Aussies in the NBA: Josh Green progresses, Thybulle out of Playoffs in Week 30

Aussies in the NBA Week 30. Photo: @NBA_AU, @sixers/Twitter.

With the second round of the NBA Playoffs now complete, Josh Green is the last remaining Aussies after his Dallas Mavericks were able to defeat the Phoenix Suns, while Matisse Thybulle’s Philadelphia 76ers bailed out this week.

Matisse Thybulle

2 Games, 0 Wins, 3.0pts, 0.0reb, 0.5ast, 1.0stl

It was the end of the road for Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers this week, with the team losing two straight games to go down in their series with the Miami Heat, four wins versus two.

Having entered the week with two wins each, the series returned to Miami for Game Five, where the Heat dominated the game to win 120 to 85. The Sixers fell behind early, trailing by 12 points at the end of the first quarter.

While the middle two quarters saw the margin remain virtually the same, the Heat added to their lead in the fourth, outscoring the Sixers by 20 points and therefore taking a three to two series lead.

Thybulle came off the bench, playing 11 minutes where he was unable to have much of an impact, scoring just three points and having one assist.

The series would return to Philadelphia for Game Six in what proved to be the Sixers final game of the season. While the game was much more competitive a poor third quarter by Philadelphia proved the difference, being outscored 25 to 15.

The Sixers were unable to pull the game back in the last quarter, ultimately going down 99 to 90 signalling the end of their season.

Thybulle was more impactful in the game, however struggled to get his shot to fall to finish with three points off 25% shooting along with two steals and a block.

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Josh Green

3 Games, 2 Wins, 1.0pts, 0.3reb, 0.0ast

With the series coming down to the wire for the Dallas Mavericks, Aussie Josh Green’s role during the playoffs has diminished with the rotation being shortened. While Green has been given fewer minutes throughout this series he has still tried to make the most of the time given, looking to impact the game in whatever way he can.

Entering the week tied two, two with the Phoenix Suns, Game Five of the series took place in Phoenix. The Suns were able to get the win, blowing out the Mavericks 110 to 80, with most of the damage occurring in the third quarter with the Phoenix scoring 17 unanswered points.

The Suns outscored the Mavericks 61 to 34 in the second half, with Dallas having no answer no matter what line-up they put out on the floor.

Even when the Mavericks emptied their bench and Green got five minutes of playing time, the Suns still outscored Dallas by 11 points in that period. Green finished the game only able to record one rebound.

Game Six saw Dallas fortunes turn around, with the team needing to win the game to avoid being eliminated. This time it was the Mavericks blowing out the Suns 113 to 83 to tie the series at three games apiece and force a game seven.

Dallas left nothing to chance, winning every quarter with their defense leading the way. The Mavericks had 16 steals compared to the Suns who had just three and limited their turnovers to only six while Phoenix had 29.

Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavericks with 33 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while the Suns All-Star duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker combined for only 32 points.

Green got a handful of minutes at the end of regulation with the result of the game already decided, where he was able to grab one steal.

Game Seven took place back in Phoenix however was uncompetitive with Dallas embarrassing the Suns to win 123 to 90 and progress to the next round of the Playoffs.

The Mavericks were dominant from the opening tip, with their defence causing lots of problems for the Suns who struggled to score the ball. Phoenix scored just 27 points in the first half, to find themselves down by 30 points at half-time.

The game was essentially over from there with the Suns unable to mount any sort of comeback in the second half. Doncic again led the way for the Mavericks scoring 35 points to almost outscore the whole Suns starting five who combined for 37 points.

Green got five minutes of playing time, where he was able to score a single three pointer to finish the game with three points.

Dallas now moves onto the Western Conference Finals where they will face the Golden State Warriors.

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Ben is a die-hard sports fan who enjoys watching all sports. Based in Adelaide he covers F1, Basketball, AFL, Olympics and Combat sports with a particular interest in MMA. He is also a member on the weekly Drop Punters NFL Fantasy podcast. Ben is a qualified Journalist having completed his degree at Deakin University.

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