(Phoenix) — One of the biggest surprise team’s in the NBA may be knocked back to reality as Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is out indefinitely and will likely need to undergo knee surgery.
According to ESPN.com, the team has determined that Bledsoe will need to undergo a procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee. The severity of the injury will not be known until meeting with surgeons to determine the best course of action. The team believes he does have meniscus damage stemming from the team’s game back on Dec. 30 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 24-year-old Bledsoe spent the first three seasons of the his career with the Clippers, but was traded to Phoenix and has flourished in the new environment. With increased minutes, Bledsoe is averaging a career-high 18 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Not only has Bledsoe impressed, but so have the Suns. Expected to be among the worst teams in the NBA this season, the Suns are 21-13, seventh in the Western Conference.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN