Jay Williams to Suns’ Deandre Ayton: ‘You got your money, please shine’
May 9, 2023, 11:59 AM | Updated: 12:31 pm
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After splitting the first four games of their playoff series, the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets are now locked into a best-of-3 situation.
It’s crunch time for a Suns team that has rallied back from down 0-2 with a pair of home wins largely on the backs of guard Devin Booker and forward Kevin Durant.
Phoenix certainly has the momentum heading into Game 5 on Tuesday night. But for the Suns to get a stranglehold on the second-round matchup and never look back, ESPN analyst and former hooper Jay Williams is pleading for a certain Phoenix big man to step up and answer the call.
“This is the game where you have to get a big contribution (from Deandre Ayton) and I feel like we’ve all been waiting for it,” Williams told Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke on Tuesday. “I want one aggressive game (from Ayton) where the world is not on the shoulders of Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. You got your money, please shine.
— Wolf & Luke on Arizona Sports (@WolfandLuke) May 9, 2023
“I think we’re all waiting for that, because it might be enough to get through a game but you’re going to need a game like that to win this series. You’re going to need it.”
Ayton has been a non-factor for nearly all of the second round, failing to record double-digit rebounds and has yet to top the 14-point mark this series.
The lack of production and aggressive could play in large part to who he’s up against in two-time MVP Nikola Jokic.
The 6-foot-11 center has absolutely dominated with averages of 36.5 points, 14 rebounds and 9.5 assists.
His most recent showing was his best yet this playoffs behind a 53-point effort on 66.7% shooting and 50% from long range in a Game 4 loss to Phoenix.
The Suns are back in action Tuesday night against the Nuggets. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7, the Arizona Sports app or ArizonaSports.com.