Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker insists he has moved on from his NBA Finals Game 3 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks. In Game 3, Booker scored only 10 points as the Bucks won 120-100 to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
"Short memory," Booker said, per ESPN. "Just move on." Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is expecting Booker to deliver in Game 4. "He's a great player, but he's human also. But I think we're expecting we're going to have to be even better on him," Budenholzer said.
"We just got to be prepared for a really good Devin Booker going into Game 4."
Suns players expect Booker to bounce back in Game 4
"He gets pretty scary after [a bad game]," Suns center Deandre Ayton said.
"Just knowing his mentality and knowing that games like that don't really slow him down. We know it was just one of those games, but I know he'll step up and as a team we'll step up as well." The Suns didn't have a great team performance in Game 3 and they paid the price.
"Both ends, just the relentless sprinting, getting to the corners on offense, defensively getting back and showing a wall," Suns head coach Monty Williams said. "That was what we thought was inconsistent, and our players thought the same when we watched film yesterday.
They were all in agreement. When we do it, we give ourselves a chance to be successful. It's not the panacea by any stretch of the imagination, but it does help us play the way we want to play." Meanwhile, Suns star guard Chris Paul acknowledged that they have got to colectively bounce back from a Game 3 performance.
"This ain't golf. It's not tennis. You know what I mean? We're all in this together," Paul said. "So everybody on our team took the loss hard, as we should. We never go into a game expecting to lose. If you showed me somebody who expects to lose, I'll show you a loser.
So everybody on our team felt a way. We felt like we could be better." Booker is looking forward to Game 4. "Just understanding the task at hand and simply you just have to be better if you want to win the game," Booker said.
"That's obviously something I want and something this whole team and coaching staff and training staff wants and this whole city wants. "So I would say it's a good pressure. These are the moments that you prepare for and that you train so hard for, what we're in right now. So you have to be excited about it."