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Tempo
Last year

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Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

It seems that tempo is a big talking point in this semi final series between the Hawks and Cats.

If you listen to the pre game talk, Bevo and his players are talking about creating so much pace that they want to get to 100 points.

On the other hand, Gleeson is talking about a war of attrition..A slow half court grinding game where the winning team scores in the low 80s or high 70s.

Watching game 2, you could see the game was played at a very very fast pace. The Wildcats were pushing the pace on almost every possession.

When you look at the rosters, you can see why each coach
wants a certain style.

My question is, why were the Cats playing at such a furious pace on Sunday?

How d they get sucked in to this? Why doesnt the coach remind them to slow it down? Dont the players know, follow the coached game plan?

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Isaac
Last year
09:15 26 Feb 16

Reply #580305

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Often if you favour the talent on your team over that of your opponent, you may want to increase the tempo to magnify your advantage. The fewer the possessions, the more luck plays a role. The more possessions, the more that better percentages or player match-ups will win through.

The Cats may have figured that they had the talent advantage given Lisch was out, or pushed the ball more quickly when running their bench or their starters against a Hawks bench, etc.

That said, I suspect it's more difficult to control the tempo in front of a hostile crowd. Whatever you plan to do, your feeling of time may change and you naturally rush? From memory, one of the past [email protected] games this season was high scoring too.


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Supernintendo Chalmers
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10:01 26 Feb 16

Reply #580308

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Game 1 in Illawarra, Wildcats WIN 106-99
Game 2 in Perth, Wildcats WIN 91-62
Game 3 in Illawarra, Wildcats WIN 99-96
Game 4 in Illawarra, Wildcats WIN 95-72

Games 1 & 3 showed that the tempo was probably played more on the Hawks level but the Cats matched it. Games 2 & 4 were just Perth dominating the Hawks defensively yet still they put up big scores, well above their season average of 85ppg.

The reason the Cats got smashed in game 2 was because their D was atrocious in the second half. Them pushing the ball had nothing to do with it.

The Cats can push the ball against the Hawks because the Hawks D generally isn't good enough to stop a team scoring.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:11 26 Feb 16

Reply #580329

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

So Trevor is possibly "foxing" in his pre-game messages to the public?


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paul
Last year
14:33 26 Feb 16

Reply #580348

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Some people think of tempo as just how quickly the ball goes from end to end, but it's as much about composure in the half-court.

In Game 2 the Hawks often had Perth out of their offence, playing on the fly and rushing their execution, which played right into Illawarra's hands.

If the Wildcats keep their spacing and execute their sets they have plenty of physical advantages, but if they're rushing it allows the Hawks to cover their holes, gang rebound and run.

Tempo is critical, and Perth need to keep calm, whether they are pushing the pace or not. Of course, Illawarra can play slow too, but the more they go against a set defence the fewer open looks their shooters get, whereas the Wildcats' big men create open looks in the half-court.


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Luuuc
Last year
14:36 26 Feb 16

Reply #580351

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

I thought Perth did keep pretty calm at their own end and for the most part tried to run the right things. The plan at that end wasn't too bad IMO, their execution let them down.
Defence was the far bigger issue for us. And that's what the Hawks can do to you when they get rolling. That's why they're so dangerous, and why that 0-23 streak in Perth is not much comfort to me at all going into tonight.


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paul
Last year
14:57 26 Feb 16

Reply #580361

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Yes, but the defensive struggles came from the offensive end, their poor shots allowing the Hawks to rebound and run into offence before the Cats were set and put them into rotations.

What Perth had previously done a good job of against Illawarra was pound the offensive glass and keep them on defence for long stretches, which impacted their ability to run even on misses.


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Tempo
Last year
17:49 26 Feb 16

Reply #580409

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Isaac, offensively, the Wildcats are NOT more talented. Hawks are the best shooting team in the NBL.

This all comes down to tempo. If the Hawks can trick the Cats into getting into a high tempo game...i think the Hawks will win.

You trying to tell me Jawai, Knight and Jervis are high tempo players?

Martin is also not an explosive guard.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:10 26 Feb 16

Reply #580413

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Martin cant shoot he is defense only, if he is left open to shoot the 3, and sag off to hedge on the bigs defensively that will go a long way to setting up a win for the Hawks.


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Anonymous
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18:37 26 Feb 16

Reply #580425

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

also if Kenny stops fluking threes. He went from being scared to shoot to hitting seemingly every key three... wtf


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Anonymous
Last year
18:50 26 Feb 16

Reply #580432

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Kenny making 3s is no fuke, he is he one guy you cant leave open. Martin cant hi the ocean, but Kenny is almost automatic.


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koberulz
Last year
19:12 26 Feb 16

Reply #580445

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Martin is shooting 67% from three so far in the series, but let's not let the facts get in the way.


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Luuuc
Last year
23:40 26 Feb 16

Reply #580573

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Pretty good tempo tonight :)


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Dazz
Last year
00:52 27 Feb 16

Reply #580591

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Basketball is one of the those sports that is almost equal mixtures of offence and defence.
So-called "tempo" reflects that.
At the end of the day, you can win with 80 points, or lose with 100, depending on your D.
Despite having two of the best defensive players in the league, Hawks are generally not as strong on D, relying on their offence. Also, even that magnificent offence is not as deep as Perth's.
With Lisch out there was possibly the expectation that the Hawks D would crumble, and that also losing their best offensive player would test their depth.
As it turned out, it was Perth's D that crumbled at times, and the Hawks second string stepped up big-time.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:59 27 Feb 16

Reply #580595

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

Thanks Dazz never knew that anyone could win with 80 points, or lose with 100, insightful as always.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:24 27 Feb 16

Reply #580600

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

u have to admit it's uncanny how often basketball games end up being 50% offence and 50% defence or thereabouts. it would barely be any closer if you put 2 teams out there that had to do the opposite of each other.


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paul
Last year
01:41 27 Feb 16

Reply #580602

re: Game tempo in Wildcats-Hawks series

"Pretty good tempo tonight :)"

Yep, back to Wildcats basketball tonight, very clinical in the way they went about it, dominated possession, knew exactly when they had a numbers advantage, and made the Hawks guard a heap of screen exchanges if they didn't.


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