Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight will not play again this season following surgery to repair his sports hernia.
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Knight Underwent Procedure
Friday, April 8
Paul Coro of AZCentral.com reported that "Knight underwent surgery Thursday in Philadelphia for a sports hernia." He added:
Knight, 24, sought a second opinion on the groin strain that sidelined him for seven weeks (Jan. 21 to March 9). He returned for 10 appearances but aggravated the injury March 30 on a dunk attempt at Milwaukee.
The arthroscopic surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers, who is considered a national leader in core muscle injuries and has operated on several pro athletes, including former Suns player Grant Hill. A sports hernia is a general term for a tear or strain in the lower abdomen and groin.
Coro reported on April 3 that "Knight and the team made a collaborative decision to have him sit out the remainder of the season."
Watson Comments on Knight's Injury
Monday, April 4
“I’ve had that injury, and that’s a tough injury because I can make the same move 10 times and I can maybe only feel it three,” Suns interim head coach Earl Watson said, per Coro. “Or I can make it 10 times and feel it seven out of the 10. That injury is just like a floating injury. It’s vague. They really don’t know what’s wrong until they open you up and that’s the dynamic end.”
Suns Unable to Shake Injury Bug
Scoring 19.6 points per game, Knight was on pace for a career year this season before injuries started slowing him down. The 24-year-old missed 21 games after a groin injury forced him to the bench from January 21 through March 9.
He has been one of the few bright spots of a disastrous Suns season that has included the firing of head coach Jeff Hornacek and the trade of forward Markieff Morris.
While Knight is a talented scorer, the Suns have struggled this season, and he's been on the wrong end of some unfortunate plays, as SportsCenter showed:
Phoenix is even worse without Knight, though. Of the 21 games he missed after suffering the groin injury, the team lost 17.
Injuries are nothing new to the Suns. At one point in January, seven different players were out.
The Suns are going to have a difficult time replacing Knight's scoring. Ronnie Price and Archie Goodwin could see a bump in minutes in the backcourt. Phoenix would normally rely on leading scorer Eric Bledsoe to step in, but he is also done for the season after suffering a torn meniscus in December.
It's just another cruel twist in a season that is on pace to be the Suns' worst since 1968-69.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.