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Locked On Suns Thursday: Deandre Ayton’s mysterious illness the big story in Suns’ 108-86 loss

This is what rock bottom looks like in the NBA.

On today’s episode, we highlight the three most intriguing players who stood out for one reason or another in the Suns’ second consecutive blowout loss, 108-86 in Portland.

Benched with an “illness,” Deandre Ayton came off the bench for the first time in his career but failed to make an impact despite checking in three minutes into each half and playing mostly with the starters. He struggled against Portland center Jusuf Nurkic.

We also saw extended run for Dragan Bender, whose energy was welcome in another game marked by unsightly slogging.

Finally, we break down De’Anthony Melton’s second night of real NBA action. The shot didn’t fall, but Melton still made his mark.

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