Jock Landale’s emergence as a key piece of the Phoenix rotation continued on Monday as the Suns outlasted the Denver Nuggets 127-122 in Game 4 of their Western Conference semi-finals series.
The Australian’s plus-minus of +16 ranked the best among players in both teams, with Landale putting up eight points to go with five rebounds, one block, a steal and an assist.
Landale, who was a standout big at St Mary’s before eventually getting his chance in the NBA at San Antonio, has seen a steady increase in minutes this playoff series.
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The 27-year-old saw just 15 minutes in the first two games of the series but has benefited from starting center Deandre Ayton’s struggles, playing 43 minutes in Games 3 and 4.