It's a girl for Wollongong Hawks point guard

Scoring 1000 points for one NBL team is a fine achievement, but that milestone ran a very distant second for Hawks point guard Rhys Martin this week.

Martin and his wife, Danielle, welcomed daughter Ella-Christine into the world on Monday night, pushing the 1000-point milestone right out of his mind.

"It [fatherhood] just puts things in perspective and you don't worry about the small things," Martin said.

"Hopefully now we can get away with the win this week and then everyone will be happy."

The imminent birth of his first child coincided with one of Martin's best performances of the season against Adelaide on Friday with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in the one-point loss.

Martin is hoping the arrival of Ella-Christine will see him take his game up another notch as the Hawks look for their third win of the season against arch rivals Sydney Kings in Wollongong on Saturday.

The Kings rode a 27-point Sam Young wave to a four-point win against Melbourne last week but Martin is wary of focusing too much attention on the former Indiana Pacers forward.

"Ben Madgen is probably their key player," Martin said.

"We don't know about Sam Young from the perimeter.

"We'll test him a little bit from out there and see how he goes but he's definitely athletic, we've seen that in the games that he's played so far.

"If we can keep him off the glass and not let him run in transition and get dunks that'll help us a lot.

"We need to focus on the key things, rebounding, running our sets and making them play defence."

The absence of big man Larry Davidson was a conspicuous one last week with the 36ers racking up 46 points in the paint and pulling down 48 rebounds to the Hawks' 31.

Davidson trained with the team yesterday and Martin was hopeful the 206cm defensive general will be on deck this week.

"It'd definitely be a big boost," Martin said.

"He's a big body in the middle and he talks a lot which really helps our group.

"We can be a little bit quiet sometimes and that communication is key to defence.

"He's looking pretty good, so hopefully he'll be out there."

With or without Davidson, Martin believes an improved effort on the boards is essential to turning around the Hawks' 2-9 start to the season.

"We struggled on the rebounds [against Adelaide]," Martin said.

"It's something we've struggled with and we talk about it all the time.

"We got them shooting the first shot from where we wanted them to, but we've got to come up with the loose ball.

"It's the same thing this week.

"We want certain guys to shoot on their team and other guys not to.

"If we can make that happen and can come up with rebounds, there's no reason why we can't win every game in this league."

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