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Got to give credit to Ayton for upping his block numbers and his rim protection in general. It's been a bit up and down this year but it's up more than down.

He needs to start being more aggressive inside on offense. I thought we'd see that much sooner than him become an average or better rim protector.


Whats great is that lately, Ayton has been getting better/closer position early in the shot clock, and we've been trying to finding him until the defense adjusts.
 

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Whats great is that lately, Ayton has been getting better/closer position early in the shot clock, and we've been trying to finding him until the defense adjusts.
He is catching a lot of sloppy alley oops too. Embiid was still on the IR at this point in his career.
 

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Whats great is that lately, Ayton has been getting better/closer position early in the shot clock, and we've been trying to finding him until the defense adjusts.
It is really good to see some progress. If only we had a quality
Power Forward to help in DA's progress even more.

Then the sky would be the limit for DeAndre!
 

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Good company for Mikal.

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i didn't check but all while improving his scoring and efficiency throughout the year? Just what it seems to me, lately he's been slashing and knocking down shots more.
 

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Bender had a classic "Bender line" last night. 25 minutes, 0 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 turnovers.

It is crazy that a player can put up a line like that in the modern league, it is even more crazy that Bender puts up lines like that quite often.

This SHOULD be the final year of his rookie deal but he didn't even survive the 4 year contract, we axed him before he could finish it. It blows my mind that some think there is a chance the Suns would want to bring him back.
 

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I’m confused. When Kelly is healthy he’s not that major of a piece but when he’s not, all of a sudden he’s THE crucial piece.

We don't have the depth to replace him and we have no one else that can provide a little cover for Booker, so yeah, he's a crucial piece. Sort of.
 

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I’m confused. When Kelly is healthy he’s not that major of a piece but when he’s not, all of a sudden he’s THE crucial piece.

I think those references are to his being a part of our Big 3 in scoring this season. Our only three averaging more than 13 ppg.

And now we're down to two. Not only lost points but, with our cockeyed roster, even more pressure on Booker and Ayton. Read it and weep!

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It's really unfortunate for sure. Bridges and Oubre were clicking at the forward position. In fact the Suns whole starting lineup was starting to click and now they take a step backward.
 
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This seems to be the latest injury reports.

Gina Mizell‏Verified account @ginamizell

Kelly Oubre Jr.’s knee injury is still an unspecified diagnosis on the #Suns’ official injury report for tomorrow’s game against Detroit. He and Kaminsky are the players listed as out.

3:42 PM - 27 Feb 2020
 
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According to ESPN, the Suns have been looking for a replacement for Oubre.

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. might miss the rest of the season because of a torn meniscus in his right knee, ESPN has confirmed.

The Suns have looked for possible buyout candidates or free-agent additions to replace Oubre, with the expectation that the fifth-year forward will miss the rest of the season, sources told ESPN.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28794718/source-suns-kelly-oubre-miss-rest-season
 

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This news really blows. He was one of the non-buttercups we have that didn’t sit out if they had a really bad itch. I think both games he missed were from that concussion vs Atlanta.
 
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There is an article at Arizona Sports where Monty talks a bit about Kelly Oubre. Still waiting for second opinions.

“Unfortunately Kelly most likely won’t be with us for a while,” Williams said. “We’re fine. We’ve dealt with it before, with guys being out. Our guys are continuing to grow and play with a great level of intensity.

“It’s an obvious blow to the team, but it’s a great opportunity for Mikal (Bridges) and Cam (Johnson) to step in there. Dario (Saric) will play more minutes.”

https://arizonasports.com/story/227...-oubre-wont-be-with-suns-a-while-knee-injury/
 
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Ricky Rubio talks about what Kelly Oubre means to the team and the importance of Mikal Bridges.

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