Please select your default edition
Your default site has been set for 7 days

Devin Booker to replace injured Damian Lillard in All-Star Game

Lillard: "That's something you look forward to, those festivities and having fun. But my health is first, and I knew straight away."

Friday 14 February 2020 05:13, UK

Devin Booker
Image: Devin Booker will now represent Team LeBron in the All-Star Game

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been named as the replacement for injured Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in this weekend's All-Star Game.

Lillard sustained a right groin injury in Wednesday night's 111-104 loss at Memphis and was scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.

He told reporters that he would not play in the All-Star Game or take part in the three-point Contest in Chicago this weekend.

Latest Conference standings

Latest Conference standings

Who's leading the East? Who's leading the West?

"That's something you look forward to, those festivities and having fun," Lillard, 29, said. "But my health is first, and I knew right away. I'll still be there and be a part of it, but I'm not going to play."

Matt Winer, Sekou Smith, and Rex Chapman take a look at the 2020 Dunk Contest field and preview All-Star Saturday night in Chicago

Commissioner Adam Silver selected Booker, who will be making his first All-Star appearance, to take Lillard's spot on Team LeBron.

NBA rules require that the commissioner select a replacement player from the same conference.

All-Star Weekend live on Sky Sports

All-Star Weekend live on Sky Sports

Everything you need to know about the All-Star Game, Slam Dunk and 3-Point Contests and Rising Stars game

Booker, 23, becomes the Suns' first All-Star representative since Steve Nash in 2011-12. He is averaging 26.4 points (10th in the NBA), plus 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.

More on this story

Lillard was selected to his fifth All-Star team. He is averaging 29.5 points (fourth in the NBA) and 7.9 assists per game.

Join our NBA group on Facebook

Join our NBA group on Facebook

Sign up and join the NBA conversation in our Facebook group

He will still be visible on All-Star weekend, even if he won't be in uniform.

The Athletic reported last week that Lillard, also known by his rap name Dame D.O.L.L.A., is scheduled to perform Saturday night during All-Star festivities.

Want to watch the NBA but don't have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here.