No Bryce Cotton, no Terrico White - no problems.
Reigning NBL champions Perth warmed up for their title defence with a 94-79 win over Adelaide on Saturday at RAC Arena without their star imports.
Regardless of the result, the Wildcats couldn't move from second spot and the 36ers were playing their last game of the season.
With Nick Kay continuing his outstanding form, Perth was able to hold off a last-quarter comeback by the 36ers to win 94-79. © GettyPERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15: Nicholas Kay of the Wildcats looks to pass the ball during the round 20 NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena on February 15, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Adelaide trailed by 10 points with more than seven minutes to go and managed to pull back to within one. But a after a well-judged time-out from Perth, they scored 17 points to three in the run home.
With unfamiliar names Nic Posoglou, Taylor Britt, Wani Swaka Lo Buluk and Luke Travers getting plenty of court time, the Wildcats still looked the team heading into a semi-final series against Cairns.
Kay goes into the playoffs in hot form, with 23 points and seven rebounds.
Coach Trevor Gleeson labelled him the Rolls Royce of the Wildcats' locker room.
"Nick has been outstanding the last month, with some of the best basketball he has played all season," Gleeson said.
"Other people looking for flashy new players to come in, but Nick has been our Rolls Royce. He turns up and is high quality every day, produces numbers. This is best competition the NBL has been in a long, long time and he's producing numbers of that calibre consistently."
Adelaide coach Joey Wright was taking charge of his 500th NBL game and chalked up his 216th loss.
It might also be a disappointing end to his tenure at the club, amid speculation that he won't continue next season at the 36ers, despite being contracted.
With 18 points and 11 rebounds, Daniel Johnson again starred for the 36ers, but a few of his teammates went missing.
A poor start hurt them. The 36ers trailed 24-18 at the first break, having made three of nine free throws and only one of nine attempts from beyond the three-point line.
Wright was disappointed and said attitudes cost them.
"We kind of dropped our head," he said.
"For us to shoot 50 per cent from the free-throw line (for the game) is very uncanny for us.
"It was ugly ... if you count the number of point-blank lay-ups we missed as well."
The first of the Wildcats' best-of-three semi-final series against the Taipans will be played on Friday, February 28 at RAC Arena.