The likely return of star centre Larry Davidson is expected to help improve the ongoing communication breakdowns at the defensive end which continue to plague the Wollongong Hawks.
Last Friday the Hawks had grand plans to force the taller Adelaide 36ers out of the middle, but they ended up conceding 46 points in the paint and went down 82-81.
"Defensively, we broke away from the game plan time and time again, just with silly errors," Wollongong captain Oscar Forman said.
"We were running out to guys on the three-point line that aren't three-point shooters and leaving the key-way open. That's causing bad rotations and just sending us into a spiral.
"There were times they came down from an offensive set and they just threaded the ball inside for a lay-up. We had five back so they shouldn't be able to do that.
"A lot of times defensively we're not quite matched. It seems like we've got four guys that get in a decent spot and a fifth guy who's not sure where he is or there's no talk.
"Talk has to come from everyone, not just one person. We need to find people defensively straight away."
Missed lay-ups in the fourth quarter cost the Hawks dearly against the Sixers and they were also out-rebounded 48-31.
Wollongong's 41 shot attempts from the three-point line is among the highest for a single game in club history.
They connected on 14, a return of 34 per cent.