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Statuses of Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkić revealed ahead of matchup at Magic

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The statuses of both Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkić have been revealed ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Orlando Magic (23-22).

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After both suffering what seemed to be pretty bad injuries in Friday’s 133-131 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Beal and Nurkić were originally questionable.

Beal (nasal fracture) is now available after originally being a game-time decision. Nurkić (left thumb sprain) is out for the first time this season due to injury.

Coach Frank Vogel said Beal is still awaiting a custom mask, so they wanted to see how he likes the non-fitted mask they have for him today before deciding if he would play. Nurkić has a lot of pain and swelling and may play Monday against the Miami Heat, Vogel added.

Vogel also said Drew Eubanks will start in place of Nurkić.

(Video credit to AZ Central’s Duane Rankin)

Bradley Beal

Beal took a nasty, unintentional elbow to the face by Myles Turner with 8:09 left in the third quarter Friday.

Beal finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and six turnovers in 34 minutes in the loss. On the season, he is averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 21 games.

Coach Frank Vogel gave Beal major props for playing through the injury postgame.

“Bradley Beal was out there trying to play with probably a broken nose, toughing it out,” Vogel said. “Credit to him for just being on the floor.”

Stay tuned for further updates on Beal.

Jusuf Nurkić

Nurkić was ruled out for the remainder of the game to begin the fourth quarter with a left thumb injury. Nurkić checked out with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter. He had two points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes total.

Nurkić’s said he jammed his finger twice during the loss, but it wasn’t broken. X-rays were negative.

The Suns’ big man has only two games this season, both because of personal reasons.

This is a huge loss with Nurkić being unable to play. Phoenix has by far its best net rating with Nurkić on the floor (9.1) compared to any other player. Nurkić is averaging 11.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in the 43 contests he’s played in.

Other notes from yesterday’s injury reports

Grayson Allen is not on the injury report after suffering an apparent right knee injury. Eric Gordon is not listed either after he returned last night following missing two games due to right wrist soreness.

Bol Bol (right foot sprain) will miss his eighth straight game, but Vogel has said his injury is not long term. Damion Lee remains out after undergoing right meniscus surgery in the offseason.

Gary Harris (right calf strain) is the only Magic player listed as out.

Stay tuned for further updates before tonight’s matchup, which tips off at 4 p.m. MST.

Bradley Beal, Jusuf Nurkić listed as questionable for tomorrow’s matchup at Magic

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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