Advertisement

Suns' Dario Saric 'out indefinitely' after suffering torn ACL in Game 1 of Finals

Suns' Dario Saric 'out indefinitely' after suffering torn ACL in Game 1 of Finals
Phoenix Suns power forward Dario Saric (C) leaves the court after hurting his knee during the first half in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday at Phoenix Suns Arena in Arizona. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

July 7 (UPI) -- Phoenix Suns power forward Dario Saric is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 NBA Finals after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Suns said Saric will be "out indefinitely."

Advertisement

"It's just one of those situations that literally breaks your heart," Suns head coach Monty Williams told reporters. "Dario is a guy that I've been with twice. I coached him in Philly, and to get a chance to be with him here, he's what Suns basketball is about.

"Hard worker, unbelievable guy and he was so looking forward to playing in these Finals. And to play a few minutes and have that kind of injury, it was a tough thing to hear this morning."

RELATED Chris Paul, Suns beat Bucks in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Saric attempted to drive past Bucks center Brook Lopez late in the first quarter Tuesday night when his right knee appeared to buckle as he planted his feet in the paint.

The 27-year-old Saric exited the game with 1:43 left in the opening frame and had to be assisted to the Suns' locker room. He finished with one rebound and a missed shot in just two minutes.

Advertisement

The No. 12 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft entered the Finals averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game during Phoenix's postseason run.

RELATED Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals vs. Suns

The Suns turned to forward Torrey Craig and backup big man Frank Kaminsky to fill Saric's minutes in their 118-105 win over the Bucks in Game 1. Craig has been a key role player for the Suns in the playoffs, but Kaminsky hasn't seen much playing time.

"We have different options," Williams said. "Frank gives us quality size and playmaking ability. He's smart.

"We went small [Tuesday] night with Torrey. We also have Doolie [Abdel Nadar], who can play some small ball. ... So we're just going to try to make those decisions on the fly. But those three guys come to mind."

RELATED NBA Finals: Suns favored as Bucks hope for Giannis Antetokounmpo's return

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Thursday night at Phoenix Suns Arena in Arizona.

Latest Headlines

Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us

Advertisement