Jack Toft
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CNS v PER May 17

Cairns hosts the Floppycats in what many Cats fans will be expecting to be training run for the boys. But could this be a danger game for them?

Cairns are locked to the bottom of the table. That's where they're finishing this season and won't go higher. Their only job for the rest of the season is to ram a stick into the bike wheel of their opponent. Cairns fans will even sharpen the stick for the men in Orange.

Cairns at home have not been woeful, so the pussycats can't expect an easy game. BUT... a win puts them one win behind United, so like any good farm cat, expect the Perf boys to drop a half dead snake at the foot of United. Aren't cats nice when they do that

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Senator11  
Last month

Gleeson came out today and said he'll be trying to get some rest into guys like Cotton and Mooney, probably Blanchfield as well, by playing them less minutes when possible. Can see this being one of those games unless Taipans are on fire.

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Another Anon  
Last month

Perth by less than 5 due to player rotations.
Expecting 20+ minutes from Magnay.

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Anonymous  
Last month

It's a bit of a who cares match, Perth should do this comfortably, let’s hope Cairns can clean out their team and be better next season.

Perth by 12 resting there players.

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Kb_24  
Last month

Cairns still playing? Need to change all the player except jawai and mechado

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Anonymous  
Last month

Magnum is due for a big one

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BeeGee  
Last month

@KB I reckon Ngatai would have to be a good cheaper option? I reckon he's proven himself enough.

I reckon Noi should definitely be given the boot

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Anonymous  
Last month

If the floppycats approach this game with disrespect for the snakes and thinking they can get it done with bench guys then I hope they get bitten

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Kb_24  
Last month

@ beegee bring some shooter and play defense player and not stat padding...

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LoveBroker  
Last month

There is a big drop off in talent in the first 5 and the bench for Perth.

I cannot see a team winning where Kevin White, Client Steindl and Tom Jervis are playing extended minutes even against trash like Cairns.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Deng probably worth a bench roll in the back up 4-5 position. Jawai, Machado, Nagtai in limited minutes, the rest nbl1 is there level. Oliver obviously would be great but probably staying in the states.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Normal lineup is starting.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Buckets aplenty

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Senator11  
Last month

Mooney looks a bit worried that Jawai might eat him.

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Perthworld  
Last month

There goes any rest.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Machado & Jawai are the ones getting the rest atm.
Weak quarter from the cats.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"The Floppycats" so true!

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Anonymous  
Last month

lol because they flop

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Zodiac  
Last month

I remember thinking earlier in the season that Cairns had made a big mistake giving Jawai a 2 year deal in the offseason but since around the NBL Cup he's really stepped up his play and had a very good season given his age and experience.

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Luuuc  
Last month

I enjoy Nate having big games - even when it's against us. Legend.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Machado ultimately trying too hard and will cost the Taipans the W.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Yeah he was bad in the 4th after being excellent until then

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Anonymous  
Last month

Monster game from Jawai in just around twenty minutes

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Perthworld  
Last month

Lovely. Half a game behind United now.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Err make that a whole game.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Jawai should be given a heavy training schedule over the break, easing off towards start of season to keep his weight down, when fit still great player. Cairns got some horrible defenders, they certainly had a dig though. Perth are just so professional.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Jawai was motivated because he wanted to go back to Perth and they wanted no part of him .

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Anonymous  
Last month

Perth were very ordinary playing a side who won't make the Finals and the moeny they are spending. B-

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Anonymous  
Last month

They won though.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Loving our final quarters lately, we're completely dominant after the 3QT break.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"They won though." Yes they did however not worth boasting about.

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Anonymous  
Last month

No one is boasting.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"we're completely dominant after the 3QT break." That's a boast. NO you weren't it was only in the last 5 mins maybe when Machado went selfish Perf dominated.

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Bol  
Last month

35 straight!!! No boast

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Perthworld  
Last month

Five games in 15 days or whatever our ridiculous schedule is at the moment, plus having to criss-cross the nation to do it, yet in the last two games the team has gone BEAST MODE in the fourth quarter outscoring opponents +16 and +11.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Perthworld, NZ say high end

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Anonymous  
Last month

Perthworld, NZ say high end

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Luuuc  
Last month

Five games in 15 days or whatever our ridiculous schedule is at the moment

6 games in 11 days

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Lovebroker  
Last month

Where is this version of Nate Jawai since the season started?

Turns up when the season is done.

What a waste.

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Perthworld  
Last month

6 games in 11 days

Stop boasting!

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Anonymous  
Last month

35 straight finals. Is that boasting?

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Bol  
Last month

No just talking stats

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Craig  
Last month

Norton - 22 mins
Cotton - 29 mins
Mooney - 30 mins
Blanchfield - 25 mins

Lower than usual minutes, and Cats never looked like they got out of second gear all night, turned it on when it mattered and got the win... starters got less minutes than usual, given the schedule this type of win was to be expected.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Exactly. To compare club spend as a reason for the nature of game is completely missing the bigger picture.

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koberulz  
Last month

~30 minutes is still way too much for Cotton and Mooney at this stage of the season.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Gleeson said he wants to reduce their minutes without completely stuffing up their rhythm and chemistry. I'm sure he's got it under control.

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Senator11  
Last month

Travers has really stepped up since his early season form. Still makes a few turnovers when he holds the ball for too long, but his length and speed make him very solid in the paint on both ends.

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Craig  
Last month

Kobe, its a 40 minute game and they are young, fit athletes... in my opinion they can handle that type of workload. In all honesty this stage of the season they should be maintaining as much of a normal workload as they prepare for the finals, this is also not to mention the inclusion of Magnay and wanting him to be comfortable with the 1st and 2nd options on offence.

Also if you break it down, they would normally play 35-36 minutes per game right? so they were rested around half a qtr of basketball that they normally would play, this sounds about right to me for how much you would rest them. I think expecting 15-20 minutes out of them is not realistic in the NBL and don't think any team would take this route (especially when top spot in up for grabs)

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koberulz  
Last month

Kobe, its a 40 minute game and they are young, fit athletes... in my opinion they can handle that type of workload.
The Wildcats are in a run of six games in 11 days, while crossing the country multiple times, and those two in particular have logged massive minutes this season.

Sure, they're "young, fit athletes", but so are all the other players in the league who don't have that workload.

Also if you break it down, they would normally play 35-36 minutes per game right? so they were rested around half a qtr of basketball that they normally would play, this sounds about right to me for how much you would rest them. I think expecting 15-20 minutes out of them is not realistic in the NBL and don't think any team would take this route (especially when top spot in up for grabs)
Against a team as bad as Cairns, they should've been at 25 minutes tops.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I am sure that was the plan but the game was tight the whole way, and Perth still has their eye on top spot.

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Craig  
Last month

Kobe, 6 games in 11 days is tough, but if a 30+ year old Steph Curry can do it over the span of 72 games playing more than 30 minutes a night I am sure a 23 year old John Mooney and a 28 year old Bryce Cotton can do it. Again they played less than their usual minutes and I think that was always going to be the plan.

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koberulz  
Last month

if a 30+ year old Steph Curry can do it over the span of 72 games playing more than 30 minutes a night
Every NBA team plays 72 games. Fitness is relative.

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koberulz  
Last month

82 games, even.

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Anonymous  
Last month

So fitness is relative for NBA players, but not for the two guys who play 35 minutes a night in the NBL?

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Craig  
Last month

Sorry for late reply Kobe, I wasnt saying one persons fitness against another, what I am saying is the volume NBL players play as opposed to an NBA player I am sure they can handle 35 minutes a game.

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koberulz  
Last month

But they're not playing against NBA players. JFC.

They need to be fit compared to the players they're playing against.

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Craig  
Last month

Correct Kobe, and they are fit compared to the players they are playing against. Playing 35-37 minutes per night isnt going to wear them down to the point they are playing a game fatigued. Its a minutes level they can handle due to their fitness...

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koberulz  
Last month

Do you think all the other teams' players, who are playing less minutes on a lighter schedule, are completely out of shape or something?

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Craig  
Last month

I think the minutes say Cotton/Mooney play compared to other NBL players, with consideration of the amount of games they play isnt enough to fatigue a player in an upcoming game. Sure they will fatigue over the course of a game much like the players on the other team will... but after a game, rest up, light training or no training at all, your fitness levels recover for the following game. You dont enter it feeling fatigued.

Just my opinion, different to yours of course, I can see what you are saying though.

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