In one night, the Suns suffered a loss to a historically bad team and a personnel loss that is categorically worse.
Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, the team’s leading scorer and playmaker, suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday’s home loss to Philadelphia. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out several weeks, although the Suns did not announce a timetable for recovery.
Bledsoe previously tore a meniscus in his right knee and had it repaired in 2011. A surgery to remove the damaged meniscus in 2014 sidelined him for more than two months at almost the same juncture of the season as this injury. Then, Bledsoe missed games from Jan. 2 to March 10.
Without knowing the results after Sunday’s practice, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek only could start preparing the team for the ultimate challenge of coming off rock bottom with Saturday’s home loss to the 2-30 76ers (minus Jahlil Okafor) and going through a four-day gauntlet against three of the NBA’s top four teams – Cleveland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.