Jack Toft
Last year

Kings v Phoenix Dec 23

Last chance to be good before Santa comes. Time to pile up the prawns.

The top of the table Kings are doing everything to give the Cats the top spot, but it's a poisoned chalice no-one wants. Kings gift Bullets a sympathy win on Saturday opening up an opportunity for the Cats, and then the Cats handball that hot potato back to the Kings with a United win.

SEM have an opportunity to leap frog both the Sixers and Snakes with a win today and snatch back a top 4 spot. The new boys of the competition have had a great season so far but have slumped over the last month or so. Creek has been outstanding in form demanding a first five spot with perhaps an MVP cherry on that cream come season's end. He is the key to their success and when lanes to the basket open up, he is unstoppable. To paraphrase the great and cunning linguist Corey Williams "you just gotta give Mitch Creek that nugget"

Sydney at home are 6 and 1 for a reason. SEM 2 and 4 on the road. For SEM to get this, they need their bench to lift. Yes, the starters play more than other starters, but when they are on the bench, the benchies need to be scoring and not just holding the score in a static manner. For the Kings to get this one at home, my kiss of death goes to Shaun Bruce. The Kings have some talent, but I think Shaun Bruce is the silent barometer. Whenever he is shooting well and playing good D, the Kings get up. Just watch and observe the silent heart at work.

Kings by 2

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AngusH  
Last year

Who knows this year, seriously. Kings by 10 or SEM by 7, flip a coin. Ware-Roberson should be fun.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Is Moller back?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Good question. If he is then expect the Kings to stomp the Phoenix by 20. If not then Phoenix by 10-15.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I don't think Moller is back till mid January, it’s his ability to guard the pick and roll that has been missed the most. Even with out him kings should win this by a reasonable score or they are pretenders. Lisch would would be good for the kings as well.

Kings by 12 minimum.

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Bert  
Last year

It won't matter if Moller is playing expect Sydney to win by 10+

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Bert  
Last year

* not playing

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Anonymous  
Last year

according to Dwayne this is a packed house

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Perthworld  
Last year

As I read your post the camera angle went wide to reveal a massive purple curtain.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sydney is being kissed by the refs so bad. It's disgusting

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Anonymous  
Last year

I'm losing interest in the nbl the last few weeks the refs need to let them play.physical players like Wesley can’t seem to play this game anymore the refs just over officiate

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Anonymous  
Last year

It's getting worse lol. Casper flopped a ripper then

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Up Stith Creek  
Last year

Madgen vs Ware = Flop watch...

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Perthworld  
Last year

What has happened to the defence in this league. Every team is an open sieve.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Players are too afraid to defend due to the refs falling for every soft foul that continually gets called.

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Perthworld  
Last year

That makes perfect sense actually.

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Anonymous  
Last year

How on Earth did Lemanis pick Cooks over Creek. That's horrendously bad

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Anonymous  
Last year

This was months ago before the season began.
Creeks had his best season yet and is no doubt ahead of Cooks atm.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Lemanis has been dealt with accordingly based on his decisions for that World Cup.

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Anonymous  
Last year

The NBL is going to destroy all the good work it has done in the last 2 years if it doesn't sort out the disgraceful and in acceptable level of refereeing. Everything has improved in the league but the referee standard has gone backwards. Losing interest because of the rubbish dished up and its getting worse by the week. Please NBL wake up!!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Surely Benson has to go. I love Pineau's heart and energy but a dominant big would take Phoenix to the next level. They’ve lost so many games by single figures and you’d think someone half as good as Long or Bogut would have made the difference. Especially because they get dominated inside and o boards are an issue. Can’t understand the logic behind keeping Benson and just not playing him.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Agree with above. SEM have effectively played with one import for the season so far. Can't keep that up in this league.

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Perthworld  
Last year

This von Hof narc is in love with himself - randomly shows a pic of himself shirtless for no reason, WTF. NBL on air talent (if you can call it that) is shocking.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Van Hof struggled in the SEABL for Kilsth. Big bodied and limited talent. NOT nbl material at all.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Van Hof struggled in the SEABL for Kilsth. Big bodied and limited talent. NOT nbl material at all.

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AngusH  
Last year

Typical terrible refereeing with no consistency on the screens or the charge/block. Benson is a prime example, gets pinged for an illegal screen identical to pretty much every screen getting set tonight, but gets called for it because he's both an import and a big. Entertaining game though and I liked what I saw from the more quick/youthful lineups with Cooks/Bruce/Tate/Taylor (gasp).

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Anonymous  
Last year

Van Hof struggled in the SEABL for Kilsth. Big bodied and limited talent then NOT nbl material ever.

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AngusH  
Last year

Oh, and crowd topped 10k which is great for a Monday night at this time of year.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yes 10k is a good crowd even in ideal circumstances on the weekend let alone tonight but anyway back to what everyone wants to know how did Van Hof do for Kilsth in the SEABL? Why won't anyone address this? Is he nbl material?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Over 3400 posts of pure dribble.
No one cares about Von Hoffe.

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Anonymous  
Last year

FVH. Nah.

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Perthworld  
Last year

I regret mentioning the turd. Apologies. Really wish I hadn't left the TV on and saw that abomination of a post game show.

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Ben  
Last year

Re Benson, Trigger suggested a viable theory on the NBL Pocket Podcast.

Phoenix want Benson to leave the team of his own accord so as to replace him and not be hit with extra $$. Benson doesn't want to give up the guaranteed coin. In response Phoenix keep him on but make his statistical output look like turd, thereby hurting future job prospects.

Does this seem reasonable to anyone else or neh?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Ben
If true bad result for all concerned. Phoenix are not winning it this season so short term loss but Benson could be long term job prospects become not available due to his stats and time this season.
I'm not certain he’s been given a fair shot though, he just never gets any time.

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AngusH  
Last year

I feel like Benson has definitely contributed when given minutes. Don't know what the story is but it feels off to me.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Do they not play Benson to make him look bad or is he bad so they don't play him? I’m going with option b. Judging by their roster, they don’t have a Kings/United type budget, so they can’t cut him because they’d have to pay him out and then pay his replacement. They’ve already had to double up for Tai/Jaye Crockett don’t forget.

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Zodiac  
Last year

Ben,

I think that is the only thing that makes any kind of sense with Benson. He's shown this season when given enough minutes he can contribute well I think he had a 20 point game earlier in the season.

SEM obviously made a mistake not releasing him earlier during the probationary period before his contract became fully guaranteed for the rest of the season, probably due to the Wesley injury situation Tai did come back much earlier than expected he was supposed to be out until January. The Wesley/Crockett double up as mentioned likely a factor too.

But yeah they're probably trying to entice Benson to quit and forgo the rest of his money so as to stop his stock from dropping so much next season.

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koberulz  
Last year

Something specific to Benson's contract is preventing his release.

I'm amused by anyone who thinks Von Hofe could possibly have put that graphic up all by himself. That's not how TV works.

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Tom  
Last year

Phoenix are toast. Rely so heavily on freakish shooting from Roberson to make of a token defence. Slide will continue out of top 5/6 in league.

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Mock  
Last year

Koberulz is an expert on tv from his long and successful tv career

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Anonymous  
Last year

They rely on Creek so much at both ends of the court, yesterday his scoring let him down after half time and Roberson was in foul trouble so sat on bench for periods of time, though Adnam stepped up offensively it still was never enough. They are still a chance and are very well coached but Pineau as good as he's played is still not a starting five.
They should try Wesley, Creek, Madgen, Adnam, Roberson and see how it goes. Gibson, Pineau and Trist off the bench. Stevens occasionally can score but his defence is non existent.

If the kings get Lisch and Moller back healthy and a few games under their belt before finals they are very deep and while not as offensively as good as United are very good defensively.

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onlooker  
Last year

the Kings pass and share the ball better than any other team. 2 things hold them back, #1 poor rebounding, some games it is a joke. #2 they create the looks but everyone is "cold" and shots are not dropping. Maybe too many rotations does not allow players to "settle in."

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Anonymous  
Last year

Cook in and Moller back and there rebounding will be fine. They are not favourites, behind Perth and United but will certainly turn up when the big games start. The minor premiership could be pivotal.

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Camel 31  
Last year

Some good blocks called fouls, now.
Deshon Taylor - pretty to watch.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yes you would think Taylor who has not been great but has showed more as he's settled would have been a better option for the future than Randle and certainly White. His offence is starting to gel and he’s a very good defender.

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krayola  
Last year

Woah woah woah. Before tonight Deshon Taylor was like 5/35 from the field. He has average handles and this limits him from getting to the hoop. If 36ers have him, Moore and Griffin they would have severe scoring problems.

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I don't think von Hoffe put up his own shirtless pics tbh.

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