The Phoenix Suns will have to play the next handful of games without their star in the backcourt. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters that shooting guard Devin Booker is projected to be out two to three weeks due to a left groin strain.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Phoenix, which watched Booker go down with the injury on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors with fewer than three minutes left in the contest. He was carried off the court with the initial ruling of a strained left adductor.
Booker shot 4-for-15 from the field, generating 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the 126-111 defeat.
The Suns appear to be trending in the wrong direction this season but the third-year guard’s been a one-man wrecking crew on the scoresheet.
Booker paces the roster with his 24.3 points per game, also averaging 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists on the season. The former Kentucky Wildcats star is shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 38.3 from three-point territory.
Booker entered Tuesday’s contest against Toronto red-hot from the field, scoring 33 points or more in three of the last four games prior. His best game of the season came on Monday, when he poured in 46 points on 17 of 32 shooting including 7 of 8 from long range. Booker also added eight rebounds in the 14-point win over Philadelphia.
The loss on Tuesday put Phoenix at 9-17 on the season and the team has dropped six of the last eight. The Suns without Booker are back in action Thursday to play the Wizards.