There were three games in the NBA involving Australians.
Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons traveled to Atlanta to take on the Hawks, losing another one 105-98.
Thon Maker and the Milwaukee Bucks, sans the injured Matthew Dellavedova, traveled to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. Without their starting point guard, the Bucks were never really in the game, losing 116-99.
Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs hosted the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs hold second in the West for a reason and showed they were too strong for the Blazers, winning 110-94.
Apart from a few sloppy offensive plays, Baynes had a very small impact on the night. He only played 13 minutes of the game and scored four points on 1-of-3 shooting. As usual, when Baynes got to the line he was efficient, going 2-of-2 from the stripe.
He had three rebounds, one assist and a block in a night that could have been more. For the Pistons to go deep into the Playoffs, Baynes will need to be more active on offense, not just defense.
Without their gritty starting point guard, Matthew Dellavedova the Bucks were out of this game early. They were down by 11 in the first quarter and never really had a chance. They did mount a comeback in the fourth with Maker on but when that happened, Giannis Antetokounmpo came back on in place of Maker.
In all, Maker played six minutes, missing his only shot and fouling once. However, when Maker is on the court I alwaays seem to sit a little further forward in my seast, just hoping to see something amazing.
Mills was again quiet but efficient in his 22 minutes on the court. Mills only scored six points but it was on 3-of-4 shooting. Amazingly, Mills did not take a shot from outside the arc.
The reason that Mills was so quiet on the scoring front? Tony Parker had another good game with 18 points and Jonathon Simmons had a great game with 19 points.
Mills did have one rebound, four assists and two steals in a really good all around effort which helped the Spurs win without their superstar in the making, Kawhi Leonard.