15 reasons to watch the Kentucky basketball players in the NBA Playoffs

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Kentucky’s brightest NBA star takes the floor in series vs. Clippers

To be fair, there are technically two former Kentucky Wildcats in the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angles Clippers series. We’ll get to the second player in a moment, but Devin Booker is number one.

Booker is arguably the best former Kentucky basketball player in the playoffs, after another career year of 27.8 points per game, 5.5 APG, and 4.5 RPG. Booker’s Suns (with a healthy Kevin Durant) are one of the top betting favorites for this year’s playoffs.

While Anthony Davis and Julius Randle are both very deserving of superstar status in the NBA, Booker is on the front page of Kentucky players in the Association. He’s just touching his prime, and is sharing the court with another future Hall of Famer in Durant.

For Booker, these playoffs will all be about making it further than ever before. Of course, in 2021, the Suns reached the NBA Finals, losing to the Bucks in six games. That means that a championship could be due very soon in Phoenix, and it would start with how Booker leads this team through the Western Conference. The pieces are in place.

Booker’s Suns will take on the Clippers, who also have a former Wildcat looking to stick around in the NBA. Brandon Boston Jr. is in his second season with L.A., but is still looking to find a secure roster spot. He played in 22 games in the regular season, averaging 6.5 points per game. Boston hasn’t played since mid-February.

A tailbone injury during the season has made it tough for Boston to stay on the court. He likely won’t get any playing time in this series as he remains out.

As for the series itself, things get started Sunday night:

  • Game 1: Clippers at Suns, Apr. 16, 8 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 2: Clippers at Suns, Apr. 18, 10 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 3: Suns at Clippers, Apr. 20, 10:30 p.m. on NBA TV
  • Game 4: Suns at Clippers, Apr. 22, 3:30 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 5: Clippers at Suns, Apr. 25, TBD
  • Game 6: Suns at Clippers, Apr. 27, TBD
  • Game 7: Clippers at Suns, Apr. 29, TBD