do want to see strides, a comfortability that can only be developed through more bumps and bruises. Whether it’s weeks or months until Hayes returns — it very well could just be days — he’ll return searching for that solace on the court that could have been discovered during the time missed from injury. Hayes’ understanding of what he can and can’t do might have been more fleshed out. Any serious time missed could delay his rookie year timeline.
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January 23, 2022 | 7:08 am EST Update

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.
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Then Jae Crowder immediately ran to the locker room holding his left wrist after scoring on a contested transition with 4:37 left in the third quarter that put the Suns up, 79-61, over the Pacers (17-30), who were coming off back-to-back road wins versus Lakers and Warriors. He didn’t return to the game as well as the Suns posted their eighth consecutive home sellout crowd of 17,071.