Jan. 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat stretches prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Clippers 93-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Marcin Gortat Out 3-4 Weeks With Foot Sprain: How Will This Affect The Phoenix Suns?

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Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat underwent an MRI on his right foot Thursday morning, which revealed a serious Lisfranc (midfoot) sprain that will keep him on the sidelines for three to four weeks.

The injury took place with 34.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s home game vs the Toronto Raptors. The Suns wound up losing the game by a final score of 98-71.

Gortat was averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 61 games up until his injury. He had appeared in every game for Phoenix since being acquired by the team on December 18, 2010, which would be 182 consecutive games.

He’s started every game since March 27, 2011, and is the only Sun to have started every game this season.

With the Suns final game taking place on April 17 against the Denver Nuggets, Gortat may not see the court again this season for Phoenix.

How will this affect the Phoenix Suns?

Losing Gortat leaves Phoenix with little to no depth or size in the frontcourt at the moment.

Veteran big Jermaine O’Neal is currently away from the team to tend to his ailing daughter who just underwent open heart surgery, so the only healthy center on the roster is Hamed Haddadi

The Suns are 19 games under .500 with a record of 21-40, so the playoffs are (obviously) very much out of the question.

More pressure will be on the shoulders of guys like guard Goran Dragic and forward Luis Scola to put points up on the board. Phoenix is averaging just 94.2 points a game, which is 23rd in the NBA.

I don’t feel that Haddadi will see any surge in playing time because of Marcin being out, so until O’Neal returns, Phoenix will realistically play a lot of small ball by having someone like Scola or Markieff Morris at the five spot.

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

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