Suns news: T.J. Warren says ankle injury has been mentally tough on him
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Suns’ T.J. Warren says ankle injury has been mentally tough on him

T.J. Warren, Suns

Phoenix Suns swingman T.J. Warren will miss his 21st consecutive game on Friday when his team takes on the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.

Warren is dealing with a right ankle injury. The swingman has a bone bruise in the ankle. He’s been out since Jan. 22.

Warren says this injury has been very tough for him mentally.

“Mentally, it’s been tough,” Warren said, via Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. “It’s one of those things that’s kind of tricky. It’s like a bone bruise. Sometimes you feel it.  Sometimes, it gets better. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s one of those things that’s on or off. I just want to make sure I’m myself before I’m back.

“I’m just trying to do everything possible to make sure I’m mentally and physically ready.”

In 43 games this season for the Suns, T.J. Warren is averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest.

The 25-year-old North Carolina native is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 42.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Suns have the worst record in the Western Conference and the second-worst record in the NBA. After Friday’s game against the Rockets, Phoenix has 12 games remaining in the regular season. We’ll see if Warren plays again this campaign.