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Gerald Bourguet: I know people are eagerly awaiting a Devin Booker update, but with the Suns traveling today and not practicing, we may not have anything until practice tomorrow. Maybe I’m wrong, but just a heads up
Source: Twitter @GeraldBourguet

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s best from April 19:
– J. Butler: 45 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast
– B. Ingram: 37 pts, 11 reb, 9 ast
– D. Booker: 31 pts, 12-19 fg, 25 min
– Bog. Bogdanovic: 29 pts, 4 reb, 12-18 fg
– J. Morant: 23 pts, 9 reb, 10 ast
– C. McCollum: 23 pts, 8 reb, 9 ast
– C. Paul: 17 pts, 14 ast, 0 to – 12:09 PM

Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP
Had a treat for 40 minutes this morning absorbing a ton of baseball knowledge from Hall of Famer Jim Kaat. His new book is out. He has his Hall acceptance speech just about done already. At 83, he’s a machine. Conversation to come soon on the Scoop podcast. #MNTwins PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I know people are eagerly awaiting a Devin Booker update, but with the Suns traveling today and not practicing, we may not have anything until practice tomorrow. Maybe I’m wrong, but just a heads up – 11:51 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
5 takeaways from Phoenix #Suns Game 2 loss with Devin Booker sidelined with hamstring injury (w/video of injury play) #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs #Pelicans via @azcentral AM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
NBA 2K22 simulation of the NBA playoffs has Suns beating the Bucks in seven games for the title. Devin Booker the NBA Finals MVP. – 11:26 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker’s hamstring injury is the Suns’ first test of adversity in a while. For @PHNX_Suns, I wrote about why the sky isn’t falling for a group that has work to do but deserves the benefit of the doubt: AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Booker leaves Game 2 with hamstring injury, Pelicans upset Suns to even series…3:10 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Injured Booker misses 4th quarter of Game 2 loss to #Pelicans, status uncertain for Game 3 #Suns #NBAPlayoffs… via @azcentral3:06 AM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
CJ McCollum on Jaxson’s night:
“He’s got a tough responsibility as a young guy in the league that has to guard a Devin Booker or have to switch onto a CP. … He’s learning, he’s adapting and I’m proud of the growth he showed tonight in a tough environment.” – 2:21 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We’re going to need everybody for this deep playoff run that we hopefully have.” Chris Paul as he gave Landry Shamet props for playing with Booker (hamstring) missing the entire fourth quarter. #Suns AM

Allia LaForce @ALaForce
Devin Booker update. @NBAonTNT @Phoenix Suns AM

Dan Favale @danfavale
[waiting on the devin booker injury update] AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“We gon’ be ready, man. That’s our brother, so obviously we hope everything goes right. But everybody’s ready to step up.” – Mikal Bridges on possibly playing without Devin Booker – 1:09 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Johnson on the Suns losing Devin Booker when he was so hot: “It is what it is. We’ve got to continue to fight and play our style of basketball.” – 1:05 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Chris Paul on Devin Booker: “It is what it is. It’s part of the game. We got guys that’s more than capable of stepping up. Book was killing, he was having a big-time game, but it is what it is.” – 12:52 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said Devin Booker injured the hamstring trying to get back in transition on defense. #Suns12:42 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said he thinks the Devin Booker hamstring injury happened on one play. No other update. – 12:41 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams on Devin Booker: “I think it happened on one play when he was trying to track someone down in transition.” Said they didn’t have anything else to say on it yet – 12:41 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul has now lost 14 straight playoff games with Scott Foster as referee.
#Pelicans 125 #Suns 114.
Booker (hamstring) missed entire fourth quarter. 31 points in 1st half, one shot attempt in 3rd.
Game 3 Friday in New Orleans. – 12:38 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker out with right hamstring tightness, #Suns lose Game 2 versus #Pelicans… via @azcentral12:35 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul has now 14 straight playoff games with Scott Foster as referee.
#Pelicans 125 #Suns 114.
Booker (hamstring) missed entire fourth quarter. 31 points in 1st half, one shot attempt in 3rd.
Game 3 Friday in New Orleans. – 12:30 AM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Final: Pelicans 125, Suns 114
Ingram 37 pts (26 in 2nd half), 11 rebs & 9 assts
McCollum 23 pts, 8 rebs & 9 assts
Jones 14 pts
BI has an all-time game as Suns lose Booker in the 2nd half. Pels tie the series at 1-1. Do you think people are going to be excited at SKC on Friday? – 12:29 AM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
In the last 10 days: Luka injured, Paul George gets COVID, Capela injured, Scottie Barnes injured, now Booker injured. A few more in there too, but yeah… lame. – 12:27 AM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Brandon Ingram smells blood with Devin Booker out – 12:23 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Hope Devin Booker is OK … but also kinda crazy we might mess around and get a series here – 12:17 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker really dropped 31 points in the first half and then had to leave the game with hamstring tightness. Brutal – 12:13 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Booker. Hamstring. TBD. Another reminder of how one injury potentially can turn a team’s playoff fortunes.
But of course the Mavs and their fans need no such reminder. They’re living it. – 12:10 AM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
A few minutes ago, Suns HC Monty Williams told TNT’s Allie LaForce before the 4thQ that Devin Booker may have a hamstring injury. Team just now said Booker has right hamstring tightness and will not return tonight. #NBA12:10 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Devin Booker is out for the rest of Game 2 with hamstring tightness, and the stress from that goes well beyond this game. – 12:09 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns have ruled Devin Booker out for the rest of the game with hamstring tightness – 12:08 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker has been ruled out for the rest of the game due to right hamstring tightness, per Suns – 12:08 AM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Suns rule Devin Booker out with right hamstring tightness. – 12:08 AM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Suns say Devin Booker (right hamstring tightness) will not return to tonight’s game – 12:07 AM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Suns’ Devin Booker has right hamstring tightness and is out for remainder of Game 2 vs. Pelicans. – 12:07 AM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Suns say Devin Booker (right hamstring tightness) will NOT return to the game. – 12:07 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Official: Devin Booker (right hamstring tightness). Will not return tonight. #Suns12:05 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns are rallying like hell and have retaken the lead with a 13-5 run, but Devin Booker’s status is looming over everything right now – 12:05 AM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Devin Booker “may have a hamstring injury,” Suns coach Monty Williams tells TNT’s @ALaForce entering the fourth quarter of Game 2 against visiting New Orleans.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com12:04 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Hamstring bothering Booker.
Happened in the finals. #Suns down three. – 12:03 AM

Sean Kelley @SeanKelleyLive
Booker has a hamstring issue. My goodness what a development. – 12:03 AM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Monty Williams tells @ALaForce that Devin Booker “may have a hamstring injury” and the Suns will “know more after the game.” – 12:02 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Shamet 3.
Booker still on the bench. #Suns down four. – 12:00 AM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Devin Booker is back on the bench for the Suns – 11:59 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Devin Booker is back on the Suns bench to start the fourth quarter. – 11:59 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is back from the locker room. Not great body language. – 11:58 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker just returned to the bench – 11:58 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 3rd: Pelicans 90, Suns 83
Ingram 25 pts, 7 rebs & 8 assts
McCollum 15 pts, 8 rebs & 6 assts
Nance 11 pts
Pels outscored the Suns 34-22 in the 3rd and Booker is in the locker room with an apparent injury. Huge opportunity coming here for the Pels in the 4th. – 11:58 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Heckuva third quarter from the Pels. They took advantage of those minutes with no Booker and Chris Paul. Brandon Ingram having a really nice all-around game. – 11:57 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: NOP 90, PHX 83
Booker: 31 Pts, 12-19 FG, 7-11 3P
Bridges: 12 Pts, 4-7 FG
Paul: 10 Pts, 9 Ast, 3-11 FG
Ingram: 25-8-7, 9-15 FG
Booker went to locker room in 3Q – 11:56 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker took one shot in the third quarter.
Missed 3. #Suns down six with 1:40 left in 3rd.
He’s on the bench right now. – 11:53 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Need to take advantage of the minutes with Book and CP3 on the bench – 11:48 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Landry Shamet on the court here for Booker in the third quarter after not playing in Game 1 – 11:45 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Landry Shamet checking in for Booker. Payne in for Paul.
Last rest for those two. – 11:45 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Jaxson Hayes playing excellent 1 on 1 defense on Booker! – 11:40 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Devin Booker knocking down a bucket and fist-bumping a baby right after is so awesome. PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Three fouls on Booker and Paul – 11:31 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker in his 24th career playoff game for the Suns has tied the franchise record for most 30-point games in the playoffs with No. 11 tonight. Amar’e Stoudemire also had 11 (in 52 games). – 11:23 PM

Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Devin Booker is the first player in NBA postseason history to record 30 points and 7 3-pointers in multiple halves.
Booker also did this last year in the 1st half of Game 6 against the Lakers. – 11:19 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
(📼 @NBA) PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Devin Booker has never finished a regular-season game with 7+ 3-pointers.
He did it twice last postseason, and he’s got 7 at halftime tonight. – 11:15 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Taking a foul to give 45 feet from the basket with 3 seconds left just gives them a chance to set up a play, which Phoenix did for a Booker 3 to close the half. – 11:15 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
If not for Devin Booker’s 31-point burger (7 3-pointers!), Pelicans would likely have the lead at halftime. Instead, they trail 61-56. A lot to like from this first half, but New Orleans has to be crisp and focused every second. Playoff basketball: everything has to be on point. – 11:14 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Devin Booker at the half:
31 PTS
12-18 FG
7-10 3P
That baby gave him superpowers. PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st half: Suns 61, Pels 56
McCollum 15 pts
Ingram 11 pts
Valanciunas 6 pts & 9 rebs
Devin Booker (31 pts) went insane in the half, but the Pels are still within striking distance. They just need to keep getting good looks for BI & CJ (and hope Book comes to Earth) – 11:12 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker: 31 points, 12-18 FG, 7-10 3P
Rest of Suns: 30 points, 12-27 FG, 3-11 3P – 11:12 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker 3 to end half.
Has 31, hitting 7-of-8 from 3.
One shy of tying playoff career high 8 s.
#Suns up 61-56 at end of 1st half.
He has scored more than half of Phoenix’s points.
Insane. #NBAPlayoffs11:12 PM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Devin Booker cuando llegó al partido esta noche…. PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Who would’ve thought the ball was going to Devin Booker at the end of the half? Insane stuff from him. 31 points. Nailed seven 3s. – 11:11 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
HALF: Suns 61, Pelicans 56
– CJ: 15p, 6r, 4a
– BI: 11p, 4r, 3a
– JV: 6p, 9r
– Booker: 31p, 12/18 FG, 7/10 3P
Pels: 43.2 FG%, 9/19 3P, 9/11 FT
Suns: 53.3 FG%, 10/21 3P, 3/3 FT – 11:11 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
31 points in the first half. Devin Booker is ridiculous. – 11:11 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Please don’t let Devin Booker catch the ball in the second half. – 11:11 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
I don’t know what the hell you’re supposed to do against heat check Booker except pray – 11:11 PM

Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Devin Booker is leaving us speechless in the first half of Game 2. – 11:10 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Booker played like a pantheon of gods combined in the first half and the Pelicans are right in this one only down 5. I’ll take it. – 11:10 PM

Amin Elhassan @DarthAmin
It’s almost like the Pelicans have no idea who the hell Devin Booker is – 11:10 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: PHX 61, NOP 56
Booker: 31 Pts, 12-18 FG, 7-10 3P
Bridges: 10 Pts, 3-4 FG
Ayton: 4 Pts, 5 Reb
McCollum: 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 4-11 FG – 11:10 PM

Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
Book rn.. get the hell out the way!!! Lol PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Devin Booker has 31 points at halftime. – 11:10 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Logo Book to end the half. He had 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting. – 11:10 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker with 7 3s in another playoff game! – 11:10 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
the pelicans on defense vs devin booker PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans are up 9-2 in offensive boards, but the Suns’ second was big, leading to another Booker 3. Ayton tracked down the long rebound amid a couple Pels – 11:06 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Booker: PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns are a +10 since Devin Booker dapped that baby up – 11:06 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker right now.
26 points.
6-of-8 from 3.
#Suns up eight with 2:27 left in 1st half. #NBAPlayoffs PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is 4-of-5 from the field since giving that baby a fist bump – 11:05 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
A stiletto by Booker!! – 11:04 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
D Book is on an absolute heater!!! – 11:04 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker going nuclear. He’s up to 26 points in the first half. Suns up 8 after a much better effort from the Pelicans. – 11:04 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker is up to 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting…with 2:27 to go in the first half
Just being legendary right now – 11:04 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Devin Booker is out for blood. And baby daps. – 11:04 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Booker is on one tonight – 11:03 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker talking to referee Tony Brothers after hitting deck on drive and score.
Next trip. Booker scores. Has 20 on 8-of-12 FGs.
#Suns, #Pelicans tied at 46-46. – 11:01 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker is absurd. That is all – 11:01 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
If Chris Paul would’ve fell in front of that baby courtside instead of Devin Booker. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Who just backs off a guy who just hit a 3 and is taking another one.
Who backs off Devin Booker for 3 after he just hit a 3.
#Suns down two at end of 1st as Booker hits a fading two.
Has 16, hitting 4-of-6 from 3.
His career playoff-high for made 3s is 8. #Suns10:40 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker: 16 points, 6-10 FG, 4-6 3P
Rest of Suns: 12 points, 5-13 FG, 1-5 3P – 10:38 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
This is a fuuuuun first quarter all around. Great adjustments by the Pelicans and Booker is just so damn good – 10:38 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st: Pelicans 30, Suns 28
Ingram 11 pts & 3 assts
McCollum 7 pts & 4 rebs
Valanciunas 4 pts & 6 rebs
Booker 16 pts (6-10 FG) – 10:37 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Trey banked that 3 in and just shrugged and shook his head.
Book comes back and makes a ridiculous 2 in the other end.
Wild end go the 1Q. – 10:37 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: NOP 30, PHX 28
Booker: 16 Pts, 4-6 3P
Crowder: 3 Pts, 3 Reb, 1-5 FG
Ayton: 4 Pts, 2 Reb
Ingram: 11-3-3, 4-7 FG
NOP: 6 offensive rebounds – 10:37 PM

Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
Book a gamer, gamer. – 10:37 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker’s shot-making is single-handedly saving this quarter for the Suns – 10:36 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns down, 27-23 after Booker 3. – 10:35 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Much better start. Herb has guarded Devin Booker from the opening tip. He started the game on Chris Paul in G1. Brandon Ingram (9 points) with the early offense. – 10:31 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Craig not shooting when Booker swung it to him there just killed the possession. I get it’s a lot of Crowder but everyone needs to be aggressive and take all their openings in this offense. It’s how it works. – 10:29 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
A little too much Jae on offense right now. Two fouls on Devin Booker as Cam Payne and Cam Johnson check in – 10:26 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Two fouls on Booker. He’s staying in for now. – 10:26 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
C.J. McCollum back-to-backs, Booker answers with 3.
#Suns up 14-13. – 10:18 PM

Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Pels wisely put Herb on Booker this time (was on CP3 last game). – 10:13 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
McCollum on Paul. Jones on Booker. – 10:12 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
How Devin Booker likes to end his pregame warmups: PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Look for Brandon Ingram to still be matched up defensively against Devin Booker in game 2 (thereby Herb Jones should be on Chris Paul again), but Willie Green said in pregame that the Pelicans are going to mix up their coverages. BI will not chase Book around for the whole game. PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
After Devin Booker talked about “pigeons” (a guy that doesn’t play defense that you can target), I asked Jae Crowder about where that term came from. He said it’s pigeons and ducks, and that it’s been around for a while: PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Joel Embiid is probably the hardest player to officiate since Shaq in his heyday, a massive human being with the wily skills of sneaky guards and the rule-book knowledge of a habitual line-stepper. He’s used all the tools against Toronto…12:47 PM

More on this storyline

Gerald Bourguet: “We’ll get more information, we’ll have a better update tomorrow.” – Monty Williams on Devin Booker’s hamstring -via Twitter @GeraldBourguet / April 20, 2022

Duane Rankin: “If we have to play without Book, next man up.” #Suns coach Monty Williams on Devin Booker (right hamstring tightness). -via Twitter @DuaneRankin / April 20, 2022

In a potential series-shifting moment, Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker went down with a hamstring injury, and the New Orleans Pelicans pounced with a huge finish to take a 125-114 Game 2 win and even their series at 1-1 on Tuesday night. Booker had a prolific first half, scoring 31 points and nailing seven 3-pointers. But he didn’t score in the third quarter, and with 4:45 left in the period, he injured his right hamstring challenging a Jaxson Hayes dunk in transition. He immediately left the game and went to the locker room. -via ESPN / April 20, 2022