Jack Toft
Last month

Cairns v Melbourne Oct 18

If it's Monday night then it must be game night in Cairns.

Melbourne finally got to crack open a champagne earlier in the round after squeezing past a spirited Kiwi outfit. All Blacks are out of the world cup, Breakers lose, could there be a worst week for our cousins? Melbourne got jumped by the green machine in round 1 and then had back to back losses to Perth. At least the win has been a relief.

Cairns were a little slow to start but a MASSIVE win over Perth is something that United are yet to achieve this season. Will that game be their "Grand Final"? or will Cairns use it as a sign of things to come.

Melbourne should be hots on favourite for this. Star studded players, coaches, hey even the water boy could make the cut at other clubs. Cairns have some stars too. Machado will give Trimble a little bit of trouble and Oliver has not disgraced himself. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Majok Deng is the X factor and if the beast turns up tonight, Cairns will get this one.

But United have their own X factor. He's got the face of a brooding teenager that's had his porn stash confiscated by dad for "further investigation", he is THE rooster when it comes to pulling fouls, and he has the wrist action that is needed beyond the arc. During the week he is a mild mannered Melbournian sipping decaf organic soy lattes out of his own cup from his favourite cafe in Brunswick and making sure he recycles his plastics to the Greta Thunberg standard, but come game night he is CG43...

I don't think Cairns will disgrace themselves tonight, but I just have the feeling that when Melbourne are down and need points, there will be some Taipan who with give CG43 a feather touch as he is shooting 3 and he will get the +1.

My score predictor says there is nothing in this and should be a +90 each game. Let's go for the home team shall we?

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Lovebroker  
Last month

I think United will get this, such games they really can't afford to lose given their 0-3 start.

I assume Pledger is still out which is a nice plus for Cairns as Nate often has problems with Pledger's size, if Long get's in foul trouble this leaves Smith-Milner *gulp*.

Cairns' trio of Machado, Oliver and Newbill is one of the league's best import trios. It's just that the rest of the team let's them down.

Before the SEM game yesterday United boasted the top 3 scorers in the league, 20+ each, now they are 1st, 2nd and 4th with Roberson 3rd. That is an insane amount of firepower with McCarron, Barlow there as well, then there is a guy called Prather to play too.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Pledger is back

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Anonymous  
Last month

Hahahahahaah soy latte. Loving the fresh material!

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cosby  
Last month

Cairns should be too strong at home.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Melbourne should be too strong on the road.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I'd love to see Cairns win this but say Melbourne will do it easy.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Melbourne by 8

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Hawkhead  
Last month

I like Cam Luke but I can't handle another night of him calling Jawai "jay-why".

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Anonymous  
Last month

Djeric nearly misses the backboard, then steps out the way on defence. Lol. Cam
Luke is nauseating.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Jawai is done.
Massive waste of salary cap for a guy just taking the piss now. The league needs cairns to fire and a lot of their hopes are pinned on the hometown guy for romantic reasons. He looks like he couldn't care less if they win or lose.

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AngusH  
Last month

Majok Deng sagging off knock down shooters left and right and hasn't paid the price yet.

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James Harvey fan  
Last month

Jarrod Kenny ejected for that haircut

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AussiePride  
Last month

^^^ Yes, the haircut is definitely worth 2 tech fouls per game minimum!

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AussiePride  
Last month

^^^ Yes, the haircut is definitely worth 2 tech fouls per game minimum!

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AngusH  
Last month

Yeah, someone in Kenny's life needs to organise an intervention.

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AngusH  
Last month

Jawai is limited, but he's a load when he gets it down low. More good than bad from him tonight, I think people are being overly critical.

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Flop Warning  
Last month

Cairns are taking the mullet ejection personally.

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AngusH  
Last month

Oliver has to be one of the most fun dudes to watch this season.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Melbourne struggling again...

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AngusH  
Last month

Melbourne playing much too casual, especially Melo.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Melbourne United - what a cash burn.

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AngusH  
Last month

Ok Djeric, time to go back to the bench.

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Perthworld  
Last month

So I see Utd were up by 13pts at one stage and traded at $1.01 for the win? This is gold.

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AngusH  
Last month

"defensive breakdown by Majok Deng"

No kidding, he finally pays for it.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vickerman is Kelly's bunny.

Melbourne most expensive team in history at 1-4. Prather will have to be god. You can have the three best scorers in the league but if you don’t play D you don’t win. Cairns imports are excellent, Jawai, Deng, Noi making a good six, get a few a minutes out rest bench and they could be ok, certainly no spoon.

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AngusH  
Last month

Melo looking like who we thought he was last year - high usage, low efficiency

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Anonymous  
Last month

Anyone know what the crowd figure is? Looked decent which would be great for Cairns

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Perthworld  
Last month

3,920.

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Flop Warning  
Last month

Homicide is gonna be maaaad.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Melo looking like who we thought he was last year - high usage, low efficiency

Plus can't defend anyone. Casper has left a huge whole, Melbourne defence is disjointed and all they want to do is score.

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LV  
Last month

Oliver's dunk early in Q4 was a play that illustrates why United had no business being the short priced pre season favorite.

Long's athletic and blocks shots but his D was woeful. Boone would've contested that every time.

Lots of work to do.

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Troppo  
Last month

Great win by the Taipans
Hope the NBL fines the Melbourne coach for kicking the chair .
Really poor form and did nothing to motivate his team .

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Anonymous  
Last month

Need to increase the import limit so United can keep neglecting doing their own research and just approach and poach more imports from other clubs

.maybe they get get a whole starting five.

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Anonymous  
Last month

You wonder if Prather was underplaying his injury he carried last season, perhaps more stringent medicals. In hind sight they should of put him on injury waver and get a fill in.

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Anonymous  
Last month

About 3920 in attendance tonight approximately.

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Zodiac  
Last month

United were stupid enough to give Prather a 2 year deal too.

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Anonymous  
Last month

They have got a fill in, Stith his name. They just don't play him. Prather hasn’t played in over 12 months.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Imagine Machado on United

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Perthworld  
Last month

He'll be there next season after they throw money at him.

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Anonymous  
Last month

The dunk Oliver had was very similar to one Hopson had. Melo and Long aren't impressive at all defensively and it'll be interesting to see if Melbourne can get them to improve.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Great to see United lose!!

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paul  
Last month

"You wonder if Prather was underplaying his injury he carried last season, perhaps more stringent medicals. In hind sight they should of put him on injury waver and get a fill in."

No, Melbourne knew there was a chance he'd need a clean up at some stage, and it came reasonably early in the season. Prather started running last week, so could be back in the next week or two. In hindsight, they may have got themselves a better replacement given the number of games he's missing.

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Tiger  
Last month

Cant believe Vickerman kicked the chair into the crowd and hit a spectator in the face. Keen to see what happens to him. Imagine if the spectator had come back at him.

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Anonymous  
Last month

^
You surprized?
He's an A grade grub.

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Ben  
Last month

Cam Luke was not great on commentary.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Why did United spend there time at summer league scouting, they went and got players who they new of already. Trimble ahead of Machado, you got to be Kidd me.

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AngusH  
Last month

They approached the offseason like it was a game of 2K, just sign the guys with the highest OVR ratings.

To be fair, I expect them to turn it around and end up in the top 4, but I don't think the signings were great basketball decisions as Long/Trimble's skillsets all overlap with the guys they already have. I'm not sure a healthy Prather is necessarily the perfect fit next to them either, although a good individual defender.

There is too much talent for them not to win games though, they will peel off 4-5 wins in a row at some stage.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Cam Luke is awful. Another one of the massive commentary fails this season. But then, the league clearly doesn't give a crap about what good commentary is, so we're stuck with Luke and the rest of these hopeless callers like Dwayne Russell.

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Troppo  
Last month

The chair that Vickerman kicked didn't hit anyone in the face although that was more by luck than aim . He did apologise but did not look me in the eye when he said it . I do not know of any other sport where a coach can kick a chair into the stands with impunity . Had I done something similar I would never be able to attend a Taipans game again .
Really glad the Taipans got the win .

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Anonymous  
Last month

anyone got a link to footage of him kicking the chair? or can tell me what point in the game it was

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Anonymous  
Last month

Troppo, how many rows back do you sit?

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Troppo  
Last month

Front row right behind the coach

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Anonymous  
Last month

If this was any other coach in the league, this would be all over social media.

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Anonymous  
Last month

The chair kicking happened right at the beginning when Dean found out Cam Luke was commentating the game.

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Troppo  
Last month

Happened half way through the third quarter .

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Hoopie  
Last month

It's an old trick used by coaches to get a tech foul, which then is meant to lift the players. They’ve done it in the US for years.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Um no. It is not an "old trick" to kick a chair into the fans.

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hoopie  
Last month

True - not into the fans. There are other things you can do with the fans ;-)

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Ben  
Last month

"The chair kicking happened right at the beginning when Dean found out Cam Luke was commentating the game."

Hah!

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Anonymous  
Last month

So what will LK do about the team that he owns and the Head Coach?
Nothing I would imagine.

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