A foul hurt Michael Beasley’s elbow but it is his performance and the Suns’ new small-forward option that could hurt his playing time.
Nine seconds after subbing into Friday night’s game, Beasley said he injured his left elbow while fouling Jeff Green. He took an X-ray and iced it at halftime but returned for a five-minute stint that included a tough-love talk from interim coach Lindsey Hunter at the quarter break and a quick hook after an air ball left Hunter staring at him with his mouth open.
Beasley left the floor and headed for the locker room but said Saturday that it was to get treatment. He practiced fully Saturday but his rotation spot is in danger with the arrival of Marcus Morris, another small forward.
“I probably shouldn’t have went out there the second half because it was stiff and I got hit one more time,” Beasley said. “That’s the reasons for my air ball.
“I’ve been getting pulled out and having bad games all season. That was definitely not the reason (for leaving the court). My elbow was hurting.”
Morris did not participate in the Friday’s shootaround but still made his Suns debut for the final 6:32 of Friday’s 113-88 blowout home loss to Boston. He had seven points, two rebounds and two steals with a group Hunter singled out for competing on a night when he blasted the team’s effort.
Asked if Morris would take Beasley’s time because of Beasley’s struggles, Hunter said, “Yeah, I mean if somebody doesn’t produce, then we’ve got to find somebody that will. That’s just what it is. It’s no knock on any person.
Phoenix Suns' Michael Beasley’s playing time in jeopardy
Arizona Republic | Feb 24