The Phoenix Suns are gunning for back-to-back wins against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their second round skirmish. Early on, it seems the Suns have no problems.
Devin Booker has been a dangerous man as of late and he proved once again why he's almost unstoppable when he has the rock. Late in the second quarter against the Nuggets, Booker made Austin Rivers question the meaning of life with a crafty stepback jumper. Rivers also committed a foul, giving D-Book a bonus point.
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Rivers was adamant that he didn't foul Booker, but the damage has been done. Booker got fired up after the and-1 play, which also fired up the Suns bench, especially backup big man Frank Kaminsky, who looked like he was dying to storm the floor and give Booker a hug.
As TNT analyst Reggie Miller said, the move was reminiscent of Kobe Bryant, who we all know is Booker's idol. The effective pump fakes, the wise footwork, the reaction after the bucket—all mirrored the late NBA legend.
Devin Booker, who had 21 points, four rebounds, and eight assists in their Game 1 win, will continue to be the focal point of the Suns' offense. For sure, Austin Rivers will continue to try and shackle him. But come on, that's easier said than done.