The Breakers are 1-6 this year against the top three teams in the NBL and for sixth man of the year contender Patrick Richard enough is enough.
The Breakers, riding a four-game losing streak, all against those aforementioned trio of title contenders, host the third-placed Sydney Kings tomorrow at Spark Arena in Auckland (2.20pm tipoff) and Richard feels like it’s payback time for the freefalling Kiwi outfit.
Andrew Bogut and the Kings count a 100-87 victory in Sydney on November 18 among those four straight defeats for the Breakers since they battled their way to 4-3 through the early rounds.
Given the Sydneysiders also thumped the Breakers 101-78 at Spark back in round two, it’s fair to say the Kiwi outfit head in with a mindset very much like they owe the Kings one.
‘‘Last time they came here and kicked our butts . . . we know we owe them one and we need a victory right now too,’’ said Richard who is averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the 4-7 Breakers so far.
‘‘We know we can play with them. Bogut is a force on both ends, and [Jerome] Randle is gonna get his with the type of game he plays. But [Brad] Newley hurt us last time, and [Kyle] Adnam has stuck it to us twice. We’ll be focused a little bit more this time and hopefully we can get ‘em at home.’’