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Suns’ Deandre Ayton out Sunday vs. Rockets, to be reevaluated in a week

Oct 30, 2022, 9:30 AM
Deandre Ayton #22 and Bismack Biyombo #18 of the Phoenix Suns celebrate after defeating the Dallas ...
Deandre Ayton #22 and Bismack Biyombo #18 of the Phoenix Suns celebrate after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA game at Footprint Center on October 19, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 107-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton will miss his first game of the season Sunday against the Houston Rockets with a left ankle sprain.

Ayton exited Phoenix’s 124-111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans Friday in the first quarter after landing on center Jonas Valanciunas’ foot awkwardly.

His ankle will be reevaluated in a week, according to the Suns.

Ayton was off to a hot start, scoring 18.3 points per game over his first four contests. He had 16 points and 14 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday.

Ish Wainright is also listed as out against Houston, as he remains sidelined with lower back pain.

For the Rockets, veteran shooting guard Eric Gordon (right knee maintenance), rookie guard TyTy Washington (left knee sprain) and big man Bruno Fernando (left knee soreness) are ruled out Sunday.

Rookie big Jabari Smith Jr. — the No. 3 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft — is questionable with a right ankle sprain.

The game begins at 6 p.m.

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