24/05/2024

Aussies in the NBA Week 13. Photo: @NBA_AU/Twitter, Brooklyn Nets

Jock Landale earned his first career start for the Spurs while Patty Mills returned to his hot shooting form to cap off another successful week for our Aussies in the NBA.

It was a less eventful week for our Aussies in the NBA, however there was still plenty to celebrate with Jock Landale earning his first career start, Patty Mills getting back to his scoring best and Josh Giddey continuing his impressive rookie campaign.

Patty Mills

3 Games, 2 Wins, 15.0pts, 1.3reb, 3.0ast

Patty Mills started off this week similar to how he ended the previous, struggling to get his shot to drop. Mills was only able to score three points against the Portland Trailblazers going one of five from the field.

He was able to get his teammates involved however, recording five assists as well as a block. Again, Mills came off the bench against the Blazers with Irving able to play the game.

For the rest of the week Mills returned to the player we had become accustomed to this season, with his hot hand from deep returning against the Chicago Bulls. Mills went on to make six of his eight attempts from behind the arc, finishing the game with 21 points.

Unfortunately for us Aussie NBA fans we did not get to see the much anticipated matchup between Mills and Josh Giddey with the Nets deciding to rest Mills for the Nets versus Thunder game a few days later.

In Mills final game of the week, he continued his hot form, dropping another 20 point plus game, to finish with 21 points as well as three assists when the Nets met the Pelicans. Mills has now recorded 12 games with 20 or more points this season the most ever in his career. The game also marked Mills first game in the starting line-up for the week.

Joe Ingles

2 Games, 1 Win, 2.5pts, 2.5reb, 2.5ast

After missing three games the week prior due to the NBAโ€™s COVID protocols, Joe Ingles was able to return to the court this week and continue his bench role for the team. Ingles ultimately did not return until midweek, being ruled out for the teamโ€™s first game against the Detroit Pistons still in the protocols.

His first game came against the Cleveland Cavaliers in which the Jazz lost, and Ingles had little impact in the 13 minutes he played. He finished with just two points on 20% shooting and a single rebound.

In the Jazz final game of the week they were able to snap their four game losing streak and blow out Northwest Division rivals, the Denver Nuggets 125-102. Ingles again struggled shooting making just one three pointer to finish with three points for the game. He was however able to get his teammates involved with five assists as well as four rebounds.

Ingles is current on a cold shooting streak, having not scored above five points in his past five games and in that stretch has shot 20.8% from the field. He’s also now picked up the most ejections in the league at three on the season.

Josh Giddey

3 Games, 1 Wins, 16.0pts, 6.3reb, 6.0ast, 1.0stl

Josh Giddey had one of his best scoring weeks in his young NBA career as he continues to showcase his versatile skill set and ability to impact the game in many ways. Giddey shot above 50% in every game, going at 52.5% for the week.

The Thunder opened the week fall to the Washington Wizards in a close encounter, with Giddey dropping 18 points along with six rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Giddey led the team in minutes playing 36 for the game.

Next the Thunder went head to head with the Patty Mills-less Brooklyn Nets, in which they blew them out 130 to 109 to record their sole win of the week. Giddey played a fundamental role in the win matching his career high in scoring with 19 points with 10 of those points coming in the fourth quarter, as well as dishing off seven assists.

The Thunders final game of the week came against the Cleveland Cavaliers which they narrowly lose by five points. Despite the loss Giddey recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Having now passed the halfway mark of his rookie year Giddey is currently averaging 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists a game.

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Matisse Thybulle

3 Games, 2 Wins, 6.0pts, 3.0reb, 1.0ast, 2.6stl, 1.0blk

Matisse Thybulle was at his defensive best this week, making a huge impact on that end of the floor in the three games he played for the 76ers.

Thybulle opened the week with a 10 point, three steal performance in the Sixers victory over the Houston Rockets. He was also able to shoot at an effective clip going four of seven from the field and making a pair of three pointers.

The 76ers ended up falling to the Charlotte Hornets in their next game, with Thybulle only playing 15 minutes, unable to have much on an impact on the game. He finished with zero points and the only other stats he was able to record was three rebounds and a single block.

Thybulle saved his best game for what would be his final game of the week against division rivals, the Boston Celtics. The Sixers were able to get the 111-99 victory following a dominate opening quarter where they outscored the Celtics 32 to 14.

Thybulle played an integral role in slowing down Celtics duo, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with the pair going 14 of 35 from the field and recording 12 turnovers. Thybulle had a season high five steals as well as two blocks to go along with eight points.

The Sixers final game of the week was against the Miami Heat which they won 109 to 98, however Thybulle did not play due to a shoulder injury.

Thybulle is currently ranked fifth in the league in steals, averaging 1.8 a game.

Jock Landale

3 Games, 1 Win, 5.0pts, 6.0reb, 2.0ast

It was a week to remember for Jock Landale, with the San Antonio big man earning his first career NBA start in the Spurs final game of the week against the Los Angeles Clippers. Landale was inserted into the starting line up with centre Jakob Poeltl out with a back injury.

With the extended minutes Landale was given he was able to have a career night, recording his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, as well as dishing off two assists. Landale however was unable to score as productively has he would have hoped going at 33% from the field.

The 11 rebounds Landale collected marks a new career high and the first time he has hit double digits in the stat.

Post-game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised Landaleโ€™s basketball IQ and what he adds to the team.

โ€œHe plays smart, he really understands how to play, and he makes good decisions. He did a lot of good things for us,โ€ said Popovich.

Despite the memorable end to the week, Landale week did not start off ideally, missing the Spurs opening game against the New York Knicks with a back injury and therefore missing the opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden for this season.

Landale returned to the team for their next game against the Houston Rockets however Landale had a rough night, unable to score any points, going zero of five from the field. He did however collect four rebounds and record a steal and block.

In the Spurs next game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Landale had five points, three rebounds and two assists, however the Spurs were unable to get over the line, losing 114 to 109.

Josh Green

3 Games, 2 Wins, 2.6pts, 2.0reb, 0.6ast, 0.6stl

Following a big fortnight for Josh Green, where he set new career highs in points and assists, the Mavericks guard was unable to set any new personal records this week. Green had one of his less productive weeks, partly due to seeing his playing time reduced.

In Dallasโ€™ first game of the week against the New York Knicks, Green only played 11 minutes and in that time made one free throw to finish the game with a single point. He also racked up two rebounds and a steal.

Green production reduced even more the following game against the Memphis Grizzlies where he got just under 10 minutes playing time and did not record a single stat, going zero of two from the field. Despite the quiet night Dallas were able to get the win and put a stop to Memphis 11 game win streak.

To close out the week Green saw his minutes double and he was able to make a much larger impact for the team. The Mavs hosted the Orlando Magic and were victorious 108 to 92, with Green having seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal for the game.

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