5 reasons the Phoenix Suns will beat the Miami Heat

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1. The Suns have Devin Booker and the Heat don’t

On the playground at recess in grade school, there was this kid who was horrible at basketball. I mean, just rotten. However, every day (and I mean every single day), he would act as the ringleader of the courts and say something like this:

“Me, Brandt, Matt, Chase, and Cory will take on EVERYBODY!”

When he said everybody, he literally meant everybody. Brandt, Matt, Chase, and Cory were by far the best basketball players in the class, so this kid’s goal was to play five on 15-plus with him and the class’s playground stars taking on as many scrubs that were willing to take part this exercise.

It is kind of like the age-old philosophical question, how many third-graders could you take in a fight?

Anyway, my point is of that absurdly random anecdote is that I could totally be that kid and say, “Okay, me Devin, Ricky, Mikal, and Deandre will take on EVERYBODY!” and feel confident in our ability to win. And with all due respect to Ricky Rubio, Mikal Bridges, and Deandre Ayton, what really makes me say that with fervor is Devin Booker.

Book has been one of the brightest stars of the bubble, averaging 28 points per game, good for 7th best in the NBA since the return. Of the Heat players who will be suiting up on Saturday evening, Kelly Olynyk has the highest scoring average at 16.3 points per game, good for 58th in the NBA. Next on the list is Duncan Robinson with 15.5 points (63rd in the league).

If Booker can have another solid performance and the Suns can keep the likes of Kelly Olynyk and Duncan Robinson in check, then Book is going to experience the longest winning streak of his career.

Get it, Suns.

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