Ex-St. Mary’s guard Patty Mills steps in and takes charge

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May 13, 2017 - 10:43pm
Nearly 10 years ago, when the unassuming kid from Australia arrived in Moraga to play college basketball at St. Mary’s, he caused barely a ripple on the Bay Area sports scene. Sunday afternoon, when Patty Mills walks onto the court at Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, he will have the attention of the Warriors and their fans. Tony Parker will not play in this series, felled by a ruptured tendon in his left quadriceps, but San Antonio seems well equipped to weather Parker’s absence. [...] he returns to the East Bay, as a key cog for the team standing between the Warriors and a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance. “He can shoot from (long) range,” Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown said of Mills. Mills averaged 9.5 points and made a career-high 147 threes, shooting 41.3 percent beyond the arc. Mills figures to draw the defensive assignment on Curry most of the time; or he will face a 7-inch height disadvantage against Klay Thompson. Mills brings the added bonus of stretching the floor with his three-point shooting.

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