The Phoenix Suns took command of their first-round series again on Tuesday night.
The reigning Western Conference champions took down the New Orleans Pelicans, 112-97, in Game 5.
That means that the next game is a must-win for the Pelicans or else their incredible postseason comes to an end.
However, they may have an extra challenge in Game 6: Devin Booker.
Devin Booker was reportedly yelling at the Pelicans bench “I’m back” as he walked off the court.
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Following Tuesday night’s game, Booker was seen yelling “I’m back” at the Pelicans bench.
It’s not exactly clear what Booker meant but is this him confirming that he is returning from his injury in the next game?
If so, what does this mean for New Orleans?
Big Trouble In The Big Easy
If Booker is indeed back in Game 6 then the Pelicans will have to give it everything they’ve got.
Booker has been huge in the postseason, scoring 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.
He’s also been a frightening 57% from beyond the three-point line.
The Suns are hard enough without Booker but they’re taking to a whole other level when he’s on the floor.
Defeating the Suns with Booker isn’t impossible and the Pelicans have surprised people before.
But he would definitely put a huge wrinkle in their plans.
The Suns will need more than just Booker, of course.
Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton, and others will need to keep stepping up in order to put the Pelicans away.
They showed a willingness to do just that on Tuesday night: Paul had 22 points, Bridges had 31, and Ayton put up 19 with 9 rebounds.
As they always have, the Suns will put in a team effort in Game 6.
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