Marcin Gortat injury: Suns center would like to return this season

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Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat would like to return this season from a foot sprain.

Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat told The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro that he's pushing to return to the court this season for at least a game. After suffering a midfoot sprain on March 6, Gortat has missed the last 14 games, and his absence has resulted in the Suns winning just twice during that time.

How willing Phoenix would be to allowing Gortat back on the court is an issue. Though he was out of a walking boot and shooting at the Suns' practice on Thursday, according to Coro, it's not only a matter of re-injury for the 7' center from Poland.

Gortat was averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Phoenix, and he and point guard Goran Dragic were beginning to click in the pick-and-roll game before the foot injury. Since, the Suns have fallen down the ladder, Dragic has sat out games simply for rest and a return by the center for even a game could perhaps hamper the team's position in the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery.

The Suns have seven games remaining, and Gortat's prognosis was that he'd return from the sprain in three to four weeks. The month-long mark comes Friday, and the Suns don't finish their regular season until April 17.

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