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Suns’ Cameron Johnson likely out 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 5: Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns looks to pass the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game on October 5, 2022 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Phoenix Suns need Cameron Johnson back — they outscore opponents by 18.7 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court this season.

The Suns will have to get by without him, but not for as long as feared — likely 6-8 weeks. Phoenix announced the results of his meniscus surgery on Tuesday,

Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson today underwent a successful meniscectomy procedure. He will remain out until further notice.

A meniscectomy means the offending part of the meniscus was shaved off, leading to a faster recovery time but not ideal for the knee long term. As Jeff Stotts at In Street Clothes puts it, the meniscus is the shock absorber for the knee, but a meniscectomy usually means a recovery in 6-8 weeks.

Moved into the starting lineup at the four, Johnson is averaging 13 points a game, shooting 43.1% from 3, and is part of a Suns’ defense that is top five in the NBA.

Torey Craig has moved into the starting lineup for the Suns and expect to see more Dario Saric off the bench. No, Jae Crowder is not walking back through that door, that bridge has been burned.