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Video quickly spreads of Deandre Ayton after Game One loss

Apr 29, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the second half during game one of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Suns’ Game One loss to the Denver Nuggets to open up the Western Conference Semifinals, a video quickly spread of Deandre Ayton, more specifically, the lack of aggression from Ayton.

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Ayton finished the game with just seven rebounds, while Nikola Jokić had more offensive rebounds than the entire Suns’ roster.

But, it was this play that stood out more than anything else. The Suns were trailing by 10 in the second quarter.

While the Nuggets did come up empty on the possession, Jokić had five put-back attempts while Ayton stood on the sideline as a spectator.

Fans were left in disbelief, many putting the loss on Ayton’s hands, as this was not the only example of his lack of aggression throughout the game.

After the loss, Ayton spoke on the physicality and noted that “we’re gonna be a complete different team in Game 2.”

Head coach Monty Williams also spoke about what it means to the team when Ayton plays with the high energy that the team knows he can bring.

The Suns will have a chance to even up the series before heading back home, as Game 2 will tip off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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