Plymouth Raiders guards Drew Lasker and Michael Ojo struggling ahead of tough Sheffield Sharks trip
MARJON Plymouth Raiders' starting guards are both struggling with injuries ahead of tonight's tough BBL Championship trip to in-form Sheffield Sharks (7.30pm).
Drew Lasker (hamstring) and Michael Ojo (ankle) are doubts against Sharks, who have gone 8-3 in their last 11 contests in all competitions.
Ojo, Raiders' leading scorer and chief three-point threat this season, sat out Sunday's 78-66 loss at leaders Leicester Riders with a twisted ankle.
Lasker played, but has not trained this week after picking up a hamstring problem.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
"Michael will travel, but we're not sure how much he will play," said Love.
"Unfortunately Drew has picked up a hamstring injury and has missed training, so we're struggling at the guard spots.
"We'd love to have Drew and Michael 100 per cent, but that's not going to happen.
"If we haven't got Michael, it's going to be difficult, but we need this win. We want to keep pushing for a top-four finish."
With Ojo the bigger doubt and Lasker hampered, Love is set to ask forward Jamal Williams to bring the ball up the floor at the English Institute of Sport tonight and help share the load at point-guard.
"Jamal Williams handled the ball quite a lot on Sunday," said Love. "It takes him out his comfort zone, but then he'll have a forward guarding him. That makes it easier."
Raiders had three weeks off before returning with a bang in Friday's 76-71 win at defending BBL champions Newcastle before Sunday's defeat.
Love was unhappy the referees at Riders awarded a one-sided, 24-14 foul count in favour of the home team.
He said: "We're encouraged but disappointed. We know we deserved to get something out of Sunday, but for one reason or another we didn't."
Tonight, Raiders bid to improve their record to 18-9 and force a tie with Glasgow Rocks in third place in the league.
Love added: "We're upbeat with how we're playing.
"We're giving it everything we've got, we're better defensively and we're playing a good style of basketball.
"We're being very patient on offence and we're taking good shots.
"I'm happy and everybody on the team is happy."
Raiders decisively ran away from Eagles 33-14 in Friday's sensational first quarter on Tyneside and were still tied with Riders at 54-54 late in Sunday's third quarter.
Love said: "We might not be spectacularly talented, but we have seven guys who all want to work hard and that's what gets you results.
"Ninety per cent of it is energy and effort. I'll take character over talent every time."
He added: "I'm as upbeat as I have been all season. I'm enthusiastic about what we can do now.
"We're going for it."
Raiders and Sharks have only met once previously this season in Sheffield in late-November.
Raiders won well, 99-71, but both teams now have new point-guards in place running their offences.