Eric Bledsoe injury: Suns star to miss at least a week with knee sprain

Stephen Dunn

The Suns will be without half of their dynamic backcourt for their next stretch of games.

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will miss at least the next week with a right knee sprain, and it could be longer. Gerald Green will start in his place, according to The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.

Bledsoe and Goran Dragic have combined to take the league by storm for the surprising Suns, a backcourt of two combo guards who can distribute and are destructive forces on the fast break. Bledsoe is averaging 18 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds on the year so far, and he's shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep.

The Bledsoe-Dragic combination has a net rating of 8.1 when they share the floor together, but Dragic has been Phoenix's most important player. The new starting lineup -- Dragic, Green, Miles Plumlee, Channing Frye and P.J. Tucker -- is still outscoring opponents by 4.3 points per 100 possessions, a great mark leaguewide.

Where the Bledsoe loss is concerning is the team's depth. Behind Dragic at point guard is Ish Smith and, well, not much else. Rookie Archie Goodwin has impressed in limited minutes, but he shouldn't be handling the ball for a playoff team in the Western Conference. The Suns have been the most heartwarming story in the NBA this year, but if Bledsoe is out for much longer than a week, the magic may start to run out.

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