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Creek wary of Redbacks ahead of home clash

Goldfields Giants coach Wayne Creek says his players cannot afford to underestimate a Perth Redbacks squad battling inner turmoil, ahead of Saturday night’s NBL1 clash at Niels Hansen Stadium.

The Giants are fifth, three spots above the visiting Redbacks.

Perth, however, trail the Giants by just one victory with Creek bracing himself for a dogfight in the wake of opposition head coach C. J. Jackson’s departure.

“They will be an interesting proposition because that (Jackson’s release) has only happened in the last week-and-a-half,” Creek said.

“It means one of their assistant coaches has taken over — I’m not 100 per cent sure, because teams won’t divulge that information, but I believe one of their best players has also left.

“It could be a mixed bag, as far as exactly what we’re facing.”

Amid speculation his squad had drawn the Redbacks at a perfect time, Creek was guarded.

“They (Perth) have underperformed (because) they have one of the best Australian line-ups on paper,” he said.

“The fact is, they have some real quality there.

“But they just haven’t gelled together .

“Again that means we don’t exactly know what they’ve got and that can create a dangerous situation.

“We’ve seen it in all different codes of sport, when the head coach gets sacked and the team comes out and immediately wins games.”

Creek said the Giants had already paid the price this season for taking rival teams lightly.

“We were recently caught off-guard against Lakeside Lightning, who made some key roster changes and had new players coming in,” he said.

“It means we can’t afford to underestimate anyone and we have to be prepared.”

The Giants are at home for the next two rounds.

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