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ATLANTA – Four days after making NBA history, Devin Booker got the night off.
Suns coach Earl Watson said the second-year guard aggravated a right-ankle sprain in Friday’s record-breaking performance against the Boston Celtics, the night Booker scored a franchise-record 70 points. Booker scored 23 points in 35 minutes in Sunday’s loss at Charlotte.
“What’d he score 23 in the third (against Boston)?” Watson said before Tuesday’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks, the last of a six-game trip. “He didn’t want to come out and I don’t blame him because he ended up with 28 I believe in the fourth, so it finally caught up to him.”
Watson didn’t think Booker would be out long. The Suns play the Clippers on Thursday in Phoenix.
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“He’s 20, I don’t remember what it’s like to be 20 and come back quickly from an injury, but I’m sure it’ll be pretty quick,” Watson said.
Without Booker, averaging 21.6 points, the Suns were down three of their top four scorers. Guards Eric Bledsoe (21.1 points per game) and Brandon Knight (11) already have been shut down.
Rookie Derrick Jones Jr. replaced Booker in the starting lineup.
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This is a great time for Suns associate head coach Jay Triano. His son, Dustin, is a reserve guard at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs, of course, open Saturday’s Final Four against South Carolina at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Only problem: The Suns play that night in Portland.
“Hopefully, they make it to the final because we’ll have Monday off,” Triano said.
A 6-3 guard, Dustin Triano has played in 25 games, averaging 0.6 points in 3.1 minutes. His dad went up and visited during the All-Star break, taking in a couple of games. The elder Triano plans to watch as much of Saturday’s contest as he can from the team hotel.
“Even the NBA takes the night off for the Monday night game,” Triano said. “I’ve watched all the games. I did as a kid and now that my kid’s in it, that’s really cool. It’s a great event that not even a lot of NBA guys can say they ever did it.”
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