January 29, 2019, 9:43 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
The Suns continue to list Deandre Ayton as doubtful for Tuesday’s game at San Antonio, but the No. 1 overall pick did more in practice on Monday and how he feels during and after this morning’s shootaround will better determine if he plays tonight.
This is very encouraging news for the young center who has now missed the last five games with a sprained ankle. If Ayton can’t go again, Kokoskov will look to start Richaun Holmes instead of Dragan Bender. Holmes started in place of Bender to begin the second half on Sunday night after Bender, who has averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his five starts for Ayton, had just five points and four boards in 13 minutes. Ayton is averaging 16.4 points on 59.4 percent shooting and a team-high 10.6 rebounds while the Suns have struggled without him, getting outrebounded by an average margin of 11.8 rebounds while yielding a total of 76 offensive rebounds in this five-game stretch without him.
Source: Arizona Central