“Glad We Had Those Two Losses”: Devin Booker Explains How Lakers Series Helped Phoenix Suns Grow

Published 07/06/2021, 2:18 AM EDT
May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts alongside Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


Phoenix Suns will play Milwaukee Bucks on game 1 of the NBA finals on Tuesday. Phoenix impressed in the regular season as they ended as the #2 seed in the West. Moreover, the Suns finally ended their 10-year playoff drought and made it to the NBA finals. Chris Paul’s leadership is one of the biggest reasons for their success. However, the young core of Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton has also been outstanding through these playoffs.

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Devin Booker made it to his first playoffs this season, and he did not crumble under pressure. After a stellar regular season, Booker has outperformed himself in his first playoffs.

Booker recently spoke about their journey in the playoffs and said that their first-round against the Los Angeles Lakers was the most important for them.

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Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates with Jae Crowder (99) as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker says series with the Lakers helped them grow

After reaching his first NBA finals, Devin Booker spoke about how the Lakers series helped them prepare for the way forward. Devin said, “We experienced the Lakers series. I’m glad we went through that, I’m glad we had those two losses because you learn so much in that time… Having going through that experience, you know, shaped us for the next series.”

Devin Booker averaged 29.7 points against the Lakers in his first-ever playoff series. Moreover, he scored a playoff-high 47 points in the clincher as they beat Lakers 4-2 in the series. After that, the Suns swept the Denver Nuggets and beat the Los Angeles Clippers to qualify for their first NBA finals since 1993.

Devin Booker also spoke about how the atmosphere in the gym completely changes after losses. This Phoenix team has been determinedly working towards the collective goal of winning the chip.

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Can Phoenix beat Milwaukee for the championship?

Phoenix will come into the NBA finals full of confidence. Even though this team is young, the young stars have proved that they can blossom on the big stage. Chris Paul has been outstanding with his leadership of the Suns. On the other hand, Devin Booker leads this team in scoring with 27 points.

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) during the second half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns are just four games away from winning their first NBA finals in franchise history. However, Milwaukee has not failed to impress either. There is good news for Bucks fans as Giannis Antetokounmpo may play in game 1 of the finals.

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Phoenix will have to be at their best in these finals in order to win those 4 games. Who do you think will be crowned champions this season?

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