Another fortnight has drawn to a close, and all I can say is thank God for Patty Mills!
Before this weekend I was struggling for material but once again Patty Cakes came up big, giving me something to write about and you something to read.
He started the week slowly, getting limited minutes against Memphis (3-3 from the field) and sitting out wins against the Magic and the Bucks. His only productive floor time came in the win over Washington (8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists).
But this weekend Patty played a total of 34 minutes (19 and 15 respectively) in wins against Houston and Charlotte, helping the Spurs close the fortnight with a 7 -1 record.
Against the Rockets Patty had 12 points on 5 for 8 shooting (including 2 three pointers), 3 rebounds and an assist, and closed out the 4th quarter. I was particularly impressed with his defensive effort on Jeremy Lin, who finished with only 4 points.
In yesterday’s win over the Bobcats he had 13 points (including 3 three pointers), 1 rebound and an assist (in just 15 minutes), capping off a very good weekend and cementing himself as a key contributor on the deep San Antonio bench.
Unfortunately the news still isn’t good for the big fella Andrew Bogut. He recently came clean and admitted that he did rush back for opening night and that in hindsight it wasn’t a good idea. But with the pressure and unrealistic expectations being put on his shoulders, I don’t think anyone can blame him for that.
Bogut has now said that he won’t be back until he is 100 precent confident in the strength of his surgically repaired ankle, which could mean that he’ll be on the shelf for a while.
It’s amazing to see how good the Warriors are playing without Bogut in the line-up, going 8-2 for the fortnight (13-7 for the season), with wins over likely playoff teams Brooklyn (twice), Denver and Indiana, leaving them sitting 5th in the Western Conference.
In Bogut’s absence the Warriors’ other bigs have been picking up the slack, particularly David Lee who is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds so far on the season. Stephen Curry, who seems to be over his chronic ankle problems, is playing superb basketball at the point and averaging 19 points and 6.5 assists.
To finish off, I pose the question (by now you know I like to do this) – how high could the Warriors finish with a healthy Andrew Bogut? And, if everyone’s healthy (a big “if”) could the Warriors be a dark horse contender in the west?
Until next week, keep on balling Aussie style.