Devin Booker had a huge game in the Phoenix Suns’ series-clinching win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, and he capped it off with a technical foul. We now know what he said to earn that technical.
Booker was given a technical foul for taunting the Lakers after an emphatic dunk. Video replays showed that he yelled, “What? What? Thought so,” at the losing team.
We’ve certainly seen officials let much harsher trash talk slide. Booker scored 47 points on 15-of-22 shooting in Phoenix’s 113-100 win. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. You could make the argument that he earned the right to brag.
LeBron James has been a big supporter of Booker, but he snubbed the Suns star and everyone else after the game (video here).
Anthony Davis was not a fan of Devin Booker’s flagrant foul at the end of Game 3 on Thursday night.
Booker was ejected for his hard foul in the final minute of his Phoenix Suns’ 109-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Booker gave Dennis Schroder a hard push while Schroder was driving to the basket (seen here).
After the game, Davis was interviewed by TNT and asked about the play.
Devin Booker had to wait a long six years to appear in his first ever NBA playoff game, and the Phoenix Suns star wasted no time proving he is ready for the big stage.
Booker led the Suns to a 99-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between the two teams on Sunday. He had 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds. The 34 points were a record for a Suns player in his playoff debut.
Booker is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He averaged 25.6 points per game during the regular season, and he already holds the Suns record for most 30-point games by a single player. That’s pretty impressive considering he is just 24.
The Suns had a scare early in the game when Chris Paul went down with what looked like a very painful injury. Fortunately, he was able to return. If Paul stays on the floor and Booker continues to play like he did on Sunday, Phoenix has a legitimate chance to knock off the defending NBA champions.
The funny thing about saying players were snubbed from the All-Star team is that you should also have to say who should be removed from the team. So if James thinks Booker was “disrespected,” he should also tell us who should be replaced. But that’s the thing — he and others love to complain, but they don’t provide solutions.
Does James think Booker deserved it over Phoenix Suns teammate Chris Paul, who is also James’ buddy? How about over Anthony Davis, James’ Lakers teammate? Give us a name, James, or keep it to yourself.
Ben Simmons’ claim about being the best defender in the NBA took less than 48 hours to age pretty poorly.
Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers faced Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. With Simmons as his primary defender, Booker exploded for 36 points on 14-for-23 shooting as Phoenix won the game 120-111.
It’s not exactly breaking news that Antetokounmpo is a beast attacking the basket and that it’s good practice to try and keep him out of the paint. But that’s not easy to do, which is why defenses should feel happy when they are able to do it.
That’s an easy enough request. Many people already knew his nickname was “book,” so that’s easy to follow.
Booker made his first All-Star team last season and has averaged 26.6 points per game in consecutive seasons. His Phoenix Suns made a huge addition this offseason too and seem like they mean business when it comes to taking a step forward.
The Suns went 34-39 last season and were 8-0 in the restarted season in the Orlando bubble. That has given them a lot of confidence entering the upcoming season. Book — or DBook if you prefer — will be a big driver in their success.
Devin Booker’s alleged discontent in Phoenix may ultimately be overblown.
Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported on Friday that there is “no truth” to the Suns guard supposedly wanting out. Scotto notes that several executives believe that Booker will stay put due to his contract situation and his talent as a young franchise cornerstone.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix also strongly disagreed with the notion that Booker wants a trade, calling the rumor “garbage.”
Whispers emerged this week that Booker, 24, was unhappy in Phoenix and even that the situation might get ugly. But he has a whopping four years and $131 million left on his contract, making a trade all but impossible. The Suns are also trending upwards, having gone undefeated in the Orlando bubble and complementing Booker with quality young pieces like Deandre Ayton and Kelly Oubre.
Booker is an All-Star who averaged 26.6 points per game last season. Thus, the vultures will obviously be circling at the very first sign of trouble, even in the form of fellow NBA players. It does not appear though that there is any actual trouble here to worry about.
Devin Booker has developed into one of the top scorers in the league, and the Phoenix Suns appeared to turn a corner in the NBA Bubble. They better have, because they could be in for some problems involving Booker otherwise, according to one analyst.
Ryen Russillo, an NBA analyst for The Ringer, joined “The Bill Simmons Podcast” for an episode that was published on Tuesday. In the episode, the two discussed the urgency to improve that some teams may feel.
The hosts were talking about the Suns when Russillo said there is some urgency due to Booker’s situation.
“They have to worry about the Booker thing. The worst-kept secret in the league is Booker already wants out of there,” Russillo said around the 1:04 mark. “And if it’s another bad season, I actually think that could get ugly.”
The Suns went 8-0 in the NBA Bubble, so they have a lot of momentum to build upon for next season. One of their first orders of business might be making sure Kelly Oubre remains with the team. They also might need to re-sign Aron Baynes.