The Phoenix Suns will play host to the banged-up Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. Stay with this page for news, analysis and score updates throughout the day.
Phoenix Suns forwards Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley were fined $25,000 apiece for their roles in Thursday’s fracas against Utah, league sources said.
Neither player was suspended.
Chriss and Dudley were ejected with 6:55 left in the third quarter of Thursday’s loss. Dudley precipitated the incident when he gave Utah guard Ricky Rubio two forearm shivers to the side. Dudley said he was trying to stop Utah from having a five-on-four fast break with Chriss lying on the court after missing a dunk attempt.
Rubio came back at Dudley and that’s when Chriss got up, ran over and gave Rubio a hard two-handed shove, knocking him to the floor.
Devin Booker’s status for Saturday’s game against Golden State remains uncertain. Interim coach Jay Triano said Booker will have to wear a splint on his sprained right hand to play, and the splint affects Booker’s shooting. Booker was just 3 of 18 from the field in the loss to the Jazz.
“It’s an adjustment shooting with a splint on,” Booker said. “I’ll try to figure it out.”
Triano said veteran center Tyson Chandler, who has not played in Phoenix’s last two games, is available to play. But Chandler is banged up physically and the Suns want to use younger players down the stretch, so Chandler could again sit out against the Warriors.
Warriors at Suns
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena
TV/radio: FSAZ/KTAR 98.7 FM
Update: The story line coming into the game isn’t who will play but who won’t play. Stephen Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (thumb) are out for Golden State, Kevin Durant (ribs) was held out of Friday’s game against Sacramento and is listed as questionable, and Draymond Green (shoulder) may not go in back-to-back games after playing against the Kings. For Phoenix, guard Devin Booker (right hand sprain) is questionable and the Suns are waiting to hear if Marquese Chriss will be suspended for his shove of Utah guard Ricky Rubio Thursday. This is only the second meeting of the year between the two teams; the first game was notable for Golden State coach Steve Kerr letting his players coach during timeouts.