Isaac
Years ago

Breakers vs Taipans, Nov 11

Taipans rolling. Breakers replacing their injured PG, though Stockton is not expected to play:

The contract with the 24 year old American was literally signed only in the early hours of this morning New Zealand time, meaning that while he is on a plane bound for New Zealand today (arriving Friday morning), it is unlikely he will suit up on Friday night at Vector Arena for the game against Cairns.
Your tip?

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Mike  
Years ago

Breakers obviously.

Brisbane lacking firepower which NZ have in spades and have just gotten stronger with Stockton in to spoon feed Pinny and Wibsta.

Can't believe they are $2.50 outsiders v Perth on Sunday

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Mike  
Years ago

Whoops didn't realise Stockton isn't playing but still Breakers

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Mike  
Years ago

Wow I really screwed this one didn't I.

Loving that edit post button right about now :|

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GordonG  
Years ago

Taipans to win (since they're the ones playing, not Brisbane)

:)

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Freethrows  
Years ago

I'm with GordonG. Bullets without a chance; the Taipans will win this one.

Call it Battle of the Point Guards Pt 1, with Woodside, Ili and Trice all out. BOTPG part 2 is on Sunday, with the rudderless Wildcats home to the pilot-less Breakers.

Who would be an NBL point guard this year???

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Mike  
Years ago

Love Cairns as a team, they could get Breakers here before Stockton arrives. $2.60 on offer is pretty juicy.

When is Trice due back?

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koberulz  
Years ago

Is Trice still out? He seemed like a chance to play last weekend.

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Manu Fieldel  
Years ago

The Bullets don't have much of a chance in this one

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Freethrows  
Years ago

Trice will not play tomorrow, however he may be available against the Bullets for the home game on Sunday.

This is the story from the ever-reliable Cairns Post, so it must be true. It is actually the same as what I have heard from people inside the Taipans organisation. Trice has "some ligament damage but no structural impairment", according to the MRI he had recently on his hip.

It's possible he's not playing in New Zealand to avoid any swelling the flight may cause to his hip, and that he might be all right to play on Sunday if there is no further aggravation of the hip before then.

I don't like to see players come back before they are quite right, and I think it would be better for the team to wait until nex tweek to bring him back if he's not okay for tomorrow's game.

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Freethrows  
Years ago

From the Taipans' website:

"The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have received a bittersweet boost for their double-header this weekend, with Alex Loughton ready to make an early return from injury, while Travis Trice will miss yet another round."

... and ...

"An orthopaedic specialist confirmed that in addition to muscle tightness there is substantial bruising to the bone, and while timelines are hard to predict, can take weeks to improve.

An MRI scan after the incident did not expose a need for surgery, with a follow up scan this week providing the same read.

Trice will continue his rehabilitation in Cairns and will not suit up this weekend, and unfortunately remains doubtful for next Friday's game in Melbourne."

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Mike  
Years ago

Forgot Loughton was out.

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Manu Fieldel  
Years ago

Loughton in = guaranteed L

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Mike  
Years ago

Guaranteed lols?

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Manu Fieldel  
Years ago

Haha that too

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Freethrows  
Years ago

Poor Alex. He's much maligned, and everyone seems to expect the 'Pans to lose if he's playing. The reality is that our rotation of bigs has worked really well with Wortho, Egg and Nate. Even the return of (also much maligned) Stevie Weigh hasn't appeared to do too much damage to the front court efforts (and yes, Virginia, he has been playing as a 4, quite a bit.)

Hopefully Alex can come back in and make a positive impact. He needs to play good D and rebound, not focus too much on trying to score.

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SteveK2  
Years ago

Yeah I agree, don't think Alex need to focus on scoring too much if Jawai's playing with the mindset he had vs. the Kings. Can always fit him in if he's tough with D and rebounds.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Bruising of the bone doesn't happen in a short period of time. Damaged goods.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Yes, it is bittersweet that Loughton is healthy again.

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Freethrows  
Years ago

Anonymous #607156, that's a complete crock of shit. Are you a medical expert? Bruising of the bone can happen instantaneously, and the boney tissue surrounding the acetabulum is susceptible to this type of injury with a direct blow, like falling on your hip onto a hardwood floor.

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Tom  
Years ago

Good match ups here Pledge and the big guy.
Edwin starting to shoot with confidence.
Back courts (even without Trice and Woodside) pretty even although Webster could explode or disappear.
Cairns playing well, half court sets look good.
We probably have the edge in outside shooing with Penny in form.
Cairns defence is a notch above ours.
So expect a close one, ala Kings/Cairns the other night.

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Kingpodge  
Years ago

and the bonus word today is 'acetabulum' - contrats Freethrows you win!

Al can still produce, adds to the rotation so we can hopefully keep some juice and Nate and Wortho's tanks.

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Train  
Years ago

This is shaping up to be a cracker of a game. Both teams have been finding some good form and both teams having their share of injury problems.

I'm going to go away from the trend and tip the away team - Cairns in a thriller.

How good is the NBL this year, so many great games already this season.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Wortho stood his ground, Vukona ran into him, foul on Wortho?

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Tom  
Years ago

Cairns struggling a little in P1 offensively. We are scoring reasonably easily. Advantage us after one. Two most underrated players in league Tueta and Agent 97.

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Mike  
Years ago

Jawaii looks like he's cut a lot of bodyfat down

Good to see

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Haha penney. Refs are terrible. it's a shame the rest of the league (players, marketing, tv) has stepped up but the refs are still far behind.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Edwin playing awesome. One of the most under-rated imports.

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Mike  
Years ago

Hope everyone took the $3 on offer for Caynnes

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GordonG  
Years ago

"Hope everyone took the $3 on offer for Caynnes"

Always...

:)

Just wish they would learn to pronounce Heuir, dammit!

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Didn't they just call an unsportsmanlike foul but only give possession? Or was it downgraded to just a 'normal' foul?

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Mike  
Years ago

'Just wish they would learn to pronounce Heuir, dammit!

You mean he's not Greg Hire's brother?

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paul  
Years ago

Wilson, I think it was a double foul, the ref just got his signal mixed up initially.

Great game so far, quality watching Pledger and Jawai go at it, and love the combos between Vukona and Penney/Abercrombie as well as Wortho and Gliddon.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Thanks Paul. Yes, great game.

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Tom  
Years ago

Gliddon and Wortho have stuck it to us. Down 8 with 43 seconds to go.
Webster might be our only hope.

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BigAds  
Years ago

Andn then he travels.

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Mike  
Years ago

Cairns 1-10 BAM

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PyroCross  
Years ago

That was great. Gliddon kicked our butt from outside and we didn't have an answer. Wortho turned back the clock as well. And that fourth quarter by Cairns.. Love these teams that no-one talks about making a statement.

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GordonG  
Years ago

We were 8th a couple of weeks ago!

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Tom  
Years ago

Can't help but think the start of the 4th we had our bench in there and allowed Cairns to get on terms and grab some momentum.
Then we were chasing the game and Cairns were too good at closing it out.
We looked ugly down stretch. Only 4 free throw attempts for the game is not good enough.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

I love how kiwis appreciate a good game even if their team loses. Both on this forum and the commentators.

Much better vibes than the SYD/MEL/PER/ADL hate that's normally floating around.

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Train  
Years ago

Cairns are legit this year. Still have Trice to come back too.

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Mike  
Years ago

Cairns then daylight amirite

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Mystro  
Years ago

Great game by the Taipans, well deserved win.

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Manu Fieldel  
Years ago

Re: the double foul, I think the ref signalled it correctly initially, but the 'X' just wasn't super pronounced. Then again, I watched it on a small screen.

SNAKES DOE!

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Mike  
Years ago

I'm diehard Cats fan, but a Snakes title win this year would be pretty cool

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Train  
Years ago

Lets not forget they went down by a bee's dick against Perth and Sydney.....on the road.

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paul  
Years ago

If Gliddon and Wortho play anything like that on a consistent basis they won't drop too many!

Those two were awesome, and Cairns fourth quarter D tremendous, NZ weren't able to get Abercrombie a good look for most of the period, and he is their fourth quarter guy these days.

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Mike  
Years ago

No point guard hurt NZ like I thought it would

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Manu Fieldel  
Years ago

Still too many fourth-quarter breakdowns for my liking but we just kept hitting shots. Too good. As one commentator said, NZB missed a point guard in the fourth.

Can we start calling Worthington 'Vino'?

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Manu Fieldel  
Years ago

We're the worst team in the league without Wortho imo

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Mike  
Years ago

I don't want to hear anymore positive talk about that jerk Wurvo

kthx

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Thunder Jam  
Years ago

The usf on Heiur was a joke.
Can all the Loughton baggers return to apologise?

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LV  
Years ago

Cairns then daylight FO SURE.

I'll take my $276 for $2 of bets when they play either Sydney or Perth in the GF. Thanking you kindly.

And I'll take the $ on the 10 win target, thanks.

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LV  
Years ago

Leicester city, Cleveland Cavs, western bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Chicago Cubs, Donald Trump... Cairns Taipans hardly sounds crazy. In fact it sounds normal.

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koberulz  
Years ago

Can't see the Wildcats making the playoffs, either.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Loughton played exactly has he should have for the last 2 years. Minimal minutes, not looking to shoot first. If he plays like that the rest of the season with limited minutes he will be valuable to the team.

But if he resorts to jacking up ridiculous high volume shots they can kiss playoffs goodbye.

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Twinkletoes  
Years ago

Loughton has been playing well this season.

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