As expected by most, the Wildcats last night knocked off the Hawks, 105-92. Shawn Redhage and Darnell Hinson were the main destroyers, as Kavossy Franklin had a rare quiet night.
Tonight sees the tough 36ers visit the Breakers, in what should be a top quality match. Unfortunately for Paora Winitana, he will not be available to suit up in his first homecoming match since leaving NZ in the off-season. The Breakers have performed well so far, early in the season, but realise they can't become too complacent (video here). NBL official preview.
A Stern Prediction: Breakers by 3
There's a lot of ketchup on this one as Shane Heal leads his Blaze against the visiting South Dragons, a team that he left under less than optimal circumstances last season, as both player and coach. New Dragons coach Brian Goorjian is the NBL's equivalent of Phil Jackson with mind games and is not stupid enough to underestimate the willpower of Heal to step it up with a massive performance. The last thing you want to do is stoke the embers of a Hammer flame (just ask Sir Charles), so Goorj has come out publicly to admire the threat that Heal will be against the Dragons. The Dragons' imports have not been in top form so far, however the play of Boomers Mark Worthington and Joe Ingles should be enough to top the Blaze, despite the return of Luke Whitehead to their lineup. Don't underestimate a long-range display from Heal though. NBL official preview.
A Stern Prediction: Dragons by 4
Episode 4 of "The OT" with JR and DJ Rod is now online. As pointed out on The Basketball Professor's site, there's no such thing as bad publicity these days when it comes to basketball, as it is sorely lacking these days in Australia. The common sentiment amongst Australian basketball fans at the moment is that the "underground" network of basketball bloggers, video presenters and podcast makers are doing a great job and that we are seeing a revolution in the way basketball is presented to us in Australia. Basically, we have solved the problem that we all have been complaining about for so long, with lack of promotion of the game in Australia by the powers that be. Well done to all. Here at ...a stern warning, whilst the focus is on international ball, including the NBA and Europe, I'm trying to do my small part to keep promotion of Australian basketball going. There's a nice list here on the OzhoopsBoards of sources of basketball content in this "black market" of media outlets.