Hit for the Suns: Saric tears his cruciate ligament

Inside Phoenix, part of the rotation, left the first game of the Finals after poor support. After the tests, his serious injury is confirmed.


Until the last day, injuries will be protagonists in the NBA. The last to fall, Dario Saric. The Phoenix Suns inside, after poor support, was forced to leave the first game of the Finals before the end of the first quarter, with only two minutes on the court. After undergoing the corresponding tests, the news is negative. According to the Arizona franchise report, the player suffers a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the worst possible diagnosis. Although the estimated time of absence (indefinite) has not been reported, an injury that will prevent him from continuing to compete in the final phase, which will require surgery and a long recovery period.

The absence, even if it does not fall on any of the great stars of the team, will have an impact on the tie. At the very least, in Monty Williams' rotation, which is affected. Throughout the playoffs, the Croatian player had only missed three games; in the rest, he averaged 10.5 minutes, with a production of 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1 assist. Without his presence, the inner game of the Western champion is diminished, since he does not have a large number of troops. Deandre Ayton, in a formidable state of form, is the one who monopolizes practically all the protagonism and, until now, Saric was his only 'natural' replacement.

At the time of the injury, after a dispute over the ball with Brook López, the Suns player was already very sore. Without going any further, he required help to go to the team's changing rooms, where he was treated in the first instance. In his place, Frank Kaminsky entered, but in a testimonial way. The American, who could oppose the minutes of his partner, was only four minutes on the floor. Now, Williams will have to consider what alternatives he has to rest Ayton, Saric's main role. In the first game against the Bucks, the coach, successfully, raised several quintets without any big man, who can pay him a good part of the new minutes to cover.

One more condition for a tie that has already started with doubts about the physical condition of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek, after suffering a hyperextension in his left knee during the fourth game against Atlanta Hawks, did appear in the first game of the Finals. It was a doubt until the last moment, but, finally, the franchise decided to line him up, with a contribution of 20 points and 17 rebounds. Apparently, not 100%, but well enough to keep counting for the next games in the series. In it, after 118-105 last morning, the Suns already have an advantage. The next steps towards the ring, however, must be taken without Saric.

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