Suns' Dragic out with right ankle sprain

The Associated PressFebruary 27, 2014
Suns' Dragic out with right ankle sprain
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham, left, tries to stop Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, from scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Phoenix point guard Goran Dragic sat out the Suns' game Wednesday night aginst the Utah Jazz because of a sprained right ankle.

Ish Smith started in place of Dragic, who twisted the ankle in the third quarter of a 110-101 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night. He went to the locker room to have it re-taped, then returned and finished with 16 points in 25 minutes before fouling out.

Averaging 20.2 points and 6.2 assists, Dragic will have the ankle re-evaluated Thursday.

Fellow starting guard Eric Bledsoe has been sidelined since Jan. 2 had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee surgery Jan. 10. He has practiced three times this week and played in 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 games. The Suns have not set a date for his return.

Guard Leonardo Barbosa also is out with a sprained left big toe and center Viacheslav Kravtsov is sidelined by a sprained right ankle.