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Cats guard to play through pain
Cats guard to play through pain

Perth Wildcats will roll the dice with injured guard Damian Martin in today's NBL championship decider against New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.

Martin tore ligaments in his ankle early in game two of the grand final series at Challenge Stadium last Friday and has been hobbling since.

Wildcats medicos considered injecting Martin with painkillers to allow his more freedom to play but that course has now been rejected amid concerns the defensive player of the year could further damage the joint and jeopardise his chances of making the Boomers' Olympic squad in two months.

Martin was hobbling noticeably during shootaround in Auckland this morning. He will have the ankle strapped for the match but his court time is expected to be reduced and there are doubts over whether he will start the clash.

Kevin Lisch was still sore from the corked thigh he received in game two but is in no doubt to play and again be the Wildcats' major weapon in their search for a sixth NBL title.

However, Greg Hire has been struck by a virus. He has been laid low since arriving in Auckland on Sunday. But Wildcats officials expect him to play tonight.

Follow the Wildcats' progress on our special live chat coverage of the NBL grand final decider from 2.45pm.

The West Australian

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