PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns guard Josh Childress fractured the tip of his right index finger going up for a dunk in Tuesday’s preseason win over the Golden State Warriors.
Childress will do no activity for about a week and then be re-evaulated at that time. Suns trainer Aaron Nelson told KTAR’s Craig Grialou that Childress’ finger needs to be immobilized for six weeks but that once the swelling goes down the Suns training staff will try to find “some type of splitting that he could wear in a game.”
“It’s kind of jacked up,” Childress said.
Childress went backdoor and received a beautiful feed from Goran Dragic, but he caught his finger on the rim as he went up for a slam. Childress immediately winced in pain as he held his hand but remained in the game and hit one free throw. He returned a couple minutes later for the final 5:39 of regulation.
“We’re just going to kind of figure out a plan of action now,” Childress said. “I’ll speak with the doctors and trainers and see how to proceed with it, the best way to protect it and the best way I can play through it. Obviously it’s going to be painful for a while, just playing through it and protecting it as much as possible so it doesn’t get worse.”
Former Sun Louis Amundson is expected to miss six weeks with a fractured finger. Childress said he would like to try to play through it, but it’s unknown whether he will miss anything beyond Friday’s preseason finale against Denver.
“It hurts, I’m not going to lie about it,” Childress said. “A finger is something you can try to play through. It’s not a knee or a back or something.”
The timing couldn’t be worse with the Suns opening the regular season Tuesday at Portland. Childress’ injury comes just as the Suns’ bench was starting to gel during a strong second-half run in Phoenix’s first game with regular rotations.
“I know, that’s the worst part about it,” Childress said.
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