The Phoenix Suns are currently enjoying a welcomed three day respite of time in between games. It doesn’t mean that the work doesn’t stop, however, as the team is utilizing this opportunity to get some practice in, and hopefully fortify the chemistry between the players.
We know that this is a team that has had its challenges with injuries thus far this season and a new name has popped up on the ‘ole injured list.
During Friday night's loss against the Sacramento Kings, Nassir Little was attempting to rebound a miss by De’Aaron Fox. In the process of doing so, he took a shot to the head by former Phoenix Sun, JaVale McGee. This forced Little to exit the game and enter concussion protocol.
Little did not return for the remainder of the game.
Little remains in concussion protocol two days later, and Suns’ head coach Frank Vogel informed the media on Sunday that he has an orbital bone fracture as well.
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Little left Friday under concussion protocol. Once cleared, wear mask
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When Little returns to the Suns’ lineup, he will be wearing a mask. We witnessed this earlier this season as Jordan Goodwin dealt with the same injury and earned his “Sub-Zero” moniker.
Little, who was acquired in the deal that sent Deandre Ayton to the Portland Trail Blazers, has played in 16 games for the Suns this season. In his 14.3 minutes played, he has scored 5.2 points, adding 2.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He is shooting 33.3% from three-point range.
It is his aggressive energy when inserted into the lineup that has forced the hand of Vogel to continue to provide him minutes. “He’s a really strong two-way player who’s gonna help us this year,” Frank said of Little prior to the start of the season, and Little has fulfilled that observation with his playing time.
The Phoenix Suns next play on Tuesday night at home against the Golden State Warriors. It has not been released as of yet as to whether or not Scott Foster will be officiating the game.