Patty Mills Has Silently Been Sparkplug Off of San Antonio Spurs’ Bench

Patty Mills Spurs role

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As the San Antonio Spurs took on the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, the usual suspects that have made the Spurs perennial NBA contenders were there making an impact, particularly Tim Duncan. Duncan put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocks on the way to a 110-108 overtime victory.

However, while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili were somewhat restrained, though their impact was certainly felt, against the Grizzlies. However, the role players for the Spurs were able to step up and contribute well. Marco Belinelli added 19 points and Kawhi Leonard also put up 17. One of the most impressive performances, though, came in the 13 minutes that Patty Mills was on the floor for.

Against the Grizzlies, Mills put up 11 points, one assist and one rebound in those 13 minutes while he shot 3-4 from the floor, 1-1 from three and hit all four of his attempts from the foul line. He came off of the bench and was a real offensive spark with his shooting and relentless attacking with the ball in his hands.

Many people might not be taking notice, but Mills has had a solid year off of the Spurs’ bench. Playing 16.6 minutes per game, Mills has averaged 7.9 points, 1.4 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three.

Mills has always been a player that has been able to give a spark, but hasn’t ever established himself as someone who can do that consistently. As it stands this season, though, Mills is slowly establishing some consistency and, if he keeps it up, he could possibly find some more minutes in the rotation.

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As the San Antonio Spurs took on the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, the usual suspects that have made the Spurs perennial NBA contenders were there making an impact, particularly Tim Duncan. Duncan put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocks on the way to a 110-108 overtime victory.

However, while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili were somewhat restrained, though their impact was certainly felt, against the Grizzlies. However, the role players for the Spurs were able to step up and contribute well. Marco Belinelli added 19 points and Kawhi Leonard also put up 17. One of the most impressive performances, though, came in the 13 minutes that Patty Mills was on the floor for.

Against the Grizzlies, Mills put up 11 points, one assist and one rebound in those 13 minutes while he shot 3-4 from the floor, 1-1 from three and hit all four of his attempts from the foul line. He came off of the bench and was a real offensive spark with his shooting and relentless attacking with the ball in his hands.

Many people might not be taking notice, but Mills has had a solid year off of the Spurs’ bench. Playing 16.6 minutes per game, Mills has averaged 7.9 points, 1.4 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three.

Mills has always been a player that has been able to give a spark, but hasn’t ever established himself as someone who can do that consistently. As it stands this season, though, Mills is slowly establishing some consistency and, if he keeps it up, he could possibly find some more minutes in the rotation.

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