The Sydney Kings' Todd Blanchfield gets medical assistance during his side's clash with the Cairns Taipans on Thursday.
The Sydney Kings' Todd Blanchfield gets medical assistance during his side's clash with the Cairns Taipans on Thursday. DEAN LEWINS

Kings' injuries raise Taipan hopes

THE Sydney Kings have travelled to the Far North without starters Perry Ellis and Todd Blanchfield, bolstering the Taipans' hopes of immediately bouncing back this afternoon.

Ellis, arguably the best performed NBL import this season, managed just under 20 minutes on court on Thursday after injuring a shoulder as the Kings headed for victory over Cairns.

The power forward was ruled out of tonight's rematch after scans in Sydney yesterday morning.

Blanchfield (pictured) has serious concussion after copping a head knock.

Veteran forward Alex Loughton, who again put in an evergreen performance on Thursday, dropping 19 points, said the Snakes were looking forward to the challenge of turning it around.

"There have been games when we have been right on it from the start and if we can replicate that on the road, we usually find some keys to a crucial win,” Loughton said.

"That is where we are at right now. The positive is that we turn around on our home floor and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

The Taipans have won five of their 12 games.



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