Suns’ F Cam Johnson injures knee, could miss extended period

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Cameron Johnson of the Phoenix Suns drives to the basket (23) untouched by any Houston Rockets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

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Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson could miss an extended time after injuring his right knee on Friday night.

Coach Monty Williams did not comment on the extent of the injury Saturday before the team’s game against the Trail Blazers. The Athletic reported that the Suns are concerned Johnson has a torn meniscus, but further tests are planned.

Johnson suffered the injury Friday in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly trying to plant his foot and run the other way.

He immediately started limping and went out of the game soon after.

“He’s a starter for us, so it’s always a blow,” Williams said. “It happens throughout the season. You just have to make your adjustments.

Johnson has been a key contributor over the past few years and has stepped into a starting role this season. He’s averaging a career-high 13 points and scored a season-high 29 points earlier this week in a win over the Timberwolves.

Johnson is in the final year of his rookie contract after failing to sign a long-term extension before the season. The Suns’ ownership situation is in flux after Robert Sarver announced he would consider selling the team following his one-year suspension by the NBA for workplace misconduct, including racist speech and behavior. hostile towards employees.

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This story was originally published November 5, 2022 8:34 p.m.

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