Suns shooting guard Devin Booker suffered a hamstring injury against the Warriors on Tuesday night (Nov. 30) that will reportedly sideline him for “multiple games,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Phoenix ended up beating Golden State, 104-96.
Booker has averaged 23.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season. In the second quarter, he exited the game after going down with the injury and finished the night with 10 points in 15 minutes.
According to Hoops Rumors, Cameron Johnson will likely assume the minutes from the starting rotation left by the injured Booker. The 6-foot-8Johnson added 14 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes of action on Tuesday.
Former No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and point guard Chris Paul will also be keen on keeping the Suns rolling in Booker’s absence — especially with the team one win away from surpassing the franchise record for most consecutive wins (17), initially tied after Tuesday’s win.
The team is hoping that a careful easing back from the injury will set Booker, their leading scorer, up for a potential playoff run.
As I just reported on NBA Today with host @malika_andrews: Suns star Devin Booker is expected to miss a few games with his left hamstring injury, per sources. It's considered minor, and Suns plan to err on side of caution with a long way to go for a team with title hopes.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2021
On Thursday, the Suns will face off against the Pistons to potentially set the new franchise record for consecutive wins with an 18th straight victory. Phoenix should remain confident in its prospects to set the record due to both the subpar Pistons team and how well the Suns operated after Booker left with the injury.
Ayton had an impressive performance to defeat the Warriors, adding 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The veteran Paul contributed with 15 points. Despite understanding the stakes of the moment, and significance of hitting the all-time mark, Paul says the group focuses on preparing to win any game, devoid of any connotation.
“You sort of forget about [the streak] because we’re just hooping,” Paul admitted, regarding his team’s historic run. “We prepare for every game the same way. When you do that, it’s about building habits. Three teams I’ve been on have won 17 in a row. It’s a really good feeling.”
Phoenix is now 18-3 on the season.