Devin Booker Says Nose Injury Is ‘Fine’ Despite Struggles in Suns’ Game 3 Loss

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Devin Booker didn’t use his broken nose as an excuse for his poor performance in the Phoenix Suns’ 106-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday. 

“Nose feels fine,” Booker told reporters after the game. “We lost the game.”

The injury occurred during Game 2 when Booker collided with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. The Suns star told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that X-rays confirmed he broke his nose in three different places and the swelling went down after doctors reset it.

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Booker wore a protective face mask on the court in Game 3. 

Per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, former NBA All-Star Richard Hamilton said Booker called him to ask for advice about how to play while wearing a mask. 

Hamilton responded by telling Booker to “never take it off during the game and to view it as extra protection from being poked in the eye during drives.”

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It appears that Booker might have to get used to playing with a mask on. The 24-year-old was held to 15 points on 5-of-21 shooting from the field on Thursday. It was tied for his worst field-goal percentage (23.8) in a game all season. 

Booker will have an opportunity to redeem himself when the Suns play the Clippers in Game 4 at the Staples Center on Saturday night. 

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