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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker: Mask doesn’t really affect me

Jun 24, 2021, 10:50 PM
Terance Mann #14 of the LA Clippers pressures Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the second...
Terance Mann #14 of the LA Clippers pressures Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of game three of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker said the mask he wore to protect his broken nose in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night did not affect him.

“I honestly don’t really see it and it doesn’t really affect me,” he said via Zoom postgame. “I talked to Rip (Hamilton) about it. I’ve been saying for a long time that he’s one of my favorite players of all time.

“I’ve had short conversations with him in the past and I thought this was the perfect time to talk to him some more and get some advice. He chopped it up with me for a minute, gave me some great feedback, put me in the right mindset to go out there. We have to just be better next game.”

Hamilton told Booker not to worry about the mask and to keep it on while shooting free throws so that it didn’t become a distraction.

Unfortunately for Suns fans, Booker’s stat line on the night would suggest the mask did have a negative effect.

The All-Star finished the 106-92 loss with 15 points on 5-of-21 shooting (23.8%) while going 1-for-7 from three (14.3%) and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Booker added five assists, five rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes played. He also had four turnovers and a plus-minus of -15.

After a historic triple-double in Game 1, he is 10-for-37 (27%) from the field in the past two games.

That’s mainly due to Clippers guard Pat Beverley, who is known for his defensive prowess and has been the main man guarding Booker in the series.

“He’s ultra-aggressive,” Booker said. “He’s denying, limiting touches. He has one objective out there and we understand that.

“I feel like other things should open (on the court). We need to look at the film, see what’s open and see what we can get.”

The loss marks the Suns’ first in nearly a month, as Phoenix’s nine-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

“The spirit is high. We move on to the next one,” Booker said of the Suns’ first loss since May 27. “That’s the type of team we are. We’ve been that way the whole season so we’re going to stick with that.

“We’ll come in tomorrow, go over film, regroup and get ready for Game 4.”

Phoenix will once again look to move one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals in Game 4 on Saturday.

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Catch all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball against the Denver Nuggets in Game Three of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne, left, has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, blocks a pass intended for Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann, right, passes while under pressure from Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, passes while under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, blocks a pass intended for Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker shoots during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams gestures during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr., right, and Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric go after a rebound during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  Patrick Beverley of the LA Clippers knocks the ball from the hands of Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game three of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.   (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) 
              Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, left, shoots as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. defends during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Actor Billy Crystal, left, stands with his wife Janice after the Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns 106-92 in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson battle for a loose ball during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer celebrates during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Actor Billy Crystal, left, stands with his wife Janice after the Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns 106-92 in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, left, celebrates with guard Terance Mann after scoring during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, left, celebrates with guard Reggie Jackson after scoring during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, hits Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum in the face as they reach for a rebound during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, left, tires to talk to Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) 
              Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George celebrates after scoring during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            
              Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann celebrates after scoring during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder argues with a referee after being charged with his sixth foul during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, pats guard Paul George on the back after the Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns 106-92 in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers knocks the ball from the hands of Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game three of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) 
              Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann, top, shoots as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, complains to a referee about a call as forward Cameron Johnson looks on during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, is folded by Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley as he tries to shoot during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
            Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns shoots against Ivica Zubac of the LA Clippers during the first half of game three of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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