The NBA playoffs are ongoing and the games are witnessing a cut-throat competition for the championship
Tuesday night, New Orleans Pelicans VS Phoenix Suns resulted in a high-scoring victory for the Pelicans 125-114. Not only did the Phoenix Suns lose game 2 of the first round but also Devin Booker ended up with a hamstring injury.
Coach Monty Williams says Booker damaged his hamstring while attempting to return to transition defense. Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 37 points as the series moves towards game 3, which will be played in New Orleans on Friday.
After a 31-point first half, Booker only took one shot in the third quarter as New Orleans led by seven points going into the fourth. In the fourth inning, he was declared out for the remainder of the game.
Devin Booker missed games due to health issues
After testing positive for COVID-19, Booker lost seven games during the regular season due to a left hamstring strain and four more in the NBA’s health and safety standards. In those games, the Suns went 8-3.
In the first half, Booker made 7 of 10 3-point attempts. In Game 6 of last year’s first-round against the Los Angeles Lakers, he set a career-high for made 3-pointers in a game with eight.
Booker scored 15 of the team’s final 19 points during that run, including three 3-pointers, the latest of which came from 29 feet to give Phoenix a 61-56 halftime advantage. Mikal Bridges was responsible for the remaining four points.
“If we have to play without Book, next man up,” Williams said after the game.
“We’ve got guys that are more than capable of stepping up,” Suns point guard Chris Paul said. “Book was killing. He was having a big-time game, but it is what it is.”
The Phoenix Suns won the Game 1 on Sunday with Booker having 25 points on the table