Jack Toft
Last year

ILL v CNE Nov 25

Cairns would be cock 'o hoop after demolishing the Cats on Saturday. Will they have the legs to knock off the well rested Hawks, or can the Hawks swoop on the opportunity, get the W, and then jump the Breakers to get off the bottom of the table?

The Hawks season has stumbled from disaster to disaster, but if there's one thing that Cairns does well is lose crucial games when they need to. I guess if you are going to shoot yourself in the foot, you might as well do it with a 12 gauge. This is one such game that Cairns needs to win if they want to be in the mix for Spot4.

Hawks can steal this one if they want to and the risk to Cairns is that the post Cats celebrations will take their toll. A win for the Snakes will see them end the round on 5 & 6, equal with the 36ers and the 18ers on a win/loss record, but will see the order go Cairns, Adelaide, Brisbane and let them really put pressure on the 4th spot. R9 sees them host the unstoppable United, and then in R10 they host the Broken Breakers before heading to the City of Sin. They should get 1 W, but could almost get an upset W in there a well.

The battle of the guards will be pretty impressive and the Hawks will bomb it from outside the arc. Hawks at home are always tough, but Cairns will run and gun like there's a crocodile on the court. I'm tipping a narrow Cairns win with a strong last quarter by the Hawks to make this game get down to the last possession. Cairns to get the W 89 to 88.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Ever the optimist Mr Toft.

I can't see Illawarra having any more close games, let alone last possession losses, but anything can happen this season so we’re probably both wrong.

In the spirit of unexpectedness, Illawarra to account for Cairns, then go on a massive streak culminating in sweeping the gf series.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Already muted the game. Homocide is too f****** annoying

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AussiePride  
Last year

Homicide jumped the shark at round 3 last year. Time to move on!

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Camel 31  
Last year

Sobey gotta triple double here (adelaide) and before that Julius Hodge.
So, I don't think a triple double happens much in NBL.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Ball is amazing for an 18 year old

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Ware2Bogut  
Last year

Wow melo ball is a special talent. Reminds me of a taller rubio with his playmaking ability.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Ball's draft stock going up after this game. Looking like #1 pick.

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AngusH  
Last year

Yeah, hell of a half from Melo. Didn't expect much from this matchup but it's been fun so far.

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Jack Toft  
Last year

What an amazing first half!

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Anonymous  
Last year

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=recency+bias

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Anonymous  
Last year

Enjoyable game, defence not real good but enjoyable. Ball will be top five so much talent.. hoping he gets triple double and the win.

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Ben  
Last year

Cairns would be so much better if they had Wigness instead of Kenny.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Not having Melo and Machados assist numbers on that stat graphic was just amateur

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Anonymous  
Last year

Good call, 772.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Illawarra play the starters at start third quarter

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Zodiac  
Last year

A bit surprised Oscar Forman still lives in the Gong.

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Zodiac  
Last year

LaMelo Ball gets a triple double youngest player in NBL history to do it age 18 years & 3 months.

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AngusH  
Last year

Wish I'd put money on Cairns at half time. Always felt like the Hawks would struggle once their shooting % dropped.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hey guys, did y'all realise Lamelo Ball is 18 years old? If not, the commentary team will remind you of this, every 2 minutes.

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Zodiac  
Last year

Can't believe the Hawks are gonna lose this.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Zodiac, I can. Hawks are terrible.

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Zodiac  
Last year

Machado has been really impressive really liking the way Cairns are playing this season.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Refs are doing all they can to get the LaMellobulls the win

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Anonymous  
Last year

What happened to Wigness playing for Brisbane?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Big. Shot.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Oh my. Great game

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Anonymous  
Last year

Corey Williams, absolutely, without doubt, has to go.

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Zodiac  
Last year

Have to give him credit Ball has got a massive pair on him.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Put Machado on Melbourne they'd be better than Sydney

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Zodiac  
Last year

Overtime

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Homicidelover  
Last year

Ball is incredible!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Melbourne better than Sydney already.

OT, great game for world coverage.

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AngusH  
Last year

Most entertaining game of the round.

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Anonymous  
Last year

What's gotten into Cam Oliver????

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Homicidelover  
Last year

Grown man move that three!!!!!

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Homicidelover  
Last year

Is Cam Oliver the worst import in the league?

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AngusH  
Last year

Hope the SBS feed doesn't die

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Homicidelover  
Last year

Ball is good but not as good as that blond kid at the Lakers the other day

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Anonymous  
Last year

fucken clowns

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AngusH  
Last year

Melo Ball, jeezus. Happy to admit I was completely wrong about this kid before the season started.

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Ben  
Last year

Just when you though AJ had a brian cell ...

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AngusH  
Last year

Classic AJ moment

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Homicidelover  
Last year

Ogilivy is such a dick

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AussiePride  
Last year

Career game for Coenraad overshadowed there!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Great game by Melo. I didn't like bis inclusion at the start of the season, saw it as a side show type thing. Happy to admit I was wrong, his dumbass father hasn't been anywhere near him, and this is a great sign he has improved. Was great down the stretch for the Hawks.

Played 40 minutes too, I wish more teams would play less fringe players, and use their stars for much bigger minutes. Adelaide are one of the worst at this, sub after sub, lets the main core play 30+!

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Homicidelover  
Last year

The guy is no gag like I thought he'd be......amazing player....enjoy him while he is here whenever he visits your city. I'll see him when he plays in Brisbane.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Brain fade by Ogilvy but he was very very good at both ends. Dech, Blanchfield, Coenraad good also. Ball superstar. Good contributions from Anderson and Boone.

Fantastic game. LK is on a winner with the league.

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Ben  
Last year

"Not having Melo and Machados assist numbers on that stat graphic was just amateur"

Glad I'm not the only one who thought the same thing. Like seriously, steals instead? Ugh.

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Hoopie  
Last year

Great game - on mute. Homicide = automatic mute, no matter who he has with him.

It also made it easier to wander off and do things during the ad breaks and panel and sideline stuff. Did I miss anything?

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Rof  
Last year

Comeback of cairns to choke on OT classic.

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Jack Toft  
Last year

FARQ!
I was expecting a close one with Cairns to just sneak home on the final play, which they could have!

Well done to Ball

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Perthworld  
Last year

Who was guarding him?

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Ben  
Last year

Seemed like a mish mash of people on Melo with the way Cairns was running their d. Newbill had him a bit though.

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XztatiK  
Last year

Now the challenge for the Hawks is to beat someone other than Cairns.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Illawarra win.

Now for them to go on a charge and sweep the gf series.

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