2014 GF Series - Game 3
I've said it before that epic grand final series deserve to go 3 games and good things come in threes. The 3 musketeers, the 3 amigos, 3 little pigs, 3 Macbeth Witches, 3 Stooges, 3 primary colours, 3 Chappel Brothers, and 3 Hanson Brothers.
NBL Championships just don’t grow on trees. You have to earn them. The sweat that is poured on Sunday isn’t just the sweat of that day. It is the sweat of the players since they started playing in U8. Every shoot they take is the culmination of the thousands of shots taken since then, the thousands of kilometres driven by parents to courts scattered around the place and the millions of ball dribbles (especially those around the house driving their parents bonkers)
I expect the refs will be read the riot act and could result in either extreme situation of a lot of non-calls, or a lot of overcalls. Perth have a lot more "superstars" than Adelaide, but really only go 7 deep. Jervis is just there to give Knight time to duck off for a quick wee during the quarter, U’U gets 6 mins/game, and I believe my favourite Cat Erik is disrespected with his 5 min/game. (surely we can squeeze him into the Sixers lineup?) Because they are shallow in their roster, their play style is more predictable. You know who is going to spin move, which way they spin, who will toss a successful three and who won’t. It’s pretty obvious who is going to flop and who is going to do those sneaky little fouls.
Adelaide on the other hand are a lot deeper making it easier for Joey to have options and harder for Trevor Gee to work out a plan. The minutes are more evenly spread and when one player is down, anyone can lift at any time to fill a gap. Adelaide work more as a team and I think that stands out. Adelaide look VERY sharp when they stick to the basics and forget about the showtime ball. Whenever they start taking too many risks to impress fans, the efficiency drops off. Don’t worry about impressing us, we know you’re good.
This game will be tighter than a pair of budgie smugglers on a fat Bavarian businessman at a hotel swimming pool. If you are not at the game, invite your mates around to watch it on the big screen and turn the surround sound on.
Momentum is with the Sixers while the Cats are too worried about playing the man and not the ball. You all know who I want to win and who I think will win. No matter who does win, this grand final series is a fitting end for the two teams who were the best all year and whose fans are right behind them. The only thing certain on Sunday afternoon is that Perth Arena will need some new nets for next season. I would like to see Gibbo hold those nets up high. Go Sixers!