The real reason Suns star Devin Booker is missing the All-Star Game
Phoenix Suns superstar Devin Booker was added to the All-Star roster last week, but now he will have to bow out due to an apparent left knee sprain.
Booker will miss the All-Star Game due to a left knee sprain. He was named as a replacement for Lakers‘ Anthony Davis. https://t.co/S7zuocbogR
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 6, 2021
Booker and the Suns were wrapping up their first half of the season against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night when he appeared to have hurt his knee in the first quarter. From a closer look, it looks like he bumped knees with Dubs’ forward Kent Bazemore and fell to the floor in agony. He remained in the game and finished with 16 points in 29 minutes.
Here is the exact play that he got hurt on.
This is the play Devin Booker sprained his knee last night. First quarter Kent Bazemore drive. Knee-to-knee. Booker spent the rest of the game limping lightly. Wondered at the time if it'd hold him out of All-Star game. Leads to tonight's Mike Conley replacement bid. pic.twitter.com/uakTH3f2ok
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 6, 2021
Devin Booker has led the Suns to the second-best record in the Western Conference, just 2.5 games behind the league-leading Jazz. Booker’s numbers are All-Star worthy, with a team-leading 24.9 points per game. He was selected as a reserve by Team Durant during Wednesday’s All-Star Draft.
It’s also worth noting that Conley will replace Booker in the 3-point contest. In 14 seasons in the NBA, this will be Conley’s first appearance playing in the All-Star game.
Booker was initially left off the All-Star roster, which prompted LeBron James to chime on and the fact that he’s often overlooked. Booker is technically a two-time All-Star despite not playing in this weekend’s festivities.