Straight-talking centre Larry Davidson has warned his Wollongong teammates about the danger of relying too much on the familiar surrounds of WIN Entertainment Centre to kick-start their season.
After losing their opening games on the road to New Zealand and Adelaide, the Hawks host Townsville tomorrow night in their first home appearance for 2013-14.
A big crowd is expected to turn out for the club's 1000th NBL game and Hawks officials have organised a couple of surprises to highlight the milestone occasion.
But the Crocodiles won't be swept up in the warm and fuzzy sentiment of Wollongong's history-making moment.
The Crocs rolled titleholders New Zealand last week and would delight in ruining the Hawks' party.
"We can't just say 'we're playing at home so it's going to be a lot easier'. That kind of thinking will only get us in trouble, because it's just going to get harder from here on out," Davidson said.
"We have to learn from what we did wrong last week and just keep getting better every week, and hopefully that'll start getting us some wins."
Compared to their patchy first-round performance against the Breakers, the Hawks were more cohesive and consistent in last week's 97-91 loss to the 36ers.
They were the better team in the first half, building a 53-49 lead at the main break, and also won the fourth quarter 22-20.
But the 36ers out-scored the visitors 28-16 in a decisive third period.
Davidson says his side has to pay closer attention to shutting down the opposition's fast-break counter-attacks.
"Defensive transition was probably the biggest killer," the 30-year-old said.
"It was unbelievable how quick they were going. Even when we scored, they'd get the ball in and were doing lay-ups at the other end.
"Overall we put in a pretty good effort. We stuck to our plan a fair bit and moved the ball, but when they upped the pressure defensively, they did a good job of taking us out of our stuff and we didn't adjust quick enough.
"We still stuck together pretty good and had a good run at it in the fourth quarter. It was disappointing to lose, but there's but there's still a lot we can take out of it. We have to make sure we don't do the same things against Townsville."
Playing their first home game for the Hawks on Saturday will be imports Rotnei Clarke and Kevin Tiggs, former Illawarra junior Dominique Cooks and rookie centre Shane Harris-Tunks.
Clarke was a heavily marked man against the Sixers and made just 4/15 shots for 12 points.
His teammates picked up and the Hawks finished the game with five players in double figures.
One of tomorrow's highlights will be the official retiring of Hawks great Melvin Thomas's number 33 playing jersey.