Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and head coach Monty Williams obtained into an animated dialog on the bench throughout a 113-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday evening.
Ayton, whose relationship with Williams has appeared rocky prior to now, may very well be seen gesturing towards somebody on the bench as Williams angrily spoke to his middle.
“It was the entire crew in these moments,” Williams stated after the sport, based on the Arizona Republic. “It wasn’t simply Deandre, it was the entire group on the market not executing correctly. It was a little bit of frustration, however that occurs. That was not an remoted one-person or one-player factor.”
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The trade occurred late within the fourth quarter as Washington went on a 15-0 run to seize the late lead.
Like Williams, Ayton downplayed the trade after the sport.
“We weren’t actually exchanging phrases,” Ayton stated. “We’re a household. He is aware of tips on how to discuss to his boys and his boys know tips on how to simply talk. Clearly, the entire world see it, nevertheless it’s actually all love and simply getting us again to regroup and simply take out the confusion.”
The loss snaps a three-game profitable streak for Phoenix, which misplaced 5 straight previous to the streak.
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The connection between Ayton and Williams got here into query over the offseason after Ayton was benched through the Suns’ Recreation 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks within the Western Convention Semifinals.
Williams known as it an “inner” matter after Ayton performed simply 17 minutes within the recreation.
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Ayton returned to Phoenix in the summertime after the Suns matched a four-year, $133 million provide sheet from the Indiana Pacers.
“All people obtained to see us intensified within the second,” Ayton stated. “Rattling, we misplaced our higher hand. It may possibly get a little bit emotional. Oh, I assumed you stated this, however coach clarified it up within the huddle the place all of us have been exchanging phrases.”
Phoenix is 19-13 on the season and in fourth place in the Western Conference.