Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?
Based on FORM and results all season, is it FAIR to say the Perth Wildcats are the UNDISPUTED UNDERDOGS this post season?
A team that LACKED consistency and marred by off-court dramas, personal changes, injuries and a super tough schedule (including five straight away games when their season was on the line)... could the Wildcats winning this year's 'ship be the GREATEST NBL story ever?
It would be fitting for the leagues most successful club, don't you think?
With their WORLD-RECORD on the line, the Wildcats OVERCAME adversity in the very last game of the season to beat Melbourne in a jam packed Hisense. They held on for dear life and have now given themselves a miracle shot at DOING the impossible.
Lets look at their opponents.
The MIGHTY Adelaide 36ers. Hands down the BEST damn team all season. A massive win streak and home to the MVP, most improved player and a bunch of other NBL first team members. It is the sixers championship to lose. They've had the LUXURY of taking it easy, resting players and preparing for the playoffs for the last two months.
The most in-form team the Cairns Taipans. With the UNSTOPPABLE x-factor in Jawai and a team hell bent on winning their first 'ship. They've pushed Perth to the brink in all four regular season games. Many predict a 2-0 sweep to the snakes who's chemistry and momentum are second to none at the moment.
The Illawara Hawks - the quiet achievers, but achievers none the less. They have SNUCK into the playoffs unnoticed and will be LETHAL in tight series. Headed by their superstar coach and sixth man of the year, if they manage to beat the best team in the league surely that then makes them the NEW best team in the league and a massive battle in the Grand Final.
So with all that said... the Wildcats really have NOTHING to lose. They've overcome massive hurdles this season and made the playoffs.
They now must pray for a MIRACLE and do the UNTHINKABLE and beat two of the strongest three teams this league has ever seen.
Brace yourself Wildcats fans. We either get eliminated early, or we go on the make more history!