Perth Wildcats are staring in the face of a scoring crisis ahead of tomorrow’s match against the Sydney Kings with superstar Bryce Cotton in doubt due to illness.
The Wildcats today revealed that Cotton’s health will be assessed tomorrow morning before the club will make a decision on his availability for the grand final re-match. It is understood the illness does not include COVID-19 symptoms and he hasn’t been tested.
Cotton has averaged 23.67 points per game this season and is the NBL’s leading scorer.
He has produced 27 per cent of the team’s points across the six games and that included a match winning 29 points during Saturday’s win over Melbourne.
By combining his points and assists, Cotton was directly responsible for more than half of Perth’s score against United.
With Clint Steindl unavailable due to a hamstring injury, Perth would have to find an entirely new way to score.
Import John Mooney is Perth’s next highest scorer with an average of 16 points per game, followed by Todd Blanchfield on 13 points.
But Cotton’s 42 assists is more than double the next best from the squad and he also leads the team for steals.
The Kings have also had massive injury problems this season with import Jarell Martin, Australian Boomer Xavier Cooks and Angus Glover all unavailable. Daniel Kickert returned from injury yesterday and played his first match of the season while Didi Louzada has managed only four of the Kings’ seven games.
The Wildcats are 3-3 after beating Melbourne United on Saturday, while the Kings are 4-4.
The match will see the team’s face off for the first time since last year’s grand final series, while Sydney coach Adam Forde will get his first opportunity to coach against the club that he helped to win championships as an assistant coach.