Breakers need to 'reset' before semis series

01:59, Mar 26 2013
Breakers vs 36ers
Dillon Boucher and Tom Abercrombie of the Breakers compete with Anthony Petrie and Daniel Johnson of Adelaide.
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Jason Cadee of Adelaide competes with Daryl Corletto of the Breakers.
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Will Hudson of the Breakers dunks the ball during the round two NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Adelaide 36ers.
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Stephen Weigh of Adelaide makes a break during the round two NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Adelaide 36ers.
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lex Pledger of the Breakers competes with Matthew Knight of the Wildcats during the round one NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Perth Wildcats.
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Mika Vukona of the Breakers drives passed Shawn Redhage of the Wildcats.
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Tom Abercrombie, CJ Bruton and Dillon Boucher of the Breakers look on during the round one NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Perth Wildcats.
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Damian Martin of the Wildcats gets around CJ Bruton of the Breakers.
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Breakers' Mika Vukona drives against Crocs' Jacob Holmes.
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Mika Vukona under pressure from Jacob Holmes.
Cedric Jackson of the Breakers rides the shoulders of Jacob Holmes of the Crocs.
Cedric Jackson of the Breakers rides the shoulders of Jacob Holmes of the Crocs.
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Gary Ervin lays up a shot for the Crocs as Alex Pledger attempts a block.
Tom Abercrombie
Tom Abercrombie goes for the block on Kings' Tom Garlepp.
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Cedric Jackson with the ball for the Breakers.
Daryl Corletto
Daryl Corletto the ball up for the Breakers.
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Cedric Jackson collides with Corin Henry of the Sydney Kings.
Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona shoots the match-winning three-pointer against the Sydney Kings.
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Cedric Jackson of the Breakers looks to drive past Larry Abney of the Crocodiles.
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Daryl Corletto of the Breakers drives past Jacob Holmes of the Crocodiles.
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Russell Hinder of the Crocodiles attmpts to drive past Alex Pledger of the Breakers.
CJ Bruton
CJ Bruton barks out some orders to team-mates.
Cedric Jackson
Cedric Jackson on the ball for the Breakers.
Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher celebrates during the Breakers win over the Townsville Crocodiles.
Tom Abercombie
Tom Abercombie throws down a slam dunk.
Tai Webster
Tai Webster takes the ball to the hoop.
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Tom Abercrombie of New Zealand (L) and Seth Scott of Melbourne compete for the ball.
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Will Hudson of the Breakers during the round nine NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Melbourne Tigers.
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Cedric Jackson of the Breakers collects the rebound during the round nine NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Melbourne Tigers.
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Cory Webster of the Breakers takes a shot against Melbourne.
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Cedric Jackson goes up for two of his NBL career-high 32 points against the Taipans.
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Mika Vukona chases a loose ball during the Breakers win over the Taipans.
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Tom Abercrombie floats a ball over Brad Hill of the Taipans.
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Alex Pledger pulls down a rebound against the Taipans.
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Dillon Boucher sticks close to Dusty Rychart of the Taipans during the Breakers' 97-76 win.
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Adelaide's Luke Schencher protects the ball as CJ Bruton, Dillon Boucher and Will Hudson close in.
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Mika Vukona guards Adelaide's Dan Johnson.
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Cedric Jackson goes up for a lay-up during the Breakers away win over Townsville.
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Breakers and 36ers players dive on a loose ball.
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Will Hudson attempts a block on Crocs player Michael Cedar.
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Leon Henry celebrates his double three-pointers at the end of the third quarter against the Crocs with teammate Mika Vukona.
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Mika Vukona protects the ball from Hawks players Tyson Demos and Oscar Forman.
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Tom Abercrombie completes an alley-oop pass from Cedric Jackson during the heritage game against the Hawks.
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Dillon Boucher, a member of the original Breakers side, looks for a pass during the heritage game.
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Will Hudson blocks Hawks guard Adris Deleon.
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Tom Abercrombie goes up for a dunk as James Harvey of the Kings looks on.
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Daryl Corletto and Dillon Boucher celebrate the Breakers' hot start against the Kings.
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Mika Vukona goes for the easy lay-up.
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Daryl Corletto nails a three on his way to 14 points in the first four minutes against the Kings.
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Corey Webster shoots over Kevin Lisch on his way to a career high 14 points.
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CJ Bruton celebrates a three pointer.
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Cedric Jackson lays the ball up over Perth's Matt Knight.
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Tom Abercrombie loses a shoe as he goes for a dunk over Greg Hire.
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Jeremiah Trueman of the Wildcats and Alex Pledger of the Breakers compete for the ball.
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Mika Vukona celebrates a late basket with CJ Bruton.
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Dillon Boucher goes for a steal during the Breakers 92-84 win over the Wollongong Hawks.
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Tom Abercrombie takes a jump shot during the game against the Hawks.
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Cedric Jackson shoots under pressure from Wollongong Hawks players.
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Cedric Jackson makes a pass around Oscar Forman of the Hawks.
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Tom Abercrombie shoots a jumper during the win over the Hawks.
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CJ Bruton entertains the crowd during a break in play.
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Breakers player Corey Webster scores a layup against the 36ers.
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Tom Abercrombie slam dunks the ball.
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Breakers' Mika Vukona drives at 36ers' Stephen Weigh.
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Breakers' Corey Webster takes on 36ers' Anthony Petrie.
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Breakers' Dillon Boucher celebrates the team's 13th straight win.
Breakers vs Cairns
Tom Abercrombie of the Breakers hangs on the hoop after dunking the ball.
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Mika Vukona goes after the ball against Cairns.
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Cedric Jackson shares a hug with Dillon Boucher after the thrilling win over Cairns.
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Mika Vukona of the Breakers lays the ball up.
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An injured Mika Vukona is helped off the court during the Breakers' clash with the Tigers.
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Dillon Boucher waves to Breakers fans for the last time ahead of the game with the Tigers.
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Christopher Goulding of the Tigers tries to block Dillon Boucher during their clash at the North Shore Events Centre.
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Tai (left) and Corey Webster enjoy some time on court together in the final quarter of the win over the Tigers.
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Reuben Te Rangi drives past Lucas Walker of the Tigers.
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Tom Abercrombie soars high for one of his three alley-oops in the opening quarter of the win over Melbourne.
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Alex Pledger pulls down a rebound in the regular season finale against the Wildcats.
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Cedric Jackson mulls the loss after the Wildcats defeated the Breakers in Perth.
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Dillon Boucher tries to deny the pass for Jesse Wagstaff during the Breakers loss to the Wildcats.

Tom Abercrombie reckons it's time to hit the reset button which in his case might not be the worst policy ahead of the Australian NBL semifinal series against the Sydney Kings.

The New Zealand Breakers small forward has just completed what he freely admits has been a topsy-turvy regular season for the Kiwi club as they chase a threepeat of championships.

Abercrombie has had some good nights and some bad nights as he's struggled to find a rhythm following off-season surgery on his ankle memorably injured in last year's semifinal decider against the Townsville Crocodiles at Vector Arena.

The lean, leaping Tall Black has still been effective for the Breakers as they've charged to 24 wins from 28 regular season games, and No 1 seed in the four-team finals. His averages of 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists are respectable enough marks.

But anyone who has watched Abercrombie through his transcendent career at the North Shore-based club understands that those numbers do him a grave disservice. He's a far better player than that.

However it's been that sort of a season as he started slowly on his bum wheel and has taken most of the campaign to gain the explosiveness which is a trademark of his game when it's humming. Of late his shooting touch has also burned hot and cold.

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Abercrombie's final two games were a microcosm of his season. Against the Melbourne Tigers he soared for three spectacular alley-oop dunks and went nine-of-13 from the floor as he tallied a game-high 24 points.

Then last Friday night in Perth he would have struggled to hit the ocean from the pier as he went just two-for-nine en route to four points in a dispiriting 73-58 defeat.

"It's been a bit of a season of ups and downs," said Abercrombie yesterday as the Breakers started semifinal preparations without newly anointed league MVP Cedric Jackson and retiring veteran Dillon Boucher who were en route back from the swards night in Melbourne.

"But none of that means anything now. I haven't shot it great recently but percentages have a way of evening out, and that hopefully means I'm due for a couple of good games. I'll go in confident and do what I usually do -- try to be aggressive and get to the hoop and hopefully good stuff will follow."

Abercrombie considers Friday's loss in Perth a much-needed "wakeup call" ahead of Thursday's series opener at Vector. Not only did it halt the club's 16-game win streak and give the Wildcats a 3-1 edge in the head-to-head, but it reinforced a few cold- hard facts for the back-to-back champs.

"The regular season means nothing now, so you hit the reset button and go again," adds Abercrombie. "I'm feeling good, I know the rest of the guys are feeling good and we're ready to go.

"That Perth game really means nothing. I look back how we've played over the last month and it's been good, we've continued to improve and that's the main thing we'll take into it.

"In that regard it's not a bad thing we lost, and that streak is broken before the playoffs. It should give us that little boost we need to come in and work hard this week and get ready for Sydney because they're going to come with that same intensity."

Abercrombie has plenty of respect for a Kings outfit - one of only two to defeat the Breakers this season -- that he reckons plays with the same personality as their coach, legendary Aussie gunner Shane Heal.

After losing star import point guard Corin Henry to a season-ending wrist injury, they've battled tooth and nail to sneak into the final playoff spot.

"They've really started to find their identity again. They're a good group, very well structured and they run their stuff well. When they're playing well they're a very good team and will come in really confident."

Plus, they're feisty.

"They take on the persona of their coach in that regard," adds Abercrombie. "He has them playing the way he wants, and they do get up in your face and play quite a physical style."

The Breakers are still not sure whether American backup centre Will Hudson will be fit to play after he was still pretty ginger on his knee at yesterday's short session.

"We'll find out the next couple of days how much he's able to give us," said assistant coach Dean Vickerman.

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