Devin Booker is playing Game 3 between the Clippers and the Suns with a mask on. This is because of a freak incident from Game 2.
The Phoenix Suns find themselves in an enviable spot at the moment. They haven’t lost a playoff game in the month of June and are on a 9-game winning streak in the postseason. Much of this has happened because of the influence of their scoring leader – Devin Booker.
The 24-year-old has been on a tear in his first-ever playoffs. He’s dropped 40-bombs twice in this run already. The first of those came in a close-out game at Staples Center vs LeBron James and his Lakers.
The other one was a 40-point triple-double in Chris Paul’s absence in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Book put up the incredible statline of 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in that particular win.
He pretty much stank it up from the field in Game 2, though, and the Suns had to rely on their #1 pick to bail them out of what would’ve been a bad loss at home to a team without its best player
Devin Booker will play Game 3 vs Clippers while wearing a face mask
Booker collided head-first with Patrick Beverley on an offensive possession some time into the 3rd quarter. This resulted in him having a broken nose, as X-rays later confirmed.
Blood poured out profusely from his nose, which he got hit on inadvertently by a clumsy Patrick Beverley whose own jaw made contact with it as he tried to guard the All-Star.
He returned to the game and hit a few pretty important shots in the final period to keep the Suns abreast. Beverley also had to leave the game to obtain treatment for his bloodied mouth.
Booker has been spotted wearing a face-mask during warmups for Game 3 of this series at Staples. It’s clear that the Suns medical staff is taking no chances with his recovery schedule.
Masked Devin Booker 🎭 pic.twitter.com/Md6ZqpZiv7
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 25, 2021
Booker joins the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to don a face mask in games. We hope to see a similarly dominant scoring performance from the up-and-coming superstar.