Phoenix Suns centre Jock Landale has thrown his support behind under-fire teammate Deandre Ayton after the former No. 1 pick was benched during the final moments of Saturday’s playoff contest against the Denver Nuggets.
Ayton watched from the bench as the Suns secured a crucial 121-114 victory over the Nuggets in Phoenix, with coach Monty Williams playing Landale down the final stretch.
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The 24-year-old fumed from the sidelines, refusing to talk to reporters after the seven-point triumph. He finished the contest with four points on 2-of-6 shooting, with nine rebounds, one block and four personal fouls in 26 minutes.
“Guys have tough games, and DA didn’t have his best tonight,” Williams told reporters.