Suns’ Bradley Beal out three more weeks recovering from back strain
It will be at least another three weeks before we see Phoenix’s big three on the court together.
Bradley Beal, who has played in just three games so far this season due to a strain of his lower back, will be for at least three more weeks trying to recover from that injury, the team announced.
INJURY UPDATE: The Phoenix Suns today announced that guard Bradley Beal will be out and re-evaluated in three weeks as he continues to rehab a low back strain. This timeline was determined following further evaluation and consultation on his injury.— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 17, 2023
Beal was putting up solid counting stats in those three games — averaging 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game — but he was not himself, shooting 33.3% from beyond the arc and under 40% overall.
With their stars in and out of the lineup — Devin Booker missed eight games with a sprained ankle — it’s no surprise the Suns have been inconsistent on the court. When two of the stars are clicking — as Booker and Kevin Durant were Wednesday when each scored 31 against the Timberwolves — Phoenix looks threatening in the West. That is especially true when Booker is on the court and can serve as the point guard, when he cannot the Suns don’t have a suitable replacement.
When only one star is on the court, even Durant can only carry this team so far.
The grade for the Suns 11 games into the season remains incomplete, and that will not change for a few weeks now.