The SKYCITY Breakers have been asking themselves the tough questions this week as they contemplate a trip to Adelaide to play the Minor Premiership winning 36ers on Saturday evening.
That reflection comes on the back of a poor showing against Sydney last weekend, one that Assistant Coach Judd Flavell knows there cannot be a repeat of in Adelaide.
“This week has been one of self-reflection, all of us looking at what we need to do to get to get ourselves back to where we should be playing, the level we should be at and everyone is taking ownership of that. Everyone is focusing on what we need to do to improve.
“We were upset and disappointed (with the Sydney game), everyone wants to come in with the right mind set, the challenge is for all of us to chip in to get us across the line, and everyone is keen to get out on the floor against Adelaide on Saturday.”
Flavell says reputations count for little, as has been shown in the league all season, with upsets so common they can hardly be called upsets anymore in one of the closest races for the playoffs in the history of the NBL.
“It is about playing with the right level of intensity, against Adelaide, they are the in form team right now and we need to match their intensity on the floor. It doesn’t matter if you are top of the table, no one can afford to take their foot off the accelerator.”
News on power forward Akil Mitchell was mixed, with the American returning to practice for the first time with his team mates since his eye injury last week against Cairns.
“Akil got thrown into practice today and he is still a little uncomfortable, a bit blurry, but he will travel with the team and it will be a game time decision for him, he is one guy who brings that level of energy that we were lacking last game. Hopefully he will play and that is what he brings to the table.”
In other news Mika Vukona was involved in training and moving more freely after his back spasm in the game against Sydney.
Following the game in Adelaide, the SKYCITY Breakers host one final home game in the regular season, with tickets selling quickly for the game against Melbourne United at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday 10 February, for tickets to that game CLICK HERE