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T.J. Warren ruled out for Suns vs. Blazers

T.J. Warren, Suns

The Phoenix Suns will be without forward T.J. Warren when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Sticks Resort Arena on Thursday.

T.J. Warren has been dealing with a sore right ankle and has been officially ruled out by the team, per Gina Mizell of The Athletic.

Warren played for the Suns against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, but he featured for just 16 minutes due to the lingering soreness. He didn’t return in the game, raising concerns about his availability for Thursday’s showdown with the Blazers.

The severity of his injury is yet to be determined, but the Suns are certainly hoping that it’s not a long-term issue. Phoenix is already nursing injuries to rookie center Deandre Ayton and 25-year-old big man Richaun Holmes.

Warren is averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 42.8 percent from deep and 81.5 percent from the charity stripe. The North Carolina native has played in 43 games for the team on the season, starting 36 of those.

In Warren’s absence, Josh Jackson and Kelly Oubre Jr. are expected to pick up the slack. Jackson has already made 12 starts and is currently putting up 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. On the other hand, Oubre has been pivotal off the bench for the Suns, averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 boards since being traded to Phoenix from Washington mid-season.