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Devin Booker shut down for rest of season with sprained ankle

Devin Booker

Devin Booker is being shut down for the rest of the season after spraining his ankle on Wednesday night.

Booker exited the Phoenix Suns’ game against the Utah Jazz after turning his ankle in the first quarter:

He was quickly pronounced out for the rest of the game. X-rays turned up negative.

Since the Suns only have three regular season games left, we figured they would probably just shut him down for the rest of the way rather than have him hurry back. The Athletic’s Shams Charania says that is what they are doing. That makes sense. At 18-61, the Suns are only playing for a draft lottery spot and don’t need to push Booker for no reason.

Booker finishes his fourth NBA season averaging 26.9 points and 6.8 assists on 46.7 percent shooting, all of which are career-high marks.

X-rays negative on Devin Booker’s ankle

Devin Booker

X-rays on Devin Booker’s ankle came up negative after the guard left Wednesday night’s game with a sprained ankle.

Booker exited the Phoenix Suns’ game against the Utah Jazz in the first quarter after twisting his ankle while trying to post up. He went down in pain.

Booker left the game and was hurt badly enough that the Suns pronounced him out for the rest of the game.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania later reported that X-rays came up negative.

The Suns entered the game 18-60 and only have three more games on their schedule, which could lead them to shut Booker down the rest of the way.

Booker had been hot recently, averaging 52.3 points per game during a 3-game stretch that also included a 59-point game. He’s averaging 26.9 points per game this season.

Devin Booker called his 50-point game at halftime

Devin Booker

Devin Booker made history on Wednesday night and actually knew he was going to well before anyone else.

Booker scored 50 points in the Phoenix Suns’ 124-121 home loss to the Washington Wizards. Booker scored 59 points in Monday’s loss to the Utah Jazz, so this was his second consecutive 50-point game.

At halftime, he was seen saying he was going for 50.

The 22-year-old guard became the youngest player in NBA history with back-to-back 50-point games. He’s averaging over 26 points per game this season for the 17-59 Suns. The next step is for Phoenix to surround him with some better players.

Suns, Jazz got so petty as Devin Booker chased 60-point game

Devin Booker

The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz got so petty as Devin Booker chased a 60-point game on Monday night.

The Suns were blown out 125-92 in the game and their only bright spot was Booker. The 22-year-old guard was hot and went 19/34 from the field and 16/17 on free throws for 59 points.

Phoenix really wanted him to get to 60 points, so they left him out there in garbage time to add to his point total. They even intentionally fouled in the final 30 seconds to get the ball back so Booker would have a shot at crossing the mark.

How did Utah respond? They intentionally fouled back to prevent Booker from having a shot at 60.

The entire situation was so silly. It’s hard to get mad at Utah for blocking the Suns’ efforts when Phoenix did so much to try and get Booker to the total. But as we’ve seen, people will do crazy things when chasing statistics.

Devin Booker fined $25,000 for altercation with Gorgui Dieng

Devin Booker

Devin Booker was fined $25,000 for escalating an on-court altercation with Gorgui Dieng on Tuesday night.

The league announced the fine on Thursday and specified it was for escalating the matter.

The two were ejected from Tuesday’s Minnesota Timberwolves-Phoenix Suns game after an altercation following an elbow.

The escalation came when Dieng told Booker to meet him in the tunnel following their ejections, and Booker dragged an assistant coach as he made his way through the tunnel.

Devin Booker, Suns troll Enes Kanter after beating Knicks

Devin Booker

The Phoenix Suns were feeling themselves after beating the New York Knicks badly on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

After the 128-110 win, both the Suns’ Twitter account and Devin Booker trolled Enes Kanter by hitting back at an old tweet of his. The old tweet from Kanter told Booker to hold the “L” following a Knicks win over the Suns in January.

The Suns responded first by doing the shrug emoji.

Then Booker trolled Kanter back by saying the Suns were targeting him with pick and rolls every time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard someone say to target Kanter with pick and rolls.

Getting the win had to feel really good for the young Suns, and it’s hard to say Kanter didn’t deserve the tweets either.

Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker reportedly exchanged words after loss

Devin Booker

The Phoenix Suns are struggling, which has led to some issues between the players.

After Thursday night’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, two of Phoenix’s young players, Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker, reportedly exchanged words.

The Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin reported about the matter:

“Phoenix’s top two players, Booker and Ayton, exchanged words after the 10-minute cooling off period as members of the media entered the visiting locker room for the tail end of that conversation,” Rankin reported.

Ayton is averaging a double-double this season (15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game), but he’s struggling on the defensive end and did not start on Thursday, though that was said to him not feeling well.

Additionally, rookie Mikal Bridges had a moment of frustration with head coach Igor Kokoskov after picking up a foul.

The Suns dropped to 4-21 after the loss on Thursday and have the worst record in the league.

Devin Booker set to miss multiple games with hamstring injury

Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker said Monday he’ll likely miss several games with a hamstring injury.

Booker sustained a rather significant-looking hamstring injury Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, and has no timetable for his return. It appears likely he’ll miss more than the three games his previous hamstring injury cost him.

The Suns will miss Booker dearly, but they have just four wins on the season and are in full-on tank mode. He might appreciate the mental break from the frustrations of playing on an awful team, and while they’ll never admit it publicly, they won’t be in any hurry to rush Booker back, as they’re likely to lose a lot of games without him in the lineup and better position themselves for the NBA Draft Lottery.

Devin Booker stresses chemistry issues after ’embarrassing’ loss

Devin Booker

Devin Booker cited a lack of chemistry on the team after his Phoenix Suns’ latest loss, which he termed “embarrassing.”

The Suns lost to the Brooklyn Nets at home on Tuesday night to drop to 2-8 on the season. The loss came after the team got a nice home win over Memphis in its previous game, leading Booker to call the team’s performance “embarrassing.”

After the loss, Booker said the Suns’ chemistry was a problem.

“I think all good teams have that trust and chemistry, where they’re able to get on each other and know that it’s for a better purpose,” Booker said, via ESPN. “For us, I don’t think we have that right now. We’re not comfortable with each other, we don’t step on each other’s toes, we don’t push each other, and I think that’s what we need to do.”

Rookie Deandre Ayton agreed, saying they need to learn who can handle being yelled at and who can’t, and who needs encouragement.

The Suns are a rebuilding team. They have some blocks like Booker and Ayton, and they signed Trevor Ariza during the offseason. They’re hoping to see something from some of their other recent top picks like Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges. They have lots of young players and a very long season ahead of them, with another high draft pick looking extremely likely.

Devin Booker responds to Embiid shading Suns

Devin Booker

Joel Embiid’s list of rivals may be expanding further westward.

In an appearance Friday on ESPN’s “The Jump,” the Philadelphia 76ers center threw some shade at the Phoenix Suns, particularly rookie big man Deandre Ayton. Embiid was shown a picture of Ayton during an on-air segment and responded that the 20-year-old was “about to get his a– kicked this year.”

Soon after, Suns guard Devin Booker took an opportunity to respond, quote tweeting the clip and writing simply, “Sounds good.”

Trash talk is nothing new for the All-Star Embiid, as it has become an integral part of his brand both on and off the court. This is not the first time that he has gone after Ayton either. It looks like the Sixers-Suns rivalry could be heating up in a way that we haven’t seen since the days of Charles Barkley.