Jack Toft
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Breakers v Taipans Oct 31

Opening up round 5, the Halloween Special.

On Monday night Taipans bch slapped Melbourne at home, a quick dip in the reef water, and next minute they are in Auckland ready to do the same to the Breakers. The Breakers lost to Melbourne, in Melbourne last round, but showed no mercy to the Hawks last Thursday absolutely demolishing them by 31 points and creating some really awkward conversations in the Gong...

I like the Breakers at home and I reckon these games are a little more loosely reffed to create a free flowing game. No quite street ball, but you know it's a tough court. Talking of tough, Rob Loe is out with a fractured skull and in comes Deng Deng who should excite the crowd. Deng would be out to excite the crowd looking for something a little more permanent, something he can sink his teeth into.

Cairns are the big surprise this year and are punching above the weight. I'm thinking their free flowing play will suit the Auckland refs, however Cairns always seem to shoot themselves in the foot clutching defeat from the jaws of victory time and time again. Cairns can drop their gun and then bring a knife to a gun fight. Just when you think they are going to treat you, they trick you.

Breakers are good at home, but the disruption with Loe could hurt them. Having a short turnaround with Cairns will be hard, but hey, it's not uncommon to have a 2 or 3 day gap in a round. I was impressed that Cairns finished well against Melbourne, but just have a gut feeling that New Zealand might just squeeze the pressure a bit forcing turnovers at critical times. Plenty of reasons for both teams to win, but Cairns are unlikely to be spooked by the Breakers and might just get this one.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Key for the Breakers will be keeping Cairns off the glass and reducing good looks from deep. If they can do even 1 of those, they'll get home.

For Cairns, they’ll need to shut down at least 1 of Hopson or Webster, minimise transition points, and try get the Breakers bigs in foul trouble.

Loe confirmed only out for a month. Never thought I’d be worried to have him out of the squad, but the Breakers are much weaker without him as it’s clear Ater Major isn’t as good as some of us thought he may be.

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Mystro  
Last month

Loe is expected to be out x4 weeks.
Hopefully NZ can start stringing some wins together.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I hate these early Thursday (and Friday) night games in NZ. Most NZ home games should be Saturday/Sunday, otherwise it's pretty bad for a lot of Australian viewers.

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Rof  
Last month

Is -5.5 good? Or backing taipans +5.5? Jack can u give advice?

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George  
Last month

Rof.
I like Jacks reviews too.
If you read his last paragraph he's sitting on the fence. "Splinters" should be his name.
Breakers could win but maybe Cairns will win.
Have a guess. Good luck. I’m on Breakers

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Anonymous  
Last month

Block at one end is a foul at the other, Cairns getting screw early.

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AussiePride  
Last month

Nothing worse than hearing the court announcer trying to lead cheers such as "Defence" or "Let's go Breakers Let's go!"

#Cringeworthy

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Doug  
Last month

Yeah not sure if the New Zealand crowd understand that they need to take over that chant eventually. Love a clap just not a fan of the yelling part.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Djeric is so bad, surely there were better players in nbl1 than a Serbian div two player.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Knee injury on Hopson. Looked like he was in a lot of pain. Hopefully not out for the season.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Hopson? More like Hopsoff, amirite?

With a hyperextension like that there's a decent chance it's not too serious. Fingers crossed for him.

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Mystro  
Last month

Breakers up 11 at the half.
Fingers crossed NZ don't lose Hopson for the season.
NZ having some rough luck with injuries.

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AngusH  
Last month

Yeah, the Hopson injury didn't look too bad, but it's often those ones that end up the worst. Hopefully it's minor.

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Anonymous  
Last month

These refs man, LET THE PLAYERS PLAY

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Rof  
Last month

The ref is helping nzb so bad fck this

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Anonymous  
Last month

Great game, how can two nz commentators be better than three Australian. They are far better.

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AngusH  
Last month

Deng is a moron. Why would he throw that garbage up given the amount of time still left.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Cairns bench other than Jawai so bad, you can't win games with those guys certainly down the stretch when you got starters in foul trouble.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Taipans team is tough, but they lack depth.

Breakers need to sort out their foul trouble. Far too many freebies being given away unnecessarily. Otherwise, they're not too bad. If they can avoid dropping too many games while they deal with the injuries, they could be hard to stop at the backend of the season with a full squad and Hampton who seems to go strength-to-strength with each game.

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Mystro  
Last month

Sek Henry probably had his worst shooting performance in his career tonight.
Brandon Ashley with another solid performance but again with the foul issues.
Tommy V stepped up massively apart from the missed layup and a couple of 3's he should have passed up.
Abercrombie no longer playing passenger and contributing offensively is a massive positive so far.
Majok showed his worth when it was needed but picked up a couple of cheap offensive fouls.
Weeks was solid and Rausbatch wasn’t terrible off the bench.
Webster didn’t settle for jumpers or 3’s and got to the rack at will but his improvement defensively has been huge.
RJ Hampton ran the team well, picked his moments and defended. He won’t be hurting his draft stocks with a game like that.

Cairns showed a ton of fight after trailing double digits at half time and were in it till the end. NZ pretty lucky to walk away with the win. Perth aren’t going to be any easier on the weekend and if Hopson is out it’ll be a big ask against a well oiled machine while the Breakers are the walking wounded.

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PyroCross  
Last month

Was that the best Next Star performance to date? Very good shooting numbers and general play by Hampton - he provided the offensive spark that Hopson couldn't.

Breakers' depth won that one. Ashley's getting better with the fouls... didn't help he got two in quick succession in the third. Refs can't seem to deem a block a block.

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