Booker tallied nine points (4-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt), seven assists, six rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot across 26 minutes in Tuesday's 117-106 scrimmage win over the Raptors. Booker's point totals weren't typical, but one of his baskets, a towering dunk over Pascal Siakam, showed just another example of how he can make even the best players look silly when they try to defend him. As the Suns coalesce, they look more and more capable of making a serious run for the final playoff spot. Booker's contributions will be crucial in that effort.
Booker provided 17 points (5-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine assists and four rebounds across 26 minutes in Sunday's 117-103 scrimmage loss to the Celtics in Orlando. The Suns face an uphill battle in their attempt to make the playoffs, and Booker will need to lead with excellent production if they want to squeak in. For three quarters, the Suns looked quite strong against Boston, but they faded down the stretch. Booker's massive potential for production is no secret, but his shot selection and accuracy can sometimes be an issue.
Booker (hip) notched 13 points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three assists, and two rebounds in 21 minutes during Thursday's 101-88 win over the Jazz. Booker is dealing with a hip problem, but that didn't seem to bother him in this scrimmage against the Jazz -- he looked rusty with his shooting but still produced decent numbers considering he only logged 21 minutes. He is expected to be ready when the regular season resumes at the end of this month.
Suns coach Monty Williams said Thursday that he wants to explore using Booker (hip) at point guard more when the NBA season resumes, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports. Ricky Rubio's arrival in Phoenix this season has limited Booker to almost exclusively to an off-ball role, with the 23-year-old having logged just one percent of his minutes at point guard in 2019-20 compared to 15 percent in 2018-19 and five percent in 2017-18, per Basketball-Reference. In order to open up more time for Booker to initiate the offense, Williams may have to get creative in staggering minutes between Rubio and Booker. Any minor uptick in minutes on the ball could translate into an uptick in usage for Booker, whose 29.1 percent rate for the season is his lowest since 2017-18.
Booker said after Tuesday's 121-105 loss to the Trail Blazers that he hurt his right hip in the contest, though he expects to be okay moving forward, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports. He finished the night with 29 points (9-25 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 9-10 FT), nine assists and six boards in 36 minutes. The injury occurred with just under four minutes remaining, when he fell hard on the floor on an attempted drive to the basket. Booker headed to the bench soon after and didn't check back into the game, though the fact that the Suns were trailing by more than 15 by that point likely factored into the decision. Fortunately for Booker, he'll have ample time to recover from the issue with the Suns off the schedule until Saturday in Dallas. Consider him probable for that contest for the time being.
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