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Suns' Devin Booker to Miss at Least 4 Weeks with Groin Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 28, 2022

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts to a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Pelicans 118-114. (AP Photo/Matt York)
AP Photo/Matt York

The Phoenix Suns announced Wednesday that star shooting guard Devin Booker suffered a left groin strain and will be reevaluated in four weeks.

Booker left the team's 128-125 overtime loss against the Denver Nuggets last Sunday after just four minutes with the injury. He missed the Suns' previous three games because of groin soreness.

The 26-year-old Booker has averaged 27.1 points, 5.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. He dropped 58 points on Dec. 17 against the New Orleans Pelicans before initially sitting out with the groin ailment.

Left hamstring tightness also forced Booker to the sideline for Dec. 11 and 13 matchups with the Pels and Houston Rockets, respectively.

Losing Booker is obviously a tremendous blow for a team that is coming off an NBA Finals appearance in 2021 and posting the best win-loss record in the league in 2022.

This season's Suns team hasn't fared as well at 20-15 but is just three games back of Denver for first in the West. Including the game where Booker left early, the Suns are just 2-5 without him this season.

Landry Shamet replaced Booker during Sunday's matchup with Denver and led the team with 31 points. However, he missed the Suns' 125-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies with right Achilles soreness.

Phoenix decided to roll with a starting five of Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig and Jock Landale, with Duane Washington Jr., Damion Lee, Josh Okogie and Ish Wainright all seeing extensive playing time off the bench. Washington's 26 points led eight Suns in double figures.

The Suns nearly picked off the Nuggets before crushing the 20-13 Grizzlies on the road, so they've done a good job over the last two games finding ways to compete sans Booker. That may be a tough task as the weeks move on, but Phoenix does have a deep team and a solid core with Paul, Ayton and Bridges to at least tread water before Booker returns.