More history was made by our Aussies in Week 8 of the NBA with Patty Mills hitting his 1,300 career three-pointer while Matisse Thybulle put on a defensive masterclass against Steph Curry and Josh Green made the most of the minutes he earned.
4 Games, 3 Wins, 12.8pts, 2.0reb, 2.0ast
It was another strong week for Patty Mills who is having a career year since joining the Brooklyn Nets this offseason. Mills started all four games and again scored in double digits in all of them.
Mills week was capped off by hitting his 1,300 career three pointer on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons which subsequently was his best game of the week scoring 18 points to go along with three rebounds, five assists and a steal.
In the games earlier in the week Mills scored 10 points against fellow Aussie Josh Green and the Dallas Mavericks, 12 points in the team’s sole loss of the week to the Houston Rockets and 11 points versus the Atlanta Hawks.
3 Games, 3 Wins, 8.7pts, 3.3reb, 5.7ast
It was another perfect week for Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz, winning all three of their games. Ingles came off the bench in all games and was able to contribute to the team in several ways from three-point shooting to playmaking.
Ingles had a perfect shooting night to open the week scoring 11 points on four of four shooting from the field against the Minnesota Timberwolves to go along with seven assists.
The following game Ingles scored in double digits again with another 11-point outing and seven assists, however, was unable to emulate his perfect shooting, going four-of-nine from the field. Ingles rounded off the week with a four point, four rebound and three assist performance against the Washington Wizards.
4 Games, 2 Wins, 10.8pts, 4.5reb, 6.0ast, 0.7stl
Oklahoma City and Josh Giddey had a stellar start to the week winning their first two games, defeating the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors.
In both games Giddey hit double digits with 12 points against the Pistons and then followed up with 13 on the Raptors. He was also able to get his teammates involved with five and eight assists.
In Giddey’s next game against the LA Lakers, the 19 year old flirted with a triple-double dropping 12 points, collecting seven rebounds and dishing off seven assists.
Giddey has enjoyed playing the Lakers this season, filling the box score each time the two teams have met. In the three matchups Giddey is averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.7 steals.
In the final game of the week Giddey was unable to hit double digits putting up six points, seven rebounds, four assists to go along with a steal and a block in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
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4 Games, 3 Wins, 4.8pts, 1.3reb, 1.0ast, 0.7stl
While the stats do not necessarily jump out, the impact and importance that Matisse Thybulle offers to the 76ers on the defensive end is undeniable.
Thybulle showcased this in the Sixers win over the Golden State Warriors where he locked up MVP favourite Steph Curry, with the Warriors star only making two of the 13 attempts while Thybulle guarded him. Thybulle was promoted to the starting line-up for the game, his only start of the week.
In the other games earlier in the week Thybulle’s impact offensively was minimal with his highest scoring output coming against the Utah Jazz where he scored seven points.
Thybulle currently leads all guards in blocks per game sitting at 1.2 and is ranked 19th in the NBA overall in the category.
2 Game, 1 Win, 2.5pts
Landale only got court time in two of the San Antonio Spurs games this week. In the teams loss to the New York Knicks, Landale played three minutes at the end of the game and made an impact offensively, scoring five points on perfect shooting.
Landale was then assigned to the Spurs G-League team, the Austin Spurs where in his first game on Thursday he made an immediate impact dropping 26 points on 12-of-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Landale’s strong performance in the G-League clearly got the attention of the Spurs coaching staff who recalled him back to the NBA team for their game against the New Orleans Pelicans where he played just one minute and did not put up any stats.
4 Games, 2 Wins, 4.0pts, 1.8reb, 0.5stl
Australia’s Josh Green has begun to earn more minutes in the Dallas Mavericks rotation recently, playing in all four of the team’s games this week.
While his role was limited, Green has been able to score efficiently when given the opportunity, shooting eight-of-14 during the week from the field. He managed to only score eight points through the first three games of the week playing small minutes.
Green’s best game of the week came in Dallas final game against fellow Aussies Josh Giddey where he played a season-high 18 minutes. He finished the night with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal on three-of-five shooting.
It appears Green recent gameplay has impressed Dallas head coach Jason Kidd and therefore expect to see him more involved in the Mavs rotation in the coming weeks.
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