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Brisbane Bullets vs Adelaide 36ers
2016/17 NBL Season, 24 November 2016
|Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD|
|Brisbane Bullets||Adelaide 36ers|
Popcorn may be needed for the opening game of Round 8 in the NBL as bad blood threatens to spill over when the Brisbane Bullets take on the Adelaide 36ers. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
A war of words has erupted this week off the court, following the clubs fiery match last Saturday, where the Bullets came away with a monster 18-point win on the road.
Daniel Kickert, Brisbane’s veteran centre was found guilty of headbutting Anthony Drmic during the contest and it has grown on social media since then.
With Kickert taking a $1000 fine to avert suspension, he took to Twitter in a now deleted post that read ‘can’t wait to play the Adelaide thirty stitches #dibberdobberswearnappies’. (sic)
Adelaide coach Joey Wright then fired back, saying he was looking forward to ‘playing the Brisbane B iches (sic) as well. See you Thursday’.
Jerome Randle then got involved in the action, defending his coach. Both Wright and Kickert have both been fined a further $500 for the outbursts.
All of that sets the scene for what should be an intriguing contest, with emotions likely to spill over. For the Bullets in particular there is also plenty riding on it.
With their guards starting to get a consistent offence running, which saw them dish out over 100 points against the defensively incompetent 36ers, they can really get on a roll here.
The scary thing for the rest of the league is that it simply doesn’t feel like the Bullets have played all that well thus far, yet they sit second on the ladder with a record of six wins and four losses, only behind the Sydney Kings.
The 36ers meanwhile, without captain Mitch Creen put on an early resurgence, but they have simply leaked too many points to win games.
Having played nine games in the first seven rounds, they have only won three and are now glued to the bottom of the table.
Jerome Randle, the man that led them to within a game of the finals last season has been consistently getting in foul trouble limiting his impact, and they are letting in a ridiculous 97 points per game.
While there have been some bright spots – Nathan Sobey comes to mind, there has been little else to write home about for the Adelaide-based club.
The Bullets picked up a big win on the road last weekend and are proving themsevles as genuine contenders. This result just about writes itself, with the 36ers probably going to face more tough times before they get to better ones.
Really, we are all just hanging out to see if there are any flare ups after the mid-week social media battle.
Bullets by 15.
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