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Suns Deandre Ayton will return soon from latest ankle injury

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NBA: Toronto Raptors at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At least his season is not over. The ankle injury appeared bad when it happened on Tuesday night, as 250-pound forward OG Anunoby fell trying to defend Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and rolled all of his weight onto Ayton’s lower leg and ankle on the way down to the ground.

Ayton went down like AyTON of bricks, and immediately was helped to the locker room. He did not return to the game, and was seen later walking around in a supportive boot.

But Ayton promised this ankle injury was no different than the others, and that he would be back soon.

And Ayton was right.

The MRI showed no real damage, so Ayton will just wait until the swelling goes down and he’s in little enough pain to be able to play again.

Judging by prior injuries this year, that would be a 2-5 game absence.

You can choose to blame the shoes Ayton wears — on Tuesday they weren’t even high tops — but if you watch that injury I don’t see how he avoids it with high tops.