Jack Toft
Earlier this year

Sydney v New Zealand Jan 11

New Zealand are on a roll at the moment. People say they have lost their heart when Mika Vukona left, but they have found it the last few games. They will need it tonight when they take on top of the table Sydeney.

Sydney are holding top spot with the slimmest of margins and NZ are making a charge towards 4th spot.

Tonight we will see who the best centre is in this league. The Bogie Man has defied his critics and stood tall amongst his peers, but the long arms of Shawn Long will be out to pinch his crown tonight. Long has shown he has got what it takes in this league and Andrew Bogut would be having a second helping of Weet-Bix this morning. Expect this tussle to define the outcome tonight.

The other tight tussle will be Randle v Ili. Both are as explosive as an angry ex-wife owed child payments and both can turn a game on its head. BUT, the X-factor tonight is David Wear. Wear has he been? In the games where Sydney have been woeful, he has gone missing, but when he has stepped up, Sydney have got across the line. Tai Wesley is the man who can change all of that.

This game is definitely worth skipping the gym and staying home. Don't be surprised if Bogut's colour are lowered by Long tonight. While initially I was thinking Sydney would have this one wrapped up, I'm leaning towards the Breakers by 3

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Jack, I noticed you hadn't posted a preview, so I wrote this. Pasted into your thread to keep it simple.

The NBL app lists this game at an oddly precise time, 7:43 pm precisely. I’ll try to follow this innovation with strangely precise predictions, which may suit your predilections.

The Sydney Kings remain at home, taking a quick day trip from their Harbourside domiciles to play at Qudos stadium. After a relaxing rivercat ride up the Parramatta River, Sydney players will be ready to roll at 7:43 AEDT. (remember, precision is key here). Or 9:43 in NZ. Kevin Lisch will remain at Mossman Bay, however. Not content with shooting 3s from the carpark, he’ll be bombing them from Sydney Harbour, shooting at a neat 42.85% from past downtown.

The New Zealand Breakers will arrive from a long flight across the ditch, and will be flat after downing too many complimentary L&Ps. The Grown Man will have a field day against the 1.5s of Sydney. Added together they’re still not a legitimate 4.

Bogut will score a quadruple double (points, rebounds, assists and correctly called plays in time outs). Long will try to play the long game at the offensive end, with Bogut sagging off to protect both the rim and his team’s defensive deficiencies in the 4 spot.

Bowen to score 8 points, half from massive dunks on drives, plus an alley oop dunk.

Randle to score between 18 and 21 points in the first 3 quarters, with 9 assists. A higher than usual assist number for a Randle, but remember it’ll be impossible for Lisch to gain assists from another postcode. Lisch can nail stationary targets (the ring) with his laser guided shots, but not moving cutters and leaders. If Randle goes hero ball in the 4th and the rest of the offence stagnates, the Lisch will be able to hit a few assists from back there.

The X factor in this game might just be Adnam. He’s cut his hair this season, and Olympic Park is a long way from the surf. Tonight Adnam goes off and scores between 12 and 20 points.

Sydney by 3. New Zealand to detour via the Gold Coast on the way home to catch up with all their cuzzies.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

The oddly specific tipoff times make me uncomfortable

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Jack Toft  
Earlier this year

no worries

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Jumpshot  
Earlier this year

All this talk about Bogut being the best centre.....

A battle of the best Centres in the league, must include Angus Beef, who easily outplayed Pork Chop in their last encounter. Pork Chop looked rattled after falling on his glued elbow and was no match at any stage of the game.

Also Daniel Johnson with his ability to stretch out to the 3PG, and made Bogut look very ordinary.

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mystro  
Earlier this year

Auckland to Sydney is not a long flight, heck my drive to work is probably longer.
NZ need to pound the ball inside as much as possible and try and get Bogut in foul trouble.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

mystro

"Auckland to Sydney is not a long flight, heck my drive to work is probably longer." Yeah, but have you tried to drink L&P? Imagine doing that for 3- 3 1/2 hours.

I stand by my predictions, especially Bogut's quadruple double.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

So apparently NZ had to fly to Sydney this morning because they're flight from yesterday had been delayed. Surely to impact the game you'd think.

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Jack Toft  
Earlier this year

Could have some effect. It's only a short flight, but no sleep means a bit of jet lag

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Would also depend if they had to stay at the airport till their flight left or they had to leave and come back...

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Thunder Jam  
Earlier this year

Jumpy - DJ was great last night wasn't he?
He's 5 grades below Bogut,and you know it!

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Senator11

First Conklin doesn't get enough elbow room.
Now NZ may have had to kip down at an airport (actually I can’t remember how conveniently located Auckland airport is).
Next thing we’ll hear that Sydney have to catch the cityrail to Wollongong.

On a serious note, the plane issue might have a sizeable impact. Travel routines are important in pro sport.

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Cats for life  
Earlier this year

Score more than 80pts and the Kings are finished. Those leg's will be like jelly in a 5 game series.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

DJ only 5 more like 10 imo

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Long has been shooting the three ball well. If he stays out of foul trouble, he could expose Bogut. If Bogut gets into foul trouble then the Kings are in trouble.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

"If Bogut gets into foul trouble then the Kings are in trouble."

Evens out cos if he's on the bench he will be full time coaching whilst Gaze sits on the end of the bench watching old footage with Copeland.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Which team can better cover reduced minutes of their starting centre?

Depending on tactics, that could determine the game.

I still stand by my prediction of a Bogut quadruple double though.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Senator11: Gold.

You earn every single one of your miles in the RAAF business jets.

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Senator11  
Earlier this year

Thanks UTH, I'm on the NZ train so I can cash out my bet on the Kiwis to win the title, another win here will drop their odds more...but Gaze is still trash.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Betting on sport, Senator.

You should be Minister for Sport. Or the new Kes Patterson.

Wear scored 4 so far, but Bogut's lookin* good for the quadruple double.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Les Patterson

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DIONE69  
Earlier this year

nbl defenses are horrible

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

David Wear 3/3... beast mode.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Wesley and esp Long too strong inside for Sydney secondary "bigs".

Perhaps Bogut should use Pineau, Wear & Kickert as 9-15 fouls to give against NZ.

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Tyrell  
Earlier this year

Shea Illi and David Wear trying to outdo each other with terrible moves (Ili the pass and Wear the missed layup)!

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DIONE69  
Earlier this year

nbl games are basically nba g league games , without quality players and with less defense

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Dione69

Don't watch then.

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easy  
Earlier this year

Agree with dione. Even deutsch bbl looks much stronger than this comedy

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

yeah totally. I hate all the fouls and also the way the refs make sure Perth wins every game and also all the blowouts and also no one plays defence

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Kings hugely improved against the zone. Really finding seams off the ball

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DIONE69  
Earlier this year

if this game was played according to nba clock
it would be like a 164-158 game

yeah what a great show.

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Hogwash  
Earlier this year

Dione 69 did you see today's spurs v thunder game.
It was fucken brilliant.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Did they leave him on the bench so Long he lost his game rhythm???

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yogut too slow.

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Tyrell  
Earlier this year

We're down by 13 so on come Ili and Webster to ensure the margin blows out even more- keep Richard and Weeks out there!!!

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Very Old  
Earlier this year

6 minutes to go in the third, Bogut on three, loudly implores Gase to leave him on, not a single player on the court for NZ identifies the situation, thats why you have coaches, very very frustrating. Gifted the Kings the win IMHO.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Three games in a row now that Lisch has scored a team-high. He's the championship X-Factor. If he scores well in big games they win the championship I think

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Tyrell  
Earlier this year

'Very Old'- such a frustrating season! So much talent, so little heart from some- don’t really know what to think about this team.

Looking forward, and without knowledge of contracts and options, I’d say:

KEEP
Long
Wesley
Delany
Weeks
Ngatai
Abercrombie
Richard

LET GO
Webster
Ili
Moore
Majok (Not sure what his role is!)




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Violet Crumble  
Earlier this year

The Once-In-A-Blue-Moon Wear Game!

Despite Long having a decent game, I think the Kings do well against them because Bogut can sag back into the paint (and Long oblidged with bricking 3-pointers). They struggle much more against teams with bigs who can stretch the floor (like Adelaide and Melbourne).

Much improved against the zone as well, and when Randle, Lisch, and Wear all fire (with a timely appearance from Bowen), they are tough to beat.

Abercrombie sure has been passive and disappointing this season, and Webster happy to shoot you out of the game. Glad to see Weekes step up. Should be in line for more minutes, as the remainder of NZ's backcourt is either lacklustre or very up-and-down.

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

Not sure NZ should've ever dropped the zone. The 3-2 especially, I thought the King's did a real poor job attacking that. Happy to get the win, and a huge 4th from Bowen... Although maybe a bit more finesse on the dunks...

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MACDUB  
Earlier this year

I'm not sure why (a) Ngatai hardly gets court time/doesn't play at all and (b) Delany gets very limited minutes.

Delany has shown he can not only play (I recall he had a massive scoring game earlier in the year), but also excel at this level. Ngatai can play too.

I've been calling for Abercrombie's, Websters and Moore's minutes to go to Delany and Ngatai since early in the season, but unfortunately its that old-age mentality that veterans and imports get FROR on the minutes basically (even if they're not up for it)

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Tyrell  
Earlier this year

Agreed @MACDUB

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

In the off-season, Ngatai was one of my frontrunners for MIP tbh.

Webster is like Conger at the Hawks last season. Needs the ball in his hands to take self-created jumpers. What Conger does better, however, is take high-percentage looks and get to different parts of the floor with his dribble. The only way to play him imo is having him run off picks so he can look to turn the corner or shoot wing jumpers. He kills team momentum with his ball dominance. In terms of salary in relation to the way he should play to best impact the team, he is a gross overpay (from what I've heard), but if the Breakers want to be more successful they need to change his role. He's an inefficient volume shooter.

Ili has proven himself to be inconsistent, and frankly he is entering his prime so cannot be trusted with the starting PG spot.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Not sure why people want to keep Richard

Ili is one of nzs most promising players. Webster and abercrombie some of our best players. Tyrell. Any gm worth their salts would keep these guys but try to understand why we.didnt get the best out of them.

My theory is we recruited imports wrong. Long is obviously good. But Richard and Moore are the same as ngatai and delany.

And despite what everyone says our overall production at the point is not the problem.

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Duke Fan  
Earlier this year

"The Once-In-A-Blue-Moon Wear Game!"


He's won more games for them than Steve Blake did

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