21/04/2024

Aussies in the NBA Week 22. Photo:@BrooklynNets, @sixers/Twitter.

It was a record-setting week for Nets guard Patty Mills who became the all-time leader in three-pointers scored by an Aussie in a single season to highlight our Aussies in the NBA.

It was a relatively quiet week for our Aussies in the NBA, however Patty Mills made more history setting a new record for the most three pointers scored by an Australian in a regular season with 205.

Patty Mills

3 Games, 2 Wins, 8.0pts, 1.0reb, 0.67ast

Patty Mills saw his playing time and role altered from game to game this week as the Brooklyn Nets continue to alter their starting five having to deal with injuries, the Kyrie Irving situation and trying to experiment with the right mix come the playoffs.

The Nets started the week scoring their highest total for the season when they blew out the Orlando Magic by 42 points in a 150-108 victory. The catalyst for the big win and score was Irving who scored a franchise-record 60 points in the encounter.

As a team the Nets shot 60.2% from the field and 59.3% from three.

It was not just Irving who had a record breaking night but also Mills who became the leader in three pointers made by an Australian in an NBA regular season surpassing Joe Ingles 204 from the 2017-18 season. Mills had a very good shooting night from deep, making five three pointers off the bench to account for his 15 points.

In the game Mills also became the Nets third all-time three point scorer in a single season.  

Next, the Nets hosted the Dallas Mavericks in what was an exciting match up, however they fell just short due to a Spencer Dinwiddie buzzer beater three, to go down 113 to 111.

Mills returned to the start line-up for the game but did not have the best shooting night going at 27.3% from the field. He did however make three shots from deep to finish with nine points, a single rebound, two assists and two steals.

The Nets closed out the week with a win over the Portland Trailblazers at home, however were made to work for it after a poor second quarter put them on the backfoot. The Nets outscored Portland by 18 points in the second half to eventually come out as five point victors.

Mills had little impact in the match-up, being relegated back to the bench to play 17 minutes where he went zero of four shooting and was only able to contribute with two rebounds.

Matisse Thybulle

4 Games, 2 Wins, 9.0pts, 3.3reb, 0.8ast, 2.8stl, 2.0blk

Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers had a tough stretch of games this week, playing teams all currently in playoff positions in their respective conferences. Thybulle had one of his best weeks on the defensive end grabbing 11 steals and 8 blocks over the four games this week.

The Sixers first game of the week against the Denver Nuggets was highly anticipated with the two front runners for MVP Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic going head to head. The Nuggets came out the victors after making a comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sixers by 11 points to win 114 to 110.

Thybulle did all he could in the game to try and slow down and disrupt the Nuggets offense, tying his career high in steals with six, to go along with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

The 76ers were able to turn their fortunes around in their next game on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The win did not come without some worry though, with the Sixers again having one quarter where they were unable to score the ball.

This has become a trend in recent games for the 76ers where they have lapsed in one quarter either allowing the opposition team back into the game or falling behind by too much to come back from.

In this case it was the third quarter where the Sixers scored just 13 points to Cleveland’s 31 to go from a 72 to 59 lead at halftime to down 90 to 85 by the end of the third. Luckily the Sixers pulled in back in the final quarter to win the game 118 to 114.

Thybulle had his quietest game of the week in the matchup scoring just five points and grabbing four rebounds along with a single block.

Philadelphia returned home for their next game against Josh Green and the Dallas Mavericks which they won by 10 points. Thybulle had a perfect shooting night to score 10 points which included two three pointers, two rebounds, two steals and a block.

The 76ers final game of the week came against Atlantic Division rivals, the Toronto Raptors in a game of two halves. The Sixers were able to comfortable outscore the Raptors in the first and third quarter, while Toronto outscored the Sixers by double figures in the second and fourth quarter.

In the end the Raptors got the better of the Sixers 93 to 88, in a scrappy game where both teams struggled to score the ball. Thybulle played a big part in helping the Sixers to get off to a strong start in the first quarter scoring eight points, making two three pointers and grabbing two steals.

Thybulle’s scoring impact slowed over the next three quarters, however his defensive impact did not diminish to finish the game with 12 points, two rebounds, three steals and four blocks.

The 76ers currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference with 12 games left to play in the regular season.

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Jock Landale

4 Games, 2 Wins, 3.3pts, 2.5reb, 0.5ast

After his career night last week, many thought that Landale would see his playtime and involvement in the San Antonio rotation increase this week. This however was not the case with Landale’s playing time being sporadic from game to game.

The Spurs opened the week hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves in a high scoring game with both teams scoring the ball efficiently from the field. The Timberwolves ultimately came out onto 149 to 139 behind Karl Anthony Towns 60 point performance.

Landale saw his minutes slashed, only getting the three minutes of court time where he was able to hit one three pointer and grab a single rebound.

It was a similar story for Landale in the Spurs following game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where the big man only played four minutes to score two points and collect one rebound. San Antonio was able to narrowly defeat the Thunder 122-120, after allowing Oklahoma back into the game in the second half.

The Spurs next hosted the New Orleans Pelicans in a disappointing game for the team being blown out by 33 points after being outscored by 25 points in the first quarter. Landale saw his playing time increase significantly in the matchup playing 24 minutes.

Just in the first quarter alone Landale played five minutes which was more court time than he had received in his past two games. With the extended playing time, Landale made sure to make an impact scoring eight points, grabbing seven rebounds of which three were offensive boards, dishing off two assists and collecting one steal.

The Spurs were on the road for their final game of the week when they travelled to San Francisco to play the Steph Curry less Golden State Warriors. San Antonio won the game in a wild finish with Golden State centre Kevin Looney committing an offensive foul in the final seconds which gave San Antonio two free throws.

Spurs centre Jakob Poeltl scored the first free throw but missed the second which was rebounded by Keldon Johnson who put the ball back into the basket to give San Antonio the 110 to 108 win.

Landale’s minutes were again cut, only playing seven minutes where he had little impact, grabbing just the two rebounds.

Josh Green

3 Games, 1 Win, 7.3pts, 2.7reb, 1.0ast

Josh Green and the Dallas Mavericks were able to get off to a strong start to the week before dropping two games in a row as they continue to battle it out for seeding in the Western Conference.

The team started the week on the road, travelling to the Barclays Centre to play Patty Mills and the Brooklyn Nets in an exciting game. The Nets were the better team through the first three quarters, but a 14 point fourth quarter comeback from the Mavericks proved enough to get them the win.

The game came down to the wire with a Spencer Dinwiddie buzzer beater sealing the two point victory for the Mavericks. Josh Green provided his off the bench scoring punch from three, making a pair of them, finishing the game with six points and a single rebound and assist.

The Mavericks continued their road trip travelling south to meet another Aussies team, playing Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers. This time the Mavericks were unable to make a late fourth quarter comeback, ultimately going down 111 to 101.

Green was productive in the 20 minutes he played off the bench, scoring seven points on 50% shooting as well as grabbing four rebounds and getting a steal and block.

The Mavericks finished their road trip in Charlotte playing the Hornets, where they suffered their largest loss of the week, going down by 21 points. Yet again Green was efficient scoring off the bench making four of his six attempts to finish with nine points. He also chipped in with three rebounds of which two were offensive and two assists.

Dallas currently sits in fifth place in the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves following closely behind them.  

Josh Giddey again did not play any games this week, still sidelined with hip soreness. Giddey has now missed the last 12 games for the Thunder.

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