Jack Toft
Last year

Melbourne v Adelaide, Boxing Day

It's 1 v 5 in the Boxing Day game. Melbourne, who are hot favourites to go back to back this season, face up against the team that challenged them last season. The big question today is whether Dean Vickerman will crack a smile. Vickerman, who reminds me of the father of a pretty teenage girl swamped by pocked face suitors driving hotted up shagging wagons, has plenty to smile about with his team in fine form and seemingly unable to lose, regardless of the conditions.

The Sixers are in the pack of Perth, Brisbane, Illawarra and New Zealand battling for 3rd and 4th spot. Wins over Melbourne and Sydney crucial for final ladder positions.

Melbourne are winning, but they are not smashing the opposition. This competition is even this year and it is the small 1%ers that separates those smiling with a win vs those not smiling (Vickerman excepted) Maybe he's just thinking about how much his wife has spent at the Boxing Day Sales "Oh, but think of how much I've saved!"

But back to the game. Matchups are good, with both teams ahead in different areas. Melbourne lead in the floppiness factor, but Sixers are better in transition.

With everyone having a bit of Christmas cheer, I'm predicting a total score of close to 200 points today, but sadly for Sixers fans, I think Melbourne might just sink one or two more threes to help themselves to Christmas seconds. Hopefully that might at least get a smirk from Vickerman.

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Zodiac  
Last year

I could see Melbourne controlling the tempo of this game and making it a low scoring grind out affair and if so the odds will be heavily in their favour. As much as I'd love to see us slay the beast on their big day I just can't see it happening.

United by 12

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Wouldn't be surprised if Adelaide wins this.

It's a 50/50 game imo

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Perthworld  
Last year

Hmmm I'm in Melbourne.

Any tickets left?

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Sold out son.

I'll sneak you in if you want. Lemme know

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Anonymous  
Last year

Another thread that will potentially be ruined by butt munchers Fieldel and Perthworld.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Let's leave these wanker anons alone, PW. It's Christmas after all

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Anonymous  
Last year

Ignore Manu just a troll.

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Anonymous  
Last year

76ers by three, just stab in the dark, no idea really. :)

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Perthworld  
Last year

Joey's got massive bags under his eyes. Does not look good.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Where are you Sixers fans? No electricity in Adelaide tonight (again)?

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Zodiac  
Last year

Joey looked 'off' during the Cairns game too.

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Perthworld  
Last year

I wrote the same thing during that game as well. No one else brought it up?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Lol nice intensity Sobey...

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Perthworld  
Last year

Doyle on again early.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Teys is underrated. He makes things happen out there

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Perthworld  
Last year

Deng has come out of hiding.

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Ben  
Last year

Just started watching, who's on commentary with Case and Homicide?

Has Carfs even been on this season? I haven't heard from him in the 25% of games I've seen.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Liam Santamaria.

Carfino was on one of the Sunday games and when I heard him I thought about how he is barely on.

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LV  
Last year

Who can blame CG (and others) for selling the offensive fouls, when if they don't they might get called for a foul like that one just then on Goulding?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Just me or did the score bench Miss a Melbourne 3 when wE were at 11 all?

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Ben  
Last year

Thanks Perthworld.

I would've thought for such a marque game that Case would've at least had Heal beside him (or Carfs).

Santamaria is like Rosen-lite.

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Perthworld  
Last year

No thanks. Glad Heal isn't on for once.

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Anonymous  
Last year

John Casey is so one eyed. It's painful listening to him.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Carfino generally does games with Heal. That's why you never notice him. Heal and his monstrous ego take care of that.

Liam is doing a great job again. Provides the kind of analysis that's needed to counterbalance Corey's rantings.

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CB  
Last year

Just you

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AyJay  
Last year

"Melbourne making their move"
No Larry's three musketeers are making the move

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Lovebroker  
Last year

Homicide saying Ware is the best 2 way player in the league?

Ummm....does he know what the 2 'ways' of a 2 way player is?

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Jack Toft  
Last year

DJ called for a charge....

There's a ring called the no charge zone. If you have feet in there, there's no charge

Refs, collect your "Hungry Jack's" brown paper bag in the car park

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Lovebroker  
Last year

Also I don't really like Homicide making references to Wakanda whenever he talks about Deng.

There is no linkage other than Wakanda (people of) and Deng are / is black.

It's stupid.

No...I am not the type to get offended by references to black like the Black Mamba.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

1. Santamaria is good, I like him
2. The charge circle relates to help defenders only
3. United wins this quite handsomely

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Perthworld  
Last year

Pledger coming out party.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Adelaide getting the calls.

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JR  
Last year

Great game this one, one of the best of the season to watch so far

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Anonymous  
Last year

Don't rate Homocide but Deng does make the Wakanda forever gesture every now and then so can at least see the link.

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Perthworld  
Last year

@JR What a spectacle!

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic

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JR  
Last year

Looks like United have made a concerted effort to run off Adelaide misses.. looks like good strategy, as the Adelaide D Trans is questionable on misses

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Perthworld  
Last year

Goulding on fire.

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JR  
Last year

Those talking about Homocide making no analysis.. well his comment about how United are punishing the switch is right on the money. It's happened in other games as well.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Oh man imagine if that showtime Goulding three went in.

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JR  
Last year

Pledger is playing a great game. His size is too much for the Adelaide smalls to handle when they get switched onto him especially in rebounding situations

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Anonymous  
Last year

I liked when Goulding stopped and stared at the man he just shook out of his boots

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Perthworld  
Last year

... too bad he missed that shot and it started Adelaide's current run.

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Anonymous  
Last year

United choking away a good 3 1/2 time lead

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JR  
Last year

Adelaide have cranked up their D this quarter

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Burgers on me lads

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Perthworld  
Last year

Yessss lucky I'm in Victoria.

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JR  
Last year

Where was that foul on McCarron?

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JR  
Last year

Get the feeling this one will go to overtime

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Perthworld  
Last year

That was ugly from Moore. But it went in.

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JR  
Last year

Looked like Moore travelled on that tough make

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Don't you just love the Sixers.

*Key: love = hate

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AyJay  
Last year

Whats Doyle doin out there? Really!!!

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Perthworld  
Last year

Wow at this game.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Ware bad heroball there.

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JR  
Last year

Ware was obviously told to go 1 on 1. Great D from Conger

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Perthworld  
Last year

Plenty of time and you have an option to tie it up for OT yet Ware with a good mismatch by Sixers on him in the form of Conger yet still chucks it up. Yuck.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Casper Ware Jr. best player in the league but it wasn't enough

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Perthworld  
Last year

Yeah, before the missed three he brought Utd back into it. Crazy game, so many swings.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Great game

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JR  
Last year

I was wondering why Doyle was on the floor too

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Anon  
Last year

Should have got to the line to go to OT.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Doyle lol

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sobey nearly throws it away, still one of the dumbest players going around !!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Casper should have gone for 2 and overtime, especially with Johnson out. Adelaide are definitely the most annoying team going around - you'd think they’d won the championship the way they carry on.

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Lovebroker  
Last year

Don't you just love the Sixers.

*Key: love = hate


Just go away troll.

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Perthworld  
Last year

I can't beleive Sobey got sucked in yet again on the same floor he cost his team a title. The kid will never learn.

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koberulz  
Last year

Teams seem to be going out of their way to lose games this year.

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Zodiac  
Last year

Beautiful happy Boxing Day Melbourne

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Perthworld  
Last year

You'd think Wiley won a Championship after every basket he scores.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Barlows fouls on Moore couldn't have been more
obvious and as expected multiple no calls. Adelaide win despite the refs. Doing it for the teams getting screwed this season, even the ones I don’t like are getting the same treatment against certain teams. Well done Adelaide.

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JR  
Last year

Yeah if I was Melbourne I would've ran quick pick and roll to switch DJ onto Ware then look for the 2 as the first option. Not a great play out of the huddle by Vickerman, who I must say is doing an outstanding job coaching his team.

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CB  
Last year

Free burgers and an Adelaide win. Best night!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Does Perthworld ever stop posting.
What a gronk.

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JR  
Last year

Sorry DJ was fouled out at that point lol

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Perthworld  
Last year

Conger on Ware was the turning point for me, until Ware switched to another level to overcome it bar that last three.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

PW, wanna go get some free burgers?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kings back on top of the ladder lol

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Lovebroker  
Last year

Yeah if I was Melbourne I would've ran quick pick and roll to switch DJ onto Ware


JR that is a fantastic strategy, except DJ was not on the floor.

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Anon  
Last year

Sobey will be doing a lot on the same floor next season when he plays with his mate Mitch at the Phoenix.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

Piss off Lovebroker, you're a hater. Been hating since day 1

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Jack Toft  
Last year

No foul by Barlow when a Sixer was shooting late in the 4th? Those brown bags must have MG car keys in them too

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Perthworld  
Last year

Sorry for posting about the game in the game thread.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

It was brought to my attention that Joey had his guys falling into a zone after the initial P&R switch. Smart

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JR  
Last year

I said DJ wasn't on in second post, but the point is quick pick and roll to switch the slowest defender onto Ware.. so run it against whoever the defensive 5 was given DJ was off

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JR  
Last year

Manu I didn't see that but wasn’t watching for it so hats off to you for a good comment

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Jack Toft  
Last year

High scoring game. I was kind of hoping for OT

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Anonymous  
Last year

Love the comments about the referees favouring Melbourne. Adelaide had 14 more free throws. I know that's not always an indicator of bias but Joey has certainly complained about lopsided free throw shooting. I thought the referees were ok tonight.

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Anonymous  
Last year

When Casper not playing McCarron should play the point, Melbourne looked good at end third with McCarron, Goulding, Moller, DJ and Boone. Imo Boone still much better than Pledger.

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Perthworld  
Last year

What a sheeeeeeeeeet final shot. Deserved an OT.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last year

PW, I'm starting to believe that you aren't even in the state

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Jack Toft  
Last year

One highlight was Deng. He did extremely well with 13 points off the bench. That's what we want to see

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JR  
Last year

I was hoping for OT as well. The best game of the season so far in my opinion

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Perthworld  
Last year

MF I'm working on it.

NBL app: "This app is not compatiable with your device." DAFUQ #shattered

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Perthworld  
Last year

Works on burner phone. #phew

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Anonymous  
Last year

what was the deal with Joey & Casper exchanging words after the game was over?

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JR  
Last year

Yeah was wondering about Joey and Casper.. did Joey say something during the game that upset Casper?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Some poor coaching by Joey in the last 2 minutes .... 3 or 4 terrible decisions made with combinations and time out to advance ball and knock 10 off the shot clock .

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KET  
Last year

Lopsided free throw shooting can be complained about if it is a result of inconsistent calling of particular types of fouls or soft calls going one way and not the other.

An aggressive fast paced transition offensive style is going to attract more fouls from the defence and more free throws.

When Adelaide plays its uptempo style and doesn't slow it down or commit charges, it’s highly likely and expected they’ll draw more fouls.

A team that gets the ball to the low post most of the time is likely to draw more fouls down there then a team who spends most of their time shooting threes.

Basic logic which appears beyond that of many lol

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Anonymous  
Last year

Joey mentioned Casper in the presser
https://twitter.com/NBL/status/1077886157667463173

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AyJay  
Last year

Sobey looked sullen and furious all the last quarter. Did something I missed get up his nose. Joey maybe?

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Anonymous  
Last year

If you'd read my post KET, I explained that a lopsided free throw count does not necessarily indicate bias. My comment related to the fact that joey has often complained about any disparity when Adelaide have been on the other side of it.

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Udog  
Last year

Vaughn Mayberry. Just fuck him off.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I've heard it all - Joey talking about being gracious!!!!!!!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Manu is a gronk.

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Anonymous  
Last year

There is no free throw issue. Adelaide simply shoots many more in the paint than United and they set more screens and shoot more 3's. The stats show this clearly. If those two stats are similar hen maybe you have a right to compain on behalf of United but in this case sorry, no case to be heard.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Jack Toft, the no charge circle only comes into consideration when the offensive player is airborne attempting to pass or shoot. DJ was not airborne hence it does not apply, normal contact principles do.

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Trev  
Last year

Joey Wright is a Flog

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Perthworld  
Last year

I see what you did there Trev.

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

Can't believe Joey had Doyle on in last 2 mins. Not up to the pressure at that time, and Moore passing the ball up the court was a brain fade. Moore again misses both free throws at the death. Would of put Adelaide up by 8 if he made them. Did the same against the Hawks.

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Tom  
Last year

36ers too good when it mattered.
Deliberate ploy of Moore(player of match for mine) attacking Goulding off the dribble repeatedly came up trumps.Johnson going to hoop also a factor.
Melbourne Goulding, Kennedy and McCarron could not back up Ware who was sensational in keeping them in it down stretch.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Boone averaging 23 min per game.

To compare, Bogut's avg is 30 min per game.
(These figures rely on nbl website and are rounded to whole minutes).

Is Boone still able to perform at the level that MU need in the finals.

Sad to ask, but is he now an avocado import?

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Has Deng regained form?

Will he maintain this into the finals (IFF Adelaide make it?) or is it just a flash in the pan?

If Deng maintains his scoring, is it enough to lift Adelaide to contender status?

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

Wiley has such explosive speed when he cuts to the basket. Was huge in getting Sixers level at start of last qtr.

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KET  
Last year

Adelaide are in a position where they need to go on a run if they want to make 4th spot. Third win in a row at the moment, Breakers twice at home and Illawarra away, realistically the next three matches are must wins if Adelaide want to give Brisbane, NZ or Hawks a real battle for position.

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Udog  
Last year

They could be fighting for 4th spot with Perth the way they are dropping games right now.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Adelaide were very impressive, Melbourne slowing down as season progresses, lots of changes left in season yet. Wiley to agile for Barlow, as good as Goulding is Moore took it to him and Sobey did good on McCarron.
Adelaide need to keep calm and stop whinging at every bad decision and there right in this.

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

Great move putting Conger on Ware, although gets wasted as soon as the Sixers switch leaving DJ on Ware, who's eyes light up as he draws him out to the perimeter. "Gee I wonder what will happen next" as Ware drives to basket and scores.

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year


Melb, Perth, Sydney are in great positions where they can drop a game or two. Adel, Bris, Hawks and NZ are all do or die games. Sixers need to take care of business agains NZ and Hawks to have any chance.

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Bear  
Last year

Just wanted to say that if the NBL are going to persist with the Boxing Day blockbuster, I am now going to have to get two tickets, one for the cricket and one for the basketball.

Happy to go to both and miss a couple of hours of watching the block-fest that the money hungry IPL has turned test cricket into for the action packed and high scoring entertainment offered by the NBL, every day of the week!

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

Melbourne definitely are going to want home court advantage if they are to make G/final series. The game against the Kings fell into their lap and now a loss to the Sixers. Travelling to Brisbane or Perth would be a tough ask. I think Sydney will take care of it in final quarters come finals time.

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rjd  
Last year

Enjoyable game to watch. Good to see Adelaide turning their game up a notch. Shame about Ware's heroball last play. I have always considered Ware to be overrated, but I'm probably biased in that assessment because I despise heroball players.

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Zodiac  
Last year

It was a shame that last Ware shot but without his heroics in that final quarter United would've been blown away. I say that too as someone who considers Ware a bit overrated and a bit of a chucker but after a poor start to the season he has been playing very well lately.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Melbourne's archilies hael will be Adelaide, probably got the rest field covered but the result faltered Melbourne. Adelaide athleticism and length trouble Melbourne especially when Boone in foul trouble. Wiley and Johnson will worry Pledger and Barlow, Adelaide also direct a lot offence at Goulding which is smart.

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paul  
Last year

Melbourne lost to Brisbane twice in a round, not sure they have them covered just yet.

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

I don't think United have the Kings covered. They might have beaten the Kings early in the season, and last game the Kings let the win slip. Kings ain't great at closing out games.

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