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Deandre Ayton ready to 'take over' after record 16th straight loss by Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton ready to 'take over' after record 16th straight loss by Phoenix Suns
Published On: Mon, Feb 25
Jan 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks with guard Sasha Vujacic (18) during the second quarter against the Phoenix Sun at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Deandre Ayton sat in the visiting locker room at Quicken Loans Arena on the wrong end of another loss that set the wrong kind of record for the Phoenix Suns.

The SunsA (11-49)A dropped their 16th straight game Thursday night, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That didna€™t sitA well with the rookie 7-footer a€” and stoked an urge to take matters into his own hands.

a€œI gave them enough time to let them run what they got to run,a€ Ayton said. a€œNow Ia€™m about to justA take over now. Ita€™s about that time to take over and not really look back.a€


To put this in some context, this was a game Phoenix felt it was going to win a€” and shoulda€™ve won. The CavaliersA (13-46)A are having just as bad a season as the Suns and they don't have nearly the same type of young talent.

Individually, Ayton scored six points on 3-of-4 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in helping the Suns build a 28-23 lead at the end of the first quarter.

He took just five more shots the remainder of the game in scoring 13 points in 35 minutes. So his comments came out of frustration, but Ayton's coach is taking responsibility for his 20-year-old centerA fizzling out of Thursday's game.A 

a€œI will always answer this kind of questions and put it on the coach,a€ Suns first-year head coach Igor Kokoskov said. a€œHow I can make him be more involved. Just not necessarily in regards to his offense, not necessarily his touches, but hea€™s a big part of our system on both sides of the court. Defensively. Thata€™s a challenge for me as a coach to keep him more engaged. Keep him more involved. Thata€™s strategically what wea€™re trying to do.a€

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