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Washington Wizards vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s - December 16th, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22

Devin Booker (right) will remain sidelined for the Phoenix Suns' match against Washington Wizards.
Devin Booker (right) will remain sidelined for the Phoenix Suns' match against Washington Wizards.

The Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns will lock horns with each other for an exciting 2021-22 NBA season game at the Footprint Center on Thursday.

The Wizards are coming off a 119-105 loss against the Sacramento Kings. Bradley Beal tried his best to help his side get back to their winning ways with a 30-point outing, but it wasn't enough. The rest of his teammates endured a difficult night overall as Washington blew a 12-point lead down the stretch.

Meanwhile, the Suns got back to their winning ways with a 111-107 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers in their previous outing. Chris Paul recorded 24 points and 14 assists, while Deandre Ayton finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds on the night, as Devin Booker missed his sixth straight game due to a hamstring injury.

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Washington Wizards Injury Report

There are no surprises in the Washington Wizards' injury report, with long-term absentees Cassius Winston, Rui Hachiumra and Thomas Bryant the only players ruled out for this game.

Player Name

Status

Reason

Thomas Bryant

Out

ACL Injury recovery

Rui Hachimura

Out

Personal

Cassius Winston

Out

Hamstring injury

Phoenix Suns Injury Report

The Phoenix Suns injury report isn't surprising either, with Devin Booker, Abdel Nader, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric all being ruled out once again. Meanwhile, Jalen Smith is listed as questionable.

Player Name

Status

Reason

Devin Booker

Out

Hamstring strain

Abdel Nader

Out

Knee injury management

Frank Kaminsky

Out

Knee injury

Dario Saric

Out

Knee injury recovery

Jalen Smith

Questionable

Non-COVID Illness


Washington Wizards vs Phoenix Suns: Predicted Lineups

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards are likely to deploy the same starting lineup they did in their last game. Spencer Dinwiddie and Bradley Beal will start as guards, as usual, with Kyle Kuzma returning to the lineup from COVID protocols to play alongside Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Daniel Gafford in the frontcourt.

Montrezl Harrell, Deni Avdija and Raul Neto will likely play the most minutes off the bench.

Phoenix Suns

With Devin Booker still sidelined, the Phoenix Suns are likely to continue starting Landry Shamet alongside regular starters Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton.

JaVale McGee, Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson will likely play the most minutes among the reserves.


Washington Wizards vs Phoenix Suns: Predicted Starting 5s

Washington Wizards

Point Guard - Spencer Dinwiddie | Shooting Guard - Bradley Beal | Small Forward - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | Power Forward - Kyle Kuzma | Center - Daniel Gafford.

Phoenix Suns

Point Guard - Chris Paul | Shooting Guard - Landry Shamet | Small Forward - Mikal Bridges | Power Forward - Jae Crowder | Center - Deandre Ayton.

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Edited by Ned Lawrence Esguerra
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