Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat broke his thumb in the team’s preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, and while he’ll sit out Thursday’s rematch against the Nuggets, he will likely be back in the rotation come Monday’s season opener, according to Paul Coro.
Coro reports that Robin Lopez will start in place of the Polish Hammer. However, Gortat said that he’ll be fighting for his starting spot come the regular season opener against the New Orleans Hornets.
“I’m going to fight for my spot,” Gortat told Coro Tuesday night. “As long as I’m walking and seeing everything in front of me, I’m going to ready to play. I’ll be ready for Monday night’s game.”
Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said that Gortat will wear a splint on his thumb, and the injury will take two to three weeks to get better, Coro reports.
The injury came in the second quarter of the Suns’ 127-110 loss to Denver, and Gortat continued to play, which goes to show that it might not hinder his performance to a great degree.