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Locked On Suns Tuesday: De’Anthony Melton shined while everyone else struggled in loss to Kings

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The Suns’ second rookie point guard was a bright spot, but effort continues to be an issue with this team a quarter of the way through the season.

On today’s episode, we come to you live from Talking Stick Resort Arena recapping the Phoenix Suns’ latest loss, a 112-105 outing against the Sacramento Kings where they trailed 36-9 at one point.

De’Anthony Melton was the star of the game on his way to tallying up 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal in only 23 minutes. Should he start the next game and beyond over Elie Okobo?

Deandre Ayton also had another performance where he struggled mightily. The No. 1 pick in the draft only played 21 minutes, and never came back in after a rough sequence in the second half where he watched two defenders go right by him. Is Ayton hitting the rookie wall, and how can he bounce back? We discussed this plenty.

Finally, Mikal Bridges also seems to be hitting his own rookie wall struggling to shoot the ball from deep. After an outing where he went 0-7 on three-pointers, yet still provided solid on-ball defense, how will the Suns’ No. 10 overall pick fit into their new lineup without Devin Booker?

In the Suns’ latest blowout defeat, we decided to deviate away from the usual ‘Free Throws’ and ‘Flagrant Fouls’ to hone in on these three rookies instead. The usual format will return on Thursday when Phoenix faces Portland.

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