Jack Toft
Last year

United v Snakes Dec 26

I hope everyone celebrated Scott Ninnis' birthday yesterday, but the NBL action returns today.

Cairns hope to hold onto 4th spot with a stirring win in the open air game against United. United have almost done enough to lock in a top 4 spot, but anything can happen once Santa has been and he has looked at the naughty list. United have played some patchy basketball this season but seem to snare the games they need to. Cairns have been punching above their weight and are not intimidated by the smell of soy in the evening.

Some classic matchups today, Trimble v Machado & Long v Oliver are the headline acts, but I think the X factors will make the game. CG43 for United and Deng for Cairns.

United by 2

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Anonymous  
Last year

United won't lose this, new import Kidd is just what they need.

United by 14

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United 7+

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Zodiac  
Last year

Hopefully not much wind around tonight could be the last we ever see of Majok Deng.

United by 12

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That's gold Zodiac.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sorry Cairns but United getting down to business tonight for a double digit win

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Perthworld  
Last year

Perth Arena also has a retractable roof. Where's our open air game?

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Patience my brother.

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LV  
Last year

It's late December and United's hitting form. Kidd will help too.

United by double digits.

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Haz  
Last year

Perthworld, I think its been discussed before that the scoreboard is a problem, but i dont know how Melbourne get around that as they also have a cube scorebord hanging from the rafter.

That and or maybe Perth isnt interested in the gimmick ;)

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Anonymous  
Last year

The open roof makes this a really awkward game to watch on TV... It looks blurrier than usual

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AngusH  
Last year

Some real soft fouls being called against Cairns, United should go to the hoop every possession.

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Too much Xmas Turkey for the United.

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20-9 at QT. Cairns.

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The kid still a better threethrow shooter than Dario Hunt.

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Anonymous  
Last year

United suck, getting beat down over the course of the season by a bog average team is pitaful considering how much they spend.

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People appear fixated on how much teams spend.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Well technically the more you spend the better team you should have. Its not just this season, united have for whatever reason struggled against Cairns when they have never really had a good team and that's mostly due to how restricted financially they are.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Cairns are not bog average, Kelly actually got this side firing very nicely. Three very good imports.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I'd say 2 good imports, newbell is just meh for mine.

100% agree Kelly has got the team playing above themselves and has totally embarrassed vickerman since leaving utd.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Newbell might be average but Newbill is a gun.

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Ben  
Last year

Newbill is an excellent steadying influence. Underrated for sure. Gets it done with minimum fuss.

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AngusH  
Last year

Newbill one of those guys who is much better when surrounded by talent. Perfect complimentary player on offence and strong individual defender.

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Anonymous  
Last year

heat check

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Anonymous  
Last year

Is that kuany kuany on the 2nd row bench

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kenny is stealing money at this point... They'd be better off playing a development player over this spud.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Has so why build an arena with a retractable roof if there is no contingency for removing the scoreboard?

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AngusH  
Last year

Kuany Kuany is training with United now I believe.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Jawai two horrible possessions.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sad watching cairns slowly choke this away

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Ben  
Last year

Was Djeric's shot always like that? I can’t recall it being so unique when he was with Townsville.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Couldn't even get a shot up. Awful.

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AngusH  
Last year

If United can take this it wouldn't be as bad as the Phoenix game for Cairns, but not far off it.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Both teams are choking it up in the clutch.

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AngusH  
Last year

Jell Fumble

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AngusH  
Last year

*Melo Fumble

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Anonymous  
Last year

Should've been USF on McCarron if they were consistent.

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Bol  
Last year

Go Cairns!!!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yeah Snakes

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Perthworld  
Last year

Cairns only one game behind Utd now.

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Perthworld  
Last year

Also LOL Utd

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AngusH  
Last year

Djeric playing like a rich man's Steindl.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kelly and for that matter Mitchell might be the reason United won the championship two seasons back, they have both done fine as head coaches where vickerman has struggled.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Pretty sad for Utd that they could not win it in their own gym with Cairns choking as hard as they did in the last 15 minutes.

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Go Dees  
Last year

Smith Milner has to be the worst player getting court time in the nbl! Dude is a bum

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Anonymous  
Last year

"Kelly and for that matter Mitchell might be the reason United won the championship two seasons back, they have both done fine as head coaches where vickerman has struggled"

Settle down. Vickerman won championship with NZ. I'd say it’s more to do with a healthy Prather and Casper then Mitchell

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Anonymous  
Last year

Prather missed two thirds season when Melbourne won and NZ were star studded. United are spending more than anyone and can't bear Cairns.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Taipans gunning for top 3, Melbourne United better win the next game or they could slip down to 6th Place.

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Anonymous  
Last year

0 and 1 Jack toft

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Jack Toft  
Last year

off to another good start, I thought it would be a 2 point game

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D2.0  
Last year

cairns making this season really interesting.

god i would love them to roll sydney and win the championship.

unfortunately i think what we will ultimately see is the real evidence of the lack of equality in the league.

cairns will struggle in a 3 game series, and die if they make the gf

then stand back and watch as everything not nailed down is stolen away

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Anonymous  
Last year

Vince should be looking over his shoulder right now.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I'm done with the 36ers, I’m all about the cairns train now! They play the game the right way.

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AngusH  
Last year

I don't think any team would want to play Cairns in a 3 game series, to tell you the truth. I’d much rather Sydney face Melbourne than Cairns in the semis or Finals.

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koberulz  
Last year

Has so why build an arena with a retractable roof if there is no contingency for removing the scoreboard?
The score cube is never used for the tennis, which is what RAC Arena's roof is for. It was built to be a Hopman Cup venue that was also capable of hosting other things, thus the tennis court colour scheme on the walls.

They wanted to be able to emulate Australian Open conditions in order to entice better players over for the Hopman Cup. That's why there's a retractable roof.

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LV  
Last year

Cairns is showing that you don't need to be 10 deep

They're well balanced, well coached and have an import trio who are playing consistently well at both ends.

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Anon  
Last year

Milner smith. Does he think. 2 bone headed plays. CG43 was hot and never looked like Milner Smyth even knew he was on court. Amazing how low iq some these dudes have.united rob by refs. Why no usf call is mind blowing. Cost the game.

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LV  
Last year

Luck definitely comes into it too, with Cairns imports all playing every game

Prather, Hopson, Brooks, Wesley all have missed most of the season

But if you manage to stay injury free and have a balanced group then you should be competitive, even in this league with big spenders and budget teams. Cairns are the answer to the parity question.

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krayola  
Last year

Yep, Cairns have been quite lucky with injuries, although you need that if you're going to win it all. I think they have the right idea playing the good 6-7 main players. You don't need much more than that in a 40 minute game that you play once a week. I think it's rubbish how teams play so deep and try to manage minutes to the extent they do.

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LV  
Last year

Agreed, plenty of teams have won championships playing 7 or 8 main guys, even in the NBA. Consider the Cavs in 2016 or Raptors in 2019.

This is why Cairns may be a fighting chance, if Machado, Newbill and Oliver keep playing at this level with great support from 4 or 5 others, it doesn't matter so much that Sydney, United, Perth has more talent in the 9, 10, 11 spots

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Tom  
Last year

Newbill clearly MVPfor game. Mello got away with two blatant charges. Machado took game personally and did not play well for mine.Djeric was sensational.

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Anonymous  
Last year

united rob by refs. Why no usf call is mind blowing. Cost the game.

Which play should have been an USF?

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Anonymous  
Last year

United robbed by refs? What an oxymoron.

Did you watch the first half? Refs kept United close

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Anonymous  
Last year

As pitiful offensively as they were in the first half, it's Melbourne’s defence that is the glaring problem right now. Long takes only a passing interest in it, Trimble is getting better but still nowhere near where he should be and Goulding is laughably bad at it. McCarron and Ili work hard but they are on an island sometimes and their team systems just aren’t getting the job done. I know they held Perth down in Perth, but that was more due to the lack of execution by the Cats more than anything special United was doing. To me, it’s what stops United from winning a title. When it comes right down to it, they can’t get stops when they absolutely need them.

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Zodiac  
Last year

Djeric has really impressed me this season he's genuinely underrated defensively. He's a cold blooded gunner that has the ability to keep the Taipans in any game giving them a puncher's chance but he's definitely matured and improved defensively whilst in Serbia.

I look at Djeric as the player the Sixers probably hoped Drmic would become.

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Anonymous  
Last year

When we are going to put to bed the idea that Melbourne's expensive and star-studded line up is going to translate into success? Injuries aside, they still have a stacked team but haven't been able to get it together. They've got too many ball dominant players and their defence has been shocking in patches. Their record is indicative of not having the right balance in their squad.

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Anonymous  
Last year

They are stacked and they know it. Even the best teams the league has seen have dropped some games along the way. It is only natural for a group this talented to be complacent sometimes. All they need to do is win enough games to stay in the top 4 until Prather gets back and they will be just fine once the playoffs start. Even without Prather they will be the 2nd best team in the league by the end of the regular season. Acuil gets better every week and Kidd only just arrived so have some patience.

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Zodiac  
Last year

The commentators said last night Prather is 6 weeks away minimum he's all but done for the season.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Prather won't play again this season. He’s done. Melbourne were offered a bunch of guys by agents but needed someone both available immediately and who would be on the roster for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. Kidd fit the bill.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sounds like a few years ago when Perth almost missed the playoffs but then smashed through everyone once Prather returned near the end of the regular season.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kelly done a great job, shown how smart he is. Put a young and fit side together that play attractive basketball.

Noi out out makes them more team oriented, he should comoff the bench when he returns.

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LV  
Last year

United needs to get better at executing in clutch situations

They're 3-5 In games decided by 5 or less and 1-3 where the margin is 2 or less

Still, if United ever gets healthy with Pledger back and once Kidd settles, they match up well against Perth and that should be 2 vs 3.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Acuil gets better every week

Hahahahaha no he doesnt.

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Anonymous  
Last year

"It is only natural for a group this talented to be complacent sometimes."

Complacent enough to have a record barely above .500?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Talent is useless unless you have brains to go with it, Melbourne have some dumb and selfish players that are well overrated. The homicide talks up Long the more rubbish he plays.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Cg43 is a great shooter and he's Also great at .........?????

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Anonymous  
Last year

I've watched many games this year newbill is far away the most consistent I’ve seen along with creek .

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Anonymous  
Last year

"Cg43 is a great shooter and he's Also great at .........?????"

drawing fouls

fully recovering from serious in-game injuries

motivating teammates to play a certain way despite not playing that way himself

arousing dwayne russell

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Cats for life  
Last year

Other than Sydney getting a head start, every team is so inconsistent. Good is awesome and bad is bad.

Any team that makes the top 4 will have a chance to win no matter who has home court advantage.

Still reckon Adelaide got stiffed not winning the tittle couple of years ago. Prather is cooked and if he returns he ain't going to win you the chip.

Goulding is out if tassie get a team next season. He looks like he doesn't want to be there.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yes it's good to see the parity in the league so close.
What utter dribble.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sydney's bad is pretty bad to. They lost to Perth by almost 30 and bullets and cairns game to

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AngusH  
Last year

Kings have not had a great couple of weeks, definitely beatable on any given night, like everyone else.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kings got injuries hasn't helped but yes all sides are definitely beatable.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I laugh when commentators and the public talk nba with bubbles he is so far off wouldn't even be a good training scrimmage player because defence . slow sideways movement and no athleticism .solid nbl shooter at best

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AngusH  
Last year

Bubbles can play D when he wants to (see: World Cup). He's a huge momentum player, when his shot is dropping his whole game lifts, but when he is struggling with his shot his whole game suffers.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Horrible slow defender that's defends the oppositions worst offensive player like teys damian Martian etc you will never see bubbles on newbell Casper randle Cotten etc educated people know this

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Anonymous  
Last year

Martian
Newbell
Cotten
Educated...

OK then.

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LoveBroker  
Last year

Martian....haa haa.

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Power  
Last year

Educated people understand grammer , punctuation and know how to spell

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Anonymous  
Last year

Good to see the Taipans learning and improving every game.

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Grammer LoL.

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Power  
Last year

Doh

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Anonymous  
Last year

Poor grammar but hard to argue with his or her points I noticed he never guards the good players either

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Anonymous  
Last year

"I don't think any team would want to play Cairns in a 3 game series, to tell you the truth. I'd much rather Sydney face Melbourne than Cairns in the semis or Finals."
I guarantee you that any team would much rather face Cairns than Perf or Sydney.
Besides, Cairns have no depth

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Anonymous  
Last year

Melb united compete with each for who will top score and have the best stats.
Check body language when certain guys dont get the ball

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