Wildcats vs Hawks, Game 2 - Sunday Feb 21 3pm
Apparently this will be LIVE on 9-Gem.
12noon Perth time
I always thought this series would only go to 2 games, and with Lisch out that seems likely. But gees Perth don't want to shoot like they started last night's game.
Knight has to get back on the boards, and everyone else needs to step up their rebounding effort. Cats dominated in the 4 regular games, but last night the Hawks ambushed them. (Poor effort not to anticipate that.)
Jawai was subbed out about halfway through the 3rd quarter, and didn't re-take the court. I really hope they were just "managing" him for tomorrow's game. We have got to use him, Knights, and Jervis to stop Ogilvy and dominate inside.
(That said, I would not be completely surprised if Jawai did not travel.)
Need to keep Prather on the court. He is one of our most important players. Can only hope he doesn't give away so many silly fouls.
Kenny needs to get more aggressive on D. He can afford to give up a couple of fouls, Martin & Prather can't. He generally does a good job, but this is finals, need to step it up a notch.
Before last night's game started, Perth were odds on to win. Hawks lost all 4 games this season, and haven't won in Perth for something like 10 years.
Dare I say it, Perth's start was almost predictably complacent and unfocussed. This is finals, they need to me on the money from the tip-off.
In all their games in Perth this season, the Hawks have faded badly. That happened last night, but until then they were sticking with the Cats even without Lisch. Point is they generally don't fade at home. If Perth go into tomorrow's game expecting an easy win (again) they are likely to get ambushed (again.) If the Hawks can stick with them for 4 quarters, then anything is possible.
I don't want to see this go to 3 games, because I think their are question marks over the health of some Perth players, and if a GF series then also goes to 3 games they could be knackered.