Two weeks ago
Sixers v Taipans preseason
Good game last night between these two teams. Kouat Noi was on fire early and he is looking like a nice player for Cairns. On the flip side, perhaps a warning of defensive weakness at the three for the Sixers?
Giddey was once again very impressive with his ball-handling, passing, reading of the play and rebounding. It was nice to see him able to go up and finish a strong dunk too.
Sloan looked pretty good, hitting threes with ease and broke someone's ankles with some shifty dribble moves on one play. Appeared to be cruising most of the game, BUT I felt like he didn't have a lot of lift when he went to the basket on a couple of plays and I wouldn't say he was moving quite as fluidly out there as some of the elite athletes in the league.
It was a subtle thing and I could be wrong, the test will be when he comes up against the best guards during the season - when he is really challenged, will his body stand up?
Does anyone have any info about the other pre-season game between these two teams? I believe it was a couple of days ago, but wasn't shown on Facebook? Did any of the Sixers players who didn't play last night, play minutes in the other game?
Overall, I'm definitely appreciating Conner Henry's improved defensive schemes and enjoying watching a team with enough nouse on offence to identify and attack opponents weak links. It's soooo much better than watching Joey Wright's teams that were clueless on both ends most of the time!