Feb 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Marcin Gortat out 3 to 4 weeks – How Will This Affect the Suns?


2012-13 has been a season-long struggle for the Phoenix Suns and it does not get better from here on out – the team’s starting center Marcin Gortat will be sidelined for up to a month with a sprained foot.

The Polish center sustained the injury in the embarassing loss to the Toronto Raptors, saying that he felt something pop. Gortat himself reacted to his own misfortune on Twitter:

Gortat’s numbers have decreased since last year, when he averaged career-high numbers. This year he is putting up 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game, on 52.1 field goal percentage. Gortat thrived when playing with Steve Nash, who made the center’s numbers look better than he was actually able to put up without an elite point guard. Goran Dragic has been great for the Suns, but he is not Steve Nash.

The Suns will obviously miss Gortat, but his injury will not really change what is already a lost season for the Phoenix Suns. When the team decided to finally let go of Nash and let him pursue a championship, everyone knew that Phoenix were in for a couple draft lottery appearances over the coming years.

Phoenix rank thirteenth in the Western Conference with a 21-40 record. Sure, Gortat’s injury hurts, but it’s not like the team was headed anywhere with him in the lineup anywhere.

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