Sunday July 3, 2022

It’s clear watching Ayton play NBA 2K on the big screen that he’s a dedicated gamer. He says that family comes first for him — as the father of a 1-year-old, Ayton always makes time for his son, Deandre Jr., and girlfriend, Anissa Evans. But then, every day, he’ll settle down for several hours — at least four or five — to play NBA 2K. This is how Ayton reached Legend status, an achievement that occurs by reaching Level 40 for four seasons in the game. Ayton believes he’s the only NBA player to become a Legend. “I don’t know how I did it this year because I got a child, but I did it,” Ayton says.
Source: Maya A. Jones @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s best from May 10:
– L. Doncic: 28 pts, 11 reb, 3 stl
– D. Booker: 28 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl
– J. Butler: 23 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast
– D. Ayton: 20 pts, 9 reb, 22 min
– M. Strus: 19 pts, 10 reb, +30
– G. Vincent: 15 pts, 5 reb, 5-7 fg
– Mik. Bridges: 14 pts, 7 reb, 4 stl – 10:26 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“Yeah, I think I got to that tonight. It felt good.”
Deandre Ayton said he got back to Game 1 like he wanted tonight, and that guys were looking for him, which motivated him to play even harder on defense too – 12:59 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Full credit to PHX. You knew they’d come out and try to make a statement. Bridges and Ayton were terrific, and Monty Williams changing the rotation inserting Biyombo and Shamet for McGee and Payne really paid off – 12:51 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: PHX 110, DAL 80
Booker: 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 11-20 FG
Ayton: 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 9-13 FG
Bridges: 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 6-13 FG
Doncic: 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 10-23 FG – 12:24 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: PHX 82, DAL 60
Booker: 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 11-19 FG
Ayton: 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 7-11 FG
Bridges: 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 6-13 FG
Doncic: 24 Pts, 9 Ast, 9-20 FG
Suns win 33-14 in 3Q – 11:48 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mikal Bridges making Luka Doncic feel him the most he has in this series so far.
Great effort by Ayton on the offensive glass.
Suns up 11. – 11:23 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: PHX 49, DAL 46
Booker: 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 7-11 FG
Bridges: 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 4-9 FG
Ayton: 8 Pts, 6 Reb, 3-6 FG
Doncic: 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 7-16 FG – 11:02 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton gets called for an offensive foul on the first play of the game. He had talked about playing physical, but went right at Dwight Powell’s chest and got whistled for it – 10:07 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Davis Bertans only needed a few tries to drain a half-court shot in pregame shooting. Not to be outdone Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton needed a few more tries — about a dozen — before banking in a Wilt-free-throw-style shot from 15 feet beyond mid court, standing on the Y of Valley. – 9:20 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I asked Deandre Ayton what he can take from Game 1 and apply to tonight: “Man, I gotta get back to Game 1. Period. Haven’t been feeling that, just gotta get back to Game 1 and just gotta accept the physicality. Accept everything how we did against NOLA.” – 2:14 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
On the Chris Paul fan incident in AAC, Ayton says: “It’s just crazy being asked that question because you never thought it would get to that. You know, let’s be enjoying the game and watching our favorite team.” – 2:01 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
“I’ve got to get back to Game 1, period,” says Deandre Ayton, who scored 25 points in G1, 9 in G2, 16 in G3 and 14 in G4. Adds that he needs to accept and embrace the physicality of the series. – 1:59 PM

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