Patty Mills’ defensive efforts to help the Brooklyn Nets break a six-year NBA losing streak in Canada has finally earned the Aussie star admission to teammate Blake Griffin’s “Blue Collar Boys” club.
The Nets lifted to a 7-3 record with a 116-103 defeat of the Toronto Raptors, their fifth-straight victory, and while his 13 points were handy, Mills earned praise for his capacity to take hard fouls.
“As of today, Patty Mills is officially in the Blue Collar Boys,” Griffin said post-game.
“Give it to Patty and it’s a win for all of Australia as well.”
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Mills said it was good to know his submission for acceptance had been noted, having taken four hard fouls in the previous game.
“I was worried for a second they had the wrong email address because I hadn’t got anything in my inbox,” he said.
“It’s good know I have been accepted, I put in my request and hadn’t heard back.”
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While the Nets have a star-studded offence with the likes of Kevin Durant and James Harden, Mills said it was defence getting the Nets going.
“The belief in our defence to know that gets us going offensively and can fuel a fire that way,” he said.
“To keep a team like that to 103 points, we are making strides, and we have to keep improving that side of it.”
The Nets continue to play with without Kyrie Irving, who remains unavailable until he receives his Covid-19 vaccination.