Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, and Josh Giddey were the only Aussies to get minutes in Week 4 of NBA action as Matisse Thybulle remained out due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and Jock Landale unable to earn any game time.
4 Games, 3 Wins, 10pts, 1.3reb, 1.8ast
Patty Mills struggled to find his shooting stroke this week in comparison to other weeks, only managing double digits once in four games.
While Brooklyn was able to rack up three wins from four games, Mills’ impact was lacklustre highlighted by a zero-point performance against the Pelicans.
However, everything turned around on Sunday night for Mills having a career night, dropping a career-best nine three-pointers against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mills finished with 29 points on 10 of 16 shooting and nine of 12 from deep, which also set the Nets franchise record for the most threes off the bench.
The performance was Mills best in a Nets uniform and marks his third 20 point outing of the season.
3 Games, 1 Win, 4.3pts, 3reb, 2.3ast
It was a difficult week for Joe Ingles who struggled to have the same impact as in previous weeks. Ingles’ highest scoring game was only seven points and struggled shooting from behind the arc only making two on nine attempts for the week.
Utah had a tough slate of games coming up against the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat.
Ingles found himself getting ejected for the second time this week in the Jazz’s match-up with the Pacers. Ingles was ejected in the fourth quarter along with Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Myles Turner after a melee broke out between Gobert and Turner.
Referee Ed Malloy explained that Ingles was assessed a technical foul and was ejected from the game for making contact with an official and acting as an instigator and escalating the situation.
A disappointing outcome for Ingles who was having his best game of the week at the time with seven points, four rebounds, and four assists.
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3 Games, 2 Wins, 6.6pts, 7.3reb, 6.0ast
The Thunder started off the week where they finished the week prior continuing their winning ways with victories over the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings. The Thunder were riding a four-game winning streak before falling to the Patty Mills and the Nets on Sunday night.
Josh Giddey again filled up the box score, impacting the game on multiple fronts. In the matchup with the Pelicans, Giddey flirted with a triple-double finishing with seven points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.
Giddey was followed up a few nights later with a seven-point, five rebounds, and five-assist performance before having similar numbers against the Nets with six points, five rebounds, and four assists to end the week.
While Giddey has shown an ability to impact the game with scoring and playmaking, his shooting has been underwhelming so far this season shooting 39.3% from the field and 29% from three.
Giddey continues to lead all rookies in assists with 5.9 a game, ranked 21st in the league and third amongst rookies in rebounds per game with 6.4.
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