The Miles Basketball Commentary: It Was A Good Fight But Once Again The Consistency Phobia Taunts The Fraport Skyliners Against FC Bayern Munich

In my basketball relationship with Fraport Skyliners assistant coach Klaus Perwas, there is only one predicable thing where I always know what will happen when he approaches me in the Catacombs of the Fraport arena after a game and that is the standard phrase “servus” and after I have said congratulations on the win, he mutters thanks. Other than that he could easily form a Blues Brothers 2 combination with Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert not in necessarily having a gag show act at the local comedy club, but in their constant same mode during games in that they both display an expressionless demeanor off the court in which you mostly don´t know really what the outcome of the game was at first glance. The only difference between both men is that Herbert will most likely wear something black, while Perwas doesn´t and Herbert will most likely answer back during the standard tough loss or nice win, while Perwas might not answer back during a loss as he is most likely still somewhere in that deciding crunch time play in his thoughts that was the difference costing Frankfurt the win. In game one in Munich, it was Perwass having that seldom opportunity to coach the team while Gordon Herbert stayed in the hotel in Munich nursing a virus having to watch the Fraport Skyliners consistency phobia once again exhibit it´s ugly presence while his virus illness might have been temporally replaced with a splitting headache in the fourth quarter. For Perwas, he also showed a moment of weakness in the fourth quarter as it was obvious in which the game had gone as he showed one of those expressions where his cheeks and lips came together with a slight nod of the head that it seemed apparent that after a good fight, Frankfurt wasn´t caving in with a lack of effort or fight, but that the game was going it´s normal course as Frankfurt just couldn´t keep up with the first three quarters as fatigue was setting in, the inside presence of Johannes Voigtmann was absent as he had been injured shortly before halftime and German national player Heiko Schaffartzik did was he does best hitting ridiculous bombs from anywhere from downtown and FC Bayern Munich just had an offensive answer for every Frankfurt connected shot thus slowing down the opponents come back.

If one looks back at the first two games against FC Bayern Munich, this was the best played game of the Fraport Skyliners in terms of consistency as they played with FC Bayern Munich for 30 minutes while in the first game it was 20 minutes and in their only win this season in Frankfurt where they staged an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter as it was only a very potent 10 minutes where Frankfurt played well. If there was a cheeky journalist who might have asked Perwas after the loss in Munich in game one if he would of perfered to rather have had a similar game in performance from Frankfurt like in the massive comeback in Frankfurt a few weeks ago, the ex German national player Perwas most definitely would have answered with “I only prefer 40 minutes of consistent basketball”. When looking back at the game, there were many factors that cost Frankfurt the victory and if one really listed all these factors, one probably would have been surprised that the Fraport Skyliners were trailing only 54-53 after three quarters instead of 15 points where the game most likely have been in the books. In the first 30 minutes, the Fraport Skyliners defended well not great, but still very commendable as FC Bayern Munich is the best scoring team in the Beko BBL. Offensively they also played sound basketball as it was many guys that led the charge as their ball movement was sound and Frankfurt was able to bounce back during runs from FC Bayern Munich then making importnan buckets. Guys like Sean Armand showed his typical scoring in bunches ability while Canadian Aaron Doornekamp hit big three pointers and Mike Morrison was the only real bright spot on the boards. FC Bayern Munich on the other hand weren´t at their best on offense as they missed many easy shots especially a John Bryant who wasn´t necessarily defended that hard, but he still left shots close to the rim and 15 footers on the rim as they didn´t want to roll in. The biggest blow to the Fraport Skyliners was in the last minute of the second quarter as German national player Johannes Voigtmann stepped on a Munich player and most possibly tore his anterior cruciate ligament and never returned back into the game. In the second half his expression said it all on the sidelines as he was expressionless as he most likely was thinking why me? Whyan injury now in this crucial time of the season. Despite no Voigtmann and FC Bayern Munich controlling the offensive glass in the first half as if they owned a patent on it, the Fraport Skyliners played their best basketball of the game in the third quarter limiting FC Bayern Munich to their fewest quarter points with 15. The game was close as there were seven lead changes and Frankfurt was believing they could win this game. However the game of basketball has four quarters and not three as in the last quarter, the Fraport Skyliners had to accept reality as FC Bayern Munich shifted into high gear and just played the way they know how scoring 29 points and making the 83-72 result at the end not really explain the closeness of how the game was for the most part. Some of the key factors in the fourth quarter as to why FC Bayern Munich came to life again was simple. They disallowed Frankfurt to get off on a good start which they despertately needed and went on a 8-0 run to motor their self confidence. Heiko Schaffartzik stepped up making back to back three pointers and later on John Bryant also nailed a three pointer which has been a mainstay in his game for years. This put a damper in their self confidence of the Fraport Skyliners, but they never gave up as they continued to fight and claw back making shots, but just couldn´t get under an eight point deficit down the stretch. In the post game summary the absence of Johannes Voigtman really hurt Frankurt and their biggest menace on the night was their inability to clear the paint being able to secure the rebounds as FC Bayern Munich seemed to have the height and position on almost every missed shot. FC Bayern Munich ended the game shooting 42% from outside as that was only determined with a strong fourth quarter shooting wise as they did a heck of a job making key decisions from the parking lot where no one better to give the ball to than Heko Schaffartzik when one needs the big shots. Frankfurt shot a dismal 29% from outside as consistency was a big factor there. All in all FC Bayern Munich made better use of their individual qualities as their budget is four times greater than the Fraport Skyliners and that becomes a big factor in any game. Another huge factor was the continued downward curve in the play of Justin Cobbs in the last two months. It is no secret that his gas tank is running on empty after a long rookie season where in the last four years in the NCAA his season had ended pretty much when this inconsistent period started in Bonn at the beginning of March. Teams also seem to have his number as they know what he will do. The Frankfurt pick and role game has become nonexistent with Cobbs at the helm which limits his opportunities and more than not gives him the option to finish more himself which also isn´t working as well anymore. His outside shooting also has faltered as he is 7/32 in the last 11 games and his usual masterpiece pull jump up balance jumper also hasn´t fallen as he has been 32/77 in the last 11 games. For the Fraport Skyliners to have any chance to win this series, they need a potent Cobbs and that wasn´t the case in game one in Munich. Cobbs had an average day in the offensive stats with 11 points and seven assists, but when you add his five turnovers, that will change the grade from a C to a D. Taking care of the ball is the most important duty of a point guard, but in this 11 game span, the Los Angeles native has coughed up the ball five times in six of the 11 games. Cobbs needs to have consistent games for the Fraport Skyliners to have any chance of playing at least close to consistent ball over the 40 minutes. Game two now is only 72 hours away and even though this isn´t technically a do or die game, it is because if Frankfurt loses, FC Bayern Munich will most likely close out the series in Munich on Thursday. Hopefully Gordon Herbert will be healthy again for game two and maybe the best medicine for his team is to edit together the first three quarters of game one and the last quarter of the miraculous come back in the 76-73 win a few weeks ago in Frankfurt and keep showing his team nonstop until Tuesday what his team is capable of. If Frankfurt loses Tuesday and the series soon after, then Gordon Herbert and Klaus Perwas could really perform a Blues Brothers basketball act, because they then will have the time for it and could try their hand at basketball comedy even if though it won´t work, because that expressionless demeanor will be too depressing for anyone wanting to laugh.In my basketball relationship with Fraport Skyliners assistant coach Klaus Perwas, there is only one predicable thing where I always know what will happen when he approaches me in the Catacombs of the Fraport arena after a game and that is the standard phrase “servus” and after I have said congratulations on the win, he mutters thanks. Other than that he could easily form a Blues Brothers 2 combination with Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert not in necessarily having a gag show act at the local comedy club, but in their constant same mode during games in that they both display an expressionless demeanor off the court in which you mostly don´t know really what the outcome of the game was at first glance. The only difference between both men is that Herbert will most likely wear something black, while Perwas doesn´t and Herbert will most likely answer back during the standard tough loss or nice win, while Perwas might not answer back during a loss as he is most likely still somewhere in that deciding crunch time play in his thoughts that was the difference costing Frankfurt the win. In game one in Munich, it was Perwass having that seldom opportunity to coach the team while Gordon Herbert stayed in the hotel in Munich nursing a virus having to watch the Fraport Skyliners consistency phobia once again exhibit it´s ugly presence while his virus illness might have been temporally replaced with a splitting headache in the fourth quarter. For Perwas, he also showed a moment of weakness in the fourth quarter as it was obvious in which the game had gone as he showed one of those expressions where his cheeks and lips came together with a slight nod of the head that it seemed apparent that after a good fight, Frankfurt wasn´t caving in with a lack of effort or fight, but that the game was going it´s normal course as Frankfurt just couldn´t keep up with the first three quarters as fatigue was setting in, the inside presence of Johannes Voigtmann was absent as he had been injured shortly before halftime and German national player Heiko Schaffartzik did was he does best hitting ridiculous bombs from anywhere from downtown and FC Bayern Munich just had an offensive answer for every Frankfurt connected shot thus slowing down the opponents come back. If one looks back at the first two games against FC Bayern Munich, this was the best played game of the Fraport Skyliners in terms of consistency as they played with FC Bayern Munich for 30 minutes while in the first game it was 20 minutes and in their only win this season in Frankfurt where they staged an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter as it was only a very potent 10 minutes where Frankfurt played well. If there was a cheeky journalist who might have asked Perwas after the loss in Munich in game one if he would of perfered to rather have had a similar game in performance from Frankfurt like in the massive comeback in Frankfurt a few weeks ago, the ex German national player Perwas most definitely would have answered with “I only prefer 40 minutes of consistent basketball”. When looking back at the game, there were many factors that cost Frankfurt the victory and if one really listed all these factors, one probably would have been surprised that the Fraport Skyliners were trailing only 54-53 after three quarters instead of 15 points where the game most likely have been in the books. In the first 30 minutes, the Fraport Skyliners defended well not great, but still very commendable as FC Bayern Munich is the best scoring team in the Beko BBL. Offensively they also played sound basketball as it was many guys that led the charge as their ball movement was sound and Frankfurt was able to bounce back during runs from FC Bayern Munich then making importnan buckets. Guys like Sean Armand showed his typical scoring in bunches ability while Canadian Aaron Doornekamp hit big three pointers and Mike Morrison was the only real bright spot on the boards. FC Bayern Munich on the other hand weren´t at their best on offense as they missed many easy shots especially a John Bryant who wasn´t necessarily defended that hard, but he still left shots close to the rim and 15 footers on the rim as they didn´t want to roll in. The biggest blow to the Fraport Skyliners was in the last minute of the second quarter as German national player Johannes Voigtmann stepped on a Munich player and most possibly tore his anterior cruciate ligament and never returned back into the game. In the second half his expression said it all on the sidelines as he was expressionless as he most likely was thinking why me? Whyan injury now in this crucial time of the season. Despite no Voigtmann and FC Bayern Munich controlling the offensive glass in the first half as if they owned a patent on it, the Fraport Skyliners played their best basketball of the game in the third quarter limiting FC Bayern Munich to their fewest quarter points with 15. The game was close as there were seven lead changes and Frankfurt was believing they could win this game. However the game of basketball has four quarters and not three as in the last quarter, the Fraport Skyliners had to accept reality as FC Bayern Munich shifted into high gear and just played the way they know how scoring 29 points and making the 83-72 result at the end not really explain the closeness of how the game was for the most part. Some of the key factors in the fourth quarter as to why FC Bayern Munich came to life again was simple. They disallowed Frankfurt to get off on a good start which they despertately needed and went on a 8-0 run to motor their self confidence. Heiko Schaffartzik stepped up making back to back three pointers and later on John Bryant also nailed a three pointer which has been a mainstay in his game for years. This put a damper in their self confidence of the Fraport Skyliners, but they never gave up as they continued to fight and claw back making shots, but just couldn´t get under an eight point deficit down the stretch. In the post game summary the absence of Johannes Voigtman really hurt Frankurt and their biggest menace on the night was their inability to clear the paint being able to secure the rebounds as FC Bayern Munich seemed to have the height and position on almost every missed shot. FC Bayern Munich ended the game shooting 42% from outside as that was only determined with a strong fourth quarter shooting wise as they did a heck of a job making key decisions from the parking lot where no one better to give the ball to than Heko Schaffartzik when one needs the big shots. Frankfurt shot a dismal 29% from outside as consistency was a big factor there. All in all FC Bayern Munich made better use of their individual qualities as their budget is four times greater than the Fraport Skyliners and that becomes a big factor in any game. Another huge factor was the continued downward curve in the play of Justin Cobbs in the last two months. It is no secret that his gas tank is running on empty after a long rookie season where in the last four years in the NCAA his season had ended pretty much when this inconsistent period started in Bonn at the beginning of March. Teams also seem to have his number as they know what he will do. The Frankfurt pick and role game has become nonexistent with Cobbs at the helm which limits his opportunities and more than not gives him the option to finish more himself which also isn´t working as well anymore. His outside shooting also has faltered as he is 7/32 in the last 11 games and his usual masterpiece pull jump up balance jumper also hasn´t fallen as he has been 32/77 in the last 11 games. For the Fraport Skyliners to have any chance to win this series, they need a potent Cobbs and that wasn´t the case in game one in Munich. Cobbs had an average day in the offensive stats with 11 points and seven assists, but when you add his five turnovers, that will change the grade from a C to a D. Taking care of the ball is the most important duty of a point guard, but in this 11 game span, the Los Angeles native has coughed up the ball five times in six of the 11 games. Cobbs needs to have consistent games for the Fraport Skyliners to have any chance of playing at least close to consistent ball over the 40 minutes. Game two now is only 72 hours away and even though this isn´t technically a do or die game, it is because if Frankfurt loses, FC Bayern Munich will most likely close out the series in Munich on Thursday. Hopefully Gordon Herbert will be healthy again for game two and maybe the best medicine for his team is to edit together the first three quarters of game one and the last quarter of the miraculous come back in the 76-73 win a few weeks ago in Frankfurt and keep showing his team nonstop until Tuesday what his team is capable of. If Frankfurt loses Tuesday and the series soon after, then Gordon Herbert and Klaus Perwas could really perform a Blues Brothers basketball act, because they then will have the time for it and could try their hand at basketball comedy even if though it won´t work, because that expressionless demeanor will be too depressing for anyone wanting to laugh.

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