Phoenix Suns’ Bradley Beal was Sidelined for a Minimum of Three Weeks Due to a Back Injury
The Phoenix Suns will face an extended period without their star guard Bradley Beal, whose lower back strain has prompted his absence until at least sometime in December. This decision follows a detailed re-evaluation and consultation regarding his injury, as announced by the team on Friday.
Acquired from Washington earlier this year, the 30-year-old Beal initially missed the first seven games of the season due to a back injury. He returned to the court for the Suns’ game against the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 8, marking his debut, but unfortunately, his back issue resurfaced in the subsequent two games.
During his time with Washington, Beal consistently delivered an average of 22.1 points across 11 seasons.
Beal’s most recent appearance was on Nov. 12 in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where the Suns suffered a 111-99 loss. This injury compounds the Suns’ challenges, as they already grapple with injuries to key members of their star trio—Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. Durant has managed to maintain an appearance in all 11 games so far, while both Beal and Booker have missed playing time.
In the limited three games he participated in this season for Phoenix, Beal showcased an average of 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
The Suns now gear up for an In-Season Tournament matchup against the Utah Jazz on Friday, a significant event despite Beal’s absence.
(Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.)