Gina Mizell: #Suns are officially listing Devin Booker (hamstring) as questionable to play tomorrow vs. Golden State. T.J. Warren (ankle) and De’Anthony Melton (ankle) are both out.
Duane Rankin: No Devin Booker tonight (right hamstring tightness). Igor Kokoskov says it's precautionary. #Suns #Jazz.
Duane Rankin: “It feels good. Just a little tightness. Just caught (it) before anything gets further than what it was, but it’ll be fine.” #Suns Devin Booker about his right hamstring following Monday night's loss to #Rockets. Says he'll be ready Wednesday at #Jazz.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker will start tonight at Indiana, coach Igor Kokoskov says. He had missed the past three-plus games with back spasms. #Suns
Duane Rankin: #Suns list Devin Booker questionable for Tuesday's game at #Pacers . That's been pretty much the standard in missing last 3 games with back spasms, but Booker was back at practice today. So he may indeed play tomorrow. Suns 2-1 without him. I've been on plane flying to Indy.
Gerald Bourguet: Kokoskov says Devin Booker is still questionable, no update just yet. Once again says there’s a slim chance he’ll play
Duane Rankin: Update: Devin Booker is listed as questionable for tonight's game vs. #Nuggets with back spasms, but Igor Kokoskov said it's a slim chance he'll play. Missed last 2 games after missing 2nd half vs. Charlotte w/injury. 1st hurt back taking a charge vs. Denver last week. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Devin Booker (back spasms) is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Nuggets
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Richaun Holmes (stomach flu) is doubtful for tonight's game against the Warriors. Devin Booker will play.
Gerald Bourguet: Per Suns, Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) is questionable for tomorrow’s game. Josh Jackson (left great toe sprain) is questionable as well
Gina Mizell: Personnel newsy bits from #Suns practice * T.J. Warren is expected to play limited minutes tomorrow vs. Clippers * Deandre Ayton missed practice with flu-like symptoms, Igor said. * Devin Booker did some recovery stuff during today’s practice but is OUT tomorrow.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is getting some shots up at the end of #Suns practice. He’s been out the past four games after re-aggravating his hamstring injury.
Anthony Chiang: Devin Booker (hamstring), T.J. Warren (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (sore left knee) all out for Suns tonight vs. Heat.
Devin Booker re-aggravated the left hamstring he initially strained against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season in Sunday’s 120-96 loss at Staples Center. The team's leading scorer and assist man scored just six points on 3-of-8 shooting as he went down late in the first half. "I'm not sure how extreme it is right now, but of course, everybody knows we need him, desperately," Suns wing Josh Jackson said. "The sooner we can get him back, the better, but hopefully, we can get him back 100 percent."
A frustrated Booker noticeably limped to the team bus after the game and politely declined to comment about the injury. Suns first-year coach Kokoskov said he isn't opposed to shutting down Booker, who has had multiple injuries already this season. "I'm very open (to the idea), but that's not my jurisdiction when it comes to the medical staff," Kokoskov said. "We have a great medical staff. They're going to tell me as an organization what we should do."
Gina Mizell: Josh Jackson on Devin Booker's minor injuries: "Of course, everybody knows we need him desperately. The sooner we can get him back, the better." #Suns
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker left the #Suns locker room before media was permitted to enter. Igor Kokoskov said he did not have an update on next steps and how long Booker will be out. Next game is Tuesday vs. Sacramento.
Dave McMenamin: Devin Booker appeared to pull his hamstring on that last play, running off the court in pain. Both LeBron James and Tyson Chandler left the court to check on him before Booker went to the locker room accompanied by Suns medical staff.
Kyle Goon: LeBron was the first person to come out to Devin Booker from the court when he got hurt: “Book! Is it the toe or the hammy? Hammy?” Then called for the training staff to get him to the locker room.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, Devin Booker (left hamstring) is questionable to return to this game. Same hamstring that he originally hurt the last time Phoenix faced the Lakers. Elie Okobo is starting the second half for the Suns.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, T.J. Warren (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful to play tomorrow at Lakers and Devin Booker (toe) is listed as probable.
Gina Mizell: Late scratch: Devin Booker is also OUT tonight vs. Orlando with a left toe injury. T.J. Warren is also out with ankle soreness. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after practice that Devin Booker (hamstring) is doubtful to play tomorrow vs. San Antonio and that Isaiah Canaan (ankle) is questionable.
Duane Rankin: #Suns official game notes: Devin Booker listed OUT for Memphis game and is "day-to-day" after suffering hamstring injury Wednesday night against Los Angeles #Lakers. Earlier today, Igor Kokoskov said it was a "game-time decision." Booker said he'd see how it felt tomorrow.
Duane Rankin: Devin Booker "game time decision" with left hamstring strain for #Grizzlies Saturday, says #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker on his return to the court in tomorrow’s #Suns opener vs. Dallas: “I’ve taken plenty of hits in practice now, and now I trust it and believe that it’s ready to go for full contact (in a game). That’s what I’ve been doing the past week.”
Devin Booker has taken another giant step in recovering from an injured right shooting hand. The Phoenix Suns’ franchise player has been cleared for contact and has been practicing 5-on-5 with the team. “He looked good,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after Saturday’s practice. “As we all know, on any level that you play, when you’re recovering from something, an injury, there’s some kind of hesitation when it comes to the contact, but I don’t see that in Book."
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker on the state of his right hand: “I don’t all-the-way-trust it yet, but I’m out there competing...it feels pretty good right now. Want it to feel better before I step out there (on the court for a game).” #Suns
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is running with the first team during a full-contact portion of today’s #Suns practice. He’s still got his fingers wrapped. James Jones said earlier today that he is “hopeful” Booker can play in Wednesday’s opener.
Duane Rankin: Looking at Devin Booker, he's not wearing wraps on his injured right hand. Maybe that's just because he's not shooting or in a practice, but that can be see as another sign of progress. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns guard Devin Booker still has not been cleared for contact drills but said it felt "great" to start taking shots with his right hand for the first time in more than three weeks. He also recently had a checkup with the LA surgeon who performed his procedure.
Gerald Bourguet: McDonough says Booker got the sutures out of his hand last week, passed preseason conditioning test. He's been working on cardio and working out one-handed
“As you guys know he did have the injury late last year,” McDonough said, referring to a lingering issue for Booker during the end of the 2017-18 season for which he missed the final 12 games. “There were no symptoms over the summer. The hand died down, it calmed down a little bit, it looked good, there was nothing structurally wrong with it.”
The GM went on to explain that in recent weeks, the Suns have had members of their NBA roster in the gym for workouts and pickup games. That’s when the swelling happened. “Just in one of those games, the hand swelled up,” he said. “There was no trauma that we could see — it wasn’t like he hit it or jammed it or anything stood out unusually while he was playing. The hand just swelled up.”
Harrison Wind: Suns say Devin Booker will be out approximately six weeks after surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand. If that timetable holds up, he’ll barely miss the Nuggets’ home opener vs Phoenix on Oct. 20.
Gambadoro reports Booker will miss at least four weeks. The bothersome right hand injury lingered for Booker throughout the end of the 2017-18 season after he jammed it in practice on March 14, a day before the team’s game against the Utah Jazz. Booker went on to play and shot 3-of-18. From that point on, Booker was required to wear a splint until his condition improved and he missed the last 12 games of the season.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will undergo surgery Monday to an injured ligament in his hand that bothered him for much of the season in a procedure a source told ESPN was minor. Booker will have the surgery in Los Angeles.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Booker's availability for the start of regular season will be clearer after procedure on Monday, league source tells ESPN. Booker signed a five-year, $158M extension this summer.
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker will undergo hand surgery on Monday and is out indefinitely, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. Booker will have the surgery in Los Angeles and is likely to miss the start of training camp.
Scott Bordow: Sounds like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Elfrid Payton, Len all out. Triano expects same lineup as he had against Golden State
Scott Bordow: Update from Suns: Team still hasn't heard from NBA regarding possible suspensions tonight. Booker said he doesn't know if he'll be able to play. Golden State without Durant, Curry, Thompson, McCaw and Cassipi
Scott Bordow: Tyson Chandler just told me he’s playing. Booker is testing his triceps in warmup. No final determination yet
Harrison Wind: Devin Booker, Tyson Chandler and Tyler Ulis are all out tonight vs Nuggets, Suns say.
Gerald Bourguet: Devin Booker and Tyson Chandler (neck) are out tonight. Tyler Ulis remains to be seen.
Scott Bordow: Booker took a knee from Zeller right in that injured rib area. Triano said before the game that Booker will never mention an injury, so when he asks out of a game you know he's hurting
Chuck Cooperstein: Per Triano: @Devin Booker will play vs Mavs. 9:30 tip @1033fmESPN. Best offensive player in NBA no one talks about.
April 1, 2023 | 8:18 am EDT Update
Anthony Davis injury not serious
Jovan Buha: Anthony Davis: “I knew I was going to play regardless. Just that initial tweak — a little bit of pain.” He said he didn’t want to go out afterward and continued to play on adrenaline.
Anthony Davis hobbled through a turned ankle and the Los Angeles Lakers continued their march toward a postseason return with a 123-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. “He kicked our ass in every way possible,” Wolves coach Chris Finch said after Davis scored 17 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lakers to their fifth win in their past six games to go above .500 for the first time all season. Davis twisted his left ankle when he stepped backwards onto Lakers forward Wenyen Gabriel’s foot midway through the third quarter.
Davis didn’t miss a single possession. He checked back into the game after the stop in action and contributed to a 24-2 run by the Lakers that put them into the driver’s seat heading into the fourth quarter. “I knew I was going to play,” Davis said after the game. “Tied the shoes up tighter and just kind off played off adrenaline until the end of the game and was able to get some treatment. But I’ll be fine.”
StatMuse: Anthony Davis tonight: 38 PTS 17 REB 2 BLK 15-26 FG The only player with double-digit 30/15 games this season. pic.twitter.com/K3sCn2705P
Jovan Buha: The Lakers are staying overnight in Minneapolis instead of flying to Houston because of the ongoing blizzard warning. Here’s what the streets currently look like. pic.twitter.com/aSiM8tdNEZ
Damian Lillard on being shut down for the season: 'I wouldn't say it's my decision at all'
Players feel the wrath of fans for load management in the NBA, but more often than not it’s a team’s medical and training staff — driven by analytics and the use of wearable sensors — that sit a player. Guys don’t get to the NBA not wanting to compete. Case in point, Damian Lillard. The Trail Blazers have shut him down for the rest of the season, but he told Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show that it was a team call, not his. “I wouldn’t say it’s my decision at all. I think maybe the team protecting me from myself… Every time that I’ve had some type injury like that kind of get irritated or aggravated or something like that, it’s come from just like a heavy load, and stress, and just, you know, going out there and trying to go above and beyond. So, you know, I would say just; there is something there, and also them just trying to protect me from myself as well.”
Lillard also talked about his loyalty to Portland, which is partly tied to how he wants to win a ring — the way Dirk Nowitzki and Giannis Antetokounmpo did, with the team and city that drafted them. “I just have a way that I want to get things done for myself… I just have my stance on what I want to see happen, but in this business, you just never know.”