Not sure how to sum up tonight's game, but it was a bad loss. Gold Coast are a good, well balanced team but that was one we needed. What can we put it down to? Here's a few ideas............
Nathan Crosswell- he was either injured or had personal issues but he was clearly not in the game tonight. Only played 10 minutes and registered 2pts (free throws), 1 assist, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls. Played 5 minutes in the first and third and wasn't sighted again. This murdered team balance.
Free Throws- 8/17
Other stats- Outrebounded them by 13, but had 10 tunovers to their 3. Three! That tells you we played the old matador defence.
The D was poor, team balance was not there and there was little passion outside Ng and Simpson (and no I don't count DJ's "oh dad" routine with Marty Clarke everytime something doesn't go his way). Will be interesting to hear what comes out about Crosswell- this really affected the team tonight. His absence clearly hurt Warren and there were very few good open looks for anyone.
Stephen Weigh- got his 30 minutes but had a forgettable night. 2/7 with 4 boards and 3 assists. Missed Crosswell. 4/10
Nathan Herbert- poor. In 6 minutes he logged 3 points on 1/5 and 3 fouls. Was overly aggressive and killed his night. Was a golden opportunity for him tonight that he blew. 1/10
Tom Daly- got a chance and the team had a nice little run when he was on but didn't contribute much to it. 2/10
Darren Ng- 20pts in 23 minutes is a great output. Took a few ill advised shots but he was the only shooter with anything resembling a hot hand. Got burned badly on D several times (including by Jason Cadee). One of the few who can hold his head high. 7/10
Wade Helliwell- only got 5 minutes, didn't do much with it. Had one awesome screen that sent Deleon sprawling. 2/10
Chris Warren- made some bold drives but his shot was way off (1/7 on triples). 9pts and 5 assists. 4/10
Daniel Johnson- got a double double and had some good moments, including 2 flukey inside finishes. Need to cut back the looks to the coaches bench when something goes against him and just put his head down and get the job done. 7/10
Mitch Creek- went for a ridiculous dunk and did little else besides nail a nice 3. Needs some stable court time. 3/10
Nathan Crosswell-all out of sorts (as above) but I'm guessing there was a legit reason. 1/10
Diamon Simpson- probably our best. A beast inside 14 and 13 with 3 great swats. Needs more looks, shoots a great % and doesn't take stupid shots. 7/10
Adam Ballinger- only got 12 minutes. Got 7 boards which is a phenomenal return but his shot has deserted him (1/6). Is struggling with the role but him and the team need to persist with it. 3/10.
Marty Clarke- was hamstrung by his guards and probably made the best of a bad situation. Should have demanded more entry passes and more looks for Simpson and DJ. Needs to get a press break sorted, teams are continuing to press because we haven't shown the ability to constantly beat it. 6/10