With Wednesday being the homecourt debut of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker alluded to the importance of having the superstar forward grace the Footprint Center.
Durant has been out of action with his ankle injury, but he’s set to return on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“We’ve been waiting a whole year for this moment right now,” stated Booker on Tuesday on rallying his teammates with Durant’s return looming. “What’s coming ahead of us, I think everyone just feeds off each other’s energy and we understand what time it is.”
Durant is averaging 24.6 points against the Timberwolves in his last five outings. Given his comeback from an MCL sprain, it’s expected he could have a similar performance on Wednesday.
In three appearances with the Phoenix Suns, Durant is averaging 26.7 points on 69 percent shooting from the field. He’s also shooting from another world from three-point range at 53 percent.
Durant, 34, brings another facet to the Suns’ offense. His availability in the small three-game sample has opened up the floor for not only Booker but Deandre Ayton and role players also.
The Suns aren’t a definite lock for the fourth seed, with the Los Angeles Clippers closely on their heels. With that, getting Durant back couldn’t of come at a better time.
Phoenix is on a two-game winning streak and there’s a real chance to keep the momentum rolling at home. The Suns have a 2-1 record against the Timberwolves so far this season.
With seven games remaining, the playoff push has become more dire for Phoenix to maintain a top seeding.