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Bring it on! We cannot wait for the play-offs
10:00am Saturday 21st April 2012 in Paul James
THE British Basketball League play-offs have nearly arrived for Worcester Wolves and we don’t mind who we face.
All the teams in the quarter-finals, which start next weekend, have got there by right and anything can happen over two legs so I don’t think you can have a preference.
We must be ready to face anyone and have to perform over two matches in a short space of time. But we have done that pretty well over the season and hopefully can do that again.
The past week has been a bit more relaxed after finishing our regular-season fixtures with a 94-80 defeat at Plymouth Raiders last Sunday when Arnas Kazlauskas scored 23 points.
We have had some light training, a few days off and this weekend we have a training camp in Ascot, Berkshire, which is near to where I live. We will be training in a different gym, as well as having a team bonding session by way of a group meal tonight.
The players will then have tomorrow and Monday off before returning on Tuesday to focus on our next match.
Everybody is fit and the players are all excited to see who we might be playing so everyone will be watching the league table closely over the next 24 hours.
Once we know who we are playing we will get the DVDs out of their games and work out how to break them down.
Although we are currently second, Plymouth were due to visit Sheffield Sharks last night and could tie with us.
Likewise, Leicester Riders host Guildford Heat tonight but I don’t expect them to slip up at home so we could end up with three teams on 44 points.
Should that happen, it comes down to the games between the three teams over the season.
We have got the head-to-head record over Plymouth but Leicester have it over us, while Plymouth have it over Leicester.
Then it comes down to the difference between points for and against in the matches between the sides and Leicester have the best record because they beat us quite heavily twice.
I don’t think there has been a three-way tie before. It shows how competitive the league has been and we are proud of our achievements.
We have the worst record of the three in points difference and could end up finishing fourth, but it would still be a fine season for us.