PHOENIX -- Phoenix guard Joe Johnson fractured a bone near
his left eye when he was fouled on a layup with 19.7 seconds left
in the first half of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals
between the Suns and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
He was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital and will undergo
surgery on Thursday to repair the displaced bone. He will miss at
least Game 3 Friday night in Dallas, the Suns said.
Johnson was fouled hard by Jerry Stackhouse and landed
face-first on the America West Arena court. He was treated for
several minutes, receiving six stitches to close a cut near his
left eye. Referee Dick Bavetta belatedly called it a flagrant foul.
Johnson stayed in the game, looking like a boxer who had just
lost a fight, and made one of the two free throws before leaving
the game for good.
He was diagnosed with a mild concussion and a fractured orbital
bone and was to remain hospitalized overnight. A CAT scan came back
negative, the Suns said.
Johnson, a fourth-year guard, has not missed a game over the
past three seasons.