Today there were two games in the NBA involving Australians.
Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons traveled to Charlotte and took on the Hornets. Unfortunately for the Pistons, Kemba Walker and the Hornets were too much for them. Detroit lost a very low scoring game 87-77
Matthew Dellavedova and the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Portland Trail Blazers and despite trailing at the half, they came home to win it 115-107, breaking two streaks in the process. The Blazers were 10-0 ehen they led at halftime and the Bucks were 0-7 when they trailed at halftime.
Baynes was a true backup center today. I say this because Andre Durmmond was massive with 26 points and 20 rebounds. He even shot at greater than 50 percent from the free throw line. This meant that Baynes only played 13 minutes. In that time he did not score, going 0-of-3 from the field. In a defensively minded games, Baynes collected three rebounds, one steal and one block.
So what do you do when your superstar in the making is having a shocking night? What do you do when he is shooting 36.4 percent and shoots seven points below his season average ? You take ownership of the game and shoot ten points above your season average. Antetokounmpo still collected a triple double but this author prefers to focus on Australians.
Dellavedova played 23 minutes and scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep. Dellavedova took some of the pressure of Antetokounmpo by shooting so well, allowing the Bucks to win. Dellavedova also collected four rebounds and one assist in a good offensive game.
Bogut sat out the first game of his knee injury. It appears that he is going to be out for a month due to him hyper-extending his knee in the game against the Charlotte Hornets. Dallas were even worse than their record suggest, which is pretty bad. The Sacramento Kings, who do not have a good winning percentage themselves, humiliated the Mavericks 120-89