The Phoenix Suns managed to take the lead in the series against the Denver Nuggets with a 116-102 victory in Game 3, but center Deandre Ayton’s performance remains a contentious topic. Ayton has been criticized for being lazy on the court, which has been the case even before the playoffs. While he did contribute 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Game 3 win, former Suns player Eddie Johnson believes that Ayton needs to step up his game and play with more fire in order for the Suns to have a chance at winning the championship. However, Suns head coach Monty Williams believes Ayton has been playing well and making great progress in his game. The young center will need to continue to improve and silence his critics if the Suns hope to make it to the NBA Finals.
Today: December 10, 2023