Jack Toft
Last month

Cairns v Melbourne Jan 25

Well..... three undefeated teams so far this season and of course if you are going to brag about going through undefeated, you better put the stones on the line. Melbourne with a lot of pressure on them today to knock off the lesser favoured Cairns. Cairns may be able to blow them away.

United were well held in the first half against the Sixers, but essentially ran away from a sluggish Sixers to outscore them 52 to 26 in a game of two halves. No United player was head and shoulders over the others, but a solid team effort all round. Cairns have not been playing bad basketball, but will definitely have their hands full tonight containing these bad boys. You would think they would have developed some mad skills wrestling crocs, snakes and feral cane toads so a bunch of man bun wearing soy latte sippers should be within reach.

The secret of course is containing the CG43 machine. The United forwards may find themselves challenged around the key, but if United can't keep up with the Tropical Tango style of the Snakes, then the scoreboard will be the home team's friend. United will be beaten in the transition, but around the key always seem to slow the game down enough to put up good shots.

United by 9

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LV  
Last month

Landale gets a chance to go against the pre eminent #1 big in the comp

With Martin and Humphries in, there's competition but Oliver is the man till someone has his measure twice in a row.

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Anonymous  
Last month

United guards just need to zone in on Machado and pressure him full length of the court all game. He's the only one that can create offense for Taipans.

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Anonymous  
Last month

United to remain "undefeated" after this game.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Taipans need to get a win out of the next couple of home games .
Could be 1 and 5 if they don't start playing defence .

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Anonymous  
Last month

Taipans lack serious depth.
Newbill is gone blah blah blah but all teams have lost that extra import spot.
Jawai and Kenny are past it. Blagojevich never got there.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Ili is just the bloke to make Machado life miserable. Cairns 2/3 and 4 are horrible defensively and Machado has a lot covering to do, resulting in foul trouble. Oliver is a super star but on his own and with Machado left naked covering for all it's a long way back. Chest pumping won’t get this done for Cairns.
United by 20.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Haha he said soy latte again. Classic!

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Anonymous  
Last month

A must win for Cairns. 1 - 3 at home and you're in big trouble.

Think United will be too deep for Cairns - imports dropping to 2 has hurt them the most as lower budget

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Anonymous  
Last month

Again great work Jack, with game on every day I hope you get a bonus. ::::)))))))

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Jack Toft  
Last month

Isaac doubles my pay each year

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LoveBroker  
Last month

Landale Vs Oliver is worth going to Bunnings itself. They should cancel each other out.

Mirko cannot guard CG43 or McCaron.
Noi cannot guard Hopson.
Ili should be a handful for Machado.

Then there is still JLA, Yaba and White to come.

Good luck Cairns.

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Anonymous  
Last month

And Goulding can't guard anybody. Still.

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Anonymous  
Last month

#519 this is just totally incorrect

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Anonymous  
Last month

#519 I think coach Kelly would be happy if his two or three guards could defend as well as Goulding.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Goulding is a better defender than Kenny & Machado?

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Bolt  
Last month

I'd take djeric over Goulding defensively. At least he gives a hoot

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LoveBroker  
Last month

Would someone on the Cairns side like to play some....you know....defence?

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Anonymous  
Last month

Spain Action

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Anonymous  
Last month

Deng, Djeric and Noi are wonderful defenders, I've just been watching them.

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Anonymous  
Last month

No way that's an unsportsmanlike foul

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Anonymous  
Last month

Jesus Christ this constant reviewing of everything is unwatchable basketball.

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Anonymous  
Last month

JLA has never seen a shot he doesn't like l

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last month

Geez, the unsportsmanlike foul. Bit harsh.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vickerman subbing for the sake of subbing and United's lead vanishes.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Very harsh that unsportsmanlike. Gaze is a good commentator but the other two are woeful. Homicide just makes shit up.

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LoveBroker  
Last month

Cairns would probably be leading if not for all the o-boards they have given up.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Vickerman screaming more than Gleeson. Enjoyable game, nice bit aggression happening.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Agreed with the reviewing. Feels like it's been quite overdone in the first two rounds.

Leave everything for the last two minutes. Piss the reviews off for everything else.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Home cooking is always tasty but nothing compared to nbl owner cooking.

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LoveBroker  
Last month

Baba is handy to have...great pick up.

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2hard2guard  
Last month

When will Homicide stop sucking off Jock Landale?

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Anonymous  
Last month

United deserve to drop this, horrible shot clock management late.

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koberulz  
Last month

What was horrible about it?

Machado was trash in the final couple of minutes, that last shot was atrocious. Get to the rim.

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Anonymous  
Last month

United lucky to win that in the end.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Landale will learn soon enough.

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FSTOS  
Last month

"Machado was trash in the final couple of minutes, that last shot was atrocious. Get to the rim."

This.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Cairns looking tired, they have played a lot of close games with not much time between them. Good game. It's interesting that Kelly didn’t start with Deng and both Deng and Noi did not play in the Cairns come back in last five minutes. I’d say he’s not happy with there defensive effort and positioning.
United got lot weapons, and yes can we stop the homicide sucking up. White looks a team player.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Cairns looking tired, they have played a lot of close games with not much time between them. Good game. It's interesting that Kelly didn’t start with Deng and both Deng and Noi did not play in the Cairns come back in last five minutes. I’d say he’s not happy with there defensive effort and positioning.
United got lot weapons, and yes can we stop the homicide sucking up. White looks a team player.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Noi, -14 and deng-6.

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Anonymous  
Last month

#535 new rule interpretation released by FIBA

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Jazr  
Last month

Agreed that some of the subbing from Vickerman seemed to disrupt the flow. I hope it's not predetermined rotations as it can really upset momentum. Baba looks a genuinely reliable scoring option and White is very solid. Hopson hasn’t fitted in yet. Cairns unlucky at the end, they look much better when they attack the jet rather than rely on the pull up.

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Anonymous  
Last month

#558, have you seen the play, two players going for lose ball, hardly any contact, one falls over and gets the unsportsmanlike. It was crap decision even on the replay.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Noi, -14 and deng-6."
Yep both crap. United very dodgy if they struggle to beat Cairns.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"#535 new rule interpretation released by FIBA" A citation in this case would explain it all. Thanks

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Anonymous  
Last month

Look it up yourself. I'm not here to spoon feed you

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Anonymous  
Last month

#563 maybe go learn the rules first

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Look it up yourself. I'm not here to spoon feed you"
Yeah so what am I going to look up exactly? 2 players crash on the floor? Man there are some idiots about tonight.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Landale v Mooney and Martin will be a good contest.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Krslovic started and it's clear why... he has improved a lot and gives Cairns some extra toughness,
Was impressed with Jack White too. He could be a future star of the league and is much more athletic than advertised

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Anonymous  
Last month

White is much better than I thought he would be.

Is Noi the most brilliant offensive yet terrible defender since Carlos Powell? I think he's struggle to guard my 12 year old niece.

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Anonymous  
Last month

#568 yes there are. They told you during the coverage it was a clear path foul. Probably not to hard to look that up yourself

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Camel 31  
Last month

Machado popped up on the free throw line for a jumper to win the game.
Fairly basic stuff for basketballers to make that shot.
He caint, or couldn't.

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LV  
Last month

Cairns positives:
Machado and Oliver

Negatives:
Defense woeful at times

1-3 and I don't think they'll return to top 4 with this lineup

United positives:
Depth being showcased with Baba and JLA

White

Negatives:
Hopson looks very uncomfortable

Machado scored too easily inside and Jawai absolutely bullied Landale. What will Martin and Humphries do?

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Anonymous  
Last month

United don't even need Hopson, yet still they had to steal him from the Breakers..

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Jazr  
Last month

@LV not sure I'd say Jawai absolutely bullied Landale. He had 6 and 4 in 13 odd minutes? Would much rather the versatility mismatch Landale provides against a dinosaur centre with only moves on block (in fairness not many have ever been able stop Jawai down low but he’s also never been a consistent threat over a whole season).

agreed that Hopson looks lost. Has been a problem for United for quite some time ie fitting ball dominant imports into the mix. I think he’ll come good.

On Baba, how many teams do you think he’d start at the two? Looks very solid.

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LV  
Last month

Baba looks very solid, Ili and Baba would be one of the best back up backcourts I can remember in the NBL. Good thing though, McCarron's not setting the world on fire right now

A couple of times Jawai scored too easily against Landale but of course overall Landale is a far superior player, he's shown his versatility and class.

Hopson a big question mark. IF he starts to look like the Scottie Hopson of NBL 19/20, then United's depth means they're easily the head and shoulders favourite for mine. But obviously he's nowhere near that right now.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Ili was excellent and either Goulding or McCarron should come off the bench and let him start at the point.

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Jazr  
Last month

Ili has been excellent and also when playing for NZ however history shows he can't quite make that step up to being the starting point. His most effective role I think is as the defensive 6th man / backup point.

McCarron has just been given the reins to run the point after long being promised the role since he switched from Cairns. While his numbers are low I think he’ll grow into the role and become more attacking. He’s still very tough defensively and is a pass-first point which they haven’t had for quite some time. Goulding remains their best genuine scorer at the two, but I like that Baba is putting pressure on.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Haha he said soy latte again. Classic!"

never gets old...

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Anonymous  
Last month

United's lineup is spot on at the moment. Having Ili and Baba off the bench they are destroying 2nd string players on other teams. Sunday will be more of a test with Adnan and Gibbo, both experienced heads.

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