WITH Cairns' most potent offensive weapon again on the sidelines, NBL legend James Harvey has called on Taipans skipper Cameron Gliddon to "grab the game by the scruff of the neck".
Cairns' captain, who will rejoin the Australian Boomers squad later this month, has had his two best offensive games of the season without the Venezuelan Volcano on the floor, as he combined for 35 points over the two Round 6 games.
The 28-year-old deferred to import Michael Carrera at times during the early part of the season but since he went down with his ankle injury, Gliddon has looked for his own shot more often with positive results.
Harvey, who watched the Snakes fall short against Brisbane on Sunday, was impressed with Gliddon's intent against the Bullets and believes he is the man to carry the load with Carrera out.
"Cam Gliddon can be way more aggressive than he is," Harvey said. "It might not be in his personality but he can shoot it well and has a nice, well rounded offensive game.
"He goes through too many games being gun-shy and it was great to see him let loose against Brisbane.
"Being the captain, sometimes you just need to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and, without an import there is that perfect opportunity."
Harvey was the inaugural captain of the newly established Gold Coast Blaze and co-captain of the Sydney Kings during his stay in the Harbour City and understands leadership roles can be about facilitating at times but says it is also about knowing when to strike.
"When you are a captain, you can fall back into that leadership role at times," Harvey said.
"Looking to get other people involved and be a good leader but at some stages, he needs to stand up and take a game over.
"It was good to see him do that, he has done that in games over his career, but I do not think he does it often enough."
The Snakes, who are 4-6, welcome Illawarra to the Far North on Saturday night for the first time since their dramatic Round 1 victory.
away at Brisbane - 15 points
home to Melbourne - 20 (Carrera injured inside two minutes)
away to Brisbane - 7
home to Adelaide - 9
away at New Zealand - 12
home to Illawarra - 8
home to New Zealand - 3
away at Melbourne - 8
home to Adelaide - 9
home to Perth - 10
Overall 2017/18 averages
Points per game: 8.2