The Suns players and staff get a pick-me-up at every practice and when they walk through the training room.

They have been seeing rehabilitating point guard Eric Bledsoe taking shots on the court and running on a treadmill.

Friday will mark five weeks since Bledsoe’s right-knee surgery. No timetable for a recovery or return was shared, but many believed he could return not long after the All-Star break.

“He’s making good progress on his rehab,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. “He’s progressing as expected. We’re still optimistic that he’ll return some time after the All-Star break.

“He’s been working diligently with our training staff and the reports are encouraging.”

When Bledsoe has been seen on the court, he has done spot shooting with some lift off the floor.

Bledsoe has been unavailable for comment this week.

“Every day, they are doing something a little bit more,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “They just want to make sure, he’s a big part of our future, that we don’t rush him back just for the sake of getting back in the playoff race. If he comes back, that’s going to be great. If he doesn’t come back, we know we’re going to have him for multiple years so we don’t want to take that chance. So they’re going to probably be on the cautious side of when he comes back, but we still think it’ll be some time before the end of the season.”