Dillon Boucher of the Breakers speaks to his teammates after victory during game two of the NBL Semi Final series between the Sydney Kings and the New Zealand Breakers at Sydney Entertainment Centre on April 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Dillon Boucher of the Breakers speaks to his teammates after victory during game two of the NBL Semi Final series between the Sydney Kings and the New Zealand Breakers at Sydney Entertainment Centre on April 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

Breakers and Wildcats go head-to-head in NBL final series

IT HAS become the biggest rivalry in Australasian basketball, and sparks are set to fly again when the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats kick off their best-of-three grand final series in Auckland tomorrow.

Just when the hatred started is open to conjecture, but retiring Breakers veteran Dillon Boucher said he had doubt neither side would take a backward step.

"For me, it's just two good teams who play a hard brand of basketball," he said.

"That's where the true rivalry comes in.

"The big thing is the way Perth play. They play an in-your-face style of defence. They are very physical, probably the most physical team in the competition.

"Sometimes the physicality goes further than the referees are willing to police, so that's where the grey areas come in as to what someone deems as OK and not OK.

"That's where the hate comes in. When you bang two stones together, you're going to get a spark and that's exactly what we have with these two teams."

The Breakers will start favourites after Perth lost co-captain Damian Martin to an Achilles injury in last weekend's semi-final.
 



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