Perth's defence has started to gel, and if that trend continues then SEM will find it hard going.
Based on the looks SEM was getting, they should've been in front by 8-10 early in the first. Perth did nothing to them defensively early, they just couldn't throw it in the ocean.
Pineau will either foul-out early or spend most of time on the bench.
Pineau played over 20 minutes and committed one foul.
Hunt & Majok have struggled against genuine size, but unless Benson suddenly sparks a massive form reversal, SEM have nobody to challenge Perth.
Hunt & Majok played more or less as they have all season.
The match=ups will be interesting, as will be SEM's starting line-up...
IMHO they need to start Benson, with Pinenuts at the and Creek at the 3. That will not only give them the best chance of containing Kay & Hunt, but also allow Creek his best opportunity. If they go with Stephens instead, then they're going to struggle.
SEM dominated the first five minutes of the game, they just weren't able to put it on the scoreboard.
The Phoenix shot 26% from three. I highly doubt that happens again all season. Perth shot 45%. Same applies.
Now yes, some of that is due to the defence each team was playing, but SEM wouldn't have had the chance to lose White on the weakside in D trans if they were able to score the ball, and their early looks were excellent. Once they were in a hole it started affecting the way they were playing and Perth were able to turn the screws, but play that opening first five minutes over again and nine times out of ten I'd say Phoenix have a decent lead, which would've changed the game completely.