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Devin Booker daps up baby in viral moment during Game 2

Devin Booker gives a baby a fist bump

Devin Booker went viral on Tuesday night for a great moment during Game 2 of his Phoenix Suns’ first-round playoff series with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Booker had 31 points in the game, including a jumper in the corner before falling to the court. As he was on the ground by the fans sitting courtside, he gave a fist bump to a small child.

That was incredible.

The awareness of the fan to offer the child for the fist bump was excellent. Then, many children that age are too shy to give a fist bump to someone like that, but the baby delivered (with a lot of aid from the presumed father).

Booker was really feeling it in the game, going 7/11 on threes. But he only played 25 minutes and exited with a hamstring injury. His Suns lost 125-114 to even the series at 1-1.

Brandon Ingram blew up with 37 points for New Orleans.

As for Phoenix, the Scott Foster curse continues. Suns point guard Chris Paul is now 0-14 in playoff games officiated by Foster, who reffed Tuesday’s game.

Kyrie Irving has surprising pick for NBA MVP

Kyrie Irving wearing his Nets uniform

Kyrie Irving’s third eye is open when it comes to the NBA MVP race as well.

The Brooklyn Nets star revealed in a tweet this week who he believes should win MVP this year — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker.

Booker is generally not considered to be in the discussion for MVP. For now, it appears to be a three-man race with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo vying for position. Boston’s Jayson Tatum has also been making a late push for consideration.

Granted, Booker is the leading scorer for the 60-14 Phoenix Suns, who are the best team in the NBA this season by a significant margin. While Booker’s comparatively modest numbers (26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists a game) are not as impressive as those of the aforementioned frontrunners, Irving believes Booker makes a strong case. Booker himself also recently explained why he thinks he should be considered.

Photo: Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker casually told off fan during live play

devin Booker looks on

Even the best team in the NBA still gets hecklers.

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker had one of the more savage moments of the season during Wednesday’s game against the Timberwolves in Minnesota. As he brought the ball up the floor, Booker turned to a fan sitting courtside and casually said, “Shut up p—y” before running the play for the Suns.

Here is the video (but be warned about the bad language).

You can’t really tell from the video what the fan said to elicit such a response from Booker. But it must have fired up the three-time All-Star because he dropped 28 points and seven assists in a 125-116 victory over Minnesota.

Now that the Wolves are a playoff team again, their fans have definitely been chirping at the opposition a bit more this year. For his part though, Booker only needed three quick words to put them in their place on Wednesday.

Photo: Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker thinks he is being snubbed in NBA MVP talk

devin Booker looks on

Devin Booker seems to feel he is being snubbed in NBA MVP conversations.

One of Booker’s colleagues on Tuesday tweeted his support of the Suns guard for NBA MVP. Isaiah Thomas, who is currently with the Charlotte Hornets, said he thinks Booker deserves consideration for MVP.

Thomas believes that one of the criteria for MVP is: the best scorer on the team with the best record. Despite that typically being a formula for MVP consideration, Booker isn’t even in the top five of the favorites at most sportsbooks.

Booker responded to Thomas pumping him for MVP by saying he feels snubbed in the talks.

Maybe part of the reason that Booker isn’t getting more consideration is because he isn’t by far the standout player on his team. Though he is Phoenix’s leading scorer, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton are widely recognized as also being big factors in the team’s success. That could be detracting from Booker’s claim to the award.

By contrast, the four players in front of him (Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ja Morant) are all by far the big standout players on their team.

Though having some really great teammates may hurt him for MVP talks, it’s helping Phoenix do what matters the most: win as a team. If the Suns win the championship, Booker probably won’t worry too much about a snub.

Photo:Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Look: Joe Burrow went golfing with a party of stars

Joe Burrow on the field

Joe Burrow had definitely hit the big time by the time he made the Super Bowl. He hardly needs that to be verified at this point. Regardless, if any more proof was needed, his golf partners on Monday should put to rest any debate.

Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals teammate Sam Hubbard shared a picture of the pair golfing in Scottsdale with a fairly elite crew. Also included were Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and 49ers Pro Bowler Nick Bosa.

There is some serious star power in that group. There is also a connection, as Burrow, Hubbard, and Bosa all played at Ohio State together in 2016 and 2017.

Between Burrow’s notorious confidence and Bosa’s similar attitude, there is some serious self-belief and competitiveness in that group. The trash talk was probably great.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer/USA TODAY NETWORK

Video: Pacers try to distract Devin Booker with their own dinosaur

Devin Booker warming up

Devin Booker has, intentionally or not, given opposing teams fodder for the foreseeable future with his mascot-related frustrations.

Booker and the Phoenix Suns were on the road against the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The Suns were playing their first game since Booker’s frustrated moment with the Toronto Raptors’ mascot in Tuesday’s game, which quickly went viral.

Unfortunately for Booker, the Pacers were watching, and brought in their own inflatable dinosaur to try to get in Booker’s head.

To his credit, Booker looks sort of amused with the whole thing. The Pacers weren’t done there, though, adding someone in a dinosaur head to try to throw Booker off during free throws.

Booker has a sense of humor about this, and it’s likely that playing in a crowded arena will pretty much nullify anything any dinosaurs can do to him. That wasn’t the case in Toronto. Credit to the Pacers, but the trick was probably a one-off in terms of getting Booker rattled.

Photo: Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker makes funny change to Twitter profile photo after Raptors mascot spat

Devin Booker warming up

Devin Booker has a sense of humor about his amusing spat with the Toronto Raptors’ mascot.

Booker was openly frustrated with the mascot during Tuesday’s game, as the raptor tried to distract the Phoenix Suns guard’s free throw attempts. The situation was made even more amusing by the fact that the Raptors are playing home games without fans, so the mascot was pretty much the only one there who could mess with Booker.

The situation was a little ridiculous and surreal, and Booker isn’t afraid to admit that. The Suns guard changed his profile picture on Twitter to the kneeling mascot as a nod to what happened.

If something that strange is going to happen, you might as well own it. Booker was the subject of some laughs and mockery for his reaction, but the mascot was definitely trying to distract him. He’s also pretty specific about being taken out of his comfort zone, but it’s worth a laugh now that it’s over.

Photo: Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Devin Booker got upset with Raptors’ mascot

Devin Booker attempts a free throw

The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors played in an empty Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night, but someone still managed to distract Devin Booker on a late-game free throw attempt. The Suns star made it clear that he was not pleased.

The Suns were up 93-92 with 6.5 seconds remaining when Booker was sent to the line. After he converted the first of his two free throws, Booker complained to an official that the Raptors’ mascot, who is known as “The Raptor,” was waving his arms behind the basket.

As you can see below, The Raptor did try to mess with Booker:

The mascot moved to a different spot for the second free throw, which Booker also hit. Phoenix went on to win 99-95.

After the game, Booker joked that he hashed things out with The Raptor and the two are “homies now.” He also admitted that he even complains when his own teammates try to distract him during practice.

Booker probably wouldn’t have noticed someone jumping around in a full arena, but it was hard to miss The Raptor given the situation. Between that and what Benny the Bull did with Alex Caruso recently, mascots have been putting in serious work around the league.

Devin Booker takes funny shot at his former coach

Devin Booker warming up

Devin Booker achieved an impressive milestone this week, and he could not help but rub it in a bit in the face of his former head coach.

The Phoenix Suns star hit 10,000 career points with a 38-point outing on Wednesday in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He became the seventh-youngest player in NBA history to join the 10,000-point club.

Booker spoke on his achievement after the game.

“Honestly, this one means a lot,” said Booker, per Gerald Bourguet of PHNX Sports. “I think 10K is better than the 5, 6, 7. I feel like it’s a real milestone that I hit.

“If Hornacek put me in more, I’d be at about 12 right now,” Booker added.

Booker is referencing ex-Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who coached Booker in Phoenix during Booker’s rookie season in 2015-16. Booker was never fully unleashed in Hornacek’s offense and averaged a modest 13.8 points in 27.7 minutes per game.

Bourguet was quick to note though that Booker was kidding with his dig of Hornacek and was grinning ear to ear when he said it. Booker added that Hornacek would probably get a kick out of his shade.

In any event, it is a remarkable achievement that Booker has managed to score 10,000 points at only age 25. He also still appears to be on friendly terms with Hornacek, which probably cannot be said of all of Hornacek’s former players.

Photo: Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker has complaint about NBA’s new basketball

Devin Booker warming up

Devin Booker is having a hard time shooting the ball so far this season, and he thinks it has something to do with the literal ball that he is shooting.

The Phoenix Suns star spoke this week on the NBA’s new Wilson basketballs and said that every ball feels different, per Suns writer Kellan Olson. Booker adds that the basketballs that were used in the past would feel the same game to game but that is no longer the case this year.

The two-time All-Star Booker has been in a shooting slump to start the new season. His 40.5 field goal percentage and 27.8 three-point percentage are both the lowest marks of his career. Booker’s 21.8 points per game is also the worst since his 2015-16 rookie season.

Wilson just replaced Spalding as the producer of official NBA game balls. The league had been using Spalding balls since 1983. That has led to some growing pains for players, and Booker is not the only star who feels it.

Photo: Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports