The long season gets even longer as the Phoenix Suns will be without center Marcin Gortat for up to three to four weeks dealing with a Lisfranc Sprain (midfoot) on his right foot.
After the loss to the Toronto Raptors, he mentioned hearing something pop, but had the confidence that he would be able to play without missing any time. According to a release from the team today, he has been ruled out for roughly a month as he lets his foot heal. The MRI results came back with the foot sprain that will sideline him for nearly a month. The medical staff can perform miracles with older, seasoned players, but an injury is an injury.
That time frame could easily result in Gortat missing the remainder of the season.
Right now there are 41 days left in the season; Gortat will miss somewhere between 21-28 of those days. He could come back if he heals for the final eight games but with a team that is currently 19 games under .500, it may be best for the long-term health of Gortat to sit out the rest of what has been a disappointing season.
Jermaine O'Neal is also out indefinitely while taking care of a family matter with his daughter, leaving the Suns without a true center outside of the recently acquired Hamed Haddadi.
The center position has been one of the few bright spots for the team this season with the combination of O'Neal and Gortat. Now they are without both for the foreseeable future.
This season Gortat has dipped in overall productivity averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game.