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Kings need to be wary of Melbourne

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Brad Elborough

Melbourne United may have dropped to the bottom of the NBL ladder after losing to the Perth Wildcats on Friday night, but they are one of the form sides of the competition.

Since new point guard Casper Ware joined the team, for their round seven clash against Cairns, they have looked a more confident and competent side and won three of four games since his arrival.

Ware scored only 12 points in his NBL debut against the Taipans, but United won, breaking a five-game losing streak.

They then beat top side Sydney and last year's runners-up New Zealand in the following two weeks and fell just three points short of knocking off the reigning premiers, the Wildcats, in Perth on Friday.

Ware has averaged better than 30 points per game in the three outings since his debut, including 38 in an outstanding performance against Perth.

United were 15 points down with less than four minutes to go on Friday and got back to within one basket.

While Ware admits he found his feet in the NBL quickly, losing clearly doesn't sit well with the 26-year old former Philadelphia 76er.

"I'm not here to score; I'm here to win," he said bluntly after the loss.

"That 100 doesn't seem too good on that L (loss)

"We just want to fight; we put ourselves in that predicament (of being 15 points down). I give my teammates credit, we fought our way back.

"But from the start, we can't put ourselves in that position from the start. We need to fight from the beginning."

United was hampered by the loss of David Andersen to a knee injury just three minutes into the game; and it was unclear after the game what the extent of the injury was.

He will be sorely missed on Sunday if he can't get up to play against the Kings.

While Ware scored 28 points against the Kings two games ago in a 95-92 Melbourne victory, Andersen had eight rebounds and scored 10 points himself.

Chris Goulding, who was in hot form against Perth early on Friday, also chimed in with 15 points against Sydney last time they played.

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