PLYMOUTH Raiders head into the weekend’s BBL play-off double-header with Cheshire Jets in great shape.
But it is tactically that Paul Smith may have the advantage as Raiders coach Gavin Love and some of his players have admitted they are not fans of the current play-off format.
They would prefer an NBA-style format with progress decided over three, five or seven games instead of by aggregate scores over two matches.
And while the Raiders have not experienced aggregate scoring since its introduction last season, the Jets have, having played MK Lions and Sheffield Sharks under the system.
Raiders coach Love said: “I really don't like aggregate scores. I’d rather it was the best of three.
“It’s a strange concept for our imports, because in basketball you normally always get a winner. But we’ll be ready.
“After Saturday’s game it's only going to be half-time, so every basket counts.”
Raiders guard Evaldas Zabas said it was a mystery to him: “I’ve never played like this before.
“It's new to me, but it’s the play-offs. I don't care what format they’re in, I’m going to work my hardest to come out on top.
“Every mistake now is going to come back to haunt you. We have to focus and execute.”
Whether that will be enough for the Raiders will son become clear.