Patty Mills’ hot streak continues
Aussie Patty Mills’ great run of recent form has continued, with him last night scoring 27 points in the San Antonio Spurs clash with the Phoenix Suns. Mills’ haul is the fourth highest NBA score from an Australian.
San Antonio will cap off an extraordinary season tomorrow when they play the Golden State Warriors at home. The Spurs have only lost 16 games all season, and will tie the Chicago Bulls record if both teams win tomorrow.
Mills burst onto the scene in the latter half of the season and provided a great backup to Tony Parker. He has renewed confidence and seems to have been given the green light to shoot.
Spurs’ coach Greg Popovich must have assistant coach and Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown in his ear telling him good things. If so Patty is living up to it. He has done his chances of securing a contract extension no harm. In a team that is so stacked with talent, it must make Mills feel good to achieve the quality of his recent performances.
All he needed was something to spark his confidence. After coming to the NBL this season and not having produced the best stats, he headed to China where he put up some heavy numbers. Nothing helps confidence more than seeing the ball continually through that hoop. The way he is playing, Patty is probably seeing the basket as big a hoola hoop right now.
I wonder if Mills will see many minutes in the playoffs. Mr Popovich has his favourites and will be tough to crack. There is no reason not to have faith in one of the deadliest benches the league has seen in a long time.
With the Western Conference finals coming up, it would be great to see an Aussie running around in one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. It could give basketball some more exposure and get everyone ready for the Olympic Games.
I don’t see too many teams beating the Spurs in this years playoffs, especially if Tim Duncan is on song. We all know Parker and Manu Ginobili are going to do their thing.
Hopefully Patty can play a big part in the Spurs getting an NBA Championship.