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R9 Preview: The Warm Up

The Kings have a new coach, the Crocs a new captain and the NBL's hottest rivalry of the last six years gets settled for the 2015/16 regular season as we take a look at Round 9 in The Warm Up. The round has taken on an eventful warm up following the release of Damian Cotter as coach of the Kings replaced by former NBA assistant Joe Connelly. Next came the Townsville Crocodiles releasing captain and reigning MVP Brian Conklin, with his import replacement likely to be unveiled next week. Sydney play its first game under Connelly on the road in Cairns on Friday. The Crocs host reigning grand finalists, the Taipans on Wednesday and New Zealand Breakers on Saturday. The round begins on Wednesday as the fiercest recent rivalry in the NBL adds another chapter with the Breakers hosting the Wildcats with the season series on the line. New Zealand and Perth have combined to win the last six championships and will already be playing for the fourth time in 2015/16. The Wildcats have won their two games at Perth Arena by three and six points. In between, the Breakers won at home by eight points. The 'Cats hold a one-point advantage in the series with the winner on Wednesday night set to take it out which could be crucial come playoff time with the Wildcats second at 9-4 and Breakers third at 7-5. The double-header concludes at The Swamp with the Crocs hosting the Snakes in the second Reptile Rumble of the season. Cairns won the first clash at home by six points but both teams need a win. The Taipans enter the clash at 4-7 having lost three of its last four while the Crocs have lost their last two to slip to 4-10. Whether the Taipans can dominate with their frontcourt up against the Crocs led by Mitch Young, Nick Kay and Harry Froling minus Conklin and Luke Schenscher could prove pivotal. Thursday night could feature 200-plus points quite comfortably as the Hawks host the league-leading Melbourne. Any game featuring shooters like Kirk Penney, Chris Goulding, Oscar Forman, Daniel Kickert, Stephen Holt, Kevin Lisch, Todd Blanchfield and Tim Coenraad has high-scoring potential. The winner of the inside battle featuring AJ Ogilvy up against Hakim Warrick and Majok Majok could very well decide a game where Melbourne can again firm as league-leaders or Illawarra can send a clear message that it is a contender though. A Friday night double-header is up next as the Taipans back up from their Reptile Rumble on Wednesday returning home to take on a Kings team under a new coach and who will have Josh Childress in consecutive games for the first time this season. The Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers have the longest NBL rivalry and it's another crucial contest at Perth Arena in the second half of the double-header. The 'Cats and Sixers were losing semi-finalists last season and sit in the top four at present with every reason to be aiming to go at least one step better. Which team is more capable could be answered with the added bonus the first glimpse of Adelaide pocket dynamo Jerome Randle up against perhaps the NBL's all-time greatest defender Damian Martin for the first time. Randle is averaging 22.3 points and 4.6 assists but Martin will be in his third game back from injury and up for the challenge. Saturday features the Crocs at home at The Swamp hosting the defending champion Breakers before the round concludes on Sunday with another tantalising match-up between two top four teams, Melbourne and Adelaide. ROUND 9 NBL FIXTURES (local times) WEDNESDAY New Zealand Breakers v Perth Wildcats (North Shore Events Centre) – Fox Sports 3, 7.30pm Townsville Crocodiles v Cairns Taipans (Townsville Entertainment Centre) – Fox Sports 3, 6.30pm THURSDAY Illawarra Hawks v Melbourne United (WIN Entertainment Centre) – Fox Sports 3, 7.30pm FRIDAY Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings (Cairns Convention Centre) – Fox Sports 3, 6.30pm Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers (Perth Arena) – Fox Sports 3, 6.30pm SATURDAY Townsville Crocodiles v New Zealand Breakers (Townsville Entertainment Centre) – Fox Sports 3, 6.30pm SUNDAY Melbourne United v Adelaide 36ers (Hisense Arena) – Fox Sports 3 & GEM, 3pm
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