It is probably the most daunting NBL project for many years however Cairns coach Mike Kelly would not need to be wherever else.
The Taipans journey to Perth to satisfy the Wildcats within the first of their three-game semi-final sequence on Friday, which can mark the host’s 34th consecutive post-season marketing campaign.
The defending champions completed the common season in second and with two dwelling semi-final video games have been strongly backed to succeed in the ultimate two once more.
However Cairns, who behind level guard Scott Machado have risen from picket spooners final season to complete third, aren’t fearful of enjoying in entrance of practically 15,000 Wildcats followers.
“It is precisely the way you need to begin a finals sequence; go and play an excellent crew at their place,” recently-crowned NBL coach-of-the-year Kelly stated.
Cairns beat the Wildcats 99-76 in Perth late final 12 months, the victory sparking their season after a 0-Three begin indicated extra doom and gloom for the Queenslanders.
However the Taipans, who will host recreation two on Sunday, completed the 12 months 16-12 as Machado, DJ Newbill and Cameron Oliver mixed to grow to be arguably the league’s most devastating import trio.
“We have been to Perth and gained earlier than and we will try to replicate that,” Kelly stated.
“It has been that construct up of stress over the season and the fellows have dealt effectively with it most occasions.
“Perth’s going to be that increased degree throughout the finals; all you are able to do is belief the preparation and go there and resist it.”
Machado’s battle with NBL MVP Bryce Cotton has been the main target of the sequence however the level guard was fast to convey readability to the match-up.
“Bryce does not play level guard, nevertheless it’s an exquisite competitors, one thing that each participant needs,” he stated.
“All people goes to make it an enormous deal, however it may be a crew recreation and whoever figures it out faster wins.
“It’ll really feel like an NCAA (American school) recreation and even an NBA play-off recreation … we’re prepared for it.”