Ben Simmons playing like a Boss – the boy from Knox

Ben Simmons – yes he’s Australian! Started playing basketball at 10 years of age for the Knox Raiders and at Whitefriars College.

Look at him now (from Associated Press)

Ben Simmons is drawing high praise for his growing leadership of the Philadelphia 76ers during the NBA playoffs.

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Philadelphia have won three straight games against the Brooklyn Nets and need one more win to reach the second round and a likely match up against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.

Simmons has been instrumental to the Sixers rebounding from a disappointing game one defeat, averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists during Philadelphia’s winning streak in the feisty series.

Teammates are taking notice of the young Australian’s increasing influence.

“Ben is out there leading this group,” the Sixers’ four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler said.

“He is our point guard and he is running everything because he is so smart and he knows how to get guys the ball in positions where they can score.”

While Simmons has impressed offensively, the best part of his performance has come on the defensive end, according to teammates.

Simmons has been tasked with defending D’Angelo Russell and has used his size and athleticism to restrict the Nets’ All-Star point guard to a disappointing 39 per cent shooting from the field.

“Ben has done a tremendous job defending D’Angelo and contesting every single three that he has taken,” Butler said.

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Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown described Simmons’ defensive performance as exceptional and said he wasn’t surprised by the impressive showing.

“Ben is incredibly confident within himself,” Brown said.

“He has put in a tremendous amount of work in addition to being pretty damn good, so I am just so happy for him to play like he has played.”

Simmons has joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only players to record at least 200 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists through their first 14 NBA playoff games.

His individual performance places Simmons among NBA royalty but the 22-year-old is solely focused on winning games during the most important time of the season.

“I feel that everybody has the same mindset here and we want to win,” Simmons said.

“I know we have the pieces to do it and it’s going to be tough but we are together.”

Philadelphia can eliminate Brooklyn with a victory on Wednesday (AEST) and Simmons is expecting the Nets to be desperate as they fight to save their season.

“We have to keep the same mentality in game five as the last few games we have played,” Simmons said.

“It’s going to be one of those games where we have to stay tough, stay with it and stay together.”

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Toronto are 3-1 up in their series against Orlando Magic and aiming to clinch it on Wednesday (AEST).


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The Warriors Vs Clippers Game 3. Can Steve Curry make the difference?

It’s that time again – the Playoffs. The big surprise was the Warriors losing to the Clippers in Game 2 after comprehensively beating them in Game 1 121-104 on the Sunday. But then in Game 2, the Clippers came from 31 points down to win by 4 – 135-131.

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Here is an article on the Warriors Clippers contest from CBS Sports.

It isn’t crunch time or time to panic, and it isn’t time to start writing the obituary of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. It’s not time to launch comparisons with the Warriors and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning – a top seed that flamed out at the first hurdle.

But it is time to learn something in these NBA playoffs, and the defending champions and their current predicament provide intrigue for a case study.

Their upcoming Game 3 clash with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night has turned into far more than just another first-round playoff game.

Not only did the eighth-seeded Clippers tear Golden State apart down the stretch of a spectacular 31-point comeback at Oracle Arena in Game 2, but they opened a window of potential fragility of a team that rarely shows any.


Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry stands on the court during a break in the action.

What the Warriors do about it, and how effectively they respond, may tell us everything we need to know about the mindset of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and company, and whether the assumption they will cruise towards another championship passes muster. 

“Make adjustments, hold ourselves accountable,” Curry said when asked how he wanted to see the Warriors bounce back. “When we get on that plane, we have a fresh start to take control of the series.”

It was widely assumed around the league that this was the playoff matchup Golden State wanted, one made possible when the Clippers’ impressive late-season form suffered a temporary blip in an April 5 loss to their struggling neighbors, the Lakers. That set in motion the potential for the Oklahoma City Thunder to leap into sixth, with the San Antonio Spurs sandwiched between.

Yet even with Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder were never going to be the Warriors’ first-round kryptonite. The Warriors are the ultimate star-studded group, and they have withstood the challenge of rosters built around one or two superstars before – with one notable exception. And the Thunder have little in common with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers.

A sturdier challenge comes in the form of the Clippers, at least partly because Doc Rivers’ squad is built on such fundamentally sound foundations that it highlights any weakness in the opponent.

Pound for pound, it’s not a fair fight. Player for player, the Warriors against pretty much anyone is not a fair fight, even with DeMarcus Cousins out with a torn quad. If the Warriors are as united as they claimed on their “60 Minutes” special, then bouncing back from Monday’s embarrassment should be easy. If all is well within the camp, their army of fans have little to worry about.

But if that togetherness is on shaky ground, the Clippers, who work for each other as a matter of habit, have a chance expose it. If there is discord, it will be apparent against Los Angeles.

And if there is some kind of mental fatigue about the Warriors, because, you know, winning so often can get tiresome, then the never-say-die attitude and constant work rate of the Clippers will give them plenty to handle once more.

April 15: LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell celebrates after the Game 2 win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
This isn’t a prediction of a series upset for the ages, just an assertion that it’s time for the real Warriors to stand up after playing the regular season on autopilot.
“We let our guard down (in Game 2),” Klay Thompson said. “We weren’t the aggressors anymore. We didn’t deserve to win that game.”

That this is a team of championship caliber has been proven over and again. Possessing such pedigree and history buys you a lot of leeway, which is why no one panicked when Steve Kerr’s group suffered uncharacteristic losses throughout the regular season and often resembled a soap opera.

The latest that you might have missed, because there are so many plotlines around the Warriors that it’s hard to keep up: Draymond Green’s mother has been retweeting critical comments about Kerr and Durant.

There are so few dynasties in sports because while winning is hard, continuing to do so is even tougher. Now, there is a call and it needs to be answered.

On Thursday, we will find out if the Warriors still have the stomach for a fight and can turn the humiliating start to their week into a laughed-off blip, or whether the seams of togetherness are being stretched on the NBA’s greatest modern team.


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The NBA – Playoffs Scenarios for the Final Day of the Season

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The NBA is the world’s premier competition. With up to 9 Australians playing really competitive games across the whole spectrum of the competition, this year’s playoffs will be both of great interest to Australian fans and truly memorable.

It’s getting very close to the NBA Playoffs with only a few games to go, so it’s time to consider the possible ‘what ifs’ in all the conferences. Here’s a good analysis from the ‘Bleacher Report’

NBA Playoff Picture 2019: Latest Bracket Scenarios for Final Day of Season


The 2019 NBA playoff picture is nearly set. There is one postseason slot remaining in the Eastern Conference, but 15 of the 16 playoff participants are already known.

What isn’t known yet is exactly what the eight first-round matchups will be. With just one day left of regular-season play, some interesting scenarios that can occur. That last playoff slot in the East aside, there is some potential seed shuffling in both conferences.

Here is a look at the current standings—relevant to the postseason—and what’s at stake on Wednesday.

2019 NBA Playoff Picture

Eastern Conference

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (60-21)
  2. Toronto Raptors (58-24)
  3. Philadelphia 76ers (50-31)
  4. Boston Celtics (49-33)
  5. Indiana Pacers (47-34)
  6. Brooklyn Nets (41-40)
  7. Orlando Magic (41-40)
  8. Detroit Pistons (40-41)
  9. Charlotte Hornets (39-42)

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors (57-24)
  2. Denver Nuggets (53-28)
  3. Houston Rockets (53-29)
  4. Portland Trail Blazers (52-29)
  5. Utah Jazz (50-31)
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder (48-33)
  7. San Antonio Spurs (47-34)
  8. Los Angeles Clippers (47-34)

It’s Win-and-In for the Pistons


With a one-game lead over the Charlotte Hornets, the Detroit Pistons only need a win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday to slip into the postseason as a No. 8 seed.

A loss, however, could potentially end Detroit’s season, as Charlotte owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Charlotte went 4-0 against Detroit in the regular season.

This means that even against the lowly Knicks, who have the league’s worst record at 17-64, the Pistons are going to face some pressure in the finale. It won’t help matters that Blake Griffin (knee) may miss another game.

“I wasn’t able to help us tonight,” Griffin said after Tuesday’s comeback victory, per Ansar Khan of “We’ll assess it (Wednesday) with our training staff and figure it out.”

Detroit can also clinch the eighth seed if both the Pistons and the Hornets lose. They can move up to the seventh seed with a win and losses by the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.

Magic Can Move up a Spot

If the Brooklyn Nets knock off the Heat and the Magic lose, Detroit can slip into the seventh seed. This scenario would lock up the No. 6 seed for Brooklyn and allow Detroit to move up thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker over Orlando.

However, a loss by Brooklyn opens the door for Orlando to jump up to the sixth seed with a win over the Hornets.

Since Brooklyn owns a 2-1 record against Orlando in the regular season—and therefore the head-to-head tiebreaker—wins or losses by both teams would leave them in their current playoff slots.

Rockets Could Take Second Seed or Fall to Fourth

The Golden State Warriors have locked up the top seed in the Western Conference, but things are a little unsettled after that. The Houston Rockets have finished their regular season with a 53-29 record but by no means have their playoff path settled.

Houston went 3-1 against the Denver Nuggets in the regular season and will win the tiebreaker if both teams finish with identical records. This places a lot of pressure on Denver to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in the finale.

However, the Rockets could also fall to the four spot if the Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers both pick up wins on Wednesday—Portland went 2-1 against Houston in the regular season.

Portland plays the Sacramento Kings in their finale and split the two earlier regular-season meetings. While the Trail Blazers can move into the No. 3 slot, they cannot overtake Denver because of a 1-3 head-to-head record.

Uncertainty at the Bottom of the West


We could also see some shuffling at the bottom of the Western Conference, and the San Antonio Spurs are the team with the biggest margin for movement.

Since San Antonio won the head-to-head series against the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-1), they can grab the sixth seed with a win and a Thunder loss on Wednesday. Of course, the Thunder play the Milwaukee Bucks, who have locked up the top seed in the East and who have nothing to play for.

The Spurs could also fall to the eighth seed with a loss and a win by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles can avoid a first-round matchup with the defending champion Warriors with a win and losses by the Thunder, the Spurs or both. Finishing the season with a win, however, is the top goal for Los Angeles.

“Obviously, everything changes once playoff time comes around,” guard Landry Shamet said, per Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times, “But we just want to get a win, kind of get primed for that playoff run, get that playoff mindset going.”

Depending on how Wednesday unfolds, the Clippers could face the Warriors, Nuggets or Rockets in Round 1.

Round 1 Matchups if Playoffs Started Today

  • No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Detroit Pistons
  • No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Orlando Magic
  • No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets
  • No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers
  • No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers
  • No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs
  • No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder
  • No. 4 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz


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Super Netball 2019 – It’s on! Be part of it!

In Australia, Super Netball 2019 is looking at another sell-out season. With record breaking free-to-air TV viewing and players’ payment packages starting to permit professional commitment, this year looks to be lifting the game to a new height.


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This year’s Super Netball Fixture has been released and it looks like we are in for an exiting season.

Here is a report from Sporting News…

The first round will feature a NSW derby in Sydney with the Swifts taking on the Giants at Qudos Bank Arena.

Reigning champions Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on West Coast Fever in a grand final rematch during the second round on May, 5 at Perth Arena.

Over one million people tuned into Channel 9 to watch the Lightning beat Fever 62-59 to win back-to-back premiership titles. The second round match will be broadcast live on 9Gem.

Queensland will then take on the premiers in the third round, right in the heart of the state’s capital.


Indigenous round is scheduled for the eighth week, which will celebrate Australia’s Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Netball Australia have split the 2019 season in half to account for the Netball World Cup in July.

Taking place in Liverpool, England, from July 12-26, the dates of the World Cup overlap with the usual Super Netball schedule. Players and officials will take a four week break so that they are able to attend both competitions.

Sporting News Australia has all you need to know about the third edition of Super Netball.



Two matches per round will be broadcast live on Channel Nine with two matches shown exclusively on Telstra TV. All four matches are available on the Netball Live app, both live and on demand each week.

Super Netball with the average home-and-away match viewership on Channel Nine channels rose 25.9% on 2017, and 23% on Telstra’s streaming services.

“We saw more than 35 million minutes of the 2018 season viewed live and on demand across Telstra and 9Now platforms including the Netball live app,” Netball Australia’s Event Manager Chris Symington said.

“More than one million viewers tuned into the Grand Final on Nine, so we’re incredibly excited to see what the fierce 2019 season will bring with the support of our broadcast and league partners.”



All eight Super Netball clubs will play each other once at home, and once away in the 14 round competition. And you better keep your Saturday nights free as 12 matches have been scheduled for the mid-weekend timeslot.

NSW Swifts will take on fellow New South Wales’ team Giants Netball at Sydney Olympic Park to kick off the season.

Round 2 will feature a grand final rematch between reigning champions Sunshine Coast Lightning and West Coast Fever at Perth Arena.

The Firebirds will then take on the premiers during the Round 3, in an all Queensland derby.

Super Netball will also be played for the first time on the Victorian Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne. Vixens will take on Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Park in the Round 7 to conclude the first half of the season.

The competition is also set to take on regional Australia when Collingwood Magpies hosting the West Coast Fever in Bendigo in Round 5. The Magpies will also play the Swifts at Launceston’s Silverdome in Round 13.

For the first time in Super Netball history, the game will head to the Northern Territory when the Thunderbirds will take on the Lightning in Round 7. The match is scheduled to be played at the new multi-million door indoor netball facility, ‘Territory Stadium’ on Saturday, June 8.

With an abundance of players signing new contracts over the off-season, there’ll be plenty of key match-ups to look forward to in the first seven rounds.

After taking out two Super Netball premierships with the Sunshine Coast, Geva Mentor will wear her Collingwood outfit for their first time when the Magpies take on the Lightning.

Round 5 will see Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett playing at USC as a visitor, when the Giants head north to face the Sunshine Coast. Collingwood Magpie Nat Medhurst will be out for blood against her old side the West Coast Fever, after the club refused to renew her contract for 2019. The Magpies will host the West Coast in regional Victoria at Bendigo Stadium.

The all-Victorian derby in the Round 7 will feature Melbourne’s Caitlin Thwaites taking on the Magpies for the first time in Super Netball.



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