Devin Booker said on Tuesday that he did not have a broken nose, but that is incorrect.
Booker collided with Patrick Beverley at the end of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between his Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers. Booker said after the game that he got stitches but doctors said his nose was not broken.
Booker since changed his tune.
Booker actually had his nose broken in three places. There was no time for him to get anesthesia before having his nose reset, so he got eight shots of a numbing agent instead.
Devin Booker elaborated on @Rachel__Nichols' report about his nose being broken in three places and needing to get it set back into place. He said normally a patient is put under for the procedure, but there was no time for that. He got 8 shots of numbing agent and it was go time
Booker suffered a nose injury on a collision with Patrick Beverley during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. He played Thursday’s Game 3 with a mask on but began the game 0-for-6. The poor start is what led to Crawford’s comments.
Devin Booker will have a different look for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
The Phoenix Suns guard will be wearing a mask in the game. Booker suffered a nose injury after colliding with Patrick Beverley in Game 2, which the Suns won by a point over the Los Angeles Clippers.
There was speculation that Booker had a broken nose, but he doesn’t.
Devin Booker on the state of his nose: “My first time was seeing it was after the game. … It’s a little crooked.” Said that the medical staff told him when he went back for stitches that it was NOT broken, but also mentioned he'll probably get a mask fitted just in case #Suns
It makes sense for Booker to protect his nose so it doesn’t get worse.
Booker has improved his game in the postseason and is averaging 28.3 points per game during the playoffs. He had a 40-point triple-double in Game 1. He’ll have to adjust to playing with a mask to replicate such a performance in Game 3. His Suns have a 2-0 series lead and will have Chris Paul back for the game.
The Phoenix Suns pulled off an incredible win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and things got chippy between Devin Booker and DeMarcus Cousins at the end.
The Suns were down 103-102 and had the ball under the basket with 0.9 seconds left. They used a perfect inbounds play to throw a pass from Jae Crowder to Deandre Ayton for an alley-oop (video here). As the officials were trying to sort out whether more time should be put back on the clock, Cousins was seen giving Booker a firm shove.
Booker may have deserved it. One camera angle of Ayton’s game-winning alley-oop showed that Booker immediately ran over to the Clippers’ bench to celebrate. He then enthusiastically joined his teammates and crossed paths with Cousins on the way. You can see all of that in the video below:
Phoenix now holds a 2-0 series lead, so you can understand why Cousins was frustrated. What has to really sting for the Clippers was Paul George missing two free throws with 8.2 seconds left. If he made either one, the series might be tied heading into Game 3.
Devin Booker picked up the slack and then some in the absence of Chris Paul in Game 1 on Sunday, dominating the Los Angeles Clippers on the way to a victory to open the Western Conference Finals.
Booker posted his first career triple-double, scoring 40 points to go with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He became only the third player 24 years old or younger to record a 40-point triple double, joining Luka Doncic and Oscar Robertson.
Three 40-point triple doubles by players 24 or younger: Oscar Robertson, Luka Doncic and Devin Booker today: 40 pts, 13 rebs, 11 asts.
Booker also became the sixth player in NBA history to record multiple 40-point games in his first career postseason. The company there is pretty elite, too.
Devin Booker is the 6th player in NBA history to record multiple 40-point games in his first career postseason, joining Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Bob McAdoo, Rick Barry and Wilt Chamberlain. pic.twitter.com/KOZWJzzvRC
Phoenix Suns fan Nick McKellar became internet famous last week when he pummeled two Denver Nuggets fans and promised them their team was going to be swept. McKellar is now being rewarded for his loyalty in a big way.
McKellar, a lifelong Suns fan who lives in Denver, got into a fight with two Nuggets fans during Game 3 of Phoenix’s Western Conference semifinals series win over the Nuggets. One of the two Nuggets fans sucker-punched McKellar, who proceeded to pummel the two men (video available here). McKellar then confidently shouted “Suns in 4!” to the two men as they left their seats.
The Suns are now awaiting the winner of the Clippers-Jazz series, which Los Angeles leads 3-2. Chris Paul’s status for the Western Conference Finals is in question due to COVID-19 protocols. Hopefully McKellar gets to attend a game in which the Suns are at full strength.
The fan in question got into a fight with two Denver Nuggets fans during Game 3 of Phoenix’s Western Conference semifinals series win over the Nuggets. One of the two Nuggets fans sucker-punched the Suns fan, who proceeded to beat the tar out of the two men (video available here). The fan punctuated the beat down by saying confidently “Suns in 4” to the two men.
Now that the video has gone viral and the man’s prediction of a sweep came true, he’s become internet famous. Maybe Booker will invite the fan to attend the Western Conference finals.
The way that Booker ran up to Jokic and got in his face led to all sorts of jokes about retribution heading the guard’s way. Several of the jokes specifically referenced Jokic’s two large, older brothers, who go everywhere with the reigning MVP. They looked like they wanted a piece of Booker as the drama was unfolding: