Bradley Beal of Suns Sidelined Indefinitely Due to Right Ankle Injury Against Knicks

Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal suffered a sprained right ankle during a game against the New York Knicks, adding to a season already marked by injuries.
‣ Despite Beal’s injury, the Suns currently hold the fourth-best odds to win this season’s championship, according to multiple NBA betting sites.
‣ Beal, along with fellow Suns’ All-Star players Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, has faced multiple injuries this season, limiting their time playing together.

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Bradley Beal, a guard for the Phoenix Suns, sprained his right ankle. This unfortunate event occurred during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks, which ended in a 139-122 loss for the Suns. Coach Frank Vogel of the Suns described this as another frustrating injury in a season full of them for Beal.

Beal, a three-time All-Star, managed to drain a 3-pointer in the first quarter. However, he landed on the foot of Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo, resulting in a Flagrant 1 foul. DiVincenzo was penalized for not giving Beal enough space to land. Despite the injury, Beal scored six points against the Knicks before he had to leave the game.

According to various NBA betting sites, the Suns are currently ranked fourth in terms of odds to win this season’s championship. Teams with better odds include the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Milwaukee Bucks.

Beal, who is 30 years old, stayed on the floor for a few minutes, clutching his injured ankle in pain. Despite the injury, the 12-year veteran managed to make his free throw. He then headed to the locker room and was later ruled out for the rest of the game. X-rays taken after the game were negative, according to Coach Vogel.

This injury is yet another blow for the Suns’ All-Star trio of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Beal. They’ve only played one other game together this season, which was a loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Beal’s injury occurred during his sixth game this season. He’s been dealing with a sore back for the past two months. Durant (ankle) and Booker (calf, ankle) have also missed games due to injuries.

Coach Vogel commented on the situation, saying, “Injuries are a part of the game. I’m disappointed for him. You could see the disappointment on his face in the back. That’s my biggest concern, keeping him lifted. He’ll get back soon enough, but it’s been a frustrating injury type of season for him.”

Without Beal, the Suns have a record of 11-8 this season. In mid-November, the team managed to win seven straight games without him. However, the Suns started the season with a 3-4 record and have lost six of their last eight games.

In his six appearances this season, Beal has averaged 14.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 25.2 minutes per game. The Missouri native has also been shooting 44.9% from the floor, a career-best 42.9% beyond the arc, and 70.8% at the foul line.

It’s worth noting that Beal signed a five-year, $251.02 million max contract with the Washington Wizards in July 2022. He’s earning $46.74 million this season and will make $50.20 million in 2024-25. Beal’s contract also includes a $57.12 million player option for 2026-27.

During the offseason, Washington traded Beal to Phoenix for cash, Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, and multiple second-round draft picks. Paul was subsequently traded to the Golden State Warriors. Beal has not played 60 or more games in a season since 2020-21 with the Wizards.

James Shotwell
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