Isaac
Two years ago

Breakers vs United, Feb 10

This should be our first chance to start refining the finals picture. If the Breakers lose this, they're out. If Melbourne lose, I think they might have another crack with the Perth game on Feb 12?

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GordonG  
Two years ago

Just to confuse it even more (you mean it isn't already?) I think if the Breakers win, we (Taipans) go through to the finals. Haven't a clue where, but I know it's not first :)

And you ain't seen nothin' yet from the guys...

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paul  
Two years ago

If Breakers and Perth win tonight then I think Cairns are in.

If Sydney win we could still end up with Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and NZ in a tie-breaker for two spots, in which case the Taipans finish fifth (I think!).


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LV  
Two years ago

Well, this is it.

For the storied Breakers franchise, win tonight or it's all over.

For star studded Melbourne United, win and you can start dreaming about second position. (If Melb win both and Cairns beat Adelaide again, Melb get first). Lose and they'll be relying on Sydney beating Perth to keep their hopes alive.

NZ hasn't been a happy hunting ground for UTD, but with a healthy Casper and CG43, United are 10-4 this season (10-6 overall with Casper, discounting the Adelaide and Illawarra games where injuries hit hard).

Mitchell's absence leaves NZ with a frontcourt of Pledger, Loe, the foul prone Vukona (Who leads the league with 3.6 fouls per game despite playing 19.6 minutes a game) and Delaney.

But really, there's no form guide for this game- the two teams haven't matched up with both Dillard and Ware in uniform. I'm tipping a gruelling, close contest. The stakes are high, so expect nothing less from two tough sides.

Bring it!

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LV  
Two years ago

"(If Melb win both and Cairns beat Adelaide again, Melb get first)"

Obviously meant to say *second*

Other option is Melb win both and Illawarra lose to Brisbane (irrespective of Cairns / Ade), United would get 2nd in that scenario too.

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AC  
Two years ago

The first Melbourne/Aus born from a proud Kiwi family I'm always conflicted during these match ups.

Melbourne never look great playing in NZ, but if their casual performance from last year's finals round is anything to go by I think they'll be taking it a lot more seriously tonight.

I think NZ might be just a bit too banged up and missing pieces to be a definite lock, but still tipping them to only just nudge out United for the fact they're at home.

Looking forward to the Ware/Dillard match up.

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ROFLcopter  
Two years ago

Tonight we will find out a lot about United.

They've have been bad on the road and trash in NZ so everything points to a Breakers win.

DD would be shitting razorblades!

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Dazz  
Two years ago

Yep, yet another massive game, and as Isaac said in his OP, after tonight we'll have a much clearer picture. (Or at least a few less permutations.)
NZ lose, they are out. period.
MU lose, it gets very hard for them. They would need other results to go their way, and then win the last game against Perth.

Both teams are getting better at the right end of the season.
I've got to tip NZ at home, and I reckon that the 6's may come to regret dropping that game.

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cats 4 life  
Two years ago

Dazz, Adelaide will be in the gf, nz won't be like last season. United and Illawarra I think have the fire power to compete against Adelaide.

My only question is how are they going to ref the finals? If Perth make it, is the physical style going to be allowed? If yes and Perth make it then maybe.

All depends on how Adelaide handle the pressure of finals and a full house expecting not wishing they win. Perth sometimes struggle at home when it's a sellout knowing the crowd is expecting a w.

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Dazz  
Two years ago

c4l,
I think that in a 5 game GF series, Adelaide will win out.
If they are vulnerable (which is a big if) I feel it is in the SF.
The one team you don't want to face is NZ. Just ask MU!

If NZ win this one, they finish on 14 wins, with a very real chance of finishing 4th.

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cats 4 life  
Two years ago

I never thought Adelaide would finish on top and did with games to spare. Think the cats casually thought they would stroll in this season and to be fair Sydney is the only team to go out and make a statement on recruiting.

Adelaide, Illawarra, cairns, budget wise would be there abouts. Think they have exceeded expectations which is great for the nil in general.

I bleed Perth but this season has to be the most up and down and inconsistent on and off the court. When you pay good money to support a team that charges a arm and a leg you expect the best, if not drop the price and hope for the best every season.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

9-9 early

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

How did Goulding play for the Boomers? Trash basketballer.

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ROFLcopter  
Two years ago

CG43 is inconsistent....but if he gets hot, he'll take the game away from you.

Not many in the league are capable of that.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

How many years has he been in the league? And he's STILL inconsistent? Amazing.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

He is a superstar you can rely on... in very short spurts when running hot from chucking.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

HT 38-38

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

This would be such a great game if they would stop chucking from 3. Both teams.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

"This would be such a great league if they would stop chucking from 3. All teams."

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ROFLcopter  
Two years ago

Yep, enough talented players in both teams to attack the rack. Where'd this 3 point obsession come from!?

Stephen Curry is a flog!

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

It's as if there are no plays being run or playbooks exist in the NBL. Try to score off a broken lame play then chuck it up. Or chuck it up without even attempting the ineffective play. lol

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

or the NBL players have been watching too much NBA and thinking "derpity derp derp me also shoot more from three now like them!!11"

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

but hey we have PARITY!

47-47 right now midway through the third. parity of scores!

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Breakers fan with a whistle in the crowd. Are you guys still mad about Trevor Chappell?

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

United are almost cooked and where's Chris Goulding? Is he even playing still? Overrated hack.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Kick the crowd member with the whistle out please

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

LOL Utd have no heart 67-55 hahahaha losers

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AC  
Two years ago

Why is it United can't play on the road? No sense of urgency either

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

DD is a total dud.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Pretty sure Melb Utd when they recruited him used this line of thinking:

Says "a''ighhhht" x 10000 in timeouts like Goorjian > ? > PROFIT

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

United has many friends in not playing well on Road

United 4W-9L
Wildcats 4W-9L
Taipans 4W-9L
Bullets 4W-9L
Breakers 5W-9L
Hawks 6W-8L
kings 6W-7L



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Anonymous  
Two years ago

ADL 8-6 on road, even that is barely acceptable. All NBL teams suck on the road, they are homers.

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AngusH  
Two years ago

Missed the first 3 quarters, but Delany looking the goods this Q.

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ROFLcopter  
Two years ago

LOL

With the season on the line CG43 shoots a blistering 16% from the field....2/12 bitches!!!!

Why does that guy go missing when the pressure is on?

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

United 5 assists on 24 field goals hahahahahahahahaha

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

"He is a superstar you can rely on... in very short spurts when running hot from chucking."

Too bad the spurts are so short ;)

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

88 to 70 Breakers FT

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Goulding is 13/44 from the field in his last 3 games.

LOL. Pathetic.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

His shooting went bad after the stint with Cavs summer league team. I guess that was his career highlight.

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Zodiac  
Two years ago

What an inspid and gutless performance by Melbourne getting flogged by a Breakers team missing Mitchell & Vukona.

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ROFLcopter  
Two years ago

United are flogs!!

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

I agree with ROFLuuucopter.

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GordonG  
Two years ago

That improves our chances. I think we can now finish no lower than 4th. Maybe not the wooden spoon that was predicted for either us or the Hawks...

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CT  
Two years ago

Go the Taipans!

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

That improves our chances. I think we can now finish no lower than 8th. Which team am I talking about? I'm not sure.

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LV  
Two years ago

Disappointing finish, (probable) to United's season there.

Gutsy effort by undermanned NZ, strong D

Although United were rubbish tonight, I'll remember this as a season ruined by injury. Goulding, Blanchfield, Andersen, Barlow, Moore all missing 5-10 games, it was a revolving door and the team never got any continuity or rhythm.

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PyroCross  
Two years ago

Well that was the Finn Delany dunk show.

Need Perth to win tonight - our chances tab on Perth > Sydney and Melbourne > Perth to knock both out.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

You can also remember it by Goulding not standing up when his team needs him the most and cost them a finals spot because he's a selfish, brick-shooting hack.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Yeah let's just ignore the fact he helped them get into the position to be able to challenge for a finals spot idiot.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

... but where has he been the last 3 games?

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

... chucking from 3 :)

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Dazz  
Two years ago

So NZ Hang in there.

Looking tough for MU.

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cats 4 life  
Two years ago

What was going with majok? Hardly see him play?

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Yes 41.5% 3pm for the season is terrible.

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

14/43 from the field in the last 3 games when it matters most.

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Zodiac  
Two years ago

Interesting lately how much Wesley has fallen out of United's rotation.

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greybuoy  
Two years ago

Once again a hard year to be a Melbourne supporter.
Watching that preening cockbird is always a bit of an ordeal, but seeing the general lack of squad cohesion was often saddening. A team of champions, as they say, but not the championship team they should have been.
Yes, there were season disruptions along the way, but tonight all that was well behind them.
Melbourne's players have played for themselves alone, it seems, and not for each other.

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Anon  
Two years ago

Just like the Brady Bunch... Goulding Goulding Goulding 31 shots the rest of his team didn't make. Time for a new coach and move Goulding on or get better control of him. Joey and Randle have the right idea... TEAM... Simples really. Wesley and Blanchfield should run for the hills if not. Injuries no excuse, they keep buying in ready made talent. Same as last few season. Consistent things from each year is the coach and Spoilding

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Anonymous  
Two years ago

Good teams never play for themselves. They play for the Coach. Nuff said.

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Tom  
Two years ago

Scrappy game, two tired teams trying to rise to the occasion. Thankfully right result, but I don't think the the other 6 teams are shaking in their boots. Casper Anderson and Boon only players to show up for Melbourne. Pretty lame effort on their part.
Breakers have split on Melbourne and Perth, but Illawara and Cairns have split on Breakers.
If Perth win twice, Cairns win or lose to Adelaide and Illawarra beat Brisbane we could get shut out.

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Mystro  
Two years ago

Breakers finally looked after the ball.

Ili was clutch hitting the 3's everytime Ware hit one and Finn "Diesel" Delany showed his hustle and athletism .

I don't think NZ will make the finals but have had a tough season with injuries and have shown some guts and resilance in battling back to playoff contention which as a fan I'm happy with.

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paul  
Two years ago

As a Breakers fan you'd have to be very disappointed with all the basic errors they made this year, and the coaching staff's poor tactical adjustments.

On the flipside, their halfcourt offence and defence are close to the best in the league, and the improvement in Ili and Delany has been outstanding.

Heading into next season with those two, Penney, Abercrombie, Loe, Pledger, Vukona (and possibly a healthy C Webster) is a super platform.

Now Breakers fans just need to hope they can add Isaac Fotu and/or Tai Webster and they'll be in terrific shape for a title run.

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