Melbourne United star Chris Goulding will take the wins and ignore the barbs after criticism about his shot selection and decision-making on offence.United face two home games against power clubs this round with Brisbane Bullets coming to Hisense Arena on Thursday night followed by old rivals Perth Wildcats at the same venue on Sunday afternoon. Ignoring the barbs: Melbourne’s Chris Goulding copped criticism for his shot selection following United’s two defeats in round one. Photo: Getty Images Goulding faced online criticism for his slow start during Melbourne’s two losses in round one.But he bounced back to post 13 points in the win over Adelaide and 16 points and seven assists in Melbourne’s second win over Illawarra Hawks last Sunday.Several of his passes fed Todd Blanchfield as he scored a game-winning 27 points.”People were talking about it but for the most part it was just some two-bit reporter,” Goulding said.
“So I don’t really care about him. They will have their opinions and we put together a really good team on paper so when it doesn’t perform we are open to criticism.”It’s part and parcel of professional sports but I was happy to get two wins after that.”Melbourne’s rebounding will go under the microscope as they host a bulked-up Bullets.Former Chicago Bull and Rio Olympian Cameron Bairstow headlines a savvy roster which includes Tom Jervis, Mitch Young, Daniel Kickert, Anthony Petrie and athletic forward Torrey Craig.In their early games the Bullets have proven dangerous on the glass due to their size and strength, while Melbourne have rarely won a rebound count although last round’s much improved shooting left them with more points and fewer rebound opportunities.Craig leads the NBL in rebounding after two rounds with Jervis in second place and Bairstow expected to start hauling in rebounds too.Goulding said United had beaten the Bullets in all physical contests.”Bringing Bairstow into the mix changes it a bit, he’s another horse down low we have to contend with,” Goulding said.”It’s a good challenge for us. Dean [Demopoulos, coach] and the group have been harping on about playing defence and rebounding – this will be another test.”A major strength for the Bullets has been their offensive rebounding, while United gave up 16 offensive rebounds in their win over the Hawks.