Shaun is the newest writer to hit the pine for NBAMate. He talks about basketball (on 97.9FM, check it out) and writes about it because he’s 5’10 and can’t jump. He supports the Washington Wizards (not a typo) thanks to NBA live 97 and 98, and he also enjoys long walks on the beach.
It’s been an exciting fortnight of basketball in the best league in the world – but not so much for the Aussie lads who have been almost non-existent.
Once again Patty Mills has played limited minutes in San Antonio, and Andrew Bogut has missed the fortnight as he continues to try and strengthen his surgically repaired ankle, but that hasn’t stopped San Antonio and Golden State going 4-2 for the fortnight.
Patty Cakes started the week in positive fashion playing 20 minutes in the 126-100 win over the Denver Nuggets, scoring 10 points on 4-10 shooting (2-3 from downtown), as well as dishing out two assists.
He closed out the first quarter and played most of the second, hitting Manu Ginoblli with some terrific passes, as well as hitting a big three pointer himself in the third. However, he struggled defensively, letting Ty Lawson fly past him to the hoop on more than one occasion.
In the 84-82 win over the Lakers (and in the win over Denver to a lesser extent) he replaced Tony Parker at the point, but then moved in to the shooting guard position, where he didn’t look comfortable.
I still believe that given extended minutes Patty has the ability and talent to be a starter at the point in this league, just like he did at the Olympics for the Boomers against the world’s best.
Now over to the big fella, Andrew Bogut, who unfortunately did not take to the court this fortnight as he continued to rehab his surgically repaired ankle.
It was first reported that Bogut would miss 7-10 days, but that was predictably extended and now it appears that he may not return until December 1st against the Pacers, as earlier reported by NBAMate.
Let’s hope the big fella can come back and play at full strength, as the Warriors are still looking to reap the benefits since they traded Monta Ellis to the Bucks last season.
And just quickly, Australian youngster Matthew Delladova has lead St Mary’s (the college that Patty Mills attended) to a 4-0 start, after scoring a career high 32 points against Drexel in the DirectTV Classic.
The commentators had nothing but praise for our boy Della, as he scored and dished out assists at will. With any luck he’ll find himself a regular in my column next season because he seems a good bet to get drafted next year.
Until next week, keep on balling Aussie style.