Within the main drama of the destination of this season's league title, a minor mystery is how a team with Giants' talent has not been challenging Sheffield Sharks, Chester Jets, the Leopards and the champions, London Towers, for the crown.
Giants' 82-46 win over Towers last month will probably remain the most remarkable result of the season.
Injuries and a "revolving door" early-season policy with American imports is part of the answer. In Saturday's first half, failure to defend the three-point shot was another factor as Derby's Tim Lascelles hit six. After the break he was ensnared by the calmest player on the floor, 22- year-old, 6ft 6in Panji Grainger, and failed to score again.Reuse content