The Phoenix Suns could have misplaced to the Atlanta Hawks Thursday evening, however assistance is on the best way.
Phoenix acquired 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant in a blockbuster commerce with the Brooklyn Nets earlier than the NBA’s commerce deadline, establishing the Suns for a run on the NBA championship.
Deandre Ayton, who has spent his total five-year profession in Phoenix, stated Thursday that Durant’s addition places the Suns in prime place for a championship.
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“Damn right,” Ayton stated when requested if he felt the items had been now in place for the Suns to win a title this yr, in response to ESPN. “You damn right. That’s how I feel. Where we’re at, especially at the start of the season, we lost a few games and we seen what it’s like.
“I believe we received punched within the face so many occasions the place we have tailored and accepted to the place, we have accepted adversity, it helped construct confidence to the place we have been in conditions the place a crew threw every little thing at us to cease us although we did not have the appropriate items on the courtroom … figuring out what these groups can throw at us, we’re prepared for it man, and it is going to be actual enjoyable as a result of it is so many items, golly. It’s hassle, and it is enjoyable as a result of it is about time. We received the firepower for actual, and you’ll really feel it.”
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The Suns have remained in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference for most of the 2022 NBA season, falling to 30-27 with a 116-107 loss to the Hawks.
After going 64-18 in 2021-22, injuries and age have caught up with Phoenix, who required a “jolt” in an effort to make a run on the group’s first championship.
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“I believe it’s greater than a raise. I believe it’s a jolt if that is sensible,.” Suns head coach Monty Williams said. “Just due to not simply who he’s as a participant, however due to his love of the sport. I believe the fellows are going to see one thing they might not have seen earlier than. As far as his method and the way a lot he simply likes to play basketball.”
Durant has not played since Jan. 8 after suffering an MCL sprain, but there is optimism he will return after the NBA’s All-Star break.