Jack Toft
Last month

Illawarra v New Zealand Jan 18

Last time they met, New Zealand were all over Illawarra at Hamilton like a Gilette razor on a soy-boy's face. I would have said a feminist's armpit, but I don't think razors go there.

Long was in full beast mode and single handedly tore the Hawks apart.

Although both these teams are holding hands with Cairns in the bottom half of the table, both teams are kinda still in the hunt. Sure, they have to win essentially all their remaining games, and hope results go their way, but the chances of that are about as great as a white knight getting out of the friend-zone.

Back to the game at hand. Illawarra do play well at home, but there is something about this Hawks teams that is missing. When Bevo was standing over his witch's cauldron pre-season preparing his brew, the assistant coaches stirring the cauldron anti-clockwise for the best result, it is almost like he forgot to add the pinch of newt. New Zealand have been inconsistent IMHO and dropped games they should have won and won games they shouldn't have. Their run and gun game has been hit and miss this season.

It's been a crazy second half of the season, but when it comes down to it, while the Breakers will do their best to out-shoot and out-run the Hawks, the Hawks at home just seem to squeeze the lemon in games they need too to make games competitive.

New Zealand by 3 in a low scoring slugfest.

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LV  
Last month

New Zealand's run home means that a win tonight would leave them well and truly in the hunt for a top 4 spot.

5 games (including tonight) vs Cairns and Illawarra- two teams that NZ have beaten by double digits in every meeting so far this season.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last month

Load up on NZ

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Senator11  
Last month

NZ to get the double this weekend and make things even more interesting.

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Hogwash  
Last month

NZ to win and make playoff race more intriguing.

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

Set up to be a great contest. Both teams should be up. Both teams need to win, both for the ladder points and momentum. Even the bitterest of the avocado imports has to step up and contribute, because finals are on the line.

Gotta say, it's too hard to pick.

X Factor for Illawarra= Naar and Grida, because the young guns could win this one.
X factor for NZ= Ili and Delaney, same reason.

OR

X factor for Illawarra= Andersen and Jackson, because veteran compose could win this one
X factor for NZ= Wesley and Abercrombie, same reason.

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mystro  
Last month

Shaun Long to have his way, NZ by 9.





They'll probably lose by 20 now haha

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

On second thoughts...

A good game by Shaun would go a Long way towards an NZ win.

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Air Delay  
Last month

I'm feeling good because whenever everyone feels confident that NZ should win, they drop their bundle & underperform.

So this one has that same smell!

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Jack Toft  
Last month

Grida and Delaney are the X factors for either side

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

Jack

Perhaps each could be the X factor for the other team.

Both young. Learning. Gotta expect some mistakes.

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Kings4life  
Last month

NZ 10

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DIONE69  
Last month

always scares me the amount of 3's taken in nbl games

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DIONE69  
Last month

do nbl teams play defense? just askin

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AngusH  
Last month

Puzzling how Shea still gets so many minutes each game.

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Tom  
Last month

Controlling the game on the back of Weeks blitz. Illawara won't go away, still hanging around.... Anyones game at half.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last month

Illy to take this one over after half-time

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DIONE69  
Last month

Is the nbl the fastest paced league of the world? never seen that

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Perthworld  
Last month

Probably, it's not very structured. Especially compared to Euroball.

Which league is your main one? Bundesliga?

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DIONE69  
Last month

Yeah euroleague mainly, so you can understand why I'm quite in shock when 10 shoots are taken per minute.

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AussiePride  
Last month

Commentators "Kevin White pass first but can shoot the 3"

No he can't. He is one of the worst 3 point shooters in the league and has been for many years. Mr 17% should not be shooting the ball!!!

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AngusH  
Last month

Coenraad really feels like he should be playing roughly 2x as many minutes as he does.

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MACDUB  
Last month

Delaney could be the next superstar of this league IMO.

Just needs the minutes he deserves. You never see him have a bad cameo. His PER/40MPG must be insane.

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AngusH  
Last month

Agree on Delaney. Rare Abercrombie positive contribution tonight, because otherwise I think this shoudl have been the year Finn stole his starting role.

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AngusH  
Last month

WTF was that from Tai. Iso pull up 3? Breakers closing this out like they'd rather some extra vacation time at the end of the season rather than sneak into the top 4.

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AngusH  
Last month

Nice assist from Conk to yank Naar's jersey back and make sure he fell off his feet on the charge. :D

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DIONE69  
Last month

brutal

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DIONE69  
Last month

from a 12 pts deficit to a 11 points advantage.
In a single quarter.

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Anonymous  
Last month

bevo, what a coach. What a game.

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Anonymous  
Last month

30-6 run by the Hawks. wtf breakers...

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AngusH  
Last month

Bevo does a great job of reading when it's time to re-insert the starters, even when his bench is doing well.

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Anonymous  
Last month

how was the Long stare down on the ref

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J  
Last month

What happened here? Nz couldn't let their old arch enemy be the onky team to choke away big leads...

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Jack Toft  
Last month

C'mon Breakers C'mom

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Anonymous  
Last month

Choke

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Very Old  
Last month

I wish I lived in the Gong. It looks like fun. Better than adelaide, less feral than perth, and more like the 80's :) .... yes I'm old

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Splinky  
Last month

What has happened to Corey Webster? Wildcats dodged a bullet missing out on him.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Not starting weeks at the beginning of the second was odd. Spent 5 mins on the bench. Didn't lose them the game i guess

What happened in the 4th? No heart. No leadership

Still.think the balance of this team is stuffed. He needs to decide is it Richard or is it Webster.

Poor games from long and wesley. But no depth at the 4 or 5. Means no options and that they can only play zone.

Meanwhile the logjam at 2 and 3 and no one gets on a roll

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Anonymous  
Last month

I agree

As a breakers fan you have to love the Hawks.

What a classy fun lot. Looked great fun

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Manu Fieldel  
Last month

That's the kind of win that brings a tear to the eye.

Steel city, low budget, working their fucking asses off and getting rewarded for it. Crowd so into it, seem to be gathering momentum locally. It is becoming a team you wouldn't want to play no matter who you are. Too good. So hype

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Hogwash  
Last month

NZ taking lessons from Perth on how to choke a double figure lead.

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jimjimthedogboy  
Last month

Really entertaining game, and attractive styles of basketball from both teams.

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Manu Fieldel  
Last month

Not a good sign for Breakers if they shoot that well from deep and still lose.

Haven't seen a team pick apart a zone so well all season. Some of that ball movement was perfection. Only eight turnovers too

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Manu Fieldel  
Last month

Also glad to see that Ced sat for the remainder of the game after chucking a wobbly midway through the third.

That move likely was the difference between winning and losing

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Udog  
Last month

Jackson sulks a lot. He's been pretty useless for ages too.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Webster is the Dion Waiters of the NBL. Needs the ball in his hands constantly, can't play off ball or feature in a passing offence.

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Big Ads  
Last month

Does Adelaide's signing of Shaun Bruce keep Cedric employed for 1 more month. Is this Naar's team already?

Hawks, like the Sixers the night before, were fun to watch.

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Anonymous  
Last month

In hindsight would've cut Cedric for kendle

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paul  
Last month

Funnily enough, Cedric had 6 assists, 0 turnovers and was Illawarra's leading +/- guy at 3/4 time, he had played well.

But Beveridge was spot on in punishing that outburst, he should have done that earlier in the season. There have been reasons for leeway, but that leeway shouldn't have been extended into game time for mine, could have fixed the issue much quicker.

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Zodiac  
Last month

They should've cut Ced early it was obvious throughout the preseason games that he was done. I can't see him getting another opportunity in the NBL after this season.

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Three to make Two  
Last month

Does cheap-suit Armani get cited for the elbow in Grida?

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