Devin Booker Injured; Likely To Miss Games

 Devin Booker was in the middle of what was shaping up to be a legendary playoff performance in Game 2 of the Phoenix Suns series with the New Orleans Pelicans. 31 points in the first half on seven 3-pointers. He was unstoppable, even hitting a long bomb from the logo at the halftime buzzer. 

But Booker was forced to leave the game in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury. He seemed to tweak it while going up to contest a basket on a fast break, then left the floor and went straight to the locker room.

He's undergoing testing and treatment today, and NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski says he'll likely miss a couple of games.

But coach Monty Williams says the Suns can deal with Book's absence: "We've played without Chris [Paul] and Book before. If we have to play without Book, next man up. We've done that all year long."

ESPN's Brian Windhorst, however, noted that "the change in momentum after the injury was palpable, as the Pelicans played brilliantly down the stretch." They were led by Brandon Ingram's 37-11-9, and Larry Nance Jr. had some choice thoughts on the upset win. 

The real problem for the Suns is that this isn't the first time Booker has had hamstring issues. As Windhorst reports, back in November, he strained his left hamstring on a similar play, and wound up missing 7 games. 

On the other hand, Booker played through a hamstring injury he suffered in last year's NBA Finals Game 3, and didn't miss any time. 

Dr. Brian Sutterer, sports injury expert, breaks down Tuesday night's injury, and provides his thoughts. 

Booker didn't seem to be limping off the court after the injury, which the doctor says is a good sign, calling it "reassuring" that the pain wasn't too severe right away.

The Suns went 8-6 without Booker in the lineup this season.