Injury woes for Breakers and Wildcats
April 13, 2012 16:29:28 UK
Ahead of the Game 2 of the NBL Grand Final series between New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats, both the contesting teams are sweating over the fitness of their star players.
The Breakers took the court in the first game of this best-of-three series without their NBL All-Star small forward Thomas Abercrombie, but still managed to emerge victorious by a margin of 104-98. In the OT of that encounter, the Wildcats' forward Matthew Knight injured his thumb and didn't return to finish the game. He is now a major doubt for Game 2.
Talking about Knight's injury, Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge told the reporters: "We need to get some scans, but right now he can't buy a trick. When he does something he does it pretty good."
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Meanwhile, Abercrombie's left ankle, which he had injured against Townsville Crocodiles in Game 3 of the semi-final series, still hasn't healed completely. The Breakers are trying hard to get him fit for the away game against the Wildcats, but it is too early to say if they will be successful in their attempts.
However, the Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis sounded optimistic and said: "Obviously eight days gives us a bit of hope. It's shown improvement each day and if it shows that same sort of improvement then hopefully he'll be able to at least contribute something."
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