WATCH: Suns’ Devin Booker Left with Bloodied Face after Clash with Clippers’ Patrick Beverley

Published 06/22/2021, 11:18 PM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (left) grabs a rebound against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns were 9-2 in the playoffs 2021 when they faced the Clippers in Game 2 of WCF. They took the first quarter in style as the visitors could not do anything about De’Andre Ayton and the mind-blowing Cameron Payne. 

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For the Clippers, it was the same duo of Paul George and Reggie Jackson that came in handy in the beginning. It looked to be a nasty fistfight between the two Pacific Division teams that were both playing in the absence of their leaders. However, that fight took on a literal meaning when something rather scary happened.

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker with a bloody injury against the Clippers

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At the beginning of the third quarter, the Suns suddenly jumped to a quick nine-point lead and pushed the Clippers off the rail. Later, with under four minutes remaining in Q3, the game desperation hit another level with an unintended collision. With Suns leading 69-62 and Devin Booker in possession, Clippers’ Patrick Beverley collided with Booker and smashed his nose. A moment later, Devin was lying on the floor with blood all over his face as Patrick emphasized that it was the Suns’ star who got the sequence wrong.

Devin Booker had already had a very poor start and then ended up with this scary incident. He was 3/10 and had 5 early turnovers to begin the game as the star relied on his teammates to chip in. However, the good news was he rejoined the game after going to the locker for a quick fix to his injured upper nose.

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What were the other events that stood out?

For one, it was the unforgiving Phoenix crowd chanting “ref you s**k” after a block call on Jae Crowder. Secondly, both Suns’ forwards in Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder went scoreless in the first half, allowing the Clippers to bounce back. But one thing that Crowder did well was throwing down a long-range pass towards De’Andre Ayton that became the highlight. The #22 center caught the ball in the air and converted an insane alley-oop dunk over Ivica Zubac.

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Although the Clips were quick to respond with Ivica’s double-double and Reggie’s efficient shotmaking, PG’s struggle kept them low. Who were you supporting tonight?

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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