Bledsoe tore the meniscus in his left knee during Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia, and was originally projected to miss six weeks, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek. Now, the 12–21 Suns will be without their leading scorer and assist man for the rest of the 2015–16 campaign.
Bledsoe had a damaged meniscus removed from his right knee in 2014, and missed more than two months with the injury. The 26-year-old recovered fully and was averaging career-bests in points (20.9), assists (6.3) and steals (2.1) entering Saturday.
The Suns, already a hot-button team of late due to their on-court struggles and an incident last week involving Hornacek and disgruntled forward Markieff Morris, are 2–8 in their last 10 games after Monday’s loss in Cleveland. The team fired two assistant coaches this week amid rumors that Hornacek‘s job could be in jeopardy.
Phoenix has lost five in a row and begins a four-game road trip Wednesday, starting with a back-to-back against two of the West’s top three teams in San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
- Jeremy Woo