word14
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NZNBL 2024 Season

Based off the amount of people involved in an NZNBL discussion on another thread I thought I'd made a dedicated one to discuss the remainder of the season. Still a lot to play for- the battle for the top 2 spots between Auckland, Canterbury and Taranaki. Wellington and Franklin battling for 4th and a home play-in game. Can Tauranga, Otago or Hawke's bay string a few wins together and challenge Nelson for the last playoff spot, my money would be on Tauranga at the moment. And finally, Southland and Manawatu in a sad battle to avoid the wooden spoon, at the moment Southland look a lot better, can the Jets do anything to avoid the spoon?

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Kolzee  
Last month

Saints have been surprisingly patchy and now that they've lost tall blacks I think they'll slide out of 4th

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word14  
Last month

Agreed, Franklin haven't been great at times but probably deserve 4th more. Airs getting ripped apart by Olbrich and the Rams right now

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word14  
Last month

Lachie Olbrich with an enormous 30 point, 18 rebound double-double (plus 5 assists and 2 steals) leads Canterbury to a 121-94 win over a Jets team who were respectable most of the afternoon. 15 straight for the Rams who lock in a home Semi-Final spot

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Dunkman  
Last month

Olbrich could be the MVP of the league on what I've seen, bettered Froling when playing against him. He’ll need more court time at hawks in the new season.

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word14  
Last month

Commentators shared similar sentiments this evening about his MVP potential and role on the Hawks. He's a walking double double, though his lack of shot blocking was lamented a little by the commentators tonight. Definitely expect to see him averaging 15-20 mins a game, if not more when Frolings having a bad night.

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Zodiac  
Last month

Another fk up by Sixers management. Olbrich an Adelaide lad, spent a season with the Sixers as a DP, goes off to play college quits after one year and then bypasses us and signs a 3 year deal with the Hawks instead.

Olbrich looks like he has genuine potential and now we have to console ourselves with Griscti.

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word14  
Last month

Yeah he is really using this NZNBL campaign to show off his skillset, 36ers are definitely kicking themselves.

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word14  
Last month

Nelson had a chance to lock in the last playoffs spot tonight, but the much improved Sharks don't let it happen, picking up their first road win of the season 98-83. Dan Gridas huge effort of 40 points still wasn't enough for the Giants to win. The result means Tauranga are still a chance at playoffs, thanks to their buzzer beater victory on Thursday. Also a shoutout to Callum MacRae with the seasons first triple-double, 22pts, 21rebs, 11asts.

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The Big Duke  
Last month

I hope the Whai can make a late season surge, Franklin and Nelson both pissing their finals chances away.

Winner going to be out of the Rams and Saints I feel

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word14  
Two weeks ago

Agreed, I'm very much hoping for the Whai to take 6th as well. Seems very hard to see anyone but Canterbury winning the championship right now

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word14  
Two weeks ago

Big round of hoops starting tonight with Wellington hosting Tauranga. Whai need the W to keep the playoff dream alive, let's see if they can get it done

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Kolzee  
Two weeks ago

Taranaki likely out of the running now after losing froling to summer league

Agree can't see anyone beating the rams for the title

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word14  
Two weeks ago

Agree Kolzee, Tuatara the only team left who could realistically challenge the Rams for the championship.

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word14  
Two weeks ago

Saints get the job done 100-92 over a decent Tauranga outfit. Playoff dreams over for the Whai, who have still had a more than respectable debut season. Good on the offensive end tonight but couldn't get a defensive stop to save their lives. Order still to be determined but Auckland, Canterbury, Taranaki, Wellington, Franklin and Nelson locked in as the final 6.

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word14  
Two weeks ago

I'm aware there's a world where Hawkes Bay could still knock Nelson out of 6th, but would be one hell of a miracle.

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word14  
Two weeks ago

Otago take care of Nelson 88-79 tonight. The Giants play their last home game of the year to finish just 2-8 in Nelson, but have been solid enough on the road to make the 6. Sam Dempster shot an atrocious 2-14 from the field tonight.

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word14  
Two weeks ago

Hawkes Bay take care of Manawatu 97-78. The win keeps the Hawks small playoff chances alive. Shoutout to ex-Taipan Josh Roberts on the seasons most insane statline: 26pts, 29rebs and 3blks. Hawks all time record for individual rebounds in a game!!!

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word14  
Last week

A thrilling 84-83 win for Tauranga over Manawatu caps off a very solid debut season for the Whai. 8-12, sniffed playoffs, and good home crowds season long. A win for the league who will look to have similar success with Queenstown next year. Good foundations laid for Tauranga who could be a problem next year. One more game to go for Manawatu before their season from hell finally ends.

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word14  
Last week

Looks like Manawatu are going to lose again, finishing the season with a very sad record of 1-19. The worst record since Hawke's Bay went winless in 2016 (0-18)

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word14  
A few hours ago

With the regular season complete tonight it's time for Playoffs! Beginning on Wednesday with Taranaki hosting Nelson for a semi final spot vs Canterbury. Then on Friday night Wellington host Franklin for a semi final spot against Auckland. Grand Final predictions? I’m going Canterbury vs Franklin. I could see the Bulls going on a fairytale run and knocking off both Wellington and Auckland.

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