Suns to rest Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton Sunday vs. Thunder

Apr 2, 2022, 1:22 PM | Updated: 2:26 pm
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns is guarded by Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in...
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns is guarded by Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half at Chase Center on March 30, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns will sit guard Devin Booker and center Deandre Ayton for rest Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, head coach Monty Williams told reporters.

Forward Jae Crowder is listed out with right ankle soreness.

This is the first case of Phoenix resting players for non-injury reasons this season. The Suns have the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and top record in the NBA wrapped up, so balancing rest and ramp up to the playoffs is a primary goal.

There are only five games left on the slate — one back-to-back — and the Suns will get nearly another week off while the play-in tournaments commence. The playoffs begin on April 16.

Point guard Chris Paul will play as he continues to work up his conditioning after missing 15 games with a fractured thumb. He played 32 minutes on Friday in Phoenix’s 122-114 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies, his fourth game since returning.

Forward Mikal Bridges is also slated to play and keep his streak of not having missed a game in the NBA alive.

The Suns take on the Thunder in Oklahoma at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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