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Locked On Suns Tuesday: Suns trounced by Lakers as Ayton sits, Oubre moved to bench

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A 25-point loss in Los Angeles further hurts the Suns’ fading playoff dreams before the All-Star break.

Coming into this game shorthanded, the Suns were expected to pick up a loss in Los Angeles. It ended being a 25-point loss in odd fashion, including a season-best performance from Rajon Rondo.

As Deandre Ayton sat out due with a tweaked ankle sustained in Phoenix’s last outing, the lack of size was obvious throughout. The most interesting decision, though, related to Kelly Oubre Jr. The Suns’ wing came off the bench, but the NBA TV broadcast hinted the move might’ve been disciplinary.

Mikal Bridges provided a strong outing as he begins to turn the corner at an opportune time. Just how important is this stretch for Bridges when it comes to the Suns’ long-term success?

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