Suns confident DeAndre Ayton will bounce back from Game 3 performance



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Suns confident DeAndre Ayton will bounce back from Game 3 performance

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams wasn't happy that Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 free throws in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, while his team had 16 free throws for the game. "I'm not going to get into the complaining publicly about fouls," Williams said, per ESPN.

"Just not going to do that. But you can look -- we had 16 free throws tonight. One person had 17." Suns center DeAndre Ayton got into a foul trouble and it hurt the Suns as the Milwaukee Bucks ended up winning 120-100.

"We got to learn from that," Williams said of Ayton's night. "We got to beat guys to the spot. He'll grow from this, I promise you he will."

Suns guard Paul empathized with Ayton

"Sometimes you're going to get a good whistle, sometimes you're going to get a bad whistle," Paul said.

"It's tough, man, Giannis coming at you full speed like a running back, you know what I mean?" Jae Crowder delivered a good performance for the Suns but it wasn't enough. "It goes back to the 50/50 balls that we lost," said Crowder, who had his best game of the series with 18 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

"I feel like on the road, we got to win that battle. It's not about shot-making. It's just about mano-a-mano, making sure your guy doesn't get it and coming up with the ball. Someway, somehow, you have to find a way.

And I felt like once it got that close, those guys scrapped a little harder tonight than we did." Suns star guard Devin Booker scored only 10 points. "I think I can get better [shot attempts]," he said. "We'll make that happen.

The point of the game is to win it, and I think there were other things that went on throughout the game. You can say it's a make/miss game, but at the end of the day you have to make the other team miss and get easy opportunities for your team.

We didn't do that tonight." The Bucks had big runs in the second and third quarters. "That was big for us," Paul said of Milwaukee finishing off the third on a 24-6 spurt after the Suns had cut the Bucks' lead down to four.

"Even the second quarter, the second quarter we didn't close that quarter out well. That's something we have been talking about all playoffs. So especially on the road, you got to manage the game. You got to manage those end of quarters."