Chriss will not return to Thursday's summer league game against the Grizzlies due to a left ankle sprain, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Even if Chriss' injury isn't severe, teams generally play it safe with their young players in summer league, so there's a fair chance he'll be sidelined for the remainder of summer league. In the four games he's participated in, Chriss has averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals across 30.3 minutes per game.
Chriss submitted 22 points (8-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-8 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 40 minutes in a 129-104 loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
After four consecutive games of single-digit scoring, the volatile Chriss was able to finish his rookie season on a high note with his sixth 20-point game of the campaign. Though Chriss' penchant for getting in foul trouble and turning the ball often made his production highly unreliable from game to game, he remained ahead of fellow lottery pick Dragan Bender in the pecking order at power forward for much of the season, and the 19-year-old should open 2017-18 as the team's starter. Chriss closed out the second half of his first NBA season with averages of 12.7 points (on 49.8% shooting), 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.0 assist in 26.8 minutes per game, which is probably a fair baseline for what to expect from him throughout next season.
Chriss posted 19 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal over 34 minutes in Saturday's 130-117 loss to the Trail Blazers.
The rookie continues to generate excellent production on both the scoreboard and glass, with Saturday's serving as his eighth with double-digit scoring over the last 10 contests. Chriss took advantage of Portland's notoriously poor defense down low to notch his second game with double-digit boards over the last six. The 19-year-old figures to be in for plenty of run in the Suns' remaining games and retains considerable value in keeper and dynasty formats heading into the offseason.
Chriss pitched in with 20 points (9-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists and one steal over 34 minutes in Thursday's 124-118 loss to the Clippers.
Chriss posted double-digit scoring for the seventh time in the last nine games, easily his longest such streak of the season. The 19-year-old big man's rebounds were also back up after consecutive outings with just three boards apiece, and he's now hauled in at least six rebounds in seven of the last nine contests as well. Factoring in Thursday's production, Chriss is averaging 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in March, which along with his 48.7 and 38.1 percent success rates from the field and three-point range, all serve as career-best numbers.
Chriss scored 23 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and added 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 126-98 loss to the Nets.
Chriss earned his second career double-double Thursday, and it also marked the first time he achieved consecutive 20-point games. Chriss has scored in double-digits for five straight games, and is averaging 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.8 threes, and 1.4 steals during that stretch. Granted, this is only a limited stretch of games, but only two players in NBA history have averaged at least 1.4 threes, steals, and blocks in a single season.
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