Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is still bothered by his bruised shin and is expected to miss Monday's game against the Miami Heat, but might return to the lineup when the Suns return home to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, via Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick:
Jeff Hornacek on Eric Bledsoe's shin: "It's very stiff and with every step he takes, it hurts him." Hornacek says he might return Wednesday.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) November 25, 2013
Bledsoe has missed Phoenix's last four games. When he tried to go through warmups on Sunday in Orlando, he quickly realized he was not ready to return, via Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:
"It wouldn't budge," Bledsoe said. "I was trying. I guess it just needs more rest.
"Don't nobody know your body like you know it. I know that if I get out there and try to play, there's a good chance that I'm going to hurt my team more than not. It's just strained, that's what it feels like. There are some days you just have to fall back off of it when you're trying to come back from an injury. This is one of those days."
Before the injury, Bledsoe was filling up stat sheets on a nightly basis. He's averaging 20.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists on the season, shooting 50 percent from the field.
Phoenix has gone 2-2 in his absence, with two losses against the Sacramento Kings followed by wins in Charlotte and Orlando. Gerald Green has stepped into the starting lineup in his absence and averaged 20 points in those four games.