Jack Toft
Last year

Hawks v Kings Dec 31

Round 13 continues with the top of the table Kings travelling down to Illawarra to face the bottom of the table Hawks. It's still Looney Tunes round and the Illawarra Road Runners will need to be on their best to have any hope of sending the Daffy Ducks back to Sydney saying "you’re despicable"

The Hawks are the budget team of the league with their NSW brothers the other end of town. All season the Hawks have struggled, especially offensively and despite the best efforts of Blanchfield have rarely lifted the bat to their crowd all season reaching the ton.

The Kings are on a funny last 5 game streak: LWLWL, which kind of says their pattern this game should be a W. Casper Ware & Tate should be too slippery for the Hawks. Hawks need to start planning for next season, not even a baby Yoda could help the Hawks win this game.

Fireworks in Sydney, and in Wollongong, Kings by

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Perthworld  
Last year

JT now throwing cliffhangers in for good measure. Nice.

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Welcome back J Toft.
Sydney even with superstar Moller out should win easily.

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Jack Toft  
Last year

Oh, I did have "insert number" in "< >" but it must see it as program logic...

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sydney's season could be going up or down by this result, a loss and first place gone a win and keep the cats at bay. Blanchfield has a habit of playing well against Sydney, I’m going to go with the kings but it’ll be a lot closer than the kings will like.

Sydney by 3

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Jack Toft fan  
Last year

Kings by how much jack wanna bet the spread

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Sydney by 13+

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George  
Last year

Cooks shooting technique looks average at best

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AngusH  
Last year

Yeah I was surprised to see he wasn't a terrible shooter in Europe, because he hasn't looked like a guy that should be shooting them so far over here. Good first half, Hawks made some good adjustments on both ends and if not for some hot shooting from our bench would probably be in the lead.

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George  
Last year

Yes Angus. Hawks have surprised me. Down by 5 at the half. Take out some hot 3's from the Kings & the Hawks are right in it.
Commentators saying Ware may be tired after chasing Cotton around in Perth game is a joke. That game was 3 days ago. A professional athlete can’t recover in 3 days.... Seriously!
More of Andrew Gaze. Less of all others

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Anonymous  
Last year

Cooks defensively is a step slow as well, it gets him into foul trouble. Him ahead of Creek in the first WC lmao. Illawarra hanging about and Kings looking shaky.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hawks are barely NBL quality without Melo

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hawks taking it the kings even if they are hardly nbl quality. Amazing how Gaze talking up Naar now that he's a Melbourne tiger in the off season.

Gaze stat was that first 12 games kings let in 85, next 7 games 96. Telling stats there.

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George  
Last year

Certainly not a coaching master class from Will Weaver again tonight

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Anonymous  
Last year

Dech = Asia cup qualifiers.

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AngusH  
Last year

A couple of bad rotations from Weaver, but I think it's mostly the starters playing like shit (as Ware misses two FTs)

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George  
Last year

Kings are cooked. Game over.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Gaze calling: "Sydney's vaunted defence" missing tonight.

Comedy gold

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AngusH  
Last year

Hawks making it interesting

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Anonymous  
Last year

hobson is a fucking embarrassment

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George  
Last year

Hawks are butchering this lead. Pathetic play

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AngusH  
Last year

Man, grida really crashing back to earth after an impressive game.

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AngusH  
Last year

Still have zero faith in the Kings getting anything here

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Anonymous  
Last year

hawks' amateur players really showing themselves here

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Perthworld  
Last year

Is that Cortez Groves on the Hawks bench?

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AngusH  
Last year

I don't understand why you don't just post Tate up on Grida.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Some of these kids are only 21, will be good in a few years if Illawara can hold them.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Why would you foul when Hawks are likely to turn it over anyway?

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Ananon  
Last year

Cooks is absolute rubbish

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Perthworld  
Last year

So the Kings regressing in December wasn't only a Gaze thing. Is this three seasons in a row?

Hahahaha what a horrible turnover.

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AngusH  
Last year

Cooks threw that assist right to his dad.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Cooks secretly wants the hawks to win

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AngusH  
Last year

Pathetic offensively, our D was enough to let us win these games throughout the early part of the season, but with Lisch and Moller (and Didi to extent) out I think it's that end where we've really taken a hit.

Hats off to the Hawks though. And glad we get to close out the year with another USF

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Anonymous  
Last year

the boys in green doing their thing

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Anonymous  
Last year

Refs had nothing to do with this result, Hawks were the better team on the night

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Yeah Naar  
Last year

"Hawks are barely NBL quality without Melo"... Gold!!...

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Perthworld  
Last year

At the rate this new cashed up owner is going we'll have a long overdue Urbandictionary definition for that chocolate-covered honeycomb snack in no time.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Why does Gaze keep pumping the Kings up as if they are several levels above the rest of the league?

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Zodiac  
Last year

Yes that is Cortez Groves with the Hawks they signed him as some sort of non-assistant developmental coach.

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Zodiac  
Last year

btw Well done Hawkies!

David slays Goliath, bottom team beats the top team great for the NBL.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Grida got away with two massive fouls, one on Bogut and one on Tate. Illawarra to good.

As Angus says kings offence has died on there poor defence, there is no run anymore as they don't get stops. The commentary can talk all they like about Didi, Lisch being out and not mention Moller but as most kings supporters know ever since he’s been out we 3 wins and five losses.

Does any one no when he’s back.

The out rage over the Cook signing has quickly gone quiet.

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PlaymakerMo  
Last year

I'm still not convinced the Kings are all that. They aren't scoring proportionately to their talent: even when they were 8/12 from three in the in the second quarter they could barely manage 40 points.

Weaver MIA during the 4th and let the Hawks seize control. Maybe that's the "calmness" everyone keeps going on about...

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PlaymakerMo  
Last year

"The out rage over the Cook signing has quickly gone quiet."

Understandably so: barring injury he was going to be a Boomer, and hasn't looked anywhere near that standard. It will be interesting to see how much his injury/recovery is holding him back.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Cooks has played only a handful of games, give him some time.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Then why start Cook ahead of Bruce. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh but he certainly hasn’t look great.

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paul  
Last year

Out of interest on a small sample size, Kings are +29 with Cooks on the court since he arrived and -42 with him off.

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Anonymous  
Last year

LV must have gone on holidays again. So weird that he's been silent since he spent all last week spruiking that sydney and Melbourne are a step above Perth.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kings allow 85 per game when Moller was playing and allow 96 since he's been injured. Now there is a stat for you.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Moller IS like the Mina Vukona of the Kings. Or the Greg Hire.

Ain't just about stats, it's the dirty work & 1%ers... All those that he WAS doing aren't being done & subsequently the Kings ain't winning.

THAT & the defence of the PNR are killing the Kings ATM.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Moller should retire, he's become so much better in his absence, can only underwhelm on his return

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LV  
Last year

[LV must have gone on holidays again. So weird that he's been silent since he spent all last week spruiking that sydney and Melbourne are a step above Perth.]

Titles are won in March, not December

Perth, Sydney and United will be your top 3 come playoffs.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Sydney won't win another game, like the previous three seasons, crash and burn at the end.

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Jack Toft  
Last year

The Violet Crumbles are back...

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Lovebroker  
Last year

Kings and their 4 imports will be winning it all when they are back healthy.

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Anonymous  
Last year

If Casper stopped playing hero ball the Kings would be doing a hell of a lot better too.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Luv you're united are not as good as the taipans let along Perth or the kings in a 5 game series

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LV  
Last year

Nothing changed this week

Sydney are still the most likely team to hoist the trophy, followed by United, followed by Perth

No one else has more than an outsiders chance.

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LV I think everyone knows it's Sydney and Perth then Cairns.
United aren't that good.

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Off to celebrate news years eve.
Happy new year All.

My bro Perthworld will be on line later ( not much planned for him) so talk in 2020.
#seeincredible

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Anonymous  
Last year

Doesn't even take Weaver a minute to complain about 'only’ shooting 11 FTs....stop shooting 3’s then

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Zodiac  
Last year

Maybe Weaver should point the finger at his own players you're not going to win too many games only shooting 45% from the FT line.

Bogut really does look like he's played on a year too long.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Lv, you are delusional

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krayola  
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Weaver needs to cop all the blame. Crazy idea: play your starting 5 in the final five minutes. The aim is to win but he's treated the past month like a pre-season tournament. Tell Casper to stop jacking double teamed or contested threes. Hey, tell him to attack the hoop once in a while. What a fuckin crazy idea. Take advantage of the nearly always skewed matchup Tate has on his defender. Tell Deshon Taylor to stop shooting. That guy should put the cue in the rack. About 7/45 from 3pt on the season. Everyone can see its his weakest skill, even weaker than his dribble. Tell Bogut to actually give an eff and play hard in 50% of his games.

But nah, let's overthink a short season and play everyone 20 minutes a game. Let's play Shaun Bruce in crunch time (only matched by Grida playing crunch minutes tbh). This team shouldn't lose to the Hawks. This team shouldn't have to put up NBA range threes for 4-5 consecutive possessions in the fourth against them. I've sat through nearly all of the past four seasons' games and this is right up there as the most shameful loss.

If it was Gleeson or Vickerman or Wright they'd cop all the blame. Weaver deserves a heap of shit for his rotations and the lethargy his team plays with. He just got outcoached by Matt Flinn, a glorified NBL1 coach.

Tell me any of this is wrong.

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Jackson  
Earlier this month

I've watched every post game news conference for the year and don't remember Gleeson or Vickerman or Wright cop the blame for any loss. Coach didn't miss any free throw s. Coach didn't throw balls out of bounds. Lost five out of last seven and still tied for 1st. They'll be OK. But it's sure fun listening to you piss and moan.

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paul  
Earlier this month

"Let's play Shaun Bruce in crunch time (only matched by Grida playing crunch minutes tbh)."

They were two of the most effective players on the night. I thought Weaver took too long to get Bruce in there in the last quarter.

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PlaymakerMo  
Earlier this month

Weaver took too long to do ANYTHING in the 4th...

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1969  
Earlier this month

I was there last night and Sydney just went off te boil, like it didn't matter. Hawks wanted it more and got the win. How the hell the Kings won't win this comp with that team is hard to imagine. It is so stacked that it cannot fail. Hawks has so many Aussies kids on there and there's Bogut, Ware and the rest being subbed on and off. I think the Hawks were all aussie a fair bit of the game. Aj, Blanch, Tim, Naar, Glover so amazing effort. I might have been wrong but was their four imports on the court for the Kings? That ain't great for developing Australian basketball.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Violet crumble anyone?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

#1969
AJ, Naar, Blanchfield, Coenraad are certainly not kids, varying in age from 25 to 33. The kings have three imports at present and Taylor will be gone when Lisch is back. By the way Taylor was cut by Adelaide as he wasn't good enough for there roster so hardly a star.

Well done to the hawks, hopefully they can play like that every week instead of some of the shit they’ve dished up in games this year.

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Three to make two  
Earlier this month

"Weaver MIA during the 4th and let the Hawks seize control."

There was one bit where Hawks went on a roll, tied the game after a Hawks basket, and everyone goes to their benches expecting a Sydney T/Out (I think Sydney had 3 T/outs left at the time). They were wrong and refs had to wave everyone back on court!

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PlaymakerMo  
Earlier this month

Yep, and then the Hawks went on to pull ahead by ~5 before Sydney called a timeout. Bizarre stuff from Weaver.

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