Suns coach says Booker set to return for team's opener

NBA.com Global on Oct 16, 2018 10:20 PM
Suns coach says Booker set to return for team's opener
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the game against the Houston Rockets on January 12, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said Monday that star shooting guard Devin Booker, five weeks after hand surgery, will return to play in Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) season opener against the Mavericks.

"Devin's going to play on Wednesday," Kokoskov told Phoenix's 98.7 FM. "There's no secret. He's ready, he's playing, he's excited. He's our big rock."

Booker underwent surgery on Sept. 10 to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right (shooting) hand. He had been expected to miss six weeks.

Booker averaged 24.9 points per game last season, his third in the NBA.

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