Suns’ Bradley Beal returning from ankle injury, to play Friday vs. Hornets

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Phoenix Suns defender Bradley Beal will play Friday against nan Charlotte Hornets aft missing 5 games pinch an ankle injury, nan squad announced.

INJURY UPDATE: Bradley Beal is disposable for tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/A1x3HQ86nT

— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 29, 2023

Beal injured his correct ankle successful a Dec. 15 crippled against nan New York Knicks by landing awkwardly connected Donte DiVincenzo’s ft aft hitting a 3-pointer successful nan first quarter. DiVincenzo was called for a flagrant 1 for not giving Beal abstraction to land.

Beal grabbed his ankle while connected nan crushed and remained location for a fewer minutes writhing successful pain. He yet stood up and made a free propulsion earlier heading to nan locker room.

The Athletic reported astatine nan clip of nan wounded that Beal was apt to miss 3 weeks.

Beal, 30, has only played successful six games this play and has averaged 14.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He missed clip earlier this play pinch a backmost issue.

The Suns went 2-3 during Beal’s astir caller absence and person a 15-15 grounds connected nan season.

Still clip for Suns to surge

Beal’s return, Take 3. Since he was traded to Phoenix successful June, it’s been a agelong roadworthy for nan guard. First, he missed astir 7 weeks pinch a backmost issue. Then, successful his 3rd crippled aft returning, he sprained an ankle and missed 2 much weeks. Overall, Beal has played successful six of 30 games.

Because of this, it’s not yet known conscionable what precisely he brings to nan Suns. Will he beryllium an further scoring threat alongside Devin Booker and Kevin Durant, personification who spaces nan tribunal and makes Phoenix astir intolerable to guard? Will he return playmaking unit disconnected Booker?

There’s overmuch for coach Frank Vogel to fig out. Doing truthful 30 games successful is not ideal, but nan Suns still person clip to surge. — Doug Haller, elder Arizona unit writer

How Beal’s return impacts 2nd unit

A important facet successful Beal’s return — extracurricular of uniting Phoenix’s “Big Three” — is it strengthens nan Suns’ 2nd unit. Inserting Beal into nan starting 5 intends Eric Gordon aliases Grayson Allen will person to travel disconnected nan bench. Allen has fixed nan Suns conscionable what they’ve needed — a low-maintenance defender who tin tally discourtesy and deed unfastened shots.

Gordon is simply a seasoned vet who is coming disconnected a season-high 27 points successful Wednesday’s triumph complete nan Houston Rockets. While Allen whitethorn activity amended pinch nan starters, Gordon whitethorn beryllium a bigger facet successful moving pinch 1 of nan “Big Three” connected nan 2nd unit.

Phoenix has struggled pinch violative chemistry — and spot — for astir of nan season. This could help. — Haller

Required reading

  • After different Suns loss, their biggest rumor is clear — they cannot extremity anyone
  • Suns’ Bradley Beal reflects connected ‘tough’ waste and acquisition from Washington — and ‘getting retired of limbo’

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