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R3 Preview: Sydney v Adelaide

Chill out - Chill's in! In one of the most anticipated injury returns this season, Josh Childress will suit up for the Sydney Kings for the first time since January 25. The Harbour City have won just one out of their last ten games since last year’s League leading scorer and rebounder was forced to sit out and the time for his return could not be more important. Their opponents, the Wilson Adelaide 36ers have had their own injection of talent with new import guard Jerome Randle scoring 24-points in his NBL debut in a home win against the Cairns Taipans last night that will have them full of enthusiasm for this match. Whilst Randle, the shortest player in the NBL at 177cm, will not be matched up directly against Childress, the man the players themselves voted as the League’s most valuable player, the impact for each on their clubs fortunes cannot be underestimated. Sydney did win their first game of the year against Cairns without Childress, but have been laboring with three straight losses since and could only post 62 points against the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday night. It is obvious that the Kings need a victory right now and not just a reason to celebrate their 400th home game in the NBL. A win against a quality opponent such as Adelaide will be crucial moving forward. The 36ers have weapons all over the floor and they love to score. Daniel Johnson and Adam Gibson will perform week in and week out but look out for veteran Ebi Ere. Still yet to find his feet in the NBL after a six-year absence, the scoring machine will be inspired to perform at the Qantas Credit Union Arena where the biggest moment of his career occurred when he drove the Kings to a Championship victory in Game 5 of the 2004 NBL Grand Final. In the two games played between these teams in Sydney last year we saw a total of 398 points scored and in the last seven games played between the Kings and 36ers, one team has reached the century six times. Let’s hope that trend continues. BY THE NUMBERS

Head-to-head: 73 games played. Sydney Kings: 34 wins. Adelaide 36ers: 39 wins.

In Sydney: 34 games played Sydney Kings: 20 wins. Adelaide 36ers: 14 wins.

2014/15 at Sydney: Round 5) Sydney 107 def Adelaide 100 by 7 Round 16)Adelaide 105 def Sydney 86 by 19

FAST FACTS

THE BIG 400 - This is the Sydney Kings 400th home game in the NBL. It is the 326th home game played at the Qantas Credit Union Arena formally known as the Sydney Entertainment Centre or the Kingdome.The rest of the home games were mainly played at the State Sports Centre and the Sydney Superdome.

FACT-TO-FACT - The last 7 games played between these clubs have seen one team score 100-points six times. In Adelaide’s two wins they have scored 88 and 90. In two losses it has been 66 and 75. It is the opposite for Sydney who have kept their opponents to just 63 in their win and allowed an average of 84 in their 3 losses.

THIS TIME LAST SEASON - Last year Childress had one of the most impressive games in NBL history against Adelaide in their first meeting in Sydney when he posted an NBL season-high 36 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists and blocked 5 shots.

TOUGH TURNAROUND - This is the only time of the whole season that one team has to play on back-to-back nights, with Adelaide hosting Cairns last night.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT - Adelaide import Jerome Randle’s debut was the 4th highest scoring by any import since the introduction of the 40-minute game.

Highest scoring debuts by all NBL players in the 40-minute era 28  - Patty Mills for Melbourne vs Sydney 2012 28 – Brock Motum for Adelaide at Sydney last season 27 – Gary Ervin for Wollongong vs Gold Coast 2011 26 – Josh Childress for Sydney vs Wollongong 2014 25 – James Ennis for Perth vs Adelaide 2014 24 – Jerome Randle for Adelaide 2015 23 – Jamar Wilson for Cairns vs Townsville 2012 23 – Scottie Wilbekin for Cairns at Adelaide 2014

36ers coach Joey Wright won his 206th game last night which moved him into 7th most in NBL history. He has coached the 9th most games in NBL history.

WINS COACH GAMES
514 Brian Goorjian 735
339 Lindsay Gaze 651
282 Brian Kerle 456
279 Alan Black 497
224 Bob Turner 369
2127 Brendan Joyce 433
206 Joey Wright 354
205 Phil Smyth 365
 
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