Suns PG Bledsoe has surgery to repair meniscus

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm •  Published: January 10, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Suns termed Friday's surgery by team doctor Thomas Carter a success. No timetable was given for Bledsoe's return but the team said in a news release that he "will pursue a possible return to action during the second half" of the season.

Bledsoe was having the finest season of his career after being acquired by the Suns from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists per game.

He and Goran Dragic formed the double-point guard backcourt that had been the catalyst of the Suns' surprising start to the season.

This is the second time in a little over three years that the 24-year-old player has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee. The first surgery was performed Oct. 7, 2011, during the NBA lockout of that season.

The Suns, who were playing at Memphis on Friday night, are one of the NBA's most surprising teams with a 21-13 record. They are 16-8 with Bledsoe and 5-5 without him. He missed six games earlier this season with a bruised shin and has been sidelined the last four with what the team initially said was a sprained right knee.

The injury puts more pressure on Dragic, who is averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 assists per game. To bolster the depleted backcourt, Phoenix signed Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract this week. The 31-year-old Brazilian, who also is coming off knee surgery, had his best NBA seasons with the Suns, including winning the league's Sixth Man award in 2007 after averaging 18 points a game.

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