The Phoenix Suns are not a good basketball team.
But when star guard Devin Booker is off the court it gets positively ugly — the Suns are outscored by an additional 11.3 points per 100 possessions when he is out. And he’s going to be out a little while now after re-aggravating his hamstring on this play.
“I’m going to make sure it’s right,” he said after Monday’s practice. “Make sure it’s fully (ready) to go. I don’t think I’ve played a healthy game this season. So just making sure my body gets right before I get back out there because if I can’t give 100 percent out there I’m letting my team down in that way so making sure it’s right before I get back out there.”
Last time Booker missed three games with his bothersome hamstring. This time, expect him to miss a couple of weeks.
Booker is averaging 23.5 points and 6.7 assists per game this season, but has not been his same shooting self through a series of injuries (31.3 percent from three, a 54.7 true shooting percentage that is about the league average (although he has never been as efficient as his backers would want you to believe). Even so, the Suns’ spacing and offense are going to struggle without him.