Suns’ Bol Bol out Sunday against Blazers; Deandre Ayton questionable for Portland
Jan 14, 2024, 10:57 AM | Updated: 1:26 pm
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Phoenix Suns center Bol Bol is out for Sunday night’s road matchup in Portland against the Trail Blazers with right foot soreness. Former Suns big man Deandre Ayton is questionable for the Blazers.
In four 2024 games, Bol is averaging 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 16.6 minutes off the bench for the Suns (20-18) and has made three of his four 3s attempted.
Ayton has missed the last 10 games due to right knee tendinitis and hasn’t played since Portland’s loss at Golden State on Dec. 23.
The center is averaging 13.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 54.8% from the field in 24 games this season.
Ayton has played against the Suns twice this season, with the home team winning each game. In his return to Footprint Center in November, he had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes in Phoenix’s 120-107 win. Last month, Ayton scored 16 points and added 15 rebounds in Portland’s 109-104 victory.
Ayton was traded to Portland in September as part of a three-team deal that sent him, Jrue Holiday, Toumani Camara and a 2029 first-round pick to Portland, Damian Lillard to Milwaukee and Grayson Allen, Jusuf Nurkić, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson to Phoenix.
Portland’s Shaedon Sharpe (adductor soreness) has been ruled out and Ibou Badji (right hip contusion) is questionable for Sunday’s contest.
Damion Lee is the only other Suns player to appear on the injury report for Sunday. He hasn’t played this season after undergoing meniscus repair surgery for his right knee in October.
Drew Eubanks will return for the Suns and play against his former team after missing Thursday’s win against the Lakers due to illness.
The Blazers (10-28) are back at home after going 1-6 on their recent road trip, which included a 23-point loss to the Timberwolves, a 62-point loss to the Thunder (the fifth-largest loss in NBA history), a 28-point loss to the Knicks, a pair of blowout losses to the Mavericks and a lopsided loss in Phoenix.