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NBA - US Sports: Suns handed Booker blow

Phoenix Suns will be without Devin Booker for Game 3 of their first round play-off series at New Orleans Pelicans due to a hamstring injury.

The two teams meet again on Friday and Phoenix are 5/6 to win in the Money Line, while the Pelicans priced at 1/1, with Booker having sustained a hamstring injury in the third quarter of the second meeting between the two teams.

The Suns won the series opener and appeared on course to secure a 2-0 lead, but the Pelicans fought back in the second half to pick up a 125-114 victory to level the series at 1-1 before the teams head to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4.

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The Suns guard has been ruled out indefinitely, but reports indicate he could return before the first round series comes to an end, depending on how many games the two sides play in the best-of-seven series.

Williams backs Suns without Booker

Booker missed 14 games in the regular season and the Suns had an 8-6 record in his absence, and coach Monty Williams is convinced his team still have the quality to overcome the eighth seed Pelicans, even if the 25-year-old is unable to make a comeback before the series reaches a conclusion.

"If we have to play without Book, next man up and we've done that all year long," said Williams after Game 2 on Tuesday, via USA Today.

The Suns won the regular season series between the two teams 3-1, and Booker played in all four of those games.

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