Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker fouled out late in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals series against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, it seems former NBA coach and current sports commentator Mark Jackson was not paying attention.
Booker got his sixth personal foul in the game after a foul call on Patrick Beverley was overturned. The Suns guard had to leave the contest, but during the broadcast, Jackson actually said Monty Williams was taking Booker out to avoid him getting fouled out. Yikes!
Nobody tell Mark Jackson that Devin Booker has fouled out pic.twitter.com/wahqpa5ySP
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 27, 2021
Whether it’s an honest mistake after Jackson lost count of the fouls of the Suns scorer or he’s really not paying attention to the game, the mini blunder didn’t escape the fans watching the game. On Twitter, several people trolled the commentator for the mistake that should not have happened at all if he was watching.
Here are some of the funniest reaction:
Mark Jackson praising Monty Williams for taking out Devin Booker to “avoid him fouling out” while the graphic is on the screen showing the world that Booker has, indeed, already fouled out. pic.twitter.com/CCAUdAp9cE
— Doug Stevens (@doug321) June 27, 2021
I love that the graphic was up for half of this point from Mark Jackson. Have to protect Devin Booker, he’s technically in the max amount of foul trouble pic.twitter.com/JYB4yDy0Kr
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 27, 2021
*Devin Booker fouls out*
Mark Jackson: “Smart move by Monty Williams to keep Booker from fouling out.”
Help this man, Mike Breen.
— Travis Haney (@travhaney) June 27, 2021
Mark Jackson said “Monty Williams took Devin Booker out because of the foul trouble so he doesn’t foul out”. It will continue to amaze me how little attention these media personalities pay to the game. ESPN showed a big graphic saying “fouled out”. Like come on Mark be better
— Chuck 🔶 (@chuckguarantees) June 27, 2021
Poor Mark Jackson. To be fair, it’s hard to blame him if he fell asleep at some point during the contest. After all, the low-scoring game was truly painful to watch in the second half as both teams struggled to make their shots.
To put that into better perspective, the Suns shot 31-0f-86 from the field (36.1 percent) while the Clippers finished with a 27-of-83 shooting clip (32.5 percent). The game ended with a final score of 84-80 after the first half ended 50-36. It means Phoenix scored just 34 in the final 24 minutes of play, and they could have lost had they not built a bigger lead in the opening frame.
So maybe we can cut Jackson some slack? He probably lost any interest in the game at that point, especially with Devin Booker going out.