NBL: Perth Wildcats face tough road double

Greg Hire has nothing but respect for Mika Vukona, pictured here for New Zealand against the Wildcats last week. Picture: Getty Images
Greg Hire has nothing but respect for Mika Vukona, pictured here for New Zealand against the Wildcats last week. Picture: Getty Images

LAST week, I spoke about the ‘mini-play-off series’ against New Zealand and obviously two losses against them was disappointing for us.

The Breakers once again have showed they are a quality outfit and will feature in the back end of the season.

They’ve brought in two exceptional imports in D.J. Newbill and Edgar Sosa.

Surround players like that with quality local talent and you will always have a potent outfit.

We also saw Mika Vukona notch up his 400th game in the NBL.

While I’m sure Mika wouldn’t acknowledge the incredible milestone, it’s a fantastic achievement.

He is widely respected by all of his peers.

His relentless attitude makes him a special player.

We’ve had some fierce battles over the years and there is a love-hate relationship when going up against him.

You love that you are going up against the best and need to be on song.

But you hate that you’re going to be in a world of pain the next day.

We have a great opportunity to respond this week with a tough double on the road against Brisbane and Melbourne.

Both teams had great wins this past week and will be playing with plenty of confidence.

The one thing that stood out over the two games against the Breakers was our lack of discipline.

When you’re playing great teams on the road, they will punish you if you’re not on song.

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