11/2/13

Show Some Respect! (Preview: 36ers v Kings 3/11/13)

After Thursday's win, the Sixers have their record back in the black at 3-2. While that's a good thing, we still have absolutely no idea what that record really means. Let's break down the results.

PERTH (L)
The boys only went down by 3 to the clear best team in the league so far. That it got that result on the road and without two of it's starters indicates it was a very respectable outcome.

WOLLONGONG (W)
Adelaide survived a massive scare and in the end got a good result. Wollongong though has only won one game and got thrashed by New Zealand and Perth in it's other 2 losses.

CAIRNS (W)
Any win up north is good. Cairns has only beaten the two bottom teams thus far though.

MELBOURNE (L)
This was a disappointing loss, even though it was Adelaide's second game in 48hrs on the road. Melbourne was winless before this game but has since added a nice win against Cairns on the road tonight.

NEW ZEALAND (W)
The win broke the hoodoo the Breakers have held over Adelaide for 4 years. The Sixers had a huge lead and only just hung on the end.

A win tomorrow  should start to have people thinking the Sixers are currently the best placed team with the tools to beat Perth. The Cats have a bye next round and then take on Cairns and Wollongong in round 6. Adelaide waits for them, at home, in round 7.

Beating the Kings tomorrow will allow Adelaide to tick two important boxes

1/ Maturity
One of Adelaide's worst losses last year was against Sydney in Adelaide last year. Adelaide had built a commanding lead and things looked up when Kings star Ben Madgen left the game with an injury. Instead of going for the kill, Adelaide started coasting and the Kings stormed home to win the game (if you 're a masochist you can read about it here). Madgen is far from last year's form and the Kings have been erratic and this really is a game Adelaide should win.

2/ Can Travel
Having also made the trip to New Zealand this week, the time difference really does mess with you for a day or two after. To become a legit team, Adelaide needs to find a way to win despite travel, fatigue, injuries, poor shooting etc. A week ago the team put in a sub par performance versus Melbourne and gets a chance to atone for it this week by backing up for a much needed win.


The game is full of some intriguing matchups so let's look at a few

SANDERS v ERVIN
Sanders has some extra size on Ervin and will look to exploit that advantage. "The Colonel" is still looking for that statement game and will be keen to help his team pull-off a 2-0 road trip. Gary Ervin played his best game as a Sixer Thursday and will be happy to be back home where he lit it up in his home debut. Both players should have their moments but I expect Ervin to have a big game.

CARMOUCHE v GIBSON
Charles Carmouche had his statement game Friday, scoring 33 points featuring five threes and eight free throws. He'll be guarded by Adam Gibson, who leads the team's defense. In all of Adelaide's wins, Gibbo has experienced at least one purple patch and that will be needed again tomorrow.

MADGEN v FRYE
Madgen is threatening to explode soon but will find it tough against the silky Jarrid Frye. The Adelaide forward should make Madge work hard at both ends. How well he's scouted the Kings captain will determine how well he slows him down.

OGILVY v JOHNSON/SCHENSCHER
AJ has been perhaps the best big man in the league so far. He'll provide some hassles for DJ at both ends. Expect Schensch to get some good minutes here, assuming he doesn't face more foul woes.

It promises to be a great game but I think Adelaide should too many weapons in this one.

My Tip: Adelaide by 6


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