‘He is Different’: Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul Impressed with Teammate Devin Booker After Stellar Performance Against Blazers

Published 03/12/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Feb 26, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


Phoenix Suns got off to a fantastic start to their second half of the season with a victory against the Trail Blazers. With their latest victory, the Suns have a record of 25 wins and 11 losses and are the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.

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The Suns were trailing by 11 points with 4:41 left on the clock in the 3rd quarter. But their superstar Devin Booker was not going to take an L quite so easily.

The 24-year-old put on a show against the Blazers. Despite coming off of a knee injury, Booker scored a game high 35 points. The Suns ultimately beat the Blazers 127-121.

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Veteran guard Chris Paul was certainly impressed with the superstar. In the post game press conference, Paul spoke about Booker’s stellar performance against the Blazers.

CP3 said, “I ain’t gonna lie to you I ain’t thinking Book was fine enough. I talked to Book all during the break and all this stuff like that; he is different, like for real for real.

“Not only the fact that he played tonight but that smooth 35 that he had me and Jay Crowder was just in there talking about it. He is different.”

Devin Booker has absolutely been on fire this season. The 2-time All-Star is averaging 25.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

With Booker taking over the reins as the scorer, the Suns have one of the best offenses in the league as they are ranked 7th in the offensive rating.

Are the Phoenix Suns dark horse contenders in West?

When the Phoenix Suns brought in players like Chris Paul and Jae Crowder in the off-season, the Suns were looking like a playoff team. Fast forward to 36 games, the Suns have the second best record in the league.

Despite playing in a stacked Western Conference with teams like the Lakers, the Nuggets, and the Clippers, the Suns have dominated the league with 25 wins and 11 losses. They have been formidable over the course of the last 15 games, having won 13.

Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns have an all-round side this season. They are among the few teams who are in the Top-10 in both offensive and defensive rating. Signings like Crowder and guard Mikal Bridges have yielded some excellent perimeter defense for them.

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A player like Dario Saric has also fit right in with the Suns. After struggling to find his feet with the 76ers and the Timberwolves, Saric has played in different positions for the Suns and has been quite effective.

Despite only playing 18 mins per game, the Croatian is averaging 11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. With all the team members firing on all cylinders, the Suns look like a cohesive unit.

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If they can maintain this form, the Phoenix Suns are in for a deep playoff run. They are surely dark horse contenders in the Western Conference.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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