Suns’ Devin Booker questionable, yet likely to play vs. Jazz
The Phoenix Suns are listing shooting guard Devin Booker as questionable tonight against the Utah Jazz, yet a short chat with head coach Jay Triano hinted as if the third-year guard would see the floor prior to the All-Star break, according to Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic.
Booker has been out for the last four games with a hip pointer injury and a rib bruise, which have kept him unable to do much in the practice floor during the past week.
Point guard Tyler Ulis is probable tonight after sustaining a back injury and shooting guard Troy Daniels noted he’s going to play after a finger injury setback. Daniels’ finger is taped in his shooting hand, though, which will limit his efficiency as a long-distance shooter, if deployed by Triano against the Jazz.
The Suns have lost their last six games, as well as 11 of their last 12 and could use a good win tonight heading into the break, but they’ll have to do so against a red-hot Jazz team that has railed off 10 wins in a row.
Phoenix managed to get what most deem as the steal of the trade deadline, as they swapped a second-round pick in exchange for the Orlando Magic’s starting point guard, 23-year-old Elfrid Payton.
Payton has put up 24 points in his last two games with the team and is the first quality point guard the team has put on the floor since the departure of Eric Bledsoe early in the season. An avid ball distributor and excellent one-on-one defender, Payton could be the perfect complement to the high-scoring Booker through the remaining 26 games of the season.