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In The Post – United “lock in”

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Champs “lock in” 

Melbourne United coach Dean Vickerman says his side is ready to “lock in” after last night’s big win in Perth.

“We feel like this is our time right now to really lock in, to just play with an absolute desperation and winning effort,” Vickerman said via ESPN.

Forde will “take a pay cut” for Pinder, Kuol

Cairns coach Adam Forde has declared he will take a pay cut if it means the Taipans can keep Keanu Pinder and Bul Kuol.

“I will take a pay cut to make that happen. They’ve been amazing, they fit the identity that we want here. To keep Bul and Keanu…yes,” Forde said.

Wildcats get “back on track”

Despite falling to United last night, Wildcats coach Scott Morrison was happy with Perth’s effort in the contest.

“I was pleased with the effort of the guys. I thought we left it all out there. We're short-handed, gave it all we had, which is kind of the first step in getting back on the right track,” Morrison said via ESPN.

Dieng continues rise 

New Zealand Breakers coach Dan Shamir says NBL Next Star Ousmane Dieng continues to step up his game as his NBA draft stock increases.

“It feels like he's been stepping it up every game. It just feels like he's getting better from game to game, so at least we have five more games to enjoy him,” Shamir said via ESPN.

Kings ready for heavy schedule

Sydney Kings coach Chase Buford says the team is ready to tackle a heavy schedule which features four games in eight days.

“It's a heck of a week coming up for us. We play four games in the span of eight days, rest and recovery will be huge. At the end of the day, these guys want to play games, they don't want to hear me yelling at them in practice, the more games we play it's probably better for these guys in the locker room,” Buford said via the Illawarra Mercury.

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