The Brooklyn Nets went on the road to the San Antonio Spurs and got a big win on Friday night and a lot of it had to do with the play of their guards. Kyrie Irving was allowed to play, James Harden had an outstanding game and Patty Mills had his return to San Antonio. Mills started his career as a Portland Trailblazer before playing eleven seasons and winning a championship with the Spurs in 2014.
This past offseason, Mills went from the Spurs to the Nets, a very emotional move for Patty and his head coach Gregg Popovich, whom he had grown extremely close with. When asked about his return to San Antonio, the guard out of Australia and then St Mary’s College, had this to say:
"It was a special night" – Patty Mills on his return to AT&T Center.#NETSonYES pic.twitter.com/1bqDQBLOGo
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) January 22, 2022
He certainly had “the feels” in his matchup with his former team and it showed a little bit on the court. Mills had just nine points in 33 minutes of play, hitting just 4-11 shots including a 1-5 mark from three-point range. Mills was third on the team with four assists but had an otherwise unnoteworthy game, which is a bit surprising considering how well he had been playing coming into this one. In his last four games (three being Nets victories), Mills was averaging almost 18 points per game and made 20 total threes. The 33-year-old is averaging a career-high 13.4 points per game on the year and will look to get back on track in the Nets’ next game on Sunday night on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.