After an outstanding Game 2 performance by Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams said his guard is a big-time player. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Booker exploded for 31 points as the Suns beat the Bucks 118-108 to take a 2-0 lead in te series.
"Those are the moments that he lives for," Phoenix coach Williams said of Booker. "Doesn't run from it. ... He just steps up and makes big plays." Booker hit a number of big time shots in Game 2. "Every time Book hit a 3 or did something, you could just tell it just melted them down," Suns guard Mikal Bridges, who scored 27, said of Milwaukee.
"[They were thinking] like, 'Dang, we was right there.' " Suns head coach Williams added more praise on Booker. "The thing about Devin, he shoots the same way first quarter, fourth quarter, doesn't matter, his shot looks the same," Williams said.
"That's a guy that's put a ton of work in his shot, but the mentality, he's calm in those moments. So, we're grateful for those contributions in those moments."
Chris Paul also praised Booker
"If Book shoots it, I expect it to go in," Paul said.
"I get mad at him when he don't shoot." Meanwhile, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo encouraged his teammate Jrue Holiday to remain aggressive despite a not-so-great Game 2 performance. "Just keep talking to him, keep telling him to be aggressive," Antetokounmpo said when asked what his message for Holiday would be heading into Game 3.
"No matter what's going on, you've got to stay aggressive and you cannot get in your feelings. It's hard not to. You know, NBA Finals, 20,000 people booing you and all that, it's kind of hard. "But at the end of the day, it's not about me.
It's not about him. It's not about Khris [Middleton]. It's not about Coach. It's about all of us. ... If there's a game that you're 3-for-12 or whatever the case might be and you can rebound the ball or get a steal or do something else to help the team win, that's what it's all about right now.
I think he understands that. "I know he's going to be there when we need him the most and I don't worry about it. He's a great basketball player. He's played great all year and he's going to continue to play great for this team."