Devin Booker back vs Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES – Devin Booker looked like someone preparing to play during a post practice workout Wednesday at USC with Suns assistant coach Jarrett Jack.

Quick, explosive movements. Breathing heavy.

He sounded like someone who wanted to play afterwards.

“I don’t want to miss any games,” Booker said.

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Now it’s official.

The Suns All-Star has been upgraded from questionable to available for Thursday’s game against the Clippers at Crypto.com Arena. Booker has missed Phoenix’s last two games with left hamstring tightness he experienced during Friday’s loss at New Orleans.

Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Cameron Payne (right foot sprain) will miss Thursday’s game after suffering injuries in the first half of Tuesday’s loss at Houston.

Ayton was downgraded from questionable to out. The Suns missed big two games earlier this season with a left ankle sprain while left foot soreness sidelined Payne for two games.

The Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard (knee injury management), Paul George (left knee soreness), Norman Powell (left groin strain) and Reggie Jackson (left Achilles inflammation).

Luke Kennard (right calf soreness) and Ivica Zubac (left knee contusion) are listed as questionable as this will be a second of a back-to-back for the Clippers, who beat Minnesota at home Wednesday night.

Leonard, George, Kennard and Zubac played in the 99-88 win.

The Clippers (17-13) have won their last three games.

The Suns have not.

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Dec 2, 2022;  Phoenix, AZ, USA;  Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks to pass the ball against the Houston Rockets at Footprint Center.

Losers of a season-high five straight games and six of its last seven, Phoenix (16-12) is still without Cam Johnson (knee) and Duane Washington Jr. (hip).

The Suns haven’t had Jae Crowder all season as the two “mutually agreed” he wouldn’t attend training camp. The team has been trying to trade Crowder, who started all 80 games he played last season counting playoffs.

The Suns won a franchise-best 64 games in the 2021-22 regular season in earning the top overall seed in the playoffs. Dallas eliminated them in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

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