Kelly Oubre Jr., Tyler Johnson out for Suns vs. Bulls
The Phoenix Suns will be short-handed for Monday’s contest against the Chicago Bulls, as both Tyler Johnson and Kelly Oubre Jr. have been ruled out, joining Richaun Holmes and T.J. Warren in street clothes.
Both Johnson and Oubre had been questionable earlier in the day, and their absence will leave the Suns scrambling.
Tyler Johnson and Kelly Oubre Jr. are both also out tonight, per Suns.
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) March 18, 2019
For Tyler Johnson, his absence will mark his third straight game on the sidelines. Since arriving in a deal from the Miami Heat back in February, Johnson has started 12 of the 13 games he has appeared in, averaging 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per contest while shooting 36.8 percent overall.
Kelly Oubre Jr. was another mid-season addition for the Suns, who brought him aboard in a deal with the Washington Wizards back in December. He dropped a season-high 32 points the last time out, but he will miss his first outing since the trade due to a sprained left thumb.
While Oubre has primarily come off the bench in his 40 games with Phoenix, he has recently entered the starting five due to the absence of Warren. Oubre has increased his scoring average four points from where it was with the Wizards, sitting at 16.9 points per contest as a Sun.
Phoenix has little incentive to suit up Johnson and Oubre while the duo remain banged up, with the franchise sitting at 17-54 on the year entering the night. The next chance either will have to take the court comes Thursday at home against the Detroit Pistons.