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Suns’ Bradley Beal out three more weeks recovering from back strain

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 12: Bradley Beal #3 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the first half of the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Footprint Center on November 12, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Thunder defeated the Suns 111-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kelsey Grant/Getty Images)

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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.

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.