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Suns' Deandre Ayton misses first quarter vs. OKC Thunder after skipping COVID-19 test

Fighting for a playoff spot, the Phoenix Suns were without their second-leading scorer for the start of Monday's game against the Thunder.

Deandre Ayton's arrival at The Field House was delayed after Ayton missed a COVID-19 test Sunday.

Ayton tested Monday, but couldn't head to the arena until the testing results came in. Once Ayton was cleared, he headed to the arena and was on the floor for the start of the second quarter.

Suns coach Monty Williams said remembering to be tested every day can be difficult at times.

"I'll test in the morning and we'll get to about four or five o'clock and I'll ask myself questions like, 'Did I test?' You just get confused by it," Williams said. "And I know I'm not the only one who's done that.

"We've said in the NBA season guys are going to make mistakes. You have to be able to give people grace. It wasn't intentional."

Much of the questioning of Williams after the game, which the Suns won 128-101, was about Ayton's missed test.

Eventually, Williams grew weary of the questioning when he was asked if he ever considered holding Ayton out.

"It's over with," Williams said. "I'm not going to get into what I was going to do if ... it's over with."

Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

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Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton looks to pass against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton looks to pass against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

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