Let’s just say when the NBA restarted their play on July 30, the one thing no one was expecting was to hear was that six games in the Phoenix Suns would be the only team still undefeated in bubble play.
Devin Booker, who has continually been disrespected in the NBA realm, has taken his game to a new level, dropping 35 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Suns’ sixth-straight win in the bubble.
That included Booker channeling his inner Tayshaun Prince with a triple from near halfcourt.
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The Suns won the game by 27 points.
Booker, who was only an All-Star due to an injury, is averaging 30.3 points per game in the Suns’ six games in the bubble. He’s taking the disrespect personally, adding in 6.0 assists and 3.8 boards per game.
There also needs to be one thing cleared up — the Suns aren’t getting lucky.
Although several of the Thunder’s best players were out, they still had Chris Paul on the court.
For the Suns, they’re fighting for playoff contention so their team was in full force. Aside from Booker’s 35, Cameron Payne, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and Dario Saric all put up double figures.
As for Booker, he’s not averaging 26.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.
That said, this team will go as far as he’s taking them, and if he continues his stellar play, it was at least be into the playoffs. The Suns, entering the bubble, were 26-39, far from a favorite to secure the 8th seed in the West.