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Devin Booker optimistic about Suns’ playoff chances


Devin Booker is fond of the Phoenix Suns’ playoff chances, even if they have had a rocky road trying to establish themselves as a playoff team.

The Suns stormed out of the gate and impressed early in the season, though a 25-gan ban to starting center Deandre Ayton derailed that prospect, even with Booker and other team members thriving in their roles.

Booker and company have gotten back on the horse, winning four of their last five games and recently edging a Boston Celtics team at the end of their road trip.

“I’m happy with the position that we’re in even after dropping some games I felt we should’ve won,” said Booker, according to Yahoo Sports. “We’re still right there. We’re giving ourselves a fighting chance.”

At 18-24, the Suns are two games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies and only a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs, who they face on Monday with the chance to leapfrog them in the Western Conference standings.

The Suns lost a 121-119 overtime thriller on Dec. 14 when these two teams first met, though Booker wasn’t available to play, suffering from a right forearm injury.

This meeting could decide more than just jostling for position, as these two teams will play each other twice in the next five days, which will decide a tiebreaker that could prove pivotal in their respective playoff race.

Booker is leading the way with 26.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game — numbers that should bode well against a Spurs team that is making a strong case for a record 23rd straight playoff appearance.