Monday update: Ayton is officially in for the Suns, making his return after first suffering this injury last Tuesday against the Rockets. He missed two games with this injury.
Sunday update: Ayton is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Lakers with his ankle injury. That’s a solid development for the big man, who was ruled out immediately for the team’s game Saturday against New Orleans. It’s possible Ayton sits one more game with the Lakers on a back-to-back and rests some more but the stage is set for a quick return for the Suns center.
Friday update: Ayton has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Pelicans.
Thursday update: Ayton has been ruled out for Thursday’s game.
Wednesday update: Ayton is questionable for Thursday’s game against the Clippers.
Update: Ayton has been ruled out for the rest of Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury.
Suns say Deandre Ayton (left ankle) and Cam Payne (right foot) both will not return to tonight's game— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) December 14, 2022
The Phoenix Suns have been thoroughly outworked by the Houston Rockets Tuesday, facing a 54-35 deficit at halftime. It might be even worse for the Suns as center Deandre Ayton appeared to suffer an ankle injury before halftime. He limped to the locker room just before the break.
Broadcast just showed Deandre Ayton limping to the locker room after tweaking his ankle. It's gone from bad to worse to downright ugly— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) December 14, 2022
Here’s the play where Ayton could’ve potentially sustained the injury.
Deandre Ayton and Kevin Porter Jr. collided here on this play pic.twitter.com/XE543s8mik— ’ (@_Talkin_NBA) December 14, 2022
Despite Ayton’s poor showing in the first half, this is not a good development for the Suns. They are already without Devin Booker, who is dealing with a hamstring injury that the team says is considered day-to-day. Ayton already suffered an ankle injury earlier this year and missed a few games, so the team might be extra cautious with this one. We’ll know more after the halftime break.
If Ayton can’t go, Torrey Craig, Dario Saric and Bismack Biyombo would round out Phoenix’s frontcourt rotation. Jock Landale would also be in the mix.