Grant Hill Needs Knee Surgery, Return This Season Uncertain

March 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Phoenix Suns small forward Grant Hill (33) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Suns will be without defensive star Grant Hill for at least several weeks and possibly the rest of the season.

The Phoenix Suns have been extremely fortunate on the injury front this season. Despite the lack of a normal offseason to prepare and the grind of the tight scheduled, the Suns training staff has keep the team ready to play. But in a sport like basketball, injuries are always going to happen and so far, this team has been very lucky. It appears, however, that luck has run out as word comes down that Grant Hill will undergo knee surgery.

Suns' Grant Hill to undergo minor right knee surgery
A magnetic resonance imaging test on Hill's right knee revealed Thursday that he has a meniscus tear to the right knee, which underwent an arthroscopy in September to remove a loose piece of cartilage. Hill likely will be out until at least mid-April, if not the season, but more will be known after the surgery.

Hill is the team's best perimeter defender and really should get some consideration for a spot on the All-NBA Defensive Team for his success against the league's top scorers.

With Grant on the shelf, the Suns have a few options available to them. Bright Side of the Sun explores four of them.

The Suns are in 10th place in the Western Conference but still very much in the playoff hunt. Losing Hill, however, will make the task all that much more difficult.

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