After being virtually injury-free for the past two seasons and playing the best stretch of big-man basketball of his career this preseason, Phoenix Suns backup center Alex Len has suffered another setback.
Alex Len is listed as questionable for the Suns' opener with a sprained left ankle. Hurt himself in practice Saturday.— scott bordow (@sbordow) October 17, 2017
No word on the extent of the injury, but you have to worry about a guy who spent the first season or two in the NBA nursing a surgically repaired ankle.
Let’s hope this is no big deal.
I know it was only preseason, but Len led the NBA in blocks (2.6 per game) and was third in field goal percentage (among those taking 7.5+ shots per game) this preseason. For a guy who nearly had the worst field goal percentage for a 7-footer in league history a couple years ago, that latter stat was a sight for sore eyes.
Len also averaged 14.8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds per game in the preseason.
Bright Side will get you an injury update on Len as soon as we can.
For now, let’s just tell ourselves this is a
minor setback for a major comeback very minor issue that will resolve itself like any sprained ankle and not threaten Len’s good start.
On the plus side, T.J. Warren was back full practicing yesterday and will be available for the Suns next game. And of course you already know Devin Booker is fine after his minor knee strain last week.
Still dealing with injuries and out for the start of the season: Jared Dudley (toe), Brandon Knight (knee), Davon Reed (knee) and Alan Williams (knee).
The Suns open the 2017-18 NBA season tonight versus the Portland Trail Blazers, who should be getting big man Jusuf Nurkic (concussion) back but will be missing C.J. McCollum (suspended for leaving bench during altercation in last week’s Suns-Portland preseason game).