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Suns shut down guards Devin Booker, Tyler Johnson for season

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) argues with an official after being called for a technical foul during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)


The Phoenix Suns have shown flashes of promise this season, but with three meaningless games (for them) left, Phoenix will have two of its guards in street clothes the rest of the way.

Devin Booker, who has been the go-to scorer for the Suns all season and has been on a tear of late, sprained his ankle against the Jazz. With three games to go, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the Suns are shutting Booker down to let his ankle heal.

The more concerning injury is to Tyler Johnson, who the Suns acquired at the trade deadline to give them another ball handler who can play the point. On Wednesday Johnson “underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee” the team announced, and obviously he is done for the season.

Johnson has a $19.2 million player option for next season he is certain to pick up.

Booker is one of the cornerstones the Suns are building around. Both he and Johnson should be back and healthy next season.

What that will look like around them remains up in the air, the Suns are in the process of hiring a new general manager, and that could mean a coaching change.