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Devin Booker expected to miss start of regular season after hand surgery

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 13: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 129-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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How long will Devin Booker’s hand injury keep him out?

Suns release:

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker today underwent successful surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Booker’s expected recovery time is approximately six weeks.

That timeline would cost Booker the first few games of Phoenix’s season, which probably won’t matter much in the long run.

But the Suns – at least in part – are acting like a team trying to make the playoffs. For them to make a shocking run to the postseason would require so many breaks in their favor. Here’s already one against them.

Booker is Phoenix’s best player and, barring a trade, probably best lead guard, even though he’s a shooting guard. There’s no easy way to replace him.

The Suns just must hope he returns quickly and hits the ground running.