Chris Mascaro
Saturday January 4th, 2014

Eric Bledsoe (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) The Suns are 3-4 without Eric Bledsoe this season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

At 19-12, Phoenix has been one of the surprise teams in the first half of the NBA season, but the Suns could be without starting point guard Eric Bledsoe for at least the next week. The 24-year-old sprained his right knee in Monday's win over the Clippers, according to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic.

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Bledsoe is averaging 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field in 24 games (22 starts) in his first year with the Suns after three seasons with the Clippers.

Gerald Green will start in Bledsoe's place, as he has done for both Bledsoe and Goran Dragic 13 times this season.

“It actually felt better day by day, so we shall see,” Bledsoe said on Saturday before the Suns' game against the Bucks. “It’s definitely frustrating, but it happens.”

Phoenix, which has won five of its last seven, is 3-4 without Bledsoe this season. He missed six games with a shin bruise earlier in the year, and will likely be out for the duration of the Suns' tough five-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Chicago.

After playing the Bulls, Phoenix will play in Minnesota, Memphis, Detroit and New York before coming home to play the Lakers on Jan. 15. SI WIRE: Report: Cavs trying to trade Andrew Bynum to Utah for Richard Jefferson

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