Feb 25, 2022; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Suns' Devin Booker (1) dribbles past Pelicans' CJ McCollum (3) on his way to the hoop during the first half at the Footprint Center.

Three-time All-Star Devin Booker is in well being and security protocols, the Suns knowledgeable the media throughout Wednesday’s shootaround earlier than dealing with Portland (25-36) at Footprint Middle.

Booker wasn’t at shootaround.

“We knew this season was going to be loopy simply reason behind COVID alone,” Suns backup massive JaVale McGee mentioned. “Accidents occur. So it is simply one thing that you must undergo. Fortunately, we’re the perfect crew on the planet proper now. No less than we now have some house for error, just a bit bit.”

The Suns (49-12) have a 6-1/2 sport lead on the Warriors (43-19) for the perfect report within the West and are up seven on the Grizzlies (43-20), however will a minimum of be with out Booker for Wednesday’s sport.

The crew’s main scorer at 25.6 factors a sport has been enjoying level guard instead of fellow All-Star Chris Paul, who will seemingly miss the remainder of the common season with a fractured proper thumb.

This would be the first sport this season the Suns will not have Paul and Booker.

Nov 4, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and guard Devin Booker (1) against the Houston Rockets in the second half at Footprint Center.

“With Chris out, that is 10, 11 assists on the market that must be collected,” McGee mentioned. “With Guide out, that is loads of factors that must be collected. So lots of people are going to have loads of alternative with each of them out, however we additionally must play sensible.”

At the second, Booker is the one Suns participant in protocols, crew officers mentioned. Booker practiced Tuesday. He examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier than the season.