Once again, Devin Booker was the only Kentucky alum participating in playoff action last night as his Phoenix Suns stormed to a Game 2 blowout over Denver.
Booker followed up his 21 from Tuesday with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal in the series sequel. Neither he, Chris Paul, or any other Sun has had to score the ball a ton. In Game 1, Phoenix spread 85 of their 122 over four players — Booker, Paul, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges — but no one had more than 23. Yesterday, Booker led with 18 as no Phoenix player reached 20 points.
The Suns’ attack has been balanced and lethal and led by an increasingly recovered Chris Paul. Last night he followed up his highest-scoring game of this postseason with a 17-point, 15-assists performance with no turnovers.
As he continues to improve with Booker and the rest of Phoenix’s playoff rookies settling in, they look scary as a potential Western Conference Champion.
Everyone knows Denver is hurting without Murray, but they still have the MVP, the remaining pieces of a Western Conference 3-seed and a capable 25-a-game scorer in Michael Porter Jr. They are far from a mediocre team, yet Phoenix blazed them in the third quarter to give them a 25-point lead and Jokic permanently on the bench early in the fourth quarter.
The Suns are in complete control of the series after the homestand and the series heads to the Mile High City, one of the best homecourt advantages in the NBA. Let’s see if Devin and the gang can end this one in four.
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:30 (ESPN): Nets @ Bucks [BKN leads 2-0]
10:00 (ESPN): Clippers (Cousins, Patterson, Rondo) @ Jazz [UTA leads 1-0]