Basketball: Finger sees no weaknesses

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Birmingham Bullets' American coach Mike Finger will not be distracted by London Towers' injury problems when the Budweiser League's last two unbeaten teams meet at the NEC tonight. "I try to convince myself they have weaknesses, but I can't see too many," he said. "They still have outstanding depth." London will be without their England international Neville Austin and there are also doubts over England's Karl Brown and the American James Hamilton, who also missed the midweek 75-65 European Cup defeat in Belgrade.

Finger, whose team have won their three league games by a combined total of seven points said: "They were all too close for comfort. It's good to know we handled it but I'd like a few easy games as well."

That is unlikely to happen tonight, even against Towers. A key confrontation will be under the baskets between Birmingham's English centres Clive Allen and the 6ft 11in Chris Haslam, against London's 6ft 10in American Keith Robinson and the 6ft 11in Italian Marco Baldi.

Like Towers, Greater London Leopards will be without a key player after their captain Robert Youngblood chipped a bone and tore ligaments in an ankle last weekend. He may be out until the end of the month.

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