GM Jones on Poker: ‘If a man is healthy and wants to play, he plays’ 2022-04-27 18:25:00


Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones said guard Devin Booker’s placement in Game Six in New Orleans against the Pelicans on Thursday is still up in the air.

Join Jones Burns and Jumbo at Arizona Sports As of Wednesday, he said, the star remains with a right hamstring injury, but that doesn’t mean he’s unavailable for Thursday.

“He feels better every day and every hour,” Jones said. “But for now, we go into tomorrow’s game and expect the players who have been on shift and in uniform to take the field and play a very competitive match.”

“As of today, he’s out. Tomorrow, I might have a better metric as we get closer to match time if he’s ready, but given what we’re up to today.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Poker is targeting a 6 or 7 game payout, but will be listed tentatively for Thursday.

Wojnarowski added that when Booker returns, he will play limited minutes.

Jones was asked if the decision to play the injured player was that of an organization or if the player should express their opinion as well.

“Every situation is different, we’ll get to tomorrow and see how it feels,” Jones said. “He’ll tell us how he’s feeling, and if he can go and there’s something that won’t stop him (from the injury), we’ll talk about it.

“But in the end, if a man is healthy and wants to play, he plays.”

Booker’s reported schedule was expected to be 2-3 weeks, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhurst, two days after the guard fell due to stress. Thursday’s sixth game will mark nine days of injury.

Booker scored 56 points on 52.6% shooting (57.9% from long range) in 65 minutes to start the series before injury.

Phoenix leads the series 3-2 after Game 5’s 112-97 win at Footprint Center. The Suns split the previous two games in New Orleans, winning match 3 and losing match 4.

Watch all of Game 6 action from New Orleans at 4:30 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports.