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- Updated: October 10, 2016
The Sydney Kings and Illawarra Hawks are set to continue their highway rivalry on Thursday night as Andrew Gaze’s Kings drive down the road to take on the Illawarra Hawks.
Sydney took a hit on Saturday night in their home debut, going down to the Brisbane Bullets. A game that the Kings could have won if not for a few plays down the final minute or two. Instead the Kings now have to take on the red hot Illawarra Hawks, at the Sand Pit.
Head coach Andrew Gaze knows how hard it’s going to be to stop the Hawks after they scored a NBL record 122 points last week against the 36ers.
“Have they lost? Did they lose in Brisbane? I don’t think they did. Not only have they been winning they have been winning really well, playing a free flowing – attractive style of play – seemingly carefree and that is hard to stop.
Tempo is important. We’re going to have to use our offense to control the tempo because they’re flying that thing down the floor, everyone’s got a green light to shoot it and right at this point of time everyone’s making it.
It’s a really really tough defensive assignment”
The Hawks were pegged by many to finish 8th or 7th this season but have surprised some people early on after taking out the ABC in Brisbane and hammered Adelaide in their opening game.
Illawarra have their work cut out for them this round though. After taking on Sydney on Thursday they fly down to Melbourne to take on a United team that will be hungry for a win after going 0-2 in their opening round.
It is unconfirmed if new Kings import Josh Powell will play or not on Thursday.
Photo: Wolter Peeters