Suns list Devin Booker, Josh Okogie out vs. Wizards

Dec 20, 2022, 2:06 PM
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates his basket with forward Josh Okogie during the secon...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates his basket with forward Josh Okogie during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Devin Booker will miss the second straight game due to a groin injury when the Phoenix Suns face the Washington Wizards to wrap up a home back-to-back on Tuesday.

Phoenix (19-12) will also be without Josh Okogie (hip soreness), Cam Payne (foot strain), Jock Landale (concussion protocols) and Cam Johnson (right meniscus tear rehab).

The Wizards ruled out Rui Hachimura (right ankle soreness) and Delon Wright (hamstring strain).

Washington (11-20) comes into Footprint Center on Tuesday having lost 10 straight.

Booker is now three games removed from returning from a hamstring injury that kept him out of two outings. On Saturday, he scored a season-high 58 points over 42 minutes in a win against the New Orleans Pelicans before he popped up on the injury report for Phoenix’s victory against an injured-struck Los Angeles Lakers team Monday.

Booker is averaging 28.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while shooting 48% from the field.

After struggling to earn playing time early on this season, Okogie had worked his way into the regular rotation since the calendar hit December.

He left the win against the Lakers, and head coach Monty Williams told reporters that the injury happened in the first half. Okogie tried to play through it before Williams took him out late in the third quarter.

For December, he was averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 44% shooting.

Payne will miss his fourth game in a row and hasn’t played since Dec. 13.

Tuesday will mark the second consecutive missed game for Landale.

Phoenix has won three straight games.

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