NBL: Breakers and stuff



  • Breakers playing for their play-off lives vs Melbourne at spark arena in Auckland now. It's ex-NZB coach Dean Vickerman vs the man who replaced him Paul Henare, it could be Kirk Penney's last game



  • Good but not good enough. Melbourne win in OT on a last second Boone putback



  • Bummer. I couldn’t watch the game but sad to see Penney end his career with a loss. Hopefully Adelaide wins the other series.



  • Penney turned back the clock with a huge game. Abercrombie was poor, we couldn't box out and Melbourne are stacked. Prather, Perth's finals mvp last year is their 6th man!



  • It was a bloody good game of basketball, and Melbourne did bloody well to get back in to it after that 1st quarter. Boone was huge!

    But yes, Melbourne are stacked. Even with Goulding being well down on his usual output this year, he still hit clutch shots; Ware is fucking good; and then they have Prather. That's a lot of guys who can take the big shot, without the bloke in the middle also having his best game ever.



  • We had too many guys have poor games last night. Abercrombie couldn’t hit the side of a barn door. That final block was huge but now I wished he had fouled Boone who isn’t a great FT shooter and we will have time for a last shot.....

    Speaking of which, Sosa’s play at the end of regulation was stink. Way too much dribbling and then not finding Penny who was hot was criminal.

    I wish we had won, but that game was reflective of how our last 10 games have been. We start well and then go into our shell. Our offence gets stagnant and we rely on isolations. Not great.

    We missed Finn also to give us that spark off the bench on the boards and in defence.



  • @act-crusader All good points. Abercrombie was so poor you wonder if he's a spent force. After strong starts to the season Sosa and to a lesser extent Newbill were found to be not good enough. With new owners coming in it will be interesting to see where we go from here when other teams are spending big to outgun us



  • @canefan I thought DJ was our best player in the last quarter of the season and again showed his class during the semis. He bailed us out when our offence got stagnant.

    Was good to se Christmas have a good offensive game.

    As a team we give away so many fouls. Teams are shooting FTs far too early each quarter.



  • @act-crusader that's why I said a lesser extent. He went through a cold patch after the international break and only showed signs of breaking out recently. He does like to take the big shot though. If I was choosing I'd keen DJ and try to upgrade on Sosa



  • Sosa got rattled by Casper. Casper is an NBA quality guard, but just lacks that extra bit of speed at his size that will get him a good look in. He’s the best guard in the NBL IMO.

    I’d offload Sosa too.



  • @act-crusader Sosa's no Cedric Jackson. That would be a battle, Cedric in his prime vs Ware



  • @act-crusader said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    Sosa got rattled by Casper. Casper is an NBA quality guard, but just lacks that extra bit of speed at his size that will get him a good look in. He’s the best guard in the NBL IMO.

    I’d offload Sosa too.

    I'd still take Randle



  • Maybe these new owners will have some contacts to bring former or NBA-quality players to the Breakers. For example, like Childress at the 36ers.



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    Maybe these new owners will have some contacts to bring former or NBA-quality players to the Breakers. For example, like Childress at the 36ers.

    Do you know who they are? I was watching ESPN The Jump the other night, a big issue at the moment in the NBA is college "one and dones" and how to develop young talent that isn't NBA ready. Apparently the NBL have a new programme next season that will encourage the NBA to use it as a D league, attracting more NBA calibre players to Oz. I don't know how things work as far as how these players will be distributed



  • @canefan

    The new owners or these NBA-quality players?



  • @bovidae Who are the owners?



  • @canefan

    Shawn Marion was brought in late as one of the group. Another is a part owner at Swansea City (Romie Chaudhari).

    The main guys are former NBA journeyman Matt Walsh, who will move to NZ, and Adam Goodman.



  • @bovidae Most important have they got money and are they willing to spend it? The outgoing owners have been amazing, I hope things get better not worse



  • In the article I saw on the TV news the Blackwells were really happy with their choice of the new owners as they shared their vision for the team.



  • @bovidae said in NBL: Breakers and stuff:

    In the article I saw on the TV news the Blackwells were really happy with their choice of the new owners as they shared their vision for the team.

    I hope they're right. I'll reserve judgement for now


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