The Phoenix Suns lost their first preseason game to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. They are hoping they didn't lose more than that one game that doesn't even go on their permanent record. Starting center Marcin Gortat suffered broken thumb in the game and will be evaluated further on Wednesday in Phoenix.
According to this report by the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, Gortat was diagnosed after the game with a hairline fracture on his right thumb. He's confident the injury won't cause him to lose any playing time.
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"Hell, no," Gortat told Coro after the game. "I've still got my left (thumb). I'm not going to give up my spot."
Gortat played 25 minutes and scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. He went 8-10 at the free throw line which was an encouraging sign for the Suns who want to draw more fouls this season. The injury reportedly came when Denver Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez reached in to slap at the ball.