The Phoenix Suns are getting their superstar guard, Devin Booker back for Game 6 on Thursday night, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — and not at a moment too soon.
Suns head coach Monty Williams later confirmed the report.
The 25-year-old had been out since the middle of Game 2 of Phoenix’s first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans with a strained hamstring. Despite being the No. 1 seed in the West, the Suns have had their hands full with the No. 8 seed in Booker’s absence — holding a 3-2 series lead with a chance to close it out on Thursday. Granted, they did win two of the three games without their star.
It is expected that Booker will see limited minutes in his return to the floor as to not exacerbate the issue and run the risk of losing him for even longer during the playoffs.
Should the Suns close out the Pelicans, they’ll meet the winner of the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz first-round series in the Western Conference semifinals.
In 68 games during the regular season, Booker averaged 26.8 points per game. He scored 25 points in Game 1 before going off for 31 points in just 24 minutes before suffering the hamstring injury.