Giddey to make timely return for 36ers
Teenage sensation Josh Giddey will make a welcome return from an ankle injury for an Adelaide 36ers team desperate to snap a five-game NBL losing streak on Saturday night against the Illawarra Hawks.
A projected first round 2021 NBA Draft pick, Giddey limed off court two weeks ago in the 36ers’ seven-point overtime loss to the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
That defeat was Adelaide’s third on the trot and they have lost two more in Giddey’s absence to slump to seventh spot on the ladder with just seven wins from 20 matches.
“It is tough, especially when you want to be out there helping the guys win, and that’s what we need,” the 18-year-old guard said ahead of the weekend clash at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
“I’m happy to be back. It’s big game for us because we’ve been in a bit of a slump lately and we need a win to get out of it and get our momentum rolling
“It’s a big one for us and I’m glad to be back for it.”
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Giddey was adamant there was no use for the “battered” 36ers, whose injury list includes star centre Isaac Humphries (foot), to start feeling sorry for themselves.
“Isaac’s been out for a bit longer than what we would have hoped for but it’s the reality and we’ve got to deal with it,” he said.
“We’ve got to play with who we’ve got and I think we’ve got a really talented team, and the guys we have on the floor are really capable of getting some wins and stringing some together.
“We’ll play with what we’ve got and I think it’s good enough to get us over the line.”
Giddey was also confident a return to the 36ers home court would be crucial for Adelaide against the Brian Goorjian-coached Hawks who have a season record of 10 wins and nine losses.
“It is good to be back in front of our home fans – we’re excited,” he said.
“It’s a fun place to play here when the crowd’s rocking, and I think the guys really feed off the energy we get.”
In a boost for Adelaide’s chances, the Hawks have lost star American guard Tyler Harvey through injury after his outstanding 28-points display in Illawarra’s 96-72 disposal of the Brisbane Bullets last Monday night.
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