Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker hasn't let a broken nose stop his championship aspirations. After a collision with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in game two of the NBA's Western Conference Finals, Booker informed ESPN's Rachel Nichols his nose was broken in three places.
Booker played the entirety of game three with a mask. As a result, he scored 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Phoenix Suns would go on to lose Game 3 106-92 to the Clippers. Nichols stated the team's doctors realigned Booker's nose. Compared to game two, the swelling of the nose went down vastly.
"It was just a little crooked. All I need to see is the basket"Devin Booker
X-rays stated Booker's nose broke in multiple areas. Furthermore, the sixth-year guard will now require a mask temporarily in the series.
Following game three, Booker said the fixing process was quite gruesome. The two-time All-Star stated he needed several shots. Additionally, the doctors had to re-break his nose due to the positioning after the clash with Beverley.
"Needed like eight shots to numb it up, and then they go in there and put it back, they break it again. They break it back in the place."Devin Booker
The Suns understand Booker will adjust to the mask in the series. A victory is what the team is focused on going into game four.
"He's fine. We're not one of those teams looking for excuses and all of that."Chris Paul
Booker is averaging 27 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds per game in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Moreover, the 24-year old is competing in his first season in his career. Booker received recommendations from Richard Hamilton on his best advice to playing with a mask. Therefore, adjusting to how he performs is significantly important to the success of the Suns in the postseason.