Portland Trailblazer Patrick Mills Dominates Argentina as Summer League Looms

July 5th, 2010 by Brodie Stephens Leave a reply »
From the opening minute, there was no doubt it was going to be a good night for Patrick Mills.  For the Argentineans, it looked like it was going to be a long one.

Second-year Portland Trailblazer Patrick Mills dominated while leading his native Australia to a 90-72 victory over the world’s No. 1 ranked team, Argentina, in the final game of their three-match series.

Mills was dominant from the outset, setting up teammate Luke Neville for a dunk with a no-look pass for the opening score of the game.  On the next possession, the lightning-quick Aussie applied strangling defensive pressure and forced an Argentinean miss. 

Following a scrappy sequence, Mills calmly hit his first shot of the game, a three-pointer in transition, to give Australia an 8-3 lead.  It was an ominous start, as Mills stayed hot throughout the first quarter, finishing the period with eight points and without missing a shot.

In the second quarter, the 6’0” Indigenous point guard took over.  He found seams in the Argentinean defense effortlessly, using his qui ...

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