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WATCH: Keita Bates-Diop Embracing Challenge of Fifth Starter Role Despite Suns’ Early Struggles

Keita Bates-Diop meets with the media at Phoenix Suns’ practice one day after Phoenix fell 122-119 to the Lakers.

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In the home debut of Bradley Beal and fourth straight missed game by Devin Booker (right calf tightness), the Suns got out to a really hot start and carried it through three quarters. Once up 14, a 19-2 run by the Lakers got them right back into it at the beginning of the fourth and proved insurmountable for the Suns to come fully back from.

In his fourth-straight start last night, Bates-Diop had 11 points, five rebounds and two steals. The Suns are 2-2 when he starts.

So what is going on with these fourth quarter blown leads?

“There’s a lot of fourth quarter turnover (in terms of players in and out),” Bates-Diop said. “We’ll figure it out in time, it’s just a process.”

The Suns will look to rebound from this loss to the Lakers tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home at 6 p.m. MST.

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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