Booker carried off with groin injury in Suns loss to Raptors

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 06, 2017 01:27 PM
Booker carried off with groin injury in Suns loss to Raptors
FILE - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JANUARY 14: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs as part of NBA Global Games at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on January 14, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — The Phoenix Suns are heading home from their season-high six-game trip anxious about the health of star guard Devin Booker.

Booker injured his groin while the Toronto Raptors beat the Suns 126-113 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Preliminary tests showed Booker strained his left adductor while playing defense with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. Booker froze in place near midcourt, and trainers came out to examine him before two teammates carried him off the floor and into the locker room.

“It’s tough,” Suns center Greg Monre said.” He’s obviously one of the great young players in this league. He’s having an outstanding year right now, so you definitely don’t want to see him get injured.”

Booker, who shook off a 2-for-11 start to score a season-high 46 points Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in a win at Philadelphia, shot 0-for-7 in the first half Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). He finished 4-for-15 with 19 points, including 10-of-12 from the foul line.

A team staffer had to help Booker limp to his stall in the locker room after being examined. Booker declined to speak to reporters.

“I’m sure they’ll have to do an MRI or something to make sure we take care of him the right way,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said.

Phoenix is off Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) before hosting Washington Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

Now in his third season, Booker came in averaging a team-high 24.5 points per game.

“Any time you have to get carried off it’s always a scare, especially someone like him and how valuable he is to our team,” Suns forward Jared Dudley said.

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