Smyth plans changes for NYE line-up
THE 36ers will revamp their line-up for New Year's Eve's crucial NBL confrontation with Perth at the Distinctive Homes Dome.Who can come into the line-up to boost the rebounding effort?
Coach Phil Smyth yesterday would not elaborate - "We'll let Perth find out for themselves," he said - but earlier this week he was more forthcoming when he foreshadowed the moves.
In the wake of Saturday's potential season-blowing 102-107 loss to South, Smyth said the visitors had outworked Adelaide and handsomely won the rebounding contest.
"The bottom line is their effort level was better than ours," he said.
"We had a game we should have got and we let ourselves down.
"There has to be change.
"We can't persist with the same formula if it's not working.
"There has been a component of being loyal to some people but if you can't seize your opportunity, we've got to look elsewhere."
"We've changed some things, some of the positions of players," Smyth said of Sunday's game plan.Starting Nash would leave them too timid. Perhaps starting Timmons is the likely option. Otherwise, changing positions of players - Farley to SF? Copeland starting at SG?
"A lot of energy and effort went into training and that's what we've been wanting to see."
Of the starting group, Maher and Horvath would have to be safe. The loyalty comment could be directed at Majstrovich (though he played well last week) or Cooper (had a couple of key games before the last one), or Farley at a stretch. But swapping Copeland in for Farley won't help us on the boards.
The Wildcats will put up Rogers, Redhage and Ronaldson as their frontcourt wall, and then have Crawford, Brooks and Ryan providing their guard rotation.
What would you do?