PHOENIX SUNS

Suns guard Josh Okogie exits win vs. Lakers with right hip soreness

Dec 19, 2022, 9:13 PM | Updated: 10:57 pm

Phoenix Suns guard Josh Okogie exited Monday night’s 130-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers due to right hip soreness.

The team announced at the beginning of the fourth quarter that he would night return to the game at Footprint Center.

Monty Williams told reporters postgame that the injury happened in the first half and that Okogie tried to play through it before the head coach eventually took the guard out late in the third quarter.

The 24-year-old Okogie finished the game with three points on 1-of-5 shooting (20%), including going 0-for-1 from three-point range and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

He also added three rebounds and one steal in 10 minutes played.

Losing Okogie couldn’t come at a worse time for the Suns, who were only able to have 10 active players dress out on Monday night: Okogie, Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Landry Shamet, Bismack Biyombo, Damion Lee, Dario Saric and Ish Wainright.

The injury bug has already bitten the likes of starting All-Star guard Devin Booker (groin soreness), backup center Jock Landale (concussion protocol), backup point guard Cam Payne (right foot strain) and guard Duane Washington Jr. (hip strain).

Forwards Cameron Johnson (knee surgery recovery) and Jae Crowder (not with team) were also already sidelined.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Wenyen Gabriel (35) drives against Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Los Angeles Lakers guard Max Christie (10) shields the ball from Phoenix Suns forward Ish Wainright during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, left, talks to guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Los Angeles Lakers guard Scotty Pippen Jr., right, shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Damion Lee (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday Dec. 19, 2022 in Phoenix.. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, center, with Lakers center Damian Jones (30) setting a pick during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Los Angeles Lakers guard Kendrick Nunn (12) drives against Phoenix Suns forward Josh Okogie during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (0) fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Los Angeles Lakers center Damian Jones (30) shoots over Lakers forward Wenyen Gabriel (35) and Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo (18) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives past Los Angeles Lakers guard Kendrick Nunn during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Phoenix Suns guard Damion Lee drives on Los Angeles Lakers guard Max Christie during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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