Phoenix Suns: 3 Keys To Victory vs the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Key to Success #3: Utilizing more of Devin Booker the ball handler

After a tough start in the opening game of the season, Devin Booker has been great in the last 3 games. Booker’s excellent play was a catalyst for a 4th quarter rally after the Suns found themselves down by double digits in the 4th on Wednesday Night. Booker’s ball-handling involvement has been less than expected in lineups with Chris Paul. We can possibly pinpoint this as a result of Coach Monty Williams reducing the on-ball load as Booker just came back from COVID and didn’t have a good first game.

In lineups where Booker has been utilized as the primary ball-handler with no Chris Paul, the Suns have posted a 110.53 offensive rating and a +12.77 net rating this season. Last game’s 4th quarter rally also largely came with Chris Paul on the bench and Devin Booker running the offense.

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With Booker looking at his best as a ball-handler to end the previous game, hopefully, coach Monty Williams decides to task the Kentucky guard with an on-ball burden similar to last season and the Suns get back to their best on the offensive end.