Mills produced 20 points (7-10 FG, 5-7 3PT, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Mills had by far his best game of the series, as Game 5 marked the first game this series in which he has scored more than 11 points. He knocked in five three-pointers, and was the team's second-leading scorer behind Kawhi Leonard. Mills is usually a fairly streaky player, but we'll see if he can follow up this effort with another good one in potential close-out game.
Mills poured in 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and added two rebounds, one assist and one steal over 22 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. The veteran sharpshooter provided his usual complementary scoring contributions, tallying a series-high point total in the process. After taking only four shots in Game 1, Mills has been more involved in the subsequent two games, averaging 8.5 field-goal attempts over Games 2 and 3. Thursday, he bounced back from an 0-for-5 performance from behind the arc in Game 2 to drain 60 percent of his five three-point tries. His role figures to remain consistent over the course of the series, with minutes topping out in the low-to-mid-20s and the potential for double-digit scoring any time he's on the floor.
Mills started at point guard and contributed two points (1-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), five assists and one rebound across 18 minutes in a 102-89 win over the Mavericks on Friday. The Spurs' decision to hold out Tony Parker and six other players for rest- or injury-related reasons didn't end up paying dividends for Mills, who moved into the starting lineup but saw his minutes restricted in the front end of the back-to-back set. It was backup point guard Bryn Forbes (27 points, six assists in 29 minutes) who ended up capitalizing on all the absences, and with the Spurs already having locked up the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, Forbes may end up seeing more run than Mills over the team's final three contests of the regular season. Like Parker, the Spurs view Mills as an established regular, so there may be little incentive for coach Gregg Popovich to hand Mills extended minutes with the playoffs approaching.
Mills will start at point guard in Friday's game against the Mavericks, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. The Spurs announced a day before the game that Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kawhi Leonard would all be held out for rest Friday, and it appears Tony Parker has now been added to that list. With Parker unavailable, Mills figures to be in store for a boost in playing time, though there's some risk that coach Gregg Popovich could also give lesser-established options like Bryn Forbes and Kyle Anderson some opportunities to initiate the offense.
Mills finished with six points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT) with two rebounds over 23 minutes in Wednesday's 110-98 loss against the Warriors. Mills now has 582 career 3-pointers, one more than Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. He has at least one 3-pointer in 15 consecutive games and he has also chipped in with 4.4 assists per game in the month of March, slightly above his season average.
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