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Suns lose Frye for up to three weeks in NBA with shoulder injury

PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Phoenix Suns' playoff hopes suffered a setback after losing Channing Frye for up to three weeks with a dislocated shoulder, the team said Monday.

Frye was injured in Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City as the ninth-place Suns hope to claw their way into the post-season by finishing in the top eight in the Western Conference.

The Suns (32-29) are currently two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot.

The 6-foot-11 (2.11m) Frye, who signed a five-year contract extension in the off-season to stay with Phoenix, is averaging a career high-tying 12.3 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.

He is fifth in the NBA in three-pointers made and will be a difficult player for Phoenix to replace.

"We spent about two hours talking about (who will play in his place) as a coaching staff this morning," Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry told the team's website (www.nba.com/suns).

"I'm sure we'll revisit it tomorrow some because there's a lot of ways that we can go."

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)