Playoff Review: Pelicans Upset The Suns As Booker Goes Down With Hamstring Injury

Playoff Review: Pelicans Upset The Suns As Booker Goes Down With Hamstring Injury

It is Game 2 of the Playoffs! The Phoenix Suns are coming with a 1-0 lead in the series and looking to extend it to 2-0. The New Orleans Pelicans are eager to tie the series so that they have an advantage when they go their home in the next game.

The Phoenix Suns started with their starting lineup of Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton. The Pelicans started with CJ McCollum, Herbert Jones, Brandon Ingram, Jaxson Hayes and Jonas Valanciunas.

Game Summary

From the opening tip, the game was sure to be an electrifying one as both teams gave their aces the room to make their shots. It was a clash between Brandon Ingram and Devin Booker as both players were relentless in their attacks.

The brawl continued to the 2nd quarter but Ingram slowed down and Booker completely took over the game. While the Pelicans were scoring but they had no answer for Booker’s barrage of jumpshots. With Booker going rampant, the rest of the Suns player could focus on the defensive side and they were making lots of important stops. Nevertheless, the Suns took the 1st half with a 61-56.

In the starting of the 2nd half, it was looking like the Suns would get the advantage in the game. But, that is when the tide of the game changed. While Booker was attempting to stop a fastbreak attack from Jaxson Hayes, he pulled his hamstring which led to him being sidelined for the game.

This was an opportunity that the Pelicans knew they cannot let go off. So the Pelicans went on a scoring barrage and the Suns had no answer for them. Their transition defense also deteriorated as a result, the Pelicans got a lot of open shot. They stretched the score gap.

The Suns tried fighting back in the 4th quarter responding to the Pelicans 3-point shootout. But nobody could take over the game like Booker did and they ultimately fell to the Pelicans who were carried by Ingram.

Box Score

Brandon Ingram led the game in scoring with a near triple-double of 37 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. CJ McCollum complemented Ingram with a near triple-double of his own, putting up 23 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Jonas Valanciunas anchored the interior with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Devin Booker led the Suns in scoring before his injury with 31 points which he scored in one half alone. Mikal Bridges was the second leading scorer, doing everything on the court with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Chris Paul had a double-double with 17 points and 14 assists.

Takeaways from Game 2

The Pelicans won Game 2 against the Suns with a scoreline of 125-114. This evens the series 1-1. It can be argued that the Suns could have won this game if Booker hadn’t been injured. The Suns now are in a dire situation where they might have to face the Pelicans for the rest of the series without Booker. But that is the nature of the game. No team will let go of an opportunity that comes by and in this case the Pelicans seized theirs.

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