Of the four games in the NBA today, two of them involved Australians and one involved a New Zealand Player
Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to Miami to play the struggling Heat. True to form, the Thunder came away with the victory, 106-94 behind another Russell Westbrook triple double.
Andrew Bogut returned from injury as he and the Dallas Mavericks hosted the Houston Rockets. Unfortunately it was not a triumphant return for the Australian big man with the Mavericks losing 123-107
Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. In the close one of the day, the Jazz prevailed 102-100
In his second solid performance in as many games, Adams played a wonderful hand in keeping league leading rebounder Hassan Whiteside quiet. On the night, Adams played 22 minutes and had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting as well as 1-of-1 from the line.
He collected eight rebounds as well as keeping Whiteside to eight. This is six under his per game average of the season.
In a solid all round effort, Adams collected one assist and two blocks. It was his chemistry with Westbrook which hurt the Heat, connecting on numerous alley-oops from the Thunder points guard. With Victor Oladipo and Cameron Payne not far off returning, Adams and the rest of the Thunder role players have helped keep the team Playoff bound.
In his return from the bone bruise to his knee that was caused by a hyper-extension, Bogut was on strict minutes restrictions. He only played ten minutes, including being subbed off in the second minute of the game.
Apart from the Bogut put up the numbers he is now famous for. He only played ten minutes and did not even put up a field goal attempt. He did, however, collect six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Even though the Mavericks lost by 16, in the time that Bogut was on the floor, the Mavericks were plus seven on the game. This is not a bad effort from someone returning from injury. It is only the fifth game in 31 that the Mavericks were able to play all their starters on the same night.They are still missing J.J. Barea though.
Let me tell you a story, your team is tied with the Lakers with not much time in the game. You are at the Staples Center and the ball is in your hands from three. If you hit it, you put your team ahead by three. If you mis it, there is a good chance the ball goes back the other way and they win. We have all dreamed of this moment, we all wanted to beat the lakers at home with the final shot. Well Joe Ingles did exactly that tonight, putting the Jazz ahead on their final scoring play on a clutch three. He lost his man through great movement and the ball never looked like missing.
On the night, Ingles only played 24 minutes but his 13 points were important, especially on 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 from deep. In another typical all round performance, Ingles also had two rebounds, two assists and one steal. However, it is the clutch three that he made that will be played over and over at the Ingles house. Guess what his plus/minus was. Plus three and the Jazz only won by two.