Booker tallied 70 points (21-40 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 24-26 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and one blocked shot over 45 minutes in Friday's 130-120 loss to the Celtics.
Booker had the game of a lifetime on Friday, as he became only the sixth player in NBA history to reach 70 points in a game, joining the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant at that milestone. He was responsible for 58.3 percent of Phoenix's total score, and he scored 51 of his 70 points in the second half. No one has scored 70 against the Celtics, with only Wilt Chamberlain coming close with 62 points in 1962. At only 20 years old, Booker is a standout on the Suns' very young roster. Although they are out of the playoffs, this youthful team has reason to be optimistic for next year's campaign. Booker will almost certainly come back to Earth against the Hornets, but he still has high fantasy value in all formats.
Booker scored 28 points (9-26 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT) and added three steals and two rebounds in 40 minutes during Thursday's 126-98 loss to the Nets.
Booker fouled out with almost four minutes left in the game, so he may have ended up playing even more minutes. Booker's already high minutes load has increased lately, and he has played at least 38 minutes in five of his last eight appearances. His production has generally scaled up with the extra load, as his scoring and rebounding have increased, though his field goal and three-point shooting numbers have fallen.
Booker will play and start at shooting guard in Tuesday's game against the Heat, Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports reports.
Booker has battled some ankle soreness over the past few days and was even sidelined for Sunday's game against the Pistons, but it looks as though the sharpshooter will be without any restrictions in his return to the starting lineup Tuesday in Miami. T.J. Warren will slide back to the starting small forward spot and Derrick Jones will likely play a minimal role Tuesday as a result of Booker's return to the floor.
Booker (ankle) went through morning shootaround and has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Heat, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic reports.
A sore right ankle had bothered Booker in his previous two appearances and sidelined him for Sunday's game against the Pistons, but his participation in shootaround likely foreshadows a return to the floor Tuesday. If that's indeed the case, Booker would reclaim the starting shooting guard spot, likely pushing Sunday's starter, T.J. Warren, over to small forward. Derrick Jones would head back to the bench and see a reduction in playing time as a result.
Booker (ankle) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Miami, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Booker missed Sunday's game against Detroit due to a sore right ankle, and the team will wait until shootaround Tuesday to update his status. The ankle issue isn't considered serious, but with the Suns holding little motivation to improve their standing in the Western Conference, they're unlikely to allow Booker to return to action unless he's 100 percent healthy. In the event Booker is ultimately held out, T.J. Warren would likely make another start at shooting guard in his place.
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