NBA Rumor: Devin Booker Injury

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Devin Booker is officially out for rest of the season. Igor Kokoskov confirmed before Friday’s final home game of the season that Booker will not play in Phoenix’s final three games after rolling his left ankle in Wednesday’s loss to Utah. “It’s a medical reason,” Kokoskov said. “The good news is the x-ray results came back negative. The timetable, unfortunately, for him to recover is not long enough to bring him back. We didn’t shut him down. It’s just circumstances.”

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.”

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.”

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.
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