Mark Jackson praised Patrick Beverley while taking a humorous shot at Devin Booker having a second straight bad shooting night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have made it a norm to come from behind. They prevailed over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3, 106-92. The Clippers Nation were desperate to claw their way back to the Series and they did it in style.
Tye Lue’s men were led by Paul George who had a sensational outing against the Suns. Playoff P once again has come to the party dropping a 27-point double-double. The Clippers were also resolute with their defence as they kept both Devin Booker and Chris Paul at bay.
For the Suns, it was supposed to be a good night as their veteran Chris Paul was back on the floor. CP3 was tested positive for COVID-19 and was out due to NBA’s health and safety protocols. Despite scoring 15 points along with 12 assists Paul was far from his best and the rustiness was pretty evident.
But to everyone’s surprise, Booker also looked a lot underwhelming as he only scored 15 points. He was tightly guarded by Pat Beverley who had a phenomenal night defensively.
“He restricted Devin Booker and made him work for everything”: Mark Jackson on Pat Beverley’s defense
Booker played with a protective mask after he had a collision with Beverley leaving him with a broken nose. However, his performance was not up to the mark and hence a few people called shots on the young guard. It was only a few days ago in Game 1 when he dropped 40 points and everyone sang his praises.
Former NBA player and analyst Mark Jackson was very disappointed with D Book. Speaking about his performance on the night, Jackson said on Sports Center, “Devin Booker wore two masks today. The plastic one and Patrick Beverley.”
The former New York Knicks All-Star was very impressed with Pat Bev’s defence on Booker. He (Patrick Beverley) did an outstanding job of being committed.
Bev restricted him, disrupted him and made him work for everything. He did not allow him to get under his skin and won the ball game defensively,” Jackson added on Sports Centre.
It will be harsh to criticize Booker for one bad game especially when he has been a sensation throughout the postseason. The youngster played through pain and was not at ease wearing the protective mask. With Chris Paul back in action, Monty Williams will hope that Booker gets back his mojo ahead of the next game.