Revenge game’s are always looked upon as the most exciting moments to look forward to as sports fans. Especially after last year’s game 7 playoff loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the second round after such a promising season by the Phoenix Suns who had the best record in basketball.
It was one of the most lopsided playoff defeats in NBA history. It was so lopsided, that it ended up being the 5th worst blowout performance as they lost by 33 points. It was so lopsided that according to ESPN, it was the second largest win in a series clinching game against the best team in basketball in league history.
The Mavericks won by 33 points over the Suns on Sunday night.
That is the 2nd-largest win in a series-clinching game vs the best team in the NBA in league history.
In 1948, the Philadelphia Warriors won by 39 points over the St. Louis Bombers in the BAA Semifinals. pic.twitter.com/pgy3jswc6k
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 16, 2022
Despite all of the backlash, meme’s and drama they got all offseason long from this devastating loss, Sun’s star player Devin Booker is walking into this game with a fresh start yet same goal to help get his team back to a spot to compete for championships now and into the future.
Everybody will make it (the matchup) something more than it is”, Suns star player Devin Booker said during Saturday shoot around. “You know it will be nice to win but, it’s 1 out of 82. You know it just happens to be the team we got put out by. People are going to be coming out saying revenge game but when we win by 30, lose by 30 we still have 81 more games to go.”
Booker, who is fresh off of signing a super max contract extension for $224 million dollars and finishing top 5 in MVP voting last year while being named to all NBA first team is ready to take his game to a new level this year. The franchise player isn’t worried about last year’s playoff collapse and believes that the sky is the limit to what he can achieve this year due to unlimited potential to learning more about the game of basketball.
“There’s still improvements to this game. And that’s the beauty of it. If you talk to anybody nobody feels like they have mastered this game. I think that being a little self conscious, missing the game and not playing helps all into that.”
After being fully rested all offseason and now getting ready for opening night come Wednesday, Booker is looking to help lead the Suns to the playoffs for a third consecutive year which could potentially lead to a rematch between the Suns and Mavericks from a season ago.
“So maybe later in the season if we matchup against each other again in the playoffs that will be something.”
Tip off begins at 7 PM at Footprint Center on Wednesday night.