Two years ago
Melbourne v Perth Dec 17
Monday night NBL is back and this time they won't forget the gravy.
Melbourne have had a pretty quiet round so far. Plenty of time off to have a barbie and watch tapes of Perth getting dacked by Sydney in Perth. In fact, twice in 8 days.
Perth had a very strong start to the season and even with injuries they have shown their depth to claw out some amazing wins this season. They are the hunted and tonight Melbourne are the Hunters. Will Melbourne go "wabbit hunting", or will they get themselves a "feral wildcat"?
The standout from the Thursday night win was that only 14 points came from the Perth bench compared to Sydney's 33. Perth overwhelmingly won the boards with a massive 21 offensive boards giving them plenty of second chances.
The telling stat tonight might be those bench points. While Perth have shown they have the depth, Melbourne have the outside arc. The starting 5's might be pretty even but it is how the coaches can squeeze that extra 1% out of their bench.
Last time I said the team with the fresher legs would win, and I was proven wrong. I don't think I'll be 0-2 tonight....