Deandre Ayton, Tyler Johnson, T.J. Warren ruled out for Suns vs. Cavs
The Phoenix Suns have lost six games in a row and things could be getting worse. They have a possible win coming up against fellow bottom-feeders Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, but that’s even more up-in-the-air now, as multiple players will be out for the Suns.
According to the latest injury report, Deandre Ayton, Tyler Johnson and T.J. Warren will all sit out the game due to various injuries.
Per #Suns, Deandre Ayton (ankle), Tyler Johnson (knee) and T.J. Warren (ankle) are all out for tomorrow’s game vs. Cleveland.
— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) March 31, 2019
The bad news is obvious. Missing Deandre Ayton, Tyler Johnson and T.J. Warren isn’t going to help a team that’s already low on depth, especially considering Warren is the second-highest scorer on the team. Ayton comes in at fourth and Johnson slots in at fifth — so that’s a lot of points missing.
Warren is averaging 18.0 points per game. Meanwhile, Johnson is averaging 11.1 points, 4.o rebounds and 4.2 assists in 13 games since joining Phoenix.
Finally, there’s Ayton who’s having a superb rookie year. The big man is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. He is easily their second best player and will be a major building block of the franchise.
The silver lining is, of course, Devin Booker who has been on such a tear he could dominate a game right now even if he had four mannequins on the court with him.
Booker is averaging 26.9 points per game on the season. He recently scored 50-plus points in back-to-back games. That was broken last night when he dropped a mere 48, to go along with 11 assists.
Either way, the Phoenix Suns will be severely undermanned on Monday. The Cavs present them with a winnable game, but now Booker will be forced to do what he’s done so much of recently.