In a horrific scene reminiscent of Gordon Hayward breaking his ankle on opening night, Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Canaan fractured his left ankle on a fall during the first quarter of Wednesday’s win against the Dallas Mavs.
“It’s hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day. It’s their friend on and off the court,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said to ESPN. “I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing.
“Not much we can do. He was in the hands of our medical staff and we trust they do their job and we had to keep doing ours.”
This was just Canaan’s 19th game with the Suns after being signed in mid-December. He’s been in a shooting funk of late (9-of-37 shooting over his last five games) but started off strong, scoring in double figures in his first five games with the club. He’s also been a leader on and off the court for the young Suns.
“A guy who comes in here and battles every day,” Devin Booker said, “earned a spot on an NBA team after being in and out of the league. Tough break for him. Prayer out to him and his family.”