August 21, 2016, 11:41 am
Patty Mills scored 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting (3-of-9 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with one rebound, two assists, three steals and four turnovers in Australia’s one-point loss to Spain in the bronze medal game.
The Australians got hot at the wrong time and simmered down in the knockout rounds, but they should be completely happy with their performance and hungry for four years from now. Australian basketball is clearly on the upswing and they will continue to contend in the second tier of international squads looking to knock off Team USA. As for Mills, he looked extremely comfortable as the team’s No. 1 scorer and it wouldn’t be surprising if Pop helped facilitate a passing of the torch between he and Tony Parker. Parker still has more skill but Mills’ explosion might be a necessary ingredient for an aging, slow Spurs squad.