Bullets check out title credentials
Brisbane guard Jason Cadee says the Bullets are about to get an insight into their NBL title credentials.
After extending their winning streak to three games with the emphatic 99-68 thrashing of last-placed Cairns on Saturday night, the Bullets' championship mettle will be tested when they host Andrew Bogut and the Sydney Kings at Boondall on Friday.
Three of Brisbane's next four games are against star-studded and league-leading Sydney, who were beaten by Adelaide on Saturday.
Cadee, who top-scored for Brisbane with 18 points against the Taipans, said the Bullets (12-9) will take invaluable momentum and confidence into the high-powered, high-stakes match-up.
"You've got to beat everyone. They are the only team we haven't beat yet,'' he said.
"We have played them once but we have got a big three-game stretch against them and if we want to be a serious contender in this league, I think you have to go through Sydney right now.
"It's going to be fun. I think we've learned some things from the last time we played them and we are really looking forward to being back here on Friday night."
Cadee said getting "flogged" by Cairns by 29 points on January 3 was a turning point for fourth-placed Brisbane, who have responded strongly by beating champions Melbourne, Adelaide and the Taipans.
"We sat together and said 'That's enough. We need to start stringing a streak together','' he said.
"It's weird to say that after you get beat by 30 but there's a genuine belief in this group.
"You look at this league and everyone is beating everyone but you can't get caught up in that. We just have to do what we have to do and that's win games.''
All 12 Bullets players scored against the underwhelming Taipans whose effort was labelled "unacceptable" and "soft" by Cairns coach Mike Kelly.
Brisbane's swarming defensive intensity, slick and unselfish ball movement and handy shooting clip was too much for the passive Snakes, who face the New Zealand Breakers in Cairns tonight.
Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said another relentless effort on defence would be required against the Kings with curtailing the influence of Bogut a focus.
"I feel good about the number of bodies we can throw at him. Boges is a great player, obviously. He's an NBA champion and he played in the NBA for a long time,'' Lemanis said.
"He's a legit player that causes issues in different ways at different times.''
He said the Kings have multiple weapons that required close attention.
Meanwhile, Perth snapped a three-game losing streak with an 84-79 win over Melbourne in Perth on Sunday.