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Suns' Booker leaves game with strained left hamstring

Team awaiting more information on injury Thursday morning

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker exited late in the third quarter of the Suns’ 131-113 loss to the Lakers due to a strained left hamstring.

Booker left the game with 1:41 left in the third quarter and the team later said he would not return. After the game, Booker provided some insight into his injury, writes Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic:

“Took a bad step,” said Booker, who finished with 23 points, in describing when he injured his hamstring on a drive. “Felt it. That’s all I know.”

“I’m very concerned,” Suns rookie Deandre Ayton said. “I didn’t really see him. The whole arena went quiet and I saw him walking off the court. I’m asking him like, ‘What happened?’ When you’re in pain, you’re not really going to answer.”

The Suns will examine Booker’s injury and know more Thursday.

“Standing still, I’m good,” said Booker, who added that he’s never had hamstring issues. “It’s not that bad. I’ll be good.”

“We’re hoping, knock on wood, it’s nothing serious. We’ll find out tomorrow morning and officially we can update you tomorrow,” coach Igor Kokoskov said.

Booker had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists before the injury. The Suns’ next game is Saturday in Memphis (8 ET, NBA League Pass).