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Jock Landale and transition defense were a problem for the Denver Nuggets in game three

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May 7, 2023

The Phoenix Suns punched back in game three behind a career night from Devin Booker, an aggressive foul-baiting adjustment from Kevin Durant, and the tough interior presence of DeAndre Ayton….Jock Landale. The Australian big man has had two positive impact games in a row for the Suns but game three may be the one that forces the Denver Nuggets to adjust their rotation and strategy in the non-Jokic minutes.

On today’s edition of THE LIST, I break down how Landale made an impact, the Suns’ adjustment to counter Denver’s double team strategy, and show why transition defense was a major swing factor for the Suns en route to victory.

0:00 – Intro

0:48 – Blind pig to free up Murra

1:28 – Suns empty corner attack

3:06 – Murray over-dribbling

4:55 – Jock Landale

8:21 – Cam Payne and Denver’s transition defense

11:15 – Jeff Green in PnR

13:12 – MPJ needs touches

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