Jack Toft
Earlier this year

Sixers v Hawks Jan 6

A must win game for the Sixers. They have been selflessly helping out Sydney by beating Perth and then losing to Sydney to let them stay in top spot, but their selfless acts has mean that by putting others in front of themselves has mean that they have slumped to 7th spot on the ladder.

A loss today will seem them be the first team to 12 losses in the "wolf pack" hunting for fourth spot.

Illawarra on the other hand are locked into the bottom of the table. Despite the big scalp of Sydney (the Hawks didn't get the memo..) wins have been few and far between for them, but on the road their two road wins have been against Cairns and of course Adelaide...when the Hawks were the grinch who stole Adelaide's Christmas on Dec 20.

In that game, the Hawks Sundays came at once with Dech top scoring for the Hawks and AJ ripping the Sixers a new one on the boards with a lucky 13 boards. No Ball that game and the rumour is he is back for the Hawks this game. I'm wondering if that will upset the Hawks rhythm as without him, a few players have stepped up. But so have a few Sixers players too, so this game will be competitive. My kiss of death goes to Big Harry who has been in a slump of late. If he steps up, then the Sixers will get this one.

For the Hawks, the players to watch are Blanchfield and Coenraad. When these Hawks play well so does the team.

Adelaide at home average nearly 100 ppg and the Hawks have let their opposition score more centuries that Marcus Labber-shane. I'm tipping the Sixers by 4

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Melo is not playing Jack. Rumour is he is travelling but think in will stay at home if he has a scan this week

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Another Anon  
Earlier this year

Who knows? Tipping has gone to hell the last few weeks. Hawks have started to show some consistency, funnily without Ball. 36s only like to show up when they play Perth.
So I'm picking either team by 1 point after triple-overtime

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

This really is make or break for the Sixers tonight. Win to keep the finals hopes alive despite how unlikely but lose drop to 8th and with just 7 games to go in the season extremely unlikely then unless a good 4-5 game winning streak happens and to be honest no team that loses to the bottom team twice in a row on their own home court deserves to be in the playoffs.

Sixers by 8

I doubt LaMelo will play again this season.

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Jack Toft  
Earlier this year

Thanks Anon, the rumour was pretty heavy, but there's nothing in the media about him being back definitely

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who knows, I get closer picking lotto numbers than nbl winners. Sixers last real chance and Illawarra are really bad, so Sixers by 13.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Adelaide should win, they're that middle of the pack king. But I’d be happy for the hawks to finally out the 36ers our of their misery, they don’t deserve to be in the playoff conversation with how they’ve played this season and what they’ve put on the court.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Andersen is out again and AJ is a game time decision. The 36ers should win this one given the Hawks outs

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Because that logic worked last time. Adelaide showed up for about 7 minutes that game.

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Anon  
Earlier this year

Win is only option. Get some confidence. Rip the hawks. Sixers still good chance making finals. All teams that they can beat-good home run... sixers tend to respond to the dire straits scenario. They are very emotive group so no longer any casual attitudes - these are now.hard aggressive ball by te group. Anyone under estimate - Sixers match up very well. No way get out rebounded this game.DJ to feast. Griff unguardable. Game decided already.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anon, do you take dot points of positive 36er sound bites, and simply put them altogether with minimal concern for grammar?

The 36ers haven't responded well to dire strait scenarios at all well. When have they of late?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Game decided already.

So how much did you bet on it?

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Sixers by 15.
Would love to be wrong.

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Jack Toft  
Earlier this year

Would love to be wrong.


Would you accept 16?

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

If we play like we did at the last game, where Kyei was our worst, Teys ordinary,
but are starters, Hawks will win.
Moore's numbers insufficient for an import.
I'd start Griffin.
If we play like we did against Perth, we will win.
Of the decade just gone DJ is the NBLs top scorer and rebounder

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Of the decade just gone DJ is the NBLs top scorer and rebounder


Not having a go at you Camel but how many championships has DJ won in that time? Zero.

That's always been the problem with DJ his stats and numbers always have to come first before team success. If he doesn't feel like he's getting the ball enough he sulks drops his head stops rebounding and becomes a complete sieve on defence.

The sooner we start bringing DJ off the bench or benching him when he just watches his man step around him and laying it up the better off we will be.

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sixtiesrockstar  
Earlier this year

Wouldn't be surprised if Lamelo plays again, as they still have two games left against Sydney, with the Hawks final game of the season against the Kings in Sydney and use it to keep promoting his brand.

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Chugger  
Earlier this year

One thing is for certain, Randle to get his stats!

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Anon  
Earlier this year

B Teys could be Sixers MVP through his consistent season.had really stepped up. Expect big game tonight... he creates makes other around so much better. Unselfish. Almost litmus test of Sixers. Really taken game to another this year. Maybe solo capt.

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Anon  
Earlier this year

My man. Opens scoring with big 3. Teys teys teys

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Anon  
Earlier this year

BT doing it all... very smart player

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

So no Lamelo then? bugger!

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trayvis  
Earlier this year

Great great offensive pace
this is the basketball we like to see

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Pete  
Earlier this year

I feel like we could benefit from playing defence in addition to offence.

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Tdub  
Earlier this year

Of course he's unguardable if Griff spends the game on the bench

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Drmic smiled! I haven't seen the replay but I reckon did..

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Dech is a gun.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Not sure whether Illawarra are good or Adelaide being that bad. Nevertheless a tightly contested and entertaining game so far.

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PlaymakerMo  
Earlier this year

Dech has improved his ability to contribute on offense a lot this season. I wasn't very high on him or his promotion to the starting lineup, but he's proven me wrong.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Great experience for the young NBL 1 guys but clearly out of there depth against the powerhouse 36's.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wonder why he left Perth, Dech could have backed up cotton this season.

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trayvis  
Earlier this year

ugly 4th so far
no gas left in the tank

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trayvis  
Earlier this year

ugly 4th so far
no gas left in the tank

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Anon  
Earlier this year

Pass the bloody ball

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

They're not going to check that 2/3 are they?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Check the bloody clock though

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Would be freaking amazed if Ball plays again, meaningless games and he does a knee and instead of potential top pick he slides. Great to see he's hung around and his donation to fire disaster was terrific, but he's done. Hampton a different situation, hadn't done his stock any harm pre injury but if he finishes off season could see him improve a few spots.

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Jack Toft fan  
Earlier this year

Stupid ref with the call its should be a fcking 2

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Big win! lets celebrate against bottom of the ladder b team at home....

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I was told I was crazy when I called Lamelo was done straight away. Seems more and more people are now just assuming that's the case.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Adelaide did what had to do to get win, mistake ridden game. Drimic very good, Johnson good. Dech and Blanchfield very good though I'd like to see Blanchfield play some defence. Still not sold on a lot of the Illawarra youth.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#851, so Dech could play for the love of the game and back up Cotton (and Norton, and Damo's corpse), or go to a team where he had a chance to make the starting lineup and contribute more. Hmmm...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Boone missed 3 layups/ tip ins in a row at critical times down the stretch and IMO that was probably the difference between the W or the Loss.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

I was told I was crazy when I called Lamelo was done straight away. Seems more and more people are now just assuming that's the case
He's still on the sidelines in a moon boot, so the "it's a fake injury so he can go home" angle is pretty clearly bullshit at this point. If anything, it's worse than they're letting on.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Boone missed 3 layups/ tip ins in a row at critical times down the stretch and IMO that was probably the difference between the W or the Loss.

An NBA vet let down the NBL1 kids - they deserve better.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Boone is cooked my brother has been trying to tell you all season.

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Perthworld’s little bro  
Earlier this year

Fo shiz. Boone makes Dario look like super Mario!

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Fuck yeahhh .
#perthworldbrothers.

We look dumb but know our hoops.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Ok koberulz. You're slipping.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Do the NBL still have a citizen award for community work or fundraising?
Asking for a friend.

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Anon  
Earlier this year

Great win Sixers. Back in the hunt. Take down United- they are very flaky. Every chance we can. Confidence restored to key players Drmic DJ. Randle gets his always. Froling couple big shots so on the upward trend. Home court worth plenty.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Yeah great NARROW win over 9th team.
Defence.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Hobson brings nothing to this Hawks team. Can't shoot, plays no defence, doesn’t rebound & body language is poor.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Adelaide didn't look all that convincing, once again. You can only beat who is infront of you, but let’s not forget how bad that Hawks team was. If the 36ers played with their grit, they’d be a good team. Like usual, middle of the pack teams, beat middle of the pack teams, but can’t see United faltering against that 36er team.

Moore really needed to be upgraded I think.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Not sure if Kyei is worth persisting with in the starting line-up. He doesn't have enough weapons yet to be more than a solid bench energy guy. If Wright wants to continue to bench Griffin, it may be time for a Froling put up or shut up starting role.

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paul  
Earlier this year

He's in there to play defence, set screens and rebound, it's got nothing to do with him having weapons, the starters' offence revolves around Randle and Johnson with Drmic as the third wheel.

Johnson has improved defensively but he's not great and the Sixers don't want him in foul trouble. Griffin is one of the worst ball-screen defenders I've ever seen and his rotations aren't much better. He's decent one-on-one, but poor in a team setting.

That, combined with the fact Griffin then gets more shots coming in with the bench, is why Kyei is starting.

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

Spose Kyei aint a bad player, but it's the worst shooting I seen anybody do.

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paul  
Earlier this year

He does need to work on that pretty hard in the off-season!

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KET  
Earlier this year

Replacing Griffin with a defensive big and Moore with someone better + retaining the rest of the contingent isn't going to get the 36ers into the playoffs next year.

Unfortunately 36ers are tied to a few contracts that we'd rather they shred, and don't have the money to obtain another marquee Aussie.

Would absolutely love if they pulled in Motum again.

C Motum/Defensive Big Import
F Johnson/Kyei
F Drmic/Quality backup SF
G Shooting Import/Teys
G Randle/White

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Even though he's playing out of position, Dech is very serviceable at the 1. and can guard the league's elite guards.

Needs to stick the tree more consistency, but it appears moving to the Hawks this season is paying great dividends for his stock.

Wonder he will end up after next season if he keeps improving like this.

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Andrew  
Earlier this year

Griffin looked unguardable last night

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Griffin had 15 in 28 minutes off 9 shots. Any unguardable player should be taking more than 9 shots. Still not sure what tactic Joey was aiming for with that statement.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Some of Dech passing is great, he's more of a chance sticking in the point guard position, it’s his way forward. While Naar has a few stings to his bow there are some glaring weaknesses, shooting and defensively.

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