Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns made it look easy Tuesday night, winning Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals 118 to 105. The game was never really in doubt as the Suns led by 16 points after three quarters.
Booker had his usual night of excellence, scoring 26 points to go along with 6 assists. Chris Paul, in the first NBA Finals of his career, also went off for 32 plus 9 assists, while Deandre Ayton added 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the decisive victory.
“His effect is that big, you know what I’m saying?” Booker said about Paul after the game. “So he moves this team, he leads this team daily. Just having him in the locker room, I’m not even talking about anything he does on the court, he takes the team to that next level.”
Numerous NBA fans watching the game made note of the fact that Devin Booker appeared to be following in his teammate Chris Paul’s steps when he hit the sidelines for some rehydration, drinking from a specially marked bottle with “BOOK” written in large capital letters written on the side.
Many compared the bottle to Paul drinking from a bottle marked “CHRIS’ SECRET STUFF” over the past couple of years which is clearly a reference to Jordan’s Space Jam bottle marked “MICHAEL’S SECRET STUFF.”
— NBA (@NBA) April 8, 2021
Naturally, the internet being the internet, Booker’s specially marked “BOOK” bottle immediately became the subject of numerous entertaining memes.
— Danny Armstrong (@DArmstrong44) July 7, 2021
A close look at Devin booker tonight: pic.twitter.com/JdcsopD8py
— They Want Me Dead Like Pac (@KingMosesDaGod) July 7, 2021
Lmao I can't believe Devin Booker thinks his water bottle is a book! Wow! pic.twitter.com/tSzggzjkzU
— Andrew (@Tashville401) July 7, 2021
Devin Booker out here drinking Casamigos mid game pic.twitter.com/vHgxLlEhDG
— . (@Pokiemane) July 7, 2021
inside is a smaller water bottle labeled ‘comic book’ pic.twitter.com/agNbUZSgdm
— Will Buikema (@wbuik) July 7, 2021
Devin Booker is the new Virgil Abloh. pic.twitter.com/OlnSRJAtaR
— Rachel Roderman (@rachelroderman) July 7, 2021
Me the night before every test in college pic.twitter.com/x8IwXMJuic
— Vik Chokshi (@docksquad33) July 7, 2021
Clearly these special drink bottles are now officially a thing with the Phoeniox Suns.
Between Booker’s special bottle and all of the amazing vintage cars he’s been rolling up to playoff games in, the man is having himself quite a good run.
all the whips devin booker has pulled up in during the postseason (updated) pic.twitter.com/L0jgVw86yS
— mike taddow (@MikeTaddow) July 7, 2021
What a life this guy leads.
Kendall Jenner watching the Suns vs. Bucks game and supporting Devin Booker yesterday in Arizona. (07/06/21)
— Kendall Jenner News (@KeJennerNews) July 7, 2021