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Marcin Gortat tweets he has a broken thumb, it helps his shot

Alvin Gentry, Marcin Gortat, Leroy Richardson

Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, left, pulls away Suns center Marcin Gortat, of Poland, as he argues with referee Leroy Richardson in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Friday, April 8, 2011. New Orleans beat Phoenix 109-97, despite 17 points from Gortat. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


The Phoenix Suns lost their exhibition opener to the Denver Nuggets, which was relatively uneventful… until Suns center Marcin Gortat sent out a couple of tweets postgame (via

Great start!!! Lost game and broken thumb!!! Awsome....last thing i need right now!!!!

I got to say one thing free throws looks better with broken thumb than with a healthy one:(

The injury happened on a Rudy Fernandez reach in. Gortat started the game, played nearly 25 minutes and had 14 points and eight rebounds. He didn’t play beyond midway through the third quarter, but none of the Suns starters did so it didn’t turn any heads.

Oh, and Gortat was 8-of-10 from the free throw line, so he’s right about that.

If or how long he’ll be out — or how this impacts anything other than his free throw shooting — is not yet known. Gortat doesn’t want to miss any time but he will be re-evaluated by doctors on Wednesday, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Robin Lopez backs up Gortat in Phoenix.