Deeds not words needed from NZ Breakers

MARC HINTON
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014

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It's been a funny old week already for Corey Webster. Slapped with a suspended fine for a Twitter outburst, he now gets a massive upgrade in responsibilities as the Breakers look to grasp on to their NBL lifeline.

Webster was fined $500, which he won't have to pay if he stays out of trouble, after a bizarre Twitter rant in Portuguese last weekend that alleged conspiracy theories in the unfair manner in which the New Zealand team is officiated.

The 25-year-old removed the tweet soon after it was posted, but the damage was done, with the team quickly distancing itself from his statement and Webster later clarifying it had been a rash and ill-considered move.

Never mind. Life goes on, and with regular starting shooting guard Daryl Corletto (sprained ankle) an almost certain non-starter tonight at the NSEC against the Townsville Crocodiles, Webster gets a major chance to demonstrate his qualities in what will be extended minutes, almost certainly as a starter.

They'll be big minutes, too, with the 9-14 Breakers (sixth overall) confident they can still make the playoffs if they win their last five games - four at home.

This optimism is based on the fact that three of the teams ahead on the standings - the 10-13 Woollongong Hawks, 11-11 Sydney Kings and 12-11 Melbourne Tigers - are catchable, given they all have tricky runs home.

But the proviso is the Breakers have to take care of their part of the equation, and, after dropping both road games last weekend, they're all out of lifelines.

Webster says it's a pretty clear challenge ahead, starting tonight against a Crocs outfit who won't have the suspended Josh Pace, with the Nelson Giants import still serving a ban after being caught DUI in North Queensland.

"We can't rely on anyone losing games, we've got to come out and play Breaker basketball," Webster said yesterday after a training session that ended with expletive-laden rark ups by CJ Bruton and Mika Vukona.

"We've got to do what we do, and put ourselves in the best position to be successful." Fairfax NZ

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