Joey Wright during the round 16 NBL loss to the Brisbane Bullets.
Joey Wright during the round 16 NBL loss to the Brisbane Bullets.

‘We can’t just rock up’: Wright

ADELAIDE 36ers coach Joey Wright believes Saturday's loss to Brisbane which snapped a seven-game winning streak was a timely wake-up call for his team as it charges towards finals.

The Sixers lost to the Bullets 95-90 but get the chance to rebound and test their finals credentials with back-to-back games against Perth this Friday and Sunday.

"They (players) were definitely disappointed, they felt that it was a game we could have won if we played to our level," Wright said after training on Monday.

"We didn't play hard enough or smart enough and in this league if you drop off a bit you'll lose.

"You want to keep winning regardless but it is an example to be shown that when we drop our intensity levels, this is what happens ... we aren't that good that we can just rock up."

Joey Wright during the round 16 NBL loss to Brisbane Bullets.
Joey Wright during the round 16 NBL loss to Brisbane Bullets.

During the loss to Brisbane Wright was given an official warning by the referees after he became vocal from the sidelines while trying to rev up his team.

Post-match Wright said he would continue to yell at his players if they needed a spark and yesterday he stood by it, saying his comments had nothing to do with the referees on game day.

"If my team is lacking motivation and I'm challenging them from every spot, that's the great advantage of having defence in front of you in the second half you can direct and motivate from the sidelines," he said.

"Our guys needed that, we lacked motivation and there was not one single thing directed at a referee."

The Sixers are currently second on the NBL ladder with four games remaining - two against the Wildcats then Illawarra and Brisbane before the finals.

Wright said this week's double header against Perth would be a good test for his team to respond to the loss to Brisbane and also measure itself against a championship contender.

"They (Perth) played well last game against New Zealand so back to form, it will be a great test for a team we may bump into in the finals," he said.

The main injury concern for Adelaide is shooting guard Anthony Drmic who returned from a knee injury last week but continues to experience soreness, however Wright has no plans to rest him.

"Drmic is still dealing with his issues, it's not coming good as much as we hoped," he said.

"He's still got a lot of pain through the spot we thought would clear up but structurally it's strong and sound.

"We plan on playing him, we just need to get him in there for more minutes and get him back to where he was."

The 36ers will have their main training session on Wednesday before flying to Perth to play the Wildcats on Friday night then returning to host them on Sunday.



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