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Suns All-Star Devin Booker speaks out for the first time after controversial ejection vs. Lakers

Devin Booker, LeBron James, Suns

One of the most controversial moments from Wednesday’s slate of games involved Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker. The two-time All-Star was ejected in a crucial juncture as the Suns took on the defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers, in what many viewed to be a rather contentious call.

Booker received two technical fouls for complaining to the referees, and it resulted in an early bath for the 24-year-old. After the game, though, Booker explained why he does not agree with how the officials handled the situation:

Booker once again pointed out that this happened during a key stretch in what was a marquee matchup against the mighty Lakers. In spite of how league officials say that their calls remain consistent regardless of the gravity of the situation at hand, there’s no denying that to a certain extent, they are influenced by several external factors. In this respect, Booker argued that he should have been given more leeway:

Be that as it may, the Suns still escaped with a crucial victory against LeBron James and Co. Phoenix may have lost their star, but they still managed to score an important statement win against L.A. In his mind, Booker knew at that moment that his ejection wouldn’t lead to a Suns collapse:

That turned out to be Phoenix’s third consecutive win, and most importantly, they just displaced the Lakers from the second spot in the West. Phoenix now stands at 23-11 and is just three and a half games behind the league-best Utah Jazz.