P.J. Tucker Injury: Updates on Suns SF's Chest and Return

Mike NorrisFeatured Columnist

Jan 19, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) reacts after a call made in the first half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
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Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker suffered a chest injury against the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 21. However, he's ready to return to the court.

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Tucker Active vs. Hawks

Saturday, Jan. 23

Head coach Jeff Hornacek said Tucker is "OK" and will play Saturday, per Craig Grialou of 98.7 FM.

Tucker's Return Provides Boost at Both Ends of Floor for Suns

Saturday, Jan. 23

With guards Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) and Brandon Knight (groin strain) already out, Markieff Morris (shoulder) and Jon Leuer (back) nursing injuries and Ronnie Price sidelined following toe surgery, the Suns are in a major bind. 

As a result, Phoenix should receive a lift with Tucker in the lineup against the Hawks. Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer's squad knows how to space the floor and wreak havoc with loads of threes, so having the imposing Tucker available to chase Kyle Korver and the Hawks' other weapons around will be key. 

Tucker can also provide some stability on offense. Although his three-point percentage (33.7) is down from last season (34.5), the veteran is capable of knocking down catch-and-shoot attempts when he has enough space.