The Phoenix Suns, who have been staying afloat without star guard Eric Bledsoe in the lineup, were offered arguably the easiest matchup in the NBA this season on Wednesday night when they faced off with the Milwaukee Bucks. Phoenix came out and handled the lowly Bucks, as expected, by a score of 126-117.
While Gerald Green continued to be a surprising sparkplug for the Suns on the wing, Goran Dragic continued to be the leader for Phoenix. In 24 minutes, Dragic put up 30 points, six assists, four boards and one steal while shooting 9-13 from the floor, 4-5 from three-point range, and hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts in 24 minutes of action.
However, Dragic only played 24 minutes due to a hard fall where he injured his elbow. The guard was sidelined as time expired with his elbow wrapped and even left the floor before the game’s conclusion. X-rays on Dragic’s elbow came back negative, but reports from the locker room said that it was quite swollen and the Suns guard was noticeably in pain.
Dragic has been making a push with his recent performance as a candidate for one of the reserve spots on the Western Conference squad for the NBA All-Star Game. His overall production of 19.4 points, 6.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game on 49.5 percent shooting and 37.4 percent three-point shooting.
However, Dragic has really turned it on and showed his leadership with the Suns since the Bledsoe injury. In 15 games, Dragic has put up 21.9 points, 6.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Moreover, he’s even stepped up his efficiency as he’s shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and a remarkable 45.9 percent from three.
Though the West is loaded with talented guards and Dragic could be left on the outside of the reserves, his production and leadership has certainly been noteworthy. Hopefully this elbow injury is something that he can get through without missing much time and can stay on the floor playing at a high level.