There were three games in the NBA today involving Australians and one game involving a New Zealand player.
Matthew Dellavedova, Thon Maker and the Milwaukee Bucks traveled to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers in the second of a back-to-back. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they were not able to repeat their heroics of last night where they took the Cavaliers to overtime. The Bucks lost 113-102.
Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons hosted the Memphis Grizzlies, losing 98-86 in a battle of two of the better defenses in the league.
Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz hosted the Sacramento Kings and the Jazz lost a surprise one 94-93
Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans. After the early part of the third quarter the Thunder were not headed again, taking the game 121-110
Dellavedova played 24 minutes against his old starting point guard, Kyrie Irving. He was not able to worry Irving into another poor shooting night and got burned for 31 points and 13 assists. Dellavedova had only two points on 1-of-4 shooting, including missing all three attempts from deep.
Dellavedova also had two rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dellavedova was signed by Milwaukee for his three point shooting, court awareness and ball handling. He needs to start hitting more from deep to justify his starting position. His defense can only get him so far since Malcolm Brogden, the Bucks rookie was all defensive in college.
Maker was allowed to play eight minutes tonight due to the result of this game being decided so early in the game. In true Maker fashion he hit three points on 1-of-1 shooting from the field but only 1-of-2 from the line.
Maker had three rebounds, all defensive and a very impressive two blocks in this short space of time, showing his potential.
Baynes only played nine minutes in the Memphis game. In that time he had two points on 1-of-1 from the field. Baynes also only had one rebound in an uncharacteristically quiet night. Coach Stan Van Gundy chose to use his starting center, Andre Drummond most of the night.
Ingles has set a league leading rate from three for most of December, unfortunately this was not the case tonight. He started in place of Rodney Hood and in 39 minutes, Ingles scored 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-7 from deep. He was perfect from the line, going 2-of-2.
In another typical Mr Versatile performance, Ingles collected four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
After his performance last night it would be easy to assume that Exum was left out of tonight’s game, DNP coach decision. He was taken out of last game after two successive turnovers by coach Snyder.
According to Rotoworld, Exum was held out of tonight’s game due to knee tendinitis. It was the second of a back to back so obviously the Jazz did not want to risk Exum losing extended minutes.
Adams had a really impressive night against the Pelicans. The New Zealand center helped with the match up on the leagues second top scorer, Anthony Davis and Adams did what he could to help. Adams played 23 minutes, mainly due to the four fouls that he accrued but also due to the massive night that Enes Kanter had.
In his 23 minutes, Adams scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He had four rebounds, all of them on the offensive end of the court. Adams moved the ball well, giving out three assists. He also blocked one shot.