Patty Mills’ historic shooting season from three continued this week, climbing to second among the Nets’ three-pointers in a season slate.
It wasn’t all positive news, however, with the news this week that Australian rookie phenom Josh Giddey has been out for the rest of the season, unable to return in time after suffering a hip injury.
4 games, 2 wins, 6.0pts, 2.0reb, 1.0ast
Patty Mills came off the bench in all four Brooklyn Nets games this week as she faced some of the top seeded teams in both conferences.
Brooklyn started the week by hosting the Utah Jazz, where the team was able to take the win 114-106. Mills played 31 minutes, scoring 13 points along with three rebounds, an assist and a block.
Mills gained more playing time with starting goaltender Seth Curry injured his ankle late in the second quarter. In the game, Mills also hit three, three-pointers to rank second on the Nets three-pointers made in a season with 212.
The Nets were on the road for their next game against the Memphis Grizzlies where they couldn’t pick up the win, dropping 12 points. Mills had plenty of playing time with 25 minutes, but failed on any of his four shots to end the game with a single rebound.
Brooklyn’s road trip continued, traveling to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat, where the Nets made a statement on one of the best teams in the East, outscoring them by 15 points with a strong defense.
As a team, Brooklyn forced 24 turnovers and made 15 interceptions.
Mills struggled to drop his shot in the game, going two of 11 from behind the arc to finish with nine points as well as just one rebound and one assist.
The Nets capped off the week by returning home to face the Charlotte Hornets. The game marked Kyrie Irving’s home debut after the New York government lifted the vaccination mandate for athletes.
The Hornets spoiled Irving’s first game at Barclays Center this season, however, beating them 119-110. The game also had added significance, with the Hornets now ahead of the Nets in Eastern Conference standings, Brooklyn n’ not occupying ninth place.
Mills played just 12 minutes off the bench in the game, again struggling to score, dropping just 25% to finish with two points, three rebounds and two assists.
4 games, 3 wins, 6.3pts, 1.3reb, 0.5ast, 1.3stl
The Philadelphia 76ers had a good week winning three of their four games to now sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, just half a game behind the first seed. The team had a tough game schedule this week but rose to the occasion, with Aussie Matisse Thybulle providing a solid defence.
Philadelphia made a statement in its first game of the week, beating then-Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat 113-106. The Sixers took the win without their top two scorers with Joel Embiid and James Harden not playing.
Thybulle started the game but only played 16 minutes, registering five points, two offensive rebounds and two assists.
The Sixers were on the road for their next game against the lesser LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. It was a close battle with the 76ers barely hanging on for the five-point victory, with a dominating second quarter as the catalyst.
Thybulle saw his playing time increase slightly to 22 minutes, but had more of an impact defensively. He finished the game with four points, two rebounds, two steals and a block.
The Sixers stayed in Los Angeles for their next game, this time against the Clippers whom they easily handled to win 122-97. From the first jump, the 76ers were in control, taking a 16-point lead late in the first quarter.
Thybulle made his presence felt at both ends of the field, scoring 13 points on 83.3% shooting and collecting three steals in the game.
The Sixers entered their final game of the week as the number one seed in the East, but were unable to hold the position as they went down to the Western Conference leader Phoenix Suns. The game was close until Phoenix escaped in the final quarter to win by 10 points.
As Thybulle started, he only played 16 minutes, unable to fill the stat sheet, scoring just three points and having one block.
2 games, 2 wins, 6.0pts, 4.5reb, 1.0ast
Jock Landale and the San Antonio Spurs continued to fight for the wins this week as they look to book their place in the Qualifying Tournament with a top-10 finish in the Western Conference. San Antonio only played two games this week, winning both to now sit in 11and place and only one victory behind the 10and placed LA Lakers.
Spurs’ first game of the week came against the Portland Trailblazers with them blowing them by 37 points in a 133-96 victory. San Antonio got off to a perfect start scoring 45 points in the first quarter to take a dominant position.
Landale came off the bench in the game, playing just eight minutes where he contributed two points, two rebounds and a pair of assists for the game.
The Spurs big man saw his playing time increase in the team’s second and final game of the week against the Pelicans, playing 19 minutes. Landale had a solid game, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds including three offensive.
The Spurs managed to narrowly win the game 107–103, with Landale helping the team stay in the game, with San Antonio trailing New Orleans by 17 points in the 19 minutes Landale was on the floor.
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4 games, 3 wins, 2.8pts, 1.3reb, 1.0ast
Josh Green and the Dallas Mavericks continued to rack up wins this week as they looked to improve their standings with the regular season ending just two weeks away. Dallas has been in good shape recently having won 14 of its last 20 games.
The Mavs opened the week by hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves in a close game, winning by just two points. It was the second quarter the Mavericks made their mark by edging the Timberwolves by 12 points.
Aussie Josh Green had a tough shooting night, making just one of his five attempts to finish with two points, a pair of rebounds and assists, a steal and a block.
Dallas then hosted divisional rivals, the Houston Rockets, where they were able to pull off a 19-point win. Green again struggled to shoot the ball, going just 25% to score just two points and grab a rebound.
The Mavericks were on the road for their third game of the week, this time traveling to Minneapolis to face the Timberwolves for the second time. With home-court advantage, Minnesota dominated scoring the ball 51.2 percent as a team to Dallas’ 38.9, to win 116–95.
Green had his most productive game of the week, playing 17 minutes to finish with seven points and two rebounds.
Dallas returned home for its final game of the week against the Utah Jazz, which turned out to be an extremely important game for playoff implications, due to the likelihood of the teams meeting in the first round of the playoffs. . Dallas managed to take the win in the game, putting them one game ahead of Utah in the standings and in fourth place, giving them the home court advantage.
Green had little impact in the game without scoring, instead delivering two assists and having a block in the 14 minutes he played.
Josh Giddey again, I haven’t played any games this week, with pain in my right hip. It was announced Sunday by Thunder coach Mark Daigneault that Giddey would not return this season with a recovery schedule longer than the remaining two weeks of the regular season.
Giddey ends his rookie season having played in 54 games and averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists. Giddey had a big impact on the league in his first season after setting several NBA records, such as becoming the youngest player to record a triple-double and winning the Western Conference Rookie of the Month award four times.
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