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Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton Share Awkward Moment On Suns Bench

Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton Share Awkward Moment On Suns Bench

Chris Paul was unavailable to play in the Phoenix Suns’ Game 3 second-round playoff showdown against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

The veteran point guard was out with a groin strain suffered in his team’s Game 2 loss.

That said, the Suns still won without him – and despite Deandre Ayton continuing his uncanny streak of coming up short in the postseason.

Ayton played in a mere 26 minutes in Game 3. For the night, he finished with four points and nine rebounds before being benched for backup center Jock Landale.

Landale scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in his 22 minutes of action.

At one point, a visibly frustrated Ayton experienced something of an awkward moment on the Suns bench with Paul.

NBA fans had some strong reactions to the encounter.

They immediately took to social media to react.

After the game Ayton bounced without speaking to the media. Not great.

Head coach Monty Williams’ beef with his big man is a matter of public record.

The opportunity was there for all parties involved to go their separate ways this summer, but ultimately the Suns opted to retain Ayton.

Now they are dealing with the consequences of that.

Will Ayton and his squad be able to get on the same page at some point in this year’s playoffs? Time will tell.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.
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