Wildcats vs Hawks - G3 - pregame thread
I'm glad that Lisch is apparently not so seriously injured. Whether he plays or not, it bodes well for an early recovery.
It's strange, when talking about the league MVP, but I don't think he is the biggest factor. Perth won during the regular season against Lisch, and yesterday we saw the Hawks win comfortably without him.
This may also seem strange, but the way they are playing I would rather see the Cats bow out in the semis. They were flat early in game one, and but for the loss of Lisch and the usual (in Perth) last quarter fade by the Hawks, things could have been different. They were similarly flat for large patches of game two. They don't look like a team ready to win a championship. My concern is that losing a GF series would be "acceptable" but I hope losing in the semis would trigger some soul-searching. It's not what I ant to see, I want to see the Cats step up and play like championship contenders.
Players need to step up in finals. We saw a few Hawks do it yesterday, but nobody really has for Perth. Martin I'd say did in game one, Jawai (for whatever reasons) has gone backwards, others are basically playing at the same level. Prather & Beal are great players, but unless they really go to town they can't carry the team.
What really concerns me is that in the other series, we saw the advantage of seasoned finals campaigners. Where is THAT for Perth? The bulk of this team won a title two seasons ago, and the core has played in 4 GF's in the past 6 years. Yet they were outplayed by the newcomers.