Eight Is Enough (Preview: 36ers v Kings 5/1/13)
In just a few hours the 36ers get their chance to redeem themselves after another disappointing loss. They face a Kings team who was smashed last weekend by the Wildcats and has been smashed this week on the court by their coach, Shane Heal. It's a tough ask for Adelaide.
The season series is split with both teams recording an away victory. That will be some encouragement for Adelaide. The win in Sydney was a good one ( read my review here ) , with Adelaide weathering an early storm and coming from behind down the stretch. It got good games out of Schenscher and Weigh and a nice cameo from CJ Massingale. The loss here a little over a month ago was a bad one and ended CJ's 36ers career.
The keys for Adelaide will be...
-Going to Schensch early and often. Has no-one to match his size and if he can get Crosswhite in foul trouble it will go a long way to helping Adelaide get a win. For whatever reason Schensch has been tightly restricted by refs at home and he should relish the opportunity presented tonight.
-Use the new guy. Christopherson got nowhere near the opportunities he should have outside last night. He needs some confidence and the team's three point guards need to get him some good looks. He's of little use as a tentative bench guy.
-Fix the rotations. Three guard lineups should be used sparingly and if they are should be limited to Crosswell/Cadee, Christopherson and Gibson only.
-Sydney's big three to stop are Henry, Bruce and Madgen. Crosswell played Henry well here last time and should be used exclusively to annoy him. Gibson should split time guarding Bruce and Madgen and Weigh should be tasked with slowing Madgen.
A loss will most certainly spell the end for Clarke. A win might not do much either unless it's comprehensive and the team tries something new (like last year when Bartlett took the starting guard spot from Creek).
Unfortunately I don't hold up much hope the team will try any harder than it did last night. Also not convinced Christopherson can win a game off his own hand.
My Tip: Sydney by 7