The Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton Center did not begin Monday’s 128-101 win over Oklahoma City Thunder after missing a mandatory test against the coronavirus, ESPN confirmed.
Ayton missed the test on Sunday, according to ESPN and numerous reports, and was not included in the Phoenix starting lineup ..
But Ayton was tested again on Monday and allowed to play, according to ESPN and reports. The game’s television broadcasts showed 6-foot-11-tall Ayton riding a stationary bike near the Suns bench during the first half.
Eventually, he entered the game in the second quarter and finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes
Dario Saric replaced Ayton in the starting lineup. The Suns (31-39) were second at 11th place in the Western Conference, but only 1 match behind Memphis (33-38) and ninth place by Portland (33-39) one game. .