Devin Booker had the ball stolen from him by Jrue Holiday while being double teamed after complaining about double teams in open gym.
Devin Booker and the Suns returned back home to Phoenix to hopefully regain momentum in this NBA Finals series. However, after giving up an early 16-point lead in a matter of four minutes early on in the second quarter, the Bucks seemed to always keep the Suns at arm’s length. Despite Booker’s valiant offensive efforts, the Suns are down 3-2 after three straight losses.
Credit to the Milwaukee Bucks big-3 who played a darn, near perfect game as they performed as well as they could with all three of them going off in their own way. Though Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 32 points and capped off the night with an alley-oop that will be remembered, it was Jrue Holiday that was the talk of the night for the Bucks.
Devin Booker was hitting step-back fadeaways over everyone from Pat Connaughton to Giannis Antetokounmpo en route to his 40+ point night. However, when Phoenix needed one last bucket from him, Holiday stepped in.
Devin Booker’s ironic last play of Game 5.
The play that’s been plastered all over social media since last night has been the Jrue Holiday lob to Giannis Antetokounmpo. What led up to this lob was Holiday stripping Devin Booker clean in the paint after Giannis came to help, essentially double teaming him.
This slow-mo of Jrue’s oop to Giannis 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 18, 2021
NBA fans have called out the Suns superstar for the absolute irony of this play as they compared it to what he said when playing pick-up with Joakim Noah. A few years ago, a video surfaced of Book complaining about getting double teamed in open gym. He claims that pick-up games are simply for “working on your game”.
*Devin Booker gets heated about being double teamed in open gym*
Book: “I get that sh-t all season. Let’s work on our game.”
Noah: “It’s part of the game.”pic.twitter.com/pH8TcX2AVz
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) August 20, 2019
This opened up a massive debate online about whether Devin Booker was in the right here. Some agreed, saying that sharpening the sword is all that matters in open gym. Others said that learning the nuances of the game such as making the right read out of a double team are also important while playing pick-up.
Either way, the irony remains as D-Book, more so than losing the ball, had the ball stolen from him in the biggest moment of his career.