Update, July 9th — Craig went for an MRI which revealed no structural damage to his right knee, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Suns F is considered day-to-day and his status for Game 3 on Sunday is up in the air.
Phoenix Suns F Torrey Craig was force to leave Game 2 of the 2021 NBA Finals vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night after taking a charge from Giannis Antetokounmpo at the end of the third quarter. Giannis barreled into Craig, who tweaked his right leg before falling hard to the ground. The Suns forward appear to turn the leg a bit at the ankle area and was down for a bit before being helped to the locker room.
Update: The Suns would go on to win Game 2 118-108 without Craig for the fourth quarter. We know that it was a knee injury and not ankle for Craig and he was unable to return to the game. We’ll see if this is another bad knee injury for the Suns like Saric back in Game 1. Craig’s absence doesn’t impact the Suns winning this series at all really. It just means they’re another rotation player down in the playoffs, when rotation players don’t matter as much. Hopefully Craig is OK and can get back on the court to help Phoenix get this title.
Craig had 6 points in 8 minutes off the bench for the Suns, who lead the series 1-0 and are ahead in the fourth quarter of Game 2. While Craig doesn’t play big minutes, any type of relief for the starters is welcomed. He provides solid defense in short spurts and is one of the few bigs who can guard Giannis other than Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton. The Suns may be down Craig and Dario Saric (torn ACL).