Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th
NZ and Perth are locks for the top two, but how is the rest going to go down?
Will Sydney stay in third place?
I think the Hawks are definitely out.
Townsville has the softest run home out of any team in the league, but are facing a huge uphill battle out of the hole they dug themselves early. Dropping two seemingly unloseable games to Perth and NZ the last few rounds didn't help either.
Adelaide aren't mathematically out, but are in horrid form and with Clarke at the helm will struggle to stay off the bottom. I think it will just get worse from here as the coaching staff lose their players' trust and confidence.
Cairns are just a weird team without an identity but might bring it together. Not sure.
Melbourne are playing half-decent and have a leg up with the best record outside of the four.
So for my money it will be NZ, Perth, and Sydney, with either Townsville or Melbourne rounding out the four. Townsville are the better ball club but have more work to do.
Should the Crocs make the playoffs after their 0-10 start, it will be an NBL record for an in-season turnaround, I believe...
What's everyone's thoughts?