Cedric Jackson. That has to be the name of Round 9. I’m saying it now – if he doesn’t get Player of the Week, it will be a crime.
The second ever triple-double in the NBL, and it only took 25 minutes of game time, quicker than the NBA’s fastest triple-doubles, Marcus Camby in 2008 (13 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists) and Karl Malone in 2003 (10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists), both taking 26 minutes. In fact, I can’t find a triple-double that’s more statistically impressive. Jackson hit 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The closest I can find is LeBron James in 2007, when he hit 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Breakers might still have won it without Jackson though – even his top scoring 28 points was less than the huge 30 point win. Coming off the back of a huge deficit against Perth, the Breakers won huge, showing their fans that this was just a one off.
The Breakers are back on top, something they are very deserving off after this round, with Wollongong dropping to second. If the changes in the ladder were based on short term performance though, they’d have dropped a few more places. Looking at the stats, Wollongong were woeful. Their big player so far this season, Adris Deleon, only hit 2/13 from the field, 2/5 from the line. The only positive stat he got higher than two in was points (6). Adding five turnovers to that, he didn’t have a good game. Sure, a team is about more than stars, but when your star players are having bad games, your life is going to be so much more difficult. I’d almost go as far as to say you’re going to have a bad time.
Yes, Wollongong also has Lance Hurdle and Glen Saville, who both scored well, but their other stat lines weren’t so great. That is where the Hawks went wrong this round.
Just quickly (I want to finish this post soon, because my alarm is going to be waking me up in five and a half hours), Sydney got the W in 1 of 2 and Adelaide dropped both of theirs.
I guess you can tell, but the THOF Player of the Week – Cedric Jackson. Surely, this will be mirrored by the NBL this week… I don’t see the Breakers keeping Jackson for 2013/14 – he’ll be playing the NBA.
Here’s the ladder for this round.