Blazers’ Damian Lillard wants Devin Booker to take his spot at the All-Star Game
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard suffered a groin strain during Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately, that will force the point guard to miss the upcoming All-Star Game. However, in his place, Lillard has nominated Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker to take his spot.
Dame after confirming that he'll miss the All-Star Game: "Hopefully Devin Booker — somebody like — will get the spot."
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 13, 2020
In the game, Damian Lillard scored 20 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed five rebounds in 37 minutes. The five-time Blazers All-Star, however, stated that he did not hear a pop when the injury occurred.
As for Booker, the 23-year-old shooting guard was seen as one of the biggest All-Star snubs this season.
In his fifth season, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard is ripping through NBA defenses to the tune of 26.4 points, 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from deep.
Devin Booker was notably frustrated when he originally learned that he did not make the All-Star game when the rosters were announced last month. If the Suns star is in fact chosen to replace the injured Lillard, it’ll be Booker’s first All-Star appearance in his career.
Despite Devin’s fantastic individual season, Phoenix is still struggling to win games on a regular basis. The team has already surpassed their win total from last season but, at 22-33, are still 6.5 games behind a playoff spot in the Western Conference.