Devin Booker injury update: Sun will be out at least another week with a groin strain

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Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, who missed 15 consecutive games after leaving the Christmas Day contest against the Denver Nuggets after four minutes due to left groin strain, will be sidelined for at least another week and then re-evaluated, according to the team, via Duane Rankin Arizona Republic.

On December 28th, the Suns announced that Booker would be reevaluated in four weeks. That was just four weeks ago. After that, they lost nine of their next 10 games, but immediately followed that up with a four-game winning streak, which will be on the line when they host the Dallas Mavericks in a nationally televised rematch. of their second series on Thursday. After that game, they will visit the San Antonio Spurs and host the Toronto Raptors before Booker is re-evaluated.

Phoenix was 15-6 at the start of December and fell to 21-24 before this series. A lot of that is because Booker missed 20 games this season, but it’s not like he’s the only Sun sitting out. Here are other things they are currently dealing with:

  • Deandre Ayton has missed the Suns’ last three games with a non-COVID illness.
  • Cameron Payne has appeared in just two games since December 13 and is still out with a sprained right foot.
  • Landry Shamet has appeared in one game since Jan. 8 and is still out with a sore right foot.
  • Jae Crowder, still technically a member of the team, was recalled before training camp; the front office is still trying to find a suitable trade.

The good news is that Chris Paul returned Sunday after his seven-game absence and Cameron Johnson returned last week after his 37-game absence. Phoenix has looked like a much more active team of late, and, with Booker’s return, will look to re-establish itself as a contender, just like several other teams that have is stuck in the middle of a cluttered, chaotic Western Conference. to stand

With Booker on the court this season, the Suns have scored 120.2 points per 100 possessions. (As a point of reference, the Sacramento Kings, the league’s most efficient team this season, have scored 117.9 per 100). In the 28 games he played before Christmas, Booker had the best season of his career, averaging 28 points on 58.5 percent shooting, as well as 4.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 35.6 minutes.

If Booker is cleared to play immediately next Wednesday, he could be on the court that night when Phoenix hosts the Atlanta Hawks. After that, the Suns go on a five-game road trip, starting with back-to-back games against the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons next Friday and Saturday.

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