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#HardBall Podcast: Ep. 19 Grand Finals Preview

This week on the #HardBall Podcast Liam Santamaria and Brett Thomas are joined by Fox Sports broadcaster Derek Rucker to break down all the action from the Swisse NBL Finals and preview the Grand Final series between the Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers. The boys also chat to Wildcats sparkplug Jesse Wagstaff and Breakers captain Mika Vukona ahead of Grand Final Game One this Wednesday night in Perth. Perth Wildcats reserve Jesse Wagstaff has been in some excellent form this season, shooting Perth to victory on a number of occasions. His 17 points and 7 rebounds in Game Three of the Semi Finals against Illawarra were crucial in Perth’s win and he’ll play a big role in the upcoming Grand Final series against New Zealand. Wagstaff joins the boys to chat about making board games, guarding Tai Wesley and why Casey Prather will win the Larry Sengstock Medal as the Grand Final MVP. New Zealand captain Mika Vukona is the heart and soul of the defending champion Breakers. The highly-respected forward has won five NBL championships and is on the verge of becoming one of the few people in history to have won six. Vukona joins the boys from the airport lounge ahead of flying to Perth to discuss New Zealand’s topsy-turvy season, his playoff mindset, whether Perth can match the Breakers’ intensity and his scout on Wildcats big man Matty Knight.
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