Eric Bledsoe will undergo knee surgery

Eric Bledsoe may have torn meniscus, will undergo knee surgery

1/9/14 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When the Phoenix Suns traded for point guard Eric Bledsoe over the offseason, they did so with the hopes that Bledsoe would become a star if given an increased role. The 24-year-old has been everything the Suns had hoped and more, averaging 18.0 points per game on 48.6% shooting to go with 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. The best thing that Bledsoe has done since coming over from the Los Angeles Clippers, however, is acting as a key factor in turning the Suns into a playoff-caliber basketball team. One of the worst teams in the NBA last season with a 25-57 record, Bledsoe has helped the Suns reach 21 wins already (with just 13 losses), positioning them for a playoff spot.

Blog Photo - Eric Bledsoe will undergo knee surgeryUnfortunately, the Suns are going to have to find another source of points, assists, backcourt rebounding, and steals, as ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that Bledsoe will soon be undergoing knee surgery, sidelining him indefinitely.

The current diagnosis - as far as the media knows - is "cartilage damage," though many suspect that Bledsoe has a torn meniscus. If a torn meniscus is indeed the diagnosis, Bledsoe will likely be out for a while, though a more exact timetable will probably not be known until after surgery. Bledsoe could elect to have his meniscus removed (for a shorter recovery time) rather than repaired, but the repair is a better long-term solution, and at just 24 years of age, Bledsoe should be thinking about the future.

Gerald Green will step into the starting lineup while Bledsoe is sidelined, and Green has been impressive when asked to start this year. The 27-year-old swingman has averaged 15.7 points and 1.3 steals in the 16 games that he has started this season.

The loss of Bledsoe will also put more pressure on Goran Dragic - who has been sensational this year - to carry point guard duties. Other players who will see increased roles include rookie Archie Goodwin, journeyman Ish Smith, and former Temple Owls superstar Dionte Christmas.

Hopefully, there will be an update on Bledsoe's outlook in the near future, but all we can do for now is hope for the best.
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