Perth Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge will resist the temptation to rest any of his front-line stars in tomorrow night’s first-versus-second blockbuster with New Zealand at Perth Arena.
The regular season finale is a dead rubber, with the teams guaranteed to finish in the top two, but Breakers big man Will Hudson (knee) is the only player unavailable.
The Wildcats have rested the majority of their squad during practice sessions in recent weeks, with the long season and niggling injuries take their toll.Matt Knight, Cameron Tovey and Jesse Wagstaff were on limited duties at this morning’s training run at the Arena.
Beveridge said the lighter workloads had his side primed to pounce on the league-leading Breakers tomorrow night.
“Absolutely, we’re going for it,” Beveridge said.
“We want to go in and play as hard as we can and prepare ourselves for the play-offs.
“There’s no better way to prepare than playing New Zealand.
“We’ve been lighter this week with the players and resting the bodies up so we can go 100 per cent in the game.”
The Wildcats will launch an assault on the championship when the play-offs start next week.
They will host a yet to be determined opponent in the opening match of a three-game semifinal series next Thursday night.
The final two play-off spots will be decided over the weekend, with Wollongong the best placed of five teams vying for a berth in the post-season.
The Wildcats will meet the team that finished third and Beveridge said his gut feeling was the Hawks.
“They just have to beat (wooden spooners) Adelaide on their home court and they’re very, very tough at home,” Beverdige said.
“So right now I think it will be Wollongong, but if Wollongong lose it could be anybody.
“But right now let’s just take care of this week’s game and hopefully get through injury-free and ready for next week.”A finals-like atmosphere is guaranteed for tomorrow night’s game, with just a handful of single-seat tickets remaining.
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