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Spurs backup guard Patty Mills out for Finals after foot surgery… who will waive the towels now?

Jun 16, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

Spurs' Mills celebrates during play against the Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio

This really doesn’t impact the Spurs on the court in the Finals, but it will sadden the basketball fans of Australia.

Spurs reserve guard Patty Mills — best known in this series for his enthusiastic towel waving —  is out for the remainder of the postseason after having surgery on his foot, the team announced on Sunday.

According to the team, Mills had an infection in his right foot that developed into an abscess between his fourth and fifth toes. The abscess was removed during a short outpatient surgery on Friday afternoon.

Mills is deep on the Spurs bench, having played 31 minutes throughout the playoffs. He appeared in the garbage time of two NBA Finals games for a total of 13:26, in which time he scored four points. Like I said before, mostly Mills is about the towel waving.

Mills is one of only a handful of players born in Australia currently in the NBA. The other two of note are Kyrie Irving (he has dual citizenship and plays for USA Basketball) and Andrew Bogut.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    To be honest Patty is better then Cory, but POP always gave Joseph PT over Mills, but POP is the coach not me, GO Spurs GO!!!

  2. blueintown - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Whether it’s trade rumors, coaching carousel updates, or injury reports, it’s always nice to know that you can count on Kurt to declare at the very outset of his posts that what he is “reporting” on does not matter.

  3. 13arod - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Could have waited

  4. socalgal64 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    If the towels are waived, will they be picked up by another team next season?

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