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Suns' Isaiah Canaan suffers gruesome injury

The injury was so awful ESPN refused to replay it, but the team doctor says the calm Canaan never mentioned any pain the process of resetting the bones.


Kahron Spearman


Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan broke his left ankle Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks, in a situation similar to Boston's Gordon Hayward's injury at the beginning of the season.

He was fouled driving to the hoop in the final seconds of the first quarter. His ankle gave way in an awkward landing, with bone coming out. He ended up on the floor looking at his left foot pointed in away from his body.

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. 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.

The injury was so gruesome ESPN refused to replay it.

Shocked teammates and fans covered their eyes or looked away. Phoenix guard Devin Booker pulled his jersey over his face, as trainers rushed over. 

Team doctor Tom Carter rotated the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and saying afterward that Canaan never mentioned any pain.

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