“Like eight shots to numb it up and then they go in there and put it back — they break it again. They break it back in place.”
That’s Devin Booker describing the straight-up horror show he had to go through after breaking his nose earlier this week … and yeah, it feels like a miracle the Suns star was able play Thursday night!!
The 24-year-old broke it all down for reporters after struggling in Phoenix’s loss to the Clippers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals … saying the procedure he went through Wednesday to fix his facial issues was GNARLY.
“It’s a procedure that they usually say they put you under [anesthesia] for,” said Booker, who broke the nose in 3 places after clashing heads with Patrick Beverley in Game 2 on Tuesday.
“But we had a flight out a couple hours later, so they just numbed it up — all over the place, it felt like.”
Booker called the surgery “probably the worst part” of his entire injury process … but, shockingly, he said he felt okay about 24 hours later while playing in the game.
“The nose feels fine,” Booker said. “We just lost the game.”
Booker — wearing a clear, plastic mask to protect the injury for the night — was just 5-for-21 in the game … and scored just 15 points in 40 minutes.
He swore, though, the mask and injury were NOT a problem … saying it all didn’t affect his play one bit.
“He got the mask; he’s fine,” Booker’s teammate, Chris Paul, said. “We’re not one of those teams looking for excuses and all that stuff. Give [the Clippers] their credit — they played really well tonight.”
“We’ll get ready for Game 4.”