Wildcats import White to miss Cairns game

Key import Terrico White will miss the Perth Wildcats NBL road trip to Cairns due to injury.
Key import Terrico White will miss the Perth Wildcats NBL road trip to Cairns due to injury.

Perth Wildcats import Terrico White will miss Saturday night's NBL clash with the Taipans in Cairns because of a knee injury.

Scans earlier this week cleared White of any structural or ligament damage to the left knee he twisted in last week's win over NZ.

But the grand final MVP is still feeling pain from the bone bruising, and he was unable to pass a fitness test at training on Thursday.

Before the fitness test, Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said he wouldn't risk White unless the American was pain free.

"It's just discomfort and pain he's in right now. The good thing is there's no structural or ligament damage," Gleeson said.

Development player Taylor Britt has been drafted into the squad to replace White.

After taking on Cairns, Perth will host Adelaide on December 1 - giving White plenty of time to recover.

Gleeson will now experiment with a smaller line-up against Cairns that could include up to three guards.

The Wildcats sit second on the ladder with a strong 8-3 record.

But the shock 99-76 home loss to Cairns on October 18 is still fresh on the minds of Wildcats players.

Perth have won six of their eight games since then, and Gleeson has been happy with the response.

"Two days later we beat Melbourne in Melbourne, and we've had some good wins on the road since then in NZ and Adelaide," Gleeson said.

"We've started to turn the corner and play some real great basketball.

"This team is starting to find itself right now, which I really love.

"Our competitive nature and our toughness is starting to come out, and you get that from winning on the road. Hopefully we can keep on developing that."

Cairns (3-6) desperately need to win to keep within striking distance of the top four.

Australian Associated Press