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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks: NBL finals Game 3 live scores, blog

Roar Guru
5th March, 2017

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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks

2016/2017 NBL Final Series Game 3, Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks

Perth Arena, Perth Western Australia
Perth Wildcats Illawarra Hawks
95 SCORE 86
26 Q1 17
20 Q2 24
25 Q3 22
24 Q4 23
Where: Perth Arena
When: 3pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports
Series break down: Perth lead series 2-0
Betting: Perth $1.28, Illawarra $3.70

Perth Wildcats
Point guard: Damian Martin
Shooting guard: Bryce Cotton
Small forward: Casey Prather
Power forward: Shawn Redhage
Centre: Jameel McKay

Bench: Greg Hire, Jarrod Kenny, Jesse Wagstaff, Dexter Kernrich-Drew, Angus Brandt, Corban Wroe
Matt Knight injured.

Illawarra Hawks
Point guard: Mitch Norton
Shooting guard: Marvelle Harris
Small forward: Kevin White
Power forward: Nick Kay
Centre: AJ Ogilvy

Bench: Rotnei Clarke, Tim Coenraad, Cody Ellis, Oscar Forman, Michael Hollyfield, Rhys Martin (c)
Illawarra head to Perth in a do-or-die situation. (Photo credit: Joel Armstrong)
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Match result:

The Perth Wildcats have won their eighth NBL title and second in a row, downing the Illawarra Hawks by nine points on Sunday afternoon.

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Final score
Perth Wildcats 95
Illawarra Hawks 86

Match preview:

It’s do-or-die for the Illawarra Hawks as they travel to face the Perth Wildcats in Game 3 of the NBL finals series. Join The Roar for all the action from 3pm (AEDT).

Having won both games 89-77, Perth lead the series 2-0, have all the momentum and are at home, so the possibility of going back-to-back in front of that home crowd will add to their advantage.

However, the Wildcats may have injury problems, with Matt Knight leaving Game 2 early after suffering a head knock in the third quarter. He clearly had symptoms of concussion, which leaves his status for this game in doubt.

Illawarra saw the return of Marvelle Harris in Game 2, however he was clearly underdone, after arriving back in Illawarra from the USA Wednesday morning.

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For the Hawks to get back into the series they need Rotnei Clarke to get some more support from big men Nick Kay and AJ Ogilvy, especially if Matt Knight is out.

The break may help the Hawks regroup and analyse what they did wrong in the first two games, however it may also assist Knight get over his injury concerns

Prediction
The Wildcats go into this game looking to close out the series and start celebrating, while the Hawks need to survive another day and force a fourth match, to be played in Illawarra. The Hawks overcame this situation against Adelaide in the semi-finals, however this Wildcats team at home is a completely different beast to the 36ers.

Wildcats to clinch the series 3-0 with a four-point win.