If recent performance is any indicator, Patty Mills could potentially surrender his spot on the bench for a starting role with the NBA’s loaded San Antonio Spurs.
Mills followed a 20-point in 20-minute outing with another fine showing against the Toronto Raptors in a 108 – 106 victory on Tuesday night. It was the fifth straight win for the Spurs and the Raptors, despite being a Canadian team, are quite good this season.
Mills played for 30 minutes against Toronto, scoring 18 points as a substitute, for a Spurs team that was lacking some of its big guns, namely Tony Parker, Pau Gasol and Kawhi Leonard.
It was an entertaining and close game, especially in the fourth quarter, where the lead changed hands eight times, with the game coming down to a contest of wills-who wanted the game most badly.
Toronto has been on a bit of a skid, having lost three consecutive before meeting the Spurs, hoping to use their home court advantage to right the ship and halt the Spurs’ four-game win streak.
Whether or not Mills is ready for a starting role is anyone’s guess, but the sole decision of Spurs’ Coach Gregg Popovich, who has held the rein of the Spurs since 1996, the sort of longevity seldom seen in the NBA, or the coaching ranks of any professional sport, for that matter.