Suns’ Devin Booker gets real on his ongoing struggles
Even the greatest basketball players figure in an off-shooting night at times. For Phoenix Suns superstar Devin Booker, his cold shooting slump has been going on since the start of April. The two-time All-Star figured in yet another rough outing in the Suns’ 99-86 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday.
Despite being visibly somber after the game, Book still kept his head up high and vowed to bounce back, per Gerald Bourguet of Fan Sided.
Devin Booker was really somber answering questions tonight. The key to moving past this rough patch?
"Just knowing who I am, and what I've been doing for a really long time."
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) April 23, 2021
Devin Booker has actually been gun-shy the past few games, in a bid to improve his shot selection during his rough patch. Against the Celtics, he only took 13 field goals and made six of his attempts for a modest 15 points in 26 minutes. The 24-year-old scorer missed his two attempts from downtown and also had four boards and two dimes.
That’s not exactly the Booker we’re used to seeing. The usually high-volume, efficient shooter hasn’t really been hitting his shots as of late. He’s still a 48.2 percent shooter from the floor and 34.2 percent from deep, but he hasn’t exactly met those numbers in the Suns’ last 10 games.
Suns head coach Monty Williams, however, is not hitting the panic button just yet.
“It happens. He’s the focal point of everybody’s defensive scouting report…that happens to the best players in the league, they’ll have nights like this. He’ll bounce back,” he said of Book’s struggles.
To be fair, opposing defenses have indeed locked in on Booker this season following his spectacular performance inside the bubble last year. The arrival of Chris Paul has actually given Booker easier looks of offense, but it seems he just hit the proverbial wall at this stage of the season. Hopefully, Book gets his mojo back just in time before the playoffs start.