As the Sydney Kings lick their wounds from their biggest loss of the NBL season, coach Adam Forde wants his charges to quickly write it off as a bad game and bounce back against Brisbane Bullets Saturday.
The Kings only managed 25 points in a half of basketball as Illawarra Hawks blew them off the court in an 89-69 defeat Wednesday night.
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Kings coach Adam Forde wants his team to move on from its bad beat against the Hawks. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
A disappointed Forde said the result, at times, felt inevitable.
“There was a part of me that knew what the result was going to be, but we try to move forward (now),” Forde said after his side was held to its lowest total of 2021.
“It was a bad game for us, this is the first time we’ve lost by this much.
“Very disappointed but, as I tried to describe to the guys afterwards, in a 36-game season there’s just going to be an element where there’s a small percentage of games where everything goes against you and everything goes for them … not downplaying how good Illawarra was, but we were missing lay-ups — we missed 11 foul shots.
“We’re human, it’s disheartening.”
Didi Louzada will get an extended run in the Kings’ starting lineup. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Kings will hope to get more time out of import Jarell Martin, who returned from a knee injury and looked good in his capped 12 minutes of action.
“We don’t want to bring him on too early (for full minutes) knowing he only did his first competitive five-on-five on the Tuesday,” he said.
“We’re looking at that Brisbane game on the weekend and we’ve got a double-header at home the following week, then we’ve got Perth, potentially, the week after that, so we want to look down the track
“Trust me, I was the first person to want to put him in there (against Illawarra), but the reality is we couldn’t, but we look forward to him getting more minutes.”
Brazilian Didi Louzada will also remain in the starting line-up as Forde searched for balance.
“With Jarell back in we wanted to have a little bit more balance where we could rest Casper (Ware) and DJ (Dejan Vasiljevic) in certain points, knowing they will have some pretty tough defensive assignments,” he said.
“We’ll get that balance right and build from there.”
The Kings haven’t seen Xavier Cooks since last year’s finals series. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Forde said his team would have to continue to cope without versatile big man Xavier Cooks (foot) and springy guard Angus Glover (ACL).
“Especially with Glove, it’s such a complicated injury, it’s one of those things we have to keep reassessing,” he said.
“With X, again, his timeline is on track, but the reality is that it’s still not for some time. “We’re capable with the guys that we’ve got, especially with Jarell back in the line-up. This is our squad, these guys have shown they can get wins, and this is the mentality now that we’ve got to start piecing it together.”
Originally published asCoach urges Kings to leave Hawks shocker in rearview
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