Bench will need to play a big part in this series with games so close together. Who has the best bench ? My initial thoughts were Perth with Kenney, Wagstaff, Redhage, Hire and Jervis but it's hard to discount the Breakers bench when you have players like Jackson and Wesley coming in.
It's hard to say. Perth's bench players have had some great individual games, but lack consistency.
Hire has not scored a single point in the finals, despite averaging almost 13 minutes.
I keep waiting for the Veteran Redhage to step-up (like Vukona has done, and like Forman did in G2) but its looking less likely. (As an aside, a championship win would be a nice note for him to retire on.)
Wagtaff and Jervis are both capable of having big games, and we're going to need it. We need jervis to get aggressive on the boards and on the put-backs, and we need Wagstaff to hit some 3's.
If you see Martin, Kenny, and Wagstaff hitting 3's early, that's a good sign for a Cats win.
There's also no escaping the likelihood that this will be a dour defensive game, with 80~90 points enough for a win.
And as mentioned, we need a big effort from Jawai, especially in game 1. He will only get worse with the travel, so if he can't deliver in game 1, its effectively series over for him.
We need Jawai, Knight, and Jervis to get Jackson in foul trouble early. He's fouled out in both finals, and if we can get him in trouble early, that will give us a chance on the boards.