Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is optimistic the bright future is ahead of his team as he was absolutely thrilled after leading his team to a fifth consecutive win in the bubble. On Saturday, the Suns defeated the Miami Heat 119-112 to remain the only undefeated team in the bubble and keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Suns now hold the 10th place of the Western Conference with a 31-39 record, while the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies have a 33-37 record. Booker, who has been playing lights out since the NBA season restarted in Orlando, dropped 35 points on the Heat and dished out six assists.
"I think this is just kind of a turning point for us," Booker said after the Heat win, per ESPN. "We had stretches in the season where we played very well, but as what happens to a young team throughout the season, you have your ups and downs.
I think if we stay consistent and stick with our principles -- the communication on defense, just getting more comfortable in these situations of games and meaningful games that matter for us." In Friday's edition of "Inside the NBA" on TNT, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said staying in Phoenix "is not good for Booker's career."
"I feel like that's important for this organization, for the fans that have stuck by us for this long and still do so," Booker said when asked about Green's comments. "Since I've been in Phoenix, we haven't had the win success that we had, but the support's been there.
And this is what we owe to the fans, we owe to the organization. It's been a long time for us and I think this bubble opportunity was big for us, and we're taking advantage of it."
Suns coach Monty Williams says Booker and company motivated by negative talk
"You're really giving me a lot of credit, man," Willams said.
"I don't really know. I could give you some coach-speak, but I don't know. I just think we have a group that wanted to come here and prove to the world that they were worthy of being here. They heard a lot of the stuff being said.
I think when people say stuff about you, you want to prove them wrong. If I had to guess that would be it, but this is who we are. "We've been competitive all year; we've been a scrappy team. We play teams hard, we share the ball, we try to make the right plays. We've tried to stick to our DNA and not get outside of that."