By R.L. Bynum
Cameron Johnson sprained his right thumb midway through the first quarter of the Phoenix Suns’ exhibition game on Wednesday night and is expected to miss the team’s final two exhibition games.
Johnson, who will be a starter this season, played just over four minutes and missed a 3-point attempt in the Suns’ come-from-behind 119–115 victory in Las Vegas over the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I was grateful that it wasn’t worse,” said Phoenix coach Monty Williams, who also saw Cameron Payne suffer a hand injury. “When it happened in the game, it was like, bop bop. I was like, dang. I’m just grateful there weren’t any breaks.”
According to the Arizona Republic, Johnson and Payne both had wraps on their hands. During practice, they were doing cardio and running sprints. Johnson also worked on finishing drives with his left hand.
In the Suns’ first exhibition game on Sunday, a 134–124 loss to the Adelaide 36ers from Australia, Johnson played 22 minutes. He scored four points, going 2 of 7 from the floor, missing all four 3-point attempts with three rebounds and three assists.