All-Star Suns guard Devin Booker continues to progress from his right calf strain injury, which has sidelined him for the past four games, writes Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. He could return at some point this week.
“[Booker is] increasing his work on the floor with his shooting, the intensity, speed and intensity of it, but still not ready yet,” Phoenix head coach Frank Vogel said.
Phoenix has struggled without Booker in general, but has really had difficulty during the minutes All-Star power forward Kevin Durant has sat. Per Rankin, the Lakers went on a 19-2 run against the Suns with Durant on the bench, en route to an eventual 122-119 comeback victory Friday.
Although Phoenix is just three games into their 2023/24 season, the team’s issues are already at least somewhat concerning, writes Doug Haller of The Athletic. Phoenix has blown three fourth quarter leads already this year, and fissures seem to be appearing with regards to the team’s chemistry among its new players, plus its lackluster defense. Booker remains doubtful for Sunday’s matchup against the Thunder, Rankin writes in a separate piece.