Perth Wildcats’ NBL destiny in their hands against Sydney Kings and Melbourne United

Wildcat Jameel Mckay takes a shot against the Sydney Kings. Picture: Getty Images
Wildcat Jameel Mckay takes a shot against the Sydney Kings. Picture: Getty Images

THIS is definitely the most unpredictable and tight NBL season I’ve ever experienced.

To have the fate of six from eight teams still undecided for the playoffs in the last round shows how competitive 2016-17 has been.

Unfortunately, there are too many scenarios to consider in regards to how the ladder will end up. All I know is that if we win two games this weekend, we guarantee our spot in the finals.

To me that’s a great thing; we are in control of our destiny, we don’t have to rely on other results to make the playoffs.

Obviously, we would’ve loved to have secured our playoff position already but that isn’t the case.

We need to continue building for this weekend and it all starts Friday against Sydney.

I believe we have grown as a team in the last couple of weeks.

Some may argue our win over Brisbane was against an outfit smashed with injury, but it was our style of play that was pleasing for me.

We were unselfish, ball movement was exceptional and our defence was tenacious – traits we want to exhibit in all games.

Against Cairns, our third quarter performance let us down.

Costly turnovers and a poor defensive rebounding effort hurt us immensely. It allowed them cheap baskets and confidence.

Once you get quality guys rolling like the Taipans’ big Nate Jawai, it’s incredibly hard to stop.

For us, we need to stick together and continue with the style of play we’ve produced recently.

We need to fix aspects that are controllable and stop worrying about that which is out of our control.