Draymond Green: Pelicans Have 2 Best Players in Suns Series After Devin Booker Injury

Erin WalshApril 23, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 13: CJ McCollum #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans react after their team defeated the San Antonio Spurs 113 - 103 after the 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament at Smoothie King Center on April 13, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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The Phoenix Suns will be without star guard Devin Booker for at least two to three weeks because of a hamstring injury. With that in mind, Golden State Warriors veteran Draymond Green believes the New Orleans Pelicans have the upper hand in their first-round series.

Speaking on his podcast, Green said he believes the Pelicans now have the two best players in the Suns-Pelicans series with Booker sidelined. 

"That's a big loss for Phoenix," Green said. "That loss gives New Orleans the two best players on the court, which is hard to overcome. No disrespect to [Chris Paul]. CP is 37. I don't personally think CP is going to give you all of that for 48 straight minutes at this age." 

Green does have a point. With Booker sidelined, players like Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton will need to step up and help Paul carry the scoring load. Booker had 25 points in Game 1 and 31 points in Game 2. If Phoenix can't get that production out of another player or a combination of players, they could be in trouble. 

That said, Green is also probably right about the Pelicans now having the two best players in the series. Both Ingram and McCollum are lethal from midrange and have been on a roll early this postseason. 

Ingram notched 18 points in Game 1 and 37 points in Game 2, while McCollum had 25 points in Game 1 and 23 points in Game 2. 

New Orleans entered Friday's Game 3 with the series tied 1-1.