EDITORS NOTE: Devin Booker is expected to play in Game 6 tonight, per Adrian Wojnarowski. The three-time All-Star will test his leg out in warmups and will be back out barring any setbacks. If all goes well, Booker will be back in the lineup for the first time since Game 2.
ESPN Sources: Phoenix Suns All-Star G Devin Booker (strained hamstring) is expected to play vs. New Orleans in Game 6 tonight. Booker is expected to test the ligament in pregame warmups, and assuming all goes well, he’ll be back on the floor after missing the past three games.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 28, 2022
Devin Booker has reportedly progressed in his injury rehab enough to raise the possibility of him returning to the Sun’s lineup as soon as Games 6 on Thursday or 7, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: Phoenix Suns All-Star G Devin Booker (hamstring strain) is progressing toward a return soon, including the possibility as soon as Game 6 or Game 7 of this playoff series vs. New Orleans. He’s expected to be initially listed as out for Thursday’s Game 6.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 27, 2022
Booker suffered a hamstring strain in his right leg during Game 2 of the Suns-Pelicans first-round series, forcing him to miss the last three games. If he does return, he will reportedly be playing limited minutes. The Kentucky product is expected to miss Game 6 due to injury, but that could be adjusted in the hours leading up to the pivotal Thursday night game, per Woj.
The three-time All-Star in some light shooting during a practice session on Thursday.
“He is progressing, but there’s no change (to status),” Suns coach Monty Williams said per ESPN. “Any time you have your best player out, you know that guy wants to be on the floor. If it was an elimination game type situation —I’m sure that would have an impact on it.”
The Suns, up 3-2 on the Pelicans, look to close out their first-round series on Thursday.