GF: Wildcats v Breakers - Game 3 - Sunday 2:30pm
Whilst I'd like to hope Perth could run away with this, everything tells me that it will be close, and the result is anyone's guess.
(Hopefully we can dispense with the normal 40+ posts of "team A have no chance/ team B will smash em".)
I feel that the way the games were reffed differed from game 1 to game 2. What's important is that the Cats need to start aggressively then adapt to however the game is being called. They must also dispense with the careless reaching in fouls, especially when they have already put NZ in the bonus.
Jervis needs to get his shit together. Throughout the season I have been amongst those saying that he's good enough to start, but he has gone MIA in this series. He needs to go harder on offence, and be less movable on D. Getting backed under the basket by a wimp like Wesley is not acceptable. Perth have the manpower to dominate Pledger, Vukona, and Jackson, but they need everyone to go hard and play their part. Especially against Jackson. He is soft as butter and foul prone, but he gets to many easy baskets and boards when Perth leave him alone to just wander in the back door.
Beal was better in G2, but his shot selection needs to improve. He can't be shooting 22%.
Cats need to figure a way to get Prather into the game as early as possible, and bricking up 3s isn't the answer. NZ are very good at blocking the keyway, making it hard for him to do his usual penetration. Need to figure out a way to capitalise on his speed advantage.
And I'd be using Redhage more. Clearly this guy is motivated. I almost sense that he's been saving himself for this final effort. In that 4 minute burst in the 3rd quarter, he almost turned the game on its head. Use him in bursts, but give him 3~4 minutes a quarter if he's up to it.