Spurs’ Patty Mills confesses he played with a serious right thumb injury during the regular season
San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills revealed that he has been playing hurt since the regular season.
According to Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News, Mills played with wrapped left thumb during their series opener against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. The Australian point guard revealed that he hyperextended his left thumb late in the regular season.
While he is playing hurt, Mills pointed out that he is only feeling the pain when passing the ball, and not so much when taking his shots. He also insisted that the pain is nothing new to him because it was actually more severe during the regular season.
Patty Mills is playing with a wrap on his left thumb, which he hyperextended late in the regular season. Says it doesn't really affect him much, usually only when he goes to pass the ball. Said he played much of the season with a similar injury on right hand. "That was worse."
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) April 17, 2019
But while he said that it has not affected his shots, Mills only took two attempts during their 101-96 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of their 2019 NBA Playoffs series. The 30-year-old guard finished with just four points to go along with three assists and two rebounds for San Antonio.
Good thing Mills, the Spurs leaned on a balanced offensive attack to take a 1-0 lead in their series against the second-seeded Nuggets. DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while starting point guard Derrick White ended up with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes added 15 points apiece with the former grabbing eight rebounds, while Rudy Gay added 14 points off the bench. The Spurs shot 48.2 percent from the field, while limiting the Nuggets to a measly 21.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc.