Breaker dismisses drop in form and 36ers’ hot streak
NEW Zealand Breakers forward Tom Abercrombie has dismissed Adelaide's 10-match winning streak as a factor in their best-of-three NBL semi-final series, which starts in Auckland tonight.
The 36ers' hot run includes a 93-88 win against the Kiwi franchise in Auckland earlier this month, with American guard Jamar Wilson leading the way on in scoring a game-high 28 points for Adelaide.
Abercrombie said the team was not concerned by that result - one of four losses for the Breakers in their final six regular-season matches.
"They're playing well. They come into the playoffs with a lot of confidence and momentum, but it means nothing now," he said.
"Ten in a row, whatever their record is, whatever our record is, it doesn't mean anything. We're happy. We've worked all season to get to the position we are now.
"We have home-court advantage - it's up to us to make the most of that."
Game two will be played in Adelaide on Saturday night, with a decider scheduled for Auckland next Tuesday if required.
The other semi-final series between minor premier Cairns and defending champion Perth will be played in north Queensland tomorrow night.
Perth is playing in its 29th consecutive finals campaign, the equal highest streak - level with National Hockey League team the Boston Bruins - among major global sporting franchises.
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