ANBL: American Shawn Long pushes Breakers into playoffs picture

The NZ Breakers are hoping to make it three wins from three games, when they take on top-of-the-table Sydney on Friday.

After breaking their five-game losing streak, coach Kevin Braswell believes the team have really picked up the momentum, with some help from big man Shawn Long.

A few weeks ago, it may seemed a long shot, but fast forward to 2019 and the Breakers are well on their way to making the playoffs.

"How far can we go? I think that's up to us and what we put on the floor on game night," Braswell told Newshub.

"But I think this team, we do have the opportunity to make it far."

And Long is the man that's going to make that happen.

Averaging 30 points in his last two games, his points production's gone up now his foul rate's gone down.

The American import next faces former NBA veteran Andrew Bogut, when the Breakers play the Kings on Friday in what shapes as a battle between arguably the NBL's two premier big men.

"Bogut's a good player," Long said. "He's been in the game for a while, done a lot of things.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'll bring everything I can bring to help the team win."

Braswell's crediting the centre's increased momentum in pushing the team to new heights.

"The culture's grown so much, even in the last two or three weeks, and I think that's where we needed to get to," he said.

"Just winning a few games, getting that cloud from over your head and now the guys are really starting to form that chemistry. That is when you start to see teams going up."

With 11 games left to play, the only way is up, if the sixth-placed Breakers want a top-four spot.