Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker says he is well aware that his team could go 8-0 in the bubble and still miss out on the playoffs but he is proud of his group and he believes the bright future is ahead of the young Suns team.
The Suns entered the bubble with slim chances of making the playoffs but after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 130-117 they are the only undefeated team at the Walt Disney World in Orlando. The Suns now face the Dallas Mavericks in their last regular season game but even winning the game doesn't guarantee the team will make the postseason.
"That's life, man," Booker said when asked about the possibility of 8-0 not being good enough, as quoted on ESPN. "We're controlling what we can control. That's the eight games that we play in. So I'm proud of my guys regardless.
We came in here with the right mindset, and it could have been different. People could have been frustrated, coming off of a four-month hiatus to straight to basketball and leaving your family. "But we came in, we locked in, and made the sacrifices that we need to make, so I don't think there's going to be any sad faces around here, whether we leave here in the playoffs or not.
We've put the work in and we've grown as a team. We've took tremendous strides that I think will build for us for continuing years to come."
Booker now wants to be at his best against the Mavericks
Booker has been absolutely phenomenal so far in the bubble and he led the Suns past the 76ers with a 35-point, nine-rebound and seven-assist performance.
"These are the games I've been waiting to be in and play in," Booker said. "I know it's a different format than what it'd be usually, but we control the energy, we can feel the hype for the game and I'm looking forward to it."
The Mavericks won the first matchup against the Suns in late 2019 but the Suns responded by winning the last two meetings between the two teams. "We're treating this as just another game," Booker said. "We didn't come in saying we wanted to win eight in a row.
We just wanted to win one game, eight times. So we're keeping it that way, and we're excited for this matchup."