Weekly Wrap: Matisse Thybulle is back and WNBA stars hit local shores.

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Covid-19 scares, continued Boomer domination and the countdown to the WNBL season is on.

NBA: After NBA health and safety protocols sent Boomer and Philadelphia 76er Matisse Thybulle into isolation for over two weeks, the defender made his return against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Sidelined for seven straight matches, Thybulle was eased into his first game back. In 21 minutes, he played a nine-point and a rebound, block and steal game.

Post-match 76ers Coach Doc Rivers was confident that Thybulle can quickly return to his best. “He’s just fumbling, but overall, I thought defensively he was good, not great. I think tomorrow and next game against Sac (Sacramento), he’ll be fine.”

It was yet another major week for Patty Mills as he continued to bring the heat on the court. Mills tied Aron Baynes’ Australian record, hit a personal career-best and set a Brooklyn Nets off-bench record with nine 3PTs in a game earlier in the week. Catch all nine shots below.

Mills also featured in the Nets’ starting five throughout the week and for the first time since the 2013/14 NBA season played back to back 20 plus point games- noting that he’s played five 20 plus point games this season.

Although Oklahoma City Thunder has lost four of their past five matches, Josh Giddey has continued to impress. The highlight of his week was on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks as hit his third career double-double as he contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to the game. After 16 games, the guard is currently averaging 10 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists.

WNBL: The Southside Flyers and Bendigo Spirit faced off in a pre-season clash with the Flyers coming away with the win, 92-68.

The Melbourne Boomers announced that after nine seasons, Coach Guy Molloy will step down from his role to embark on a new opportunity with Basketball New Zealand.

Sydney Uni Flames announced that new recruit Keely Froling and WNBL veteran Lauren Mansfield will co-captain the team this season.

And Perth Lynx welcomed Dallas Wing star Marina Mabrey to WA hotel quarantine in style, with a traditional vegemite roll waiting on arrival. The reaction of ‘oh no’ from the American didn’t quite come as a surprise.

 

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