Suns star Devin Booker left everything on the court in Games 4 and 5 of the NBA Finals. become the first player in the history of the Finals losing consecutive games despite scoring 40 points or more in both contests. Phoenix now finds itself in a life and death situation after three straight losses to Milwaukee.
So it’s easy to understand why the two-time All-Star wasn’t in the mood for bad questions during his Saturday media availability.
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After the Bucks’ 123-119 win over the Suns, a reporter surprised Booker and his backcourt teammate Chris Paul with a very strange question. Here’s how the interaction played out:
Journalist: Obviously a very hard loss. Devin, how frustrated are you for Chris right now?
Booker: Next question, please.
Then . . Oh. . . What’s going on here?
If the goal was to measure Paul’s level of frustration, then a more direct question would have worked. If the reporter was trying to get a feel for the overall vibe of the team and how he planned to respond, the question could have gone that way.
Instead, both Booker and Paul were stunned. It was a moment that was reminiscent of the time LeBron James was asked about Kyrie Irving with no assists in a 2015 playoff game.
As for how the Suns will handle their first elimination game of the postseason, Booker kept his answer simple: “Just take advantage of it.”
“We knew this was not going to be easy. We didn’t expect it to be. It’s difficult,” added Paul. “Trainer [Monty Williams] I said it all year, everything we want is on the other side of the difficult and there is nothing more difficult than this. So we have to regroup, learn from this game, but it’s over. We have to prepare for Game 6. “
Hopefully, the NBA Finals press corps will regroup and perform better as well.