Posted by Royce Young
The streaking Suns were dealt a pretty big blow Sunday against the Thunder as power forward Channing Frye was forced to leave with about six minutes remaining from a dislocated shoulder.
He returned to the bench soon after having it popped back into place, but didn't return to the game.
The team announced Monday that Frye had an MRI that revealed it was indeed a dislocated right shoulder and that he's now expected to miss two-to-three weeks.
Frye has been playing extremely well as of late, pulling in a career-high 15 rebounds against the Thunder before exiting Sunday. Phoenix has won 20 of its last 28, largely due to players like Frye stepping up as well as the new pieces settling in.
Without Frye, the Suns will likely start Hakim Warrick at power forward, but will likely use Marcin Gortat more alongside Robin Lopez. Maybe to replace Frye's outside touch Phoenix will even choose to go small with Jared Dudley at the 4.
Currently, the Suns are just 1.5 games out of eighth in the West but without Frye, maintaining over the next couple weeks will be a challenge.