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Suns vs OKC Last Game: Devin Booker Injury Adds to Suns’ Woes

In a crucial matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Suns faced a challenging setback as they not only lost the game but also star guard Devin Booker to a sprained right ankle. The game, held at the Footprint Center, ended with the Thunder securing a 118-109 victory over the Suns, marking their second meeting of the season.

The Suns, who currently hold a 35-25 record, were dealt a tough blow as Devin Booker suffered the ankle injury during the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard’s immediate exit to the locker room raised concerns, but coach Frank Vogel mentioned that X-rays on Booker’s ankle came back negative. Despite the negative results, Booker was ruled out for the subsequent game against the Thunder.

Booker’s absence compounded the Suns’ challenges, considering they were already without key players like Eric Gordon and Damion Lee. Center Jusuf Nurkic also left the game in the second quarter with a sprained neck, adding to the injury woes for the Suns. Fortunately, Nurkic was cleared of any concussion after an examination.

The game against the Thunder saw a spirited effort from the Suns, led by Kevin Durant’s 30 points. However, the absence of Booker’s scoring prowess and playmaking abilities was evident as the Suns couldn’t secure the win. Royce O’Neale, who stepped up in Booker’s absence, contributed 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Thunder’s solid performance.

Adding to the Suns’ woes, Bradley Beal, who made his return to the lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury, was ejected from the game in the third quarter after an altercation with Jalen Green of the Thunder. Beal’s early exit further depleted the Suns’ roster.

The Thunder, sitting at a strong 41-18 record, capitalized on the Suns’ injury-laden roster. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder’s charge with an impressive performance, showcasing his scoring ability and all-around contributions. The victory marked the Thunder’s seventh win in their last 10 games, keeping them firmly in contention for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Looking ahead, the Suns will need to regroup and find ways to navigate their upcoming games without key players. Booker’s absence, coupled with other injuries, poses a challenge for the Suns as they strive to maintain their position in the competitive Western Conference. The team’s resilience will be put to the test as they aim to overcome this adversity and bounce back in their pursuit of a successful season.