Sunday capped off a weekend that brought back memories of what normalcy feels like. Fans filling arenas for the NBA & NHL Playoffs, gallery crowds following Phil Mickelson up the 18th tee and even fans getting to enjoy the Softball Wildcats’ postseason in Lexington.
In the midst of all the history that was made, only Phil Mickelson’s major championship at 50 years old could potentially overshadow what for Kentucky Wildcat Devin Booker put on display during his first NBA Playoff game.
Against the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers and face of the league LeBron James, Booker set the Phoenix Suns team record for most points in a playoff debut. Leading all scorers with 34, Booker scored more than a third of his team’s points in a 99-90 victory in game one of their first-round series with LA.
Devin Booker: most points in a playoff debut in Suns history pic.twitter.com/Pq0plRRH5x— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) May 23, 2021
Booker shot 50% from the field, 43% from three and recorded eight rebounds while dishing out eight assists. Whether he was putting a Laker on the block, scoring in transition or spotting up from three, Booker was a constant headache for the Lakers defense on Sunday.
Chris Paul, newest member of the Suns and MVP candidate, rightly deserves his credit for leading this team to the postseason. However, Booker is right there in regards to having his fingerprints on what this team has done so far and what they’re capable of.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Lakers have championship pedigree, so the series is far from over at this moment. However, Booker and the Suns couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Tweet of the Day
YES, EMMY!! WHAT A CATCH TO END IT!!— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) May 23, 2021
FINAL - Kentucky 7, Notre Dame 0
We'll see you all back at appx. 3 p.m. ET for game seven of the 2021 Lexington Regional!!#SCTop10 | #WeAreUK | #RoadToWCWS pic.twitter.com/baajHm4jLQ
Shoutout Emmy Blane!
This was a Sunday of golf we all needed.
What a weekend for the Lady Wildcats.
How far can the cinderella Grizzlies go?
It seems that Lebron’s main focus this summer is acting over playing.
The former Wildcat hasn’t been very impactful to start this postseason.
This is quite the stat for the journeyman.
The atmosphere for this game was unbelievable.
Apparently the rules can be bent for Lebron.