Suns’ Booker to return for Game 6 vs. Pelicans

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NEW ORLEANS — Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker returned for his team’s Game 6 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night after missing the past three games with a strained right hamstring.

Booker had been officially upgraded to questionable just before the game. He was expected to test his leg in pregame warm ups before being allowed to play.

“It is difficult this time of year to imitate an NBA game,” Williams stated about Booker’s return. “He’s been on court with Jarrett Jack (Suns assistant coach), a few times. He’s doing his best to get there. “

When asked if the Suns would monitor Booker’s game in Game 6, Williams smiled and replied, “Yes,” adding that Phoenix’s guard’s return provides “roster balance.” It helps to settle the order of play a little bit, relative speaking,” Williams stated. “He won’t play his normal 36, 38, 40 workload, but it still gives you a bit more balance. “

Booker scored 25 points in the Suns’ Game 1 win and then had 31 in the first half of Game 2 before suffering the injury in the third quarter and leaving the eventual loss.

ESPN’s Andrew Lopez contributed to this report.

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