Player News - Suns

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Devin Booker exploded for a franchise-record 70 points during a 130-120 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

He was 21-of-40 from the field and 24-of-26 from the line to drop the most points in a 2016-17 NBA game and the most points ever against the Celtics. Booker is the youngest player ever to score at least 60 and is just the sixth player ever to hit the 70-point mark in a game (Bryant, Chamberlain, Thompson, Baylor, Robinson). He went crazy in the second half with 51 points, playing all 24 minutes with a 56.3 usage rate and a 72.4 true shooting percentage. It was pretty clear coach Earl Watson was looking to get Booker going with plenty of fouls to help Booker score so many late points and he was asked about it after the game. "Do something about it," Watson said. Maybe, we'll see a few more monster Booker games the rest of this season.
Mar 24 - 11:02 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (wrist) scored seven points with four rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He reportedly had a right wrist injury, but Jones Jr. did have his left wrist taped during this game. He sure can dunk and he has a good frame to potentially be a wing defender, but Airplane Mode has some work to do as a contributor.
Mar 24 - 10:49 PM

Jared Dudley matched his career-high 10 dimes against the Celtics on Friday, adding six points, four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

He shockingly had six assists in the final 14 minutes to help get Devin Booker going. The Suns need bodies out there, so Dudley should continue to play minutes in the 20s. He's still not going to be worth owning in most leagues. Plus, maybe Dragan Bender comes back.
Mar 24 - 10:46 PM

Alan Williams scored nine points with 14 boards and one steal in 24 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He had some major issues holding onto the ball lately, but he was better in that regard tonight. Perhaps his bad four-point game on Thursday was because he was still getting over his illness from earlier this week. He should still be owned in standard leagues, assuming you're OK with bad foul shooting.
Mar 24 - 10:39 PM

Marquese Chriss made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

Not the best game after he had a lot of momentum coming into this one. Al Horford did a fine job on him on defense, but Chriss missed a lot of jumpers and couldn't get his easy dunks. He'll be getting another tough matchup against Marvin Williams, but Chriss should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 24 - 10:35 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. is in the starting lineup against the Celtics on Friday.

He was reportedly not expected to play, but he'll be out there to start. Jones Jr. hurt his right wrist on Thursday night and needed X-rays. He is likely to be limited today and isn't a fantasy option.
Mar 24 - 7:40 PM

Ronnie Price (left lower leg contusion) will not play Friday night vs. the Celtics.

This will be the fourth straight game Price has missed. Tyler Ulis, the only healthy point guard on the roster, will once again be forced into playing heavy minutes. Ulis is averaging 41.8 minutes per game over the Suns last five games, the most in the NBA over that stretch.
Mar 24 - 7:23 PM

T.J. Warren (left foot contusion) will not play on Friday vs. the Celtics.

He wasn't expected to play, but now we have official confirmation. With Derrick Jones Jr. (wrist) also out, the Suns will only have eight available players. The Suns play again on Sunday, but Warren's owners may have to drop him in must-win situations.
Mar 24 - 7:23 PM

Ronnie Price (left lower leg contusion) is listed as questionable but is not expected to play Friday night vs. the Celtics.

No Price means Tyler Ulis will once again have to play nearly the entire game. Despite the fact that the Suns got blown out by 28 points Thursday in Brooklyn, Ulis still logged 45 minutes. Over his last five contests, Ulis is averaging 13.6 points, 10.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in a whopping 41.8 minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 24 - 1:37 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (right wrist) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Jones was injured Thursday night in Brooklyn after he fell on his wrist in an effort to brace himself after a dunk attempt. He headed to the locker room shortly thereafter and was unable to return to the game. With T.J. Warren (foot) also sitting out on Friday, the Suns are extremely shorthanded. They will have only eight players available. Devin Booker will play as many minutes as he can handle and reserves such as Jared Dudley and Jarell Eddie will also see plenty of playing time.
Mar 24 - 1:14 PM

T.J. Warren (left foot contusion) is listed as questionable but is not expected to play Friday night vs. the Celtics.

This will be the second straight game Warren has missed. It has to sting Warren's fantasy owners because, prior to the injury, he was putting up phenomenal numbers. Warren was averaging 17.3 points on 58.3 percent shooting and 7.6 rebounds in the Suns first 13 games following the All-Star break. Derrick Jones Jr. (right wrist) has also been ruled for Friday, which means the Suns will have only eight active players available.
Mar 24 - 1:12 PM

Alan Williams (illness) returned to action on Thursday, scoring four points and grabbing seven rebounds in 16 minutes.

Williams was sidelined on Tuesday, but it turned out to be just a one-game absence. Thursday was the first time he had failed to score in double figures since the All-Star break. He had been averaging 13.3 points and 10.3 boards in his previous 12 contests. Williams will likely log his typical 20-plus minutes of action on Friday in Boston.
Mar 24 - 9:02 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len finished with 11 points (on 4-of-6 shooting), 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 25 minutes in a blowout loss to the Nets on Thursday.

This was the second straight double-double for Lin, who tallied 12 points and 11 boards on Tuesday. At the advanced age of 23, Len was actually the oldest starter for the Suns on Thursday. With T.J. Warren (foot) ruled out, Phoenix rolled out the youngest starting lineup in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The average age of Devin Booker, Marquese Chriss, Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones Jr. and Len is just 21 years, 14 days.
Mar 23 - 11:19 PM

Marquese Chriss posted another terrific stat line in Thursday's blowout defeat to the Nets, tallying 23 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.

The high-flying Chriss is playing at a very high level right now. Over Phoenix's last five games, he is averaging 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals. Chriss is also shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from 3-point territory over that stretch. He is providing a wonderful boost for those fantasy owners that plucked him off the wire.
Mar 23 - 11:15 PM

Tyler Ulis recorded another double-double in a game-high 45 minutes on Thursday night in Brooklyn, finishing with 10 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and four turnovers.

Phoenix was obliterated on Thursday night (126-98). However, the Suns simply don't have any other healthy point guards on the roster, so Ulis was forced to play nearly the entire game. As a result, Ulis has been fantasy gold for those shrewd enough to pluck him off the wire. The poor field goal percentage is an issue (he was just 5-of-19 on Thursday), but his overall production has been fantastic. Over his last five contests, Ulis is averaging 13.6 points, 10.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in a whopping 41.8 minutes.
Mar 23 - 11:06 PM


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