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NBA Barometer: Keep Your Guard Up

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

The year of the guard continues unabated, with the imminent returns of Eric Bledsoe and Avery Bradley expected by week's end. Bledsoe himself has yet to play since the calendar turned to 2014 due to his recovery from Jan. 10 surgery to remove the meniscus in his right knee. Since he embarked upon 5-on-5 contact work nearly two weeks ago, coach Jeff Hornacek relayed that the guard has endured what he terms "training camp soreness," intimating general discomfort rather than specific pangs of pain in the rehabbing knee. A return to the court is all but assured Wednesday versus the Cavaliers, though the sustained success of Phoenix's backcourt duo, Goran Dragic and Gerald Green, during Bledsoe's absence is expected to relegate him to a bench gig off the bat. As Bledsoe becomes more accustomed to the speed of the NBA game and settles into a role, he could very well establish standard league relevance in the near future.

Withstanding a lengthy rehab process of his own, Bradley is

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