The Phoenix Suns have some tough competition in their upcoming matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. However, it’s two of their players making headlines for an event from last year that Devin Booker is reminding people about.
When it comes to last season’s playoff matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers, Devin Booker has no interest in discussing Anthony Davis’ hypotheticals.
With the Lakers leading the series 2-1, the 2021 first-round showdown between the two Western Conference giants took a turn when Davis sustained an injury in Game 4. Phoenix won Game 4, thrashed the Davis-less Lakers in Game 5, and won Game 6 to wrap out the series.
The Brow believes that his poor health was the determining factor in the series’ outcome. Booker isn’t interested in hearing any of it.
Anthony Davis thinks his injury helped the Suns beat the Lakers in the NBA Playoffs in 2021.
When asked whether his groin ailment was the major reason the Lakers lost to the Suns in the playoffs last year, Anthony Davis answers, “It was… That is something we are aware of. They are aware of this… They got away with it on this one.”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 13, 2022
Devin Booker and the Suns were the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. During their march to the Finals, Phoenix showed to be a worthy and tough team.
Davis believes he would not have made it to the Finals if he had been healthy.
The Lakers star addressed (h/t Dave McMenamin of ESPN) his untimely groin injury before Sunday’s game between LA and the Suns. He openly alluded to the Suns getting lucky, citing his setback as the main reason for Phoenix’s victory and suggesting the Lakers should have won the series.
“It was… ” That is something we are aware of. They are aware of this… They were able to get away with one.”
–Anthony Davis on his injuries and how it could affect the Suns-Lakers playoff meeting in 2021.
Davis burst in Games 2 and 3 after Phoenix protected its home court with a victory in Game 1.
As the Lakers evened the series in Game 2, Brow scored 34 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks in a two-way masterpiece. In Game 3, he added 34 more points as LA took control.
However, AD was forced to leave Game 4 due to a groin injury. He didn’t participate in Game 5 and only played for a little more than five minutes in Game 6, sitting on the bench for the most of the last game in misery as the Suns took their first step toward a Finals appearance.
Davis certainly has misgivings over the outcome of the series. Booker thinks it’s a case of sour grapes.
With a condescending answer, Devin Booker attacked Davis.
“If if was a fifth, we’d all be drunk. … There’s a lot of if’s in this game. And you look at history along the lines, there’s something that comes up for every team during every season. Instead of just taking the high route and going, you have to make a comment like that.” pic.twitter.com/BxanohbOmf
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) March 14, 2022
Booker was asked whether he witnessed Anthony Davis’ pregame remarks after the Suns thrashed the Lakers 140-111 behind a double-double from him.
Booker had noticed them. No, he is unconcerned. Not in the least.
The 25-year-old offered a condescending response (h/t Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports) to Davis’ comments. He said it’s pointless to look at hypotheticals because every team deals with inflection points at various times throughout the course of the season. Plus, you can’t change the past.
“We’d all be drunk if that was a fifth.” In this game, there are a lot of ifs. And if you go back far enough in history, you’ll see that something comes up for every club at some point throughout each season. You have to make a remark like that instead of simply taking the high road and leaving.”
–Arizona Sports, via Devin Booker
Booker is correct. During that series, the Suns faced difficulties as well.
In Game 1, Chris Paul experienced a shoulder ailment that restricted him significantly. Does Phoenix simply drive the Lakers into the ground if Paul is healthy?
Furthermore, before Davis went down with his injury, the Suns had already taken control of Game 4. Sure, AD’s absence in the next two games had a significant impact. But the Lakers weren’t exactly on their way to a 3-1 series advantage when The Brow went down.
Perhaps Davis is irritated because he is hurt again and the Lakers are having trouble. Booker, on the other hand, doesn’t need to look back. He’s just interested in one thing: winning a title.
The Suns are dragging their feet.
During an NBA game on May 9, 2021, Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball under pressure from Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Anthony Davis can only hope that the Lakers stay in the play-in round and have a chance to create a Cinderella run at this point. Meanwhile, Devin Booker and the Suns are having a great season.
The Phoenix Suns have a 7.5-game advantage over the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed. It’s still within striking distance of the franchise’s single-season victory record, which seemed to be in jeopardy when Booker underwent health and safety regulations.
With CP3 ultimately returning from injury, the Suns enjoy the comfort of knowing they will almost surely have home-court advantage throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs. That should offer Booker and company the opportunity to put to rest the notion that they struck it rich in 2021.
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