Suns stars Kevin Durant alongside Devin Booker. May 11, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo (18) and Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) look on during the second half of game six of the 2023 NBA playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns faced elimination on Thursday in a Game 6 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. They certainly needed a big game from star players Kevin Durant and Devin Booker to force a Game 7. That certainly didn’t happen, instead getting an embarrassing effort from them in the biggest moment.

Durant and Booker both got off to an extremely slow start that ended up costing them the game.

They combined for just 19 points in the first half while just shooting 6-23 from the field. More importantly, they were pretty much out of the game by halftime. The Nuggets scored 81 points in the first half and held a 30-point lead heading into the locker room.

Durant scored 15 second-half points to finish with 23 points in the game, but it made no impact on the end result. The Nuggets cruised to a 125-100 victory to eliminate the Suns from the playoffs.

The loss is obviously on more than just Booker and Durant, but they received a large amount of criticism from the NBA world for their poor play on Thursday night.

Both Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton being out certainly didn’t help the Suns’ cause in this matchup. Regardless, you would like to see both Durant and Booker play much better in a game with such high stakes.

The Suns were largely seen as NBA Championship favorites after trading for Kevin Durant. They obviously fell short, and one has to wonder what would have happened if they still had valuable depth pieces like Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson instead of Durant.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.