NBL finals: Perth Wildcats need to lift in crunch game against Illawarra Hawks


Illawarra took it up to the Perth Wildcats in game two of the semi-final series. Picture: Getty Images
Illawarra took it up to the Perth Wildcats in game two of the semi-final series. Picture: Getty Images

They sped us up to a pace at which we don’t win, forcing us to take a lot of rushed shots.

This led to easy transition buckets for them and had us go down 104-87 at Wollongong Entertainment Centre.

We didn’t play to our strengths in feeding the ball to the big guys. Defensively, we were extremely poor.

But the good thing about those elements is that we can ensure we address them in game three at Perth Arena on Friday.

We lost the rebound count in games one and two and rebounding has been our strength all year.

It’s simply a work ethic factor we need to turn around if we’re to make it to the grand final series.

We’re preparing for former teammate and league MVP Kevin Lisch to suit up for the Hawks after he injured his ankle in game one.

He’s an absolute warrior, but having said that, they’ve had some players come up big in his absence so there’s certainly others on whom we need to focus.

I was not surprised to see New Zealand defeat Melbourne in two games.

Experience counts in critical times and the Breakers have plenty of it.

It was always going to be a monumental task for Melbourne to win in New Zealand after losing game one.

Melbourne had a terrific season but the Breakers are loaded with talent and they’ve been playing a terrific style of basketball of late.