After suffering their fourth 40-point loss this season, 46 points to be exact against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Devin Booker will try and stop the hottest team in the league right now.
And, surprisingly, that team is the Utah Jazz.
According to Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro, Booker will try to give it a go tonight in Phoenix’s final game before the team goes their separate ways for a much-needed break from the action after losing seven in a row now.
Here is the angle on the replay that shows Zeller's knee go right into Booker. Right rib contusion is what he's playing through. pic.twitter.com/qyYZemaK6z— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) February 4, 2018
Led by rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell, who dropped 40 on the Suns not too long ago at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Utah is firing on all cylinders. It’s to the point where Mitchell is now making a legitimate case to steal Rookie of the Year away from Ben Simmons.
Even though the Suns are heavy underdogs heading into Salt Lake City and having no need for Booker to play with this being the final game before the All-Star break, you have to love the competitiveness out of him to try and stop their 10-game win streak.
Having been led by Elfrid Payton, who interim head coach Jay Triano said they had to cut their playbook in half upon his arrival, Booker’s return will be a welcome addition back to the starting unit. I’m very intrigued by how this backcourt duo looks together, especially after All-Star Weekend once they have had a few practices under their belt.
If you weren’t planning on watching, you probably should now. Booker is (hoping to be) back, and we get to see how the starting lineup looks at full strength alongside their newest acquisition.
Editors Note: Booker is a game-time decision. May or may not play.