Phoenix Suns guard Ronnie Price will be out for at least three weeks after having surgery on his right great toe.
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Price's Surgery Is a Success
Friday, Jan. 15
The 11-year veteran is in his second go-around with the Suns. He's averaging 4.2 points in 14.8 minutes per game this year.
Price missed the final two games of the calendar year with the same toe injury. He played in the team's next three contests but eventually decided surgery was necessary.
Price spoke to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic about how the injury was impacting his play:
The way I play and the way I move, I’ve got to be able to feel like I can help my team out. If I can’t push off and be effective defensively with my movement, then I feel like I’m hurting my team. I don’t ever want to hurt my team.
It’s just a defensive thing, being able to slide my feet and stay in front of guys. That’s me. I’ve got to be a presence defensively. I’ve got to be able to move and cut and cut guys off and change directions. Having a turf toe-type joint deal puts a lot of pressure on it.
The Suns enter Friday's game against the Boston Celtics as losers of 11 of their last 12 contests, but Price has not been responsible for the team's struggles. He provides veteran leadership and perimeter defense, but youngsters Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker have taken the majority of the minutes in the backcourt.
Booker may benefit the most from Price's absence. The rookie has scored in double figures in six straight games, including a career-high 21 points against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 2.