27/05/2024

Aussies in the NBA Week 20. Photo:@MavsPR, @okc/Twitter.

This week Josh Giddey was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the fourth consecutive month while Josh Green recorded his first double-double and set a new career-high in rebounds.

Our Aussies continued to make their mark this week in the NBA with Josh Giddey being named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the fourth consecutive month, while Mavericks guard Josh Green had a career night rebounding the ball to close out Week 20 of NBA action.

Patty Mills

4 Games, 0 Wins, 7.0pts, 1.3reb, 1.5ast

The Brooklyn Nets troubles continued this week with the teams record now falling below .500, sitting at 32 wins and 33 losses having lost 16 of their past 20 games. Much like the Nets of late, Aussie Patty Mills continued to struggle this week to get his shot to fall as he battled with inconsistent playing time.

The Nets got off to a horrible start to the week, losing to divisional rivals, the Toronto Raptors by 36 points. While Mills started the game with Kyrie Irving unable to play, he only played 20 minutes with the Nets bench unit getting the majority of the playing time.

Mills was unable to get his shot to fall again, a trend which has become increasingly more prevalent of late, after starting the season as one of the most reliable knock down three-point shooters in the league. Mills finished with just three points, making a lone three-pointer after shooting 12.5% from the field for the game.

The Nets put up more of a fight the following day, meeting the Raptors again in a back-to-back. The margin was much closer, however the Nets still lost the game 109 to 108.

Mills shot the ball slightly better to finish with eight points on three of seven shooting to go along with a pair of rebounds and assists. Mills also saw his time on the court increase, playing 32 minutes due to the game being much closer.  

The Nets received a massive boost for their third game of the week against Eastern Conference leaders, the Miami Heat with Kevin Durant making his long awaited return after being sidelined with an MCL sprain for the past month. Despite Durant’s return it still was not enough to help the Nets get over the line ultimately going down by six points.

Mills was relegated back to the bench for the game with new recruit Goran Dragic starting over him. Mills got off to a hot start having 14 points at halftime after going a perfect four of four from the field.

Unfortunately, Mills had little impact after halftime unable to add any more points to the Nets tally, to finish with 14 points, two rebounds and one assist in the 30 minutes he played.

The Nets played their strongest team in weeks for their final game of the week against the Boston Celtics, with Durant and Irving both playing together for the first time since mid January. While the Nets put up a valiant fight it ultimately was not enough in the end, going down 126 to 120.

Mills came off the bench in the game, getting just 14 minutes of playing time. He was unable to make as much of a scoring impact as he had in the game prior, finishing with just one three-pointer made.

The Nets currently sit on a four game losing streak and find themselves as the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Josh Giddey

Josh Giddey did not play any games this week for the Oklahoma City Thunder, being sidelined with right hip soreness. While he did not play, his name was still in the headlines,  being named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February.

This marks the fourth consecutive month that Giddey has won the award, being the only recipient in the Western Conference this season. Giddey had a sensational February where he started to come into his own as an NBA player, having to pick up a larger offensive load with players such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort dealing with injuries.

For the month Giddey averaged 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists. During this time he set a new career high in points with 28 and recorded three consecutive triple-doubles, setting new NBA records as the youngest player to do so.

Matisse Thybulle

3 Games, 2 Wins, 3.3pts, 1.0reb, 1.0ast, 2.0blk

The new look Philadelphia 76ers continued to look impressive this week as did Aussie Matisse Thybulle who had a strong start to the week able to impact the game on both ends of the floor before dropping off offensively.

The 76ers had another dominant showing in their opening game of the week when they hosted the New York Knicks, defeating them 123 to 108. Thybulle had his most productive game of the week in the matchup, scoring 10 points off four of 66% shooting as well as blocking three shots.

Thybulle was unable to have the same impact offensively in the Sixer’s next game when they welcomed the Cleveland Cavaliers to town. Thybulle only played 17 minutes for the game after getting in foul trouble, which limited his potential game time.

Thybulle finished the game not scoring any points, rather collecting a single rebound and getting one block. Despite Thybulle’s limited impact, the Sixers proved too good for the Cavs winning by six points to extend their win streak to five games.

To close out the week the 76ers have a tough match up against the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat. With their main facilitator, James Harden sidelined with hamstring soreness, the Sixers struggled to score the ball.

For the game the Sixers made just seven three-pointers compared to the Heats 14 and managed just 13 assists as a team. They ultimately went down 99 to 82, recording their lowest score of the season in the process.

For the second straight game Thybulle did not score any points rather recording a single rebound, assist and steal for the game along with two blocks.

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Jock Landale

1 Games, 0 Wins, 0.0pts, 0.0reb, 0.0ast

Aussie Jock Landale received minimal playing times this week for the San Antonio Spurs, playing just one minute in their three games this week. Landale played the final minute of the Spurs loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and did not put up any stats in that time.

Landale did not play in the Spurs next two games, against the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets.

With Zach Collins taking his role as the backup center off the bench, this will likely be a trend that we will see more often with Landale through the final six weeks of the regular season.

Josh Green

3 Games, 3 Wins, 7.0pts, 6.0reb, 1.3ast

Josh Green and the Dallas Mavericks had another strong week, winning all three of their games. Green continued to play his role for the Mavericks, doing whatever was needed to help his team get the wins as they look to crack into the top of the Western Conference standings.

A highlight of Green’s game this week was his work on the offensive boards, helping keep plays alive for the Mavericks. He did exactly this in Dallas’s first game of the week when they travelled to Los Angeles to meet the LA Lakers.

Green played just 10 minutes in the game, however was able to shoot a perfect three of three from the field to add six points, along with four rebounds, two of which were offensive boards.

The Mavericks returned home for their next game, to meet the Golden State Warriors, where they were able to get the victory behind Luka Doncic’s 41 point night. Green got slightly more playtime in the matchup but could not replicate his efficient scoring, finishing the game with the sole three-pointer made, along with a pair of rebounds and a single assist and steal.

The Maverick’s final game of the week came against the Sacramento Kings where they just scrapped out a one point victory with the team’s leading scorer, Doncic not playing. Green had a career night setting, multiple career and season high milestones in the game, earning more playing time in Doncic’s absence.

Green finished the game with his first career double-double after scoring 12 points and collecting 12 rebounds. Of those 12 rebounds, six were offensive boards, setting a career high in both stat categories. Green also got 29 minutes of playing time which set a new season high for him.

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