UPDATE: Feb. 11, 6:31 p.m. — Ayton is listed as questionable to play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Golden State Warriors due to ankle soreness. Ayton was held out of Monday’s game vs. the Lakers after popping up late on the injury report.
Deandre Ayton is questionable again because of the left ankle soreness.— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) February 11, 2020
Saric, Baynes and Kaminsky are all out again.
Update: Feb. 10, 9:07 p.m - Ayton has officially been ruled out and Cheick Diallo will start in his place. The Suns are going to be forced to play more small ball, which sets up Anthony Davis ($10,300) to potentially have a monster game.
Monty Williams says during his pregame availability that Deandre Ayton (ankle soreness) will not play tonight at the Lakers. Cheick Diallo will start, and several small-ball lineups will follow. #Suns.— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) February 11, 2020
The Phoenix Suns have downgraded Deandre Ayton to doubtful after he came into the day listed as questionable to play. He has a sprained ankle and the last time we saw him with a similar injury, he missed five games at the end of December. This could be an ailment that last more than one game. The Suns are already extremely shorthanded in the frontcourt, so there aren’t many players for them to turn to. Aron Baynes, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric are all out. This could mean a start and big minutes for Cheick Diallo ($3,100). Without Ayton, the Suns could struggle to keep tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers close. The Lakers are 12-point favorites.