PHOENIX SUNS

Suns’ Jae Crowder hobbles off, returns to hit big shots in Game 4 vs. Mavs

May 8, 2022, 1:49 PM | Updated: 7:16 pm

Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder called for a sub and hobbled off the court to the locker room early in Sunday’s 111-101 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

With under six minutes to go in the first quarter in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, Crowder was attempting to pass the ball when he went down with an apparent right leg injury after making contact with Mavs guard Luka Doncic.

He could not put any weight on it initially and went straight off the court. Dallas hit a three with Crowder unable to get back on defense.

Crowder was later seen on the ESPN broadcast walking in the tunnel on the way to the locker room, but with a noticeable limp.

He returned to the bench with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter and eventually checked back in.

Amid a flurry of Dallas three-pointers, Crowder hit three jumpers — two from deep — in the second quarter to keep Phoenix from falling too far behind.

He scored 12 points in the first half, second on the Suns behind Devin Booker’s 19. Crowder finished second on the team with 15 points behind Booker’s game-high 35.

Dallas hit 14 three-pointers in the opening 24 minutes, and the Suns trailed 68-56 at halftime. The Mavericks went 20-for-44 (45.5%) from three while going 18-for-41 (43.9%) from inside the arc.

Suns point guard Chris Paul had four fouls going into the second half after picking one up in the final tick of the second quarter and fouled out with 8:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.

With the series tied 2-2, Phoenix hosts Game 5 on Tuesday night at Footprint Center.

The action starts at 7 p.m. You can tune in on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Dallas Mavericks forward Davis Bertans (44) celebrates after sinking a 3-point basket in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) advances the ball against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban celebrates with fans after a Mavericks 3-point basket in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell, center, defends as Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) shoots in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Fans cheer as Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) walks up court celebrating after his assist to Dorian Finney-Smith for a three-point basket in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series againts the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Fans cheer after Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, center, sunk a three-point basket over Phoenix Suns' Cameron Johnson (23) in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) takes a shot in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, left, greets, Chris Paul (3) at the bench after Paul fouled out in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) leaps to shoot as Phoenix Suns' Cameron Payne, center, and Mavericks' Maxi Kleber, right, look on in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd instructs his team in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) 
              Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic shouts at an official standing nearby in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts to being issued a foul in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) defends against a shot by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) stands by as Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) celebrates after sinking a 3-point basket in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            Dallas Mavericks' Dorian Finney-Smith looks on as Jalen Brunson leaps to the basket for a shot after getting past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder, rear, in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, left, defends against a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Jalen Brunson (13) in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee (00) works to pass the ball as Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) defends in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) 
              Dallas Mavericks' Jalen Brunson (13) and Luka Doncic (77) celebrate late in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) falls away taking a shot as Dallas Mavericks' Jalen Brunson (13) and Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defend in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul, second from right, walk off the court after Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks up at an official standing nearby after being knocked to the floor while shooting with no foul call made in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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