Monday, February 15, 2010

NBL Playoff Schedule & News

That is not hugging it out people. The Gold Coast Blaze and Perth Wildcats playoff series will be heated, just like the regular season clashes.
Before reading this edition, please go and get your diary so you can make a note of the dates of the NBL semi final series.

The Perth Wildcats/Gold Coast Blaze series kicks off proceedings on Thursday (18th) night in Perth. Game 2 will be the played on Tuesday (23rd) in the sand on the Coast and if required Game 3 will be squeezed in on Sunday (28th) back out west.

Moving to the rematch of the 2001 Grand Final series, the Wollongong Hawks take on the Townsville Crocodiles. Game 1 is in the Steel City on Friday (19th), Game 2 in the far north on Wednesday (24th) and if the series is knotted, it will return south on Saturday (27th).

- Current Blaze captain James Harvey could not be happier playing his former club in the first round of the NBL playoffs.

My spies at Blaze practice today noticed that players would make a couple of free throws before breaking for water, except, Harvey and his flamboyant teammate Chris Goulding.

The backcourt duo would brush off the free throws and walk to centre court. That's right, they practiced their saluting instead.

- With Adelaide out of the playoff picture, Boti Nagy has given us his final regular season wrap.

- Wollongong Hawks Head Coach Gordie McLeod (and my vote for coach of the year) comments on the closeness of this season. More from McLeod in his local rag.

- Perth Wildcats Head Coach Rob Beveridge "thought we've got to get him (Shaun Redhage) shots", he told Perth Now.

Redhage had a team high 32 points in the much anticipated clash for the minor premiership against the Townsville Crocodiles.

- Adelaide 26ers MVP adam Ballinger has signed a 3 month contract with Israeli team Ironi Nahariya.

It could be a tough year for Ballinger. The 36ers picked up their first ever wooden spoon and now travels to Europe where he joins a 3-10 team.

- Injured Gold Coast Blaze due of Anthony Petrie and Ayinde Ubaka will be back for the playoffs.

- Aaron Fearne the head coach of the Cairns Taipans has graded his team's performance after their season came to an end this past weekend. He gave them an "A" at home but was not quite sure about on the road. They won one road game for the season.

While on the Snakes, they could learn their fate as early as tomorrow. The NBL are set to announce the teams that are in for next season.

- Joey Wright is a sneaky little bugger.

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