Booker will travel to Tokyo with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday on Saturday, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
Team USA is set to face off against France on Sunday, so Booker's status for Sunday's game is uncertain as of now. Coach Gregg Popovich shared that he's unsure how much he'll use Booker, Middleton and Holiday in Sunday's 2021 Olympic debut game.
Booker registered 19 points (8-22 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five assists and three rebounds across 46 minutes in Tuesday's Game 6 loss against the Bucks.
Booker was unable to deliver when the Suns needed him the most, as he needed 22 shots just to record 19 points -- the second time he was unable to reach the 20-point mark in the Finals -- and also committed six turnovers. While this game can be classified as a disappointment for Booker due to his shooting woes, he still averaged 28.2 points per game during the Finals.
Booker posted 40 points (17-33 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot over 42 minutes in Saturday's Game 5 loss to Milwaukee.
The superstar guard put Phoenix on his back again, nearly doubling the point total of the team's second-highest scorer (Chris Paul with 21 points). Despite reaching the 40-point mark for the second straight game, Booker was unable to will the Suns to victory, and it was his turnover with the Bucks up by one point and under 20 seconds remaining that turned the tide of the contest. Aside from an underwhelming Game 3 performance, Booker has been electric on the offensive end throughout the series, but he and the Suns are now facing an elimination scenario with Milwaukee in a position to clinch the NBA Championship on Tuesday.
Booker finished Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks with 42 points (17-28 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-9 FT) and two assists in 39 minutes.
On a night when Chris Paul was uncharacteristically quiet (10 points, seven assists), Booker carried the Suns offensively for most of the game. He failed to hit a single three-pointer, but Booker continues to give Milwaukee problems with his mid-range game and as a pick-and-roll ball-handler. After putting up 20 points in the first half, Booker battled foul trouble in the second and looked as though he'd committed an obvious sixth foul on a Jrue Holiday lay-up attempt with 3:40 remaining. However, the referees swallowed the whistle, enabling Booker to stay in the game, which swung back and forth until Milwaukee pulled ahead for good on a Khris Middleton jumper with 1:28 remaining. Despite the loss, it was an extremely encouraging bounce-back game for Booker, who had a postseason-career-low 10 points in Sunday's Game 3 defeat.
Booker posted 10 points (3-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes during Sunday's 120-100 Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
Game 3 marked Booker's worst playoff performance of his career, as he couldn't get himself or his teammates going. He was pulled after playing just 29 minutes as the Bucks got out to a commanding lead in the second half, and he wasn't on the court for garbage time. Booker's efficiency has taken a sharp downturn during these two most recent series. Since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Clippers, Booker is shooting just 38.3 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from deep.
Booker delivered 31 points (12-25 FG, 7-12 3Pt), six assists and five rebounds across 44 minutes in Thursday's win over the Bucks.
Booker has scored at least 25 points in four of his last five games and has cleared the 30-point mark twice during that stretch, so there's no question he's been playing at a high level of late -- something the Suns desperately need if they're going to go all the way in the Finals. He's been more of a volume-based scorer than an efficient one of late, though, as he's shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from three-point range while attempting 23.2 shots per contest during that aforementioned five-game span.
Booker finished with 27 points (8-21 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 10-10 FT), six assists, three steals and two rebounds in 42 minutes during Tuesday's 118-105 victory over Milwaukee.
The Suns are off and rolling thanks to a well-balanced performance, including 27 points for Booker, who despite still struggling from the field, made sure his impact was felt on both ends of the floor. With Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton both stepping up once again, Booker was able to take a more subdued approach, picking his moments and consistently getting to the line. Game 2 will be in Phoenix on Thursday, and Booker will be looking to ensure the Suns make the most of the homecourt advantage.
Booker finished with 22 points (10-26 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 42 minutes during Wednesday's 130-103 victory over the Clippers.
Booker struggled from the floor again, but his mere presence on the offensive end appears to be enough at this point. The threat he poses typically results in the opposition having to send their primary defender across, leaving his teammates free to do the heavy lifting. Now in the NBA Finals for the first time in 28 years, the Suns will be hoping Booker can find his rhythm, subsequently alleviating some of the pressure on those around him.
Booker tallied 31 points (9-22 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 9-11 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 43 minutes during Monday's 116-102 loss to the Clippers.
The 24-year-old had his highest scoring output since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, hitting nine of 22 shots from the field. Booker has been spectacular from the charity stripe this series, sinking 38 out of 42 attempts over his past five games. Before Monday's 31-point effort, Booker was averaging 20.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists over his last three games. Phoenix will need the sixth-year guard to keep up his impressive scoring pace if it wants a shot at punching a ticket to the NBA Finals in Game 6 on Wednesday.
Booker registered 25 points (8-22 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 9-11 FT), two rebounds and two steals across 38 minutes in Saturday's win over the Clippers.
Booker scored just 15 points in Game 3 but bounced back here and mustered his third game with at least 20 points in the current series. Despite his strong scoring figures, he hasn't been an efficient scorer and is shooting just 37.5 percent from the field, as well as 22.7 percent from three-point range, in the current Western Conference Finals.
Booker mustered 15 points (5-21 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and a steal across 40 minutes in Thursday's loss against the Clippers.
The fact that Booker needed 21 shots just to finish with 15 points should say it all about his offensive struggles, but there's a chance this might have been nothing more than an off night for the star shooting guard. Booker should remain the Suns' go-to scorer moving forward. This game ended his run of four straight games with at least 20 points.
Booker notched 20 points (5-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 9-9 FT), five assists and four rebounds across 41 minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Clippers.
Booker received stitches to stop his nose from bleeding following a collision with Patrick Beverley in the second half and struggled a bit from the floor compared to recent games, but he still came up big for the Suns when it mattered the most and drained a few clutch shots late in the fourth quarter. Even though this wasn't Booker's best fantasy performance, his importance to the Suns and his overall upside shouldn't be questioned. Despite the fact that he might have a broken nose, the potential injury shouldn't affect Booker's availability for the rest of the series.
Booker (head) received stitches and returned during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers, per the ESPN broadcast.
Booker collided heads with Patrick Beverley during the third quarter and required stitches to stop bleeding. The issue shouldn't affect his availability for the remainder of the game or Thursday's Game 3, though there's a possibility he has a broken nose.
Booker went to the locker room during the third quarter of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers after colliding heads with Patrick Beverley, per the ESPN broadcast.
Beverley was going for a steal and collided with Booker, and both players went to the locker room bleeding from the head. Booker should be considered questionable to return, and it's possible he'll get stitches.
Booker finished Sunday's Game 1 win over the Clippers with 40 points (15-29 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
It was a masterful performance from Booker, who was aggressive from the start and dominated the Clippers' defense with jumpshot after jumpshot. Booker's triple-double was the first of his career (regular season or playoffs), and he joined Charles Barkley as the only Suns players to post a 40-point triple double in the postseason. Booker handled more playmaking duties with Chris Paul (COVID-19 protocols) sidelined, but he could return to a more scoring-focused role if Paul is cleared to return before Tuesday's Game 2.
Booker finished Sunday's Game 4 win over Denver with 34 points (11-25 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Booker and Chris Paul (37 points) combined for 71 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals as the Suns completely overwhelmed the Nuggets for the fourth straight game. It was Booker's first 30-point effort since Game 6 against the Lakers (47 points). The Suns were on cruise control for most of the series, and they'll now have an extended break as they await the winner of the Clippers-Jazz series in the West Finals.
Booker had 28 points (11-23 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists and one steal in Friday's Game 3 win over the Nuggets.
Booker and Chris Paul (27 points) once again led the way for the Suns, who jumped out to a 37-27 advantage at the end of the first quarter and were able to boost that lead with a strong start to the second half. Booker did commit a team-high four turnovers in 40 minutes, but he was a team-best plus-19 while draining multiple threes for the fourth time in the last five games. Playing in his first postseason, Booker will have a chance to punch his ticket to the Western Conference Finals in Sunday's Game 4.
Booker had 18 points (6-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Nuggets.
Booker was one of six Suns players in double figures, and while his 18 points led the way, Phoenix didn't necessarily did its star to do much heavy lifting. Chris Paul handed out 15 assists to go with his 17 points, and the Suns drilled 18 three-pointers as a team while shooting 47.9 percent from the field. Fantasy-wise, it was somewhat of a letdown game for Booker, though his relatively low scoring output was a product of the game already reaching blowout status in the third quarter.
Booker managed 21 points (8-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 122-105 victory over Denver.
Booker was oddly passive on the offensive end during the Suns' Game 1 victory over the Nuggets. Helped by the fact four of the Suns' five starters scored at least 20 points, Booker was able to pass some of the scoring burden onto other players. Based on what we have seen throughout the playoffs, Booker is likely to take a more aggressive approach in Game 2, especially if his teammates are struggling in any way.
Booker tallied 47 points (15-22 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 9-9 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot across 46 minutes in Thursday's 113-100 Game 6 victory over the Lakers.
Booker was brilliant from the start of the contest, scoring 22 points and making all six of his three-point attempts in the first quarter alone. He didn't let up the rest of the way as the Suns cruised to a shockingly easy win. The sixth-year guard was outstanding in his first career playoff series, averaging 29.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. He and the rest of the Suns will next face Denver in the Western Conference Semifinals.
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