Deandre Ayton goes all out on his first Father’s Day as a dad in Suns win
Jun 20, 2021, 4:49 PM | Updated: 8:04 pm
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Sunday was a big day for Suns big man Deandre Ayton on the court in the Game 1 Western Conference Finals victory against the Los Angeles Clippers, but an even bigger day for him off the court.
It was Ayton’s first Father’s Day as a dad, and he visited with his son ahead of tip-off.
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He said the first person to wish him a happy Father’s Day was, unsurprisingly, Chris Paul, who was away from the team due to COVID-19 protocols.
“I think CP, Chris Paul was the first one to text me this morning, that’s the first happy Father’s Day I’ve gotten,” Ayton said. “I had to look at my phone, I glimpsed at it and it was like seven in the morning and I was like, ‘is this for me?”‘
“But I had to read the whole message and say ‘oh yea bro, you are a father.”‘
Being his first Father’s Day as a dad and his first Western Conference Finals game, Ayton said he had to “go all out.”
And he certainly did.
Ayton continued his impressive first postseason appearance in the Game 1 victory by scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
His presence on the floor also caused headaches for the Clippers, who had to go away from their small-ball game to put in centers DeMarcus Cousins and Ivica Zubac just to try and slow down Ayton.
“Just embracing that feeling was a lot, and it was a game day and my first finals playoffs,” Ayton said.
The performance of the Suns’ big man and fellow star Devin Booker – who recorded his first career triple-double – helped the Suns grab the important first step to the team’s first finals appearance in nearly three decades, and possibly the franchise’s first championship.