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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Suns Injury Update: Alex Len out with a broken finger


By on 7/15/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Phoenix Suns entered the summer having won 48 games this past season, missing the playoffs by a single game. Although seventh in the league in scoring, the Suns struggled defensively, giving up 102.6 points per game, 21st in the NBA. One player the Suns are hoping can shore up the defense in the middle is center Alex Len, who could earn more playing time next season. The bad news is that Len will have to wait until training camp to improve, as he'll miss the rest of the summer league with a broken finger. 


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As reported by James Herbert of CBSSports.com, Len fractured a finger in his right hand on Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors when his pinky got stuck in the jersey of one of the Warriors' players. Len had six points and six rebounds in 25 minutes at the time of the injury.

It's a tough blow for Len, who missed all of last summer league too due to ankle surgeries. The time missed was valuable to Len, who looked to develop more this off season in order to see more significant time on the court next season. He's currently second on the depth chart behind Miles Plumlee.

Len was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft out of Maryland.  He saw limited action in 42 games this season, averaging just two points and 2.4 rebounds, in 8.6 minutes per game.  In two seasons at Maryland, Len averaged 9.7 points, seven rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game.


 
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