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Devin Booker makes historic turnaround, though he’s dwelling on Suns losses

Devin Booker in Suns-Bucks NBA Finals Game 4

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 14: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Four of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 14, 2021 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images).

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Asked about his individual performance in the Suns’ Game 3 loss to the Bucks, Devin Booker said: “The most important part to me is winning the game, and we didn’t do that. So, I’m more frustrated about that.”

Asked about his individual performance in the Suns’ Game 4 loss to the Bucks, Devin Booker said: “The main objective is to win the game. So, anything that goes on throughout the game, it doesn’t matter, for real.”

As similar as Booker sounded, the contexts were strikingly different.

After scoring just 10 points in Game 3, Booker exploded for 42 points in Game 4. That’s the largest game-to-game jump ever within an NBA Finals.

Here are the players who most increased their points from one Finals game to the next:

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Booker’s team-oriented attitude is commendable. Especially in the NBA Finals, winning should be the priority.

But it bodes well entering Game 5 Saturday in Phoenix that Booker got back on track.

When Booker slumped in the Western Conference finals, it lasted several games.

Though he didn’t make a 3-pointer last night (0-for-3) – astounding for a high-scoring guard in this era – Booker cooked in the mid-range. He shot 14-of-22 on 2-pointers outside the restricted area (64%).

Similar looks will likely remain available against Milwaukee’s defense.

If Booker keeps nailing them at that rate, he’ll probably again be discussing how his individual play doesn’t matter – after a win.