Kings promise rebound

BASKETBALL

The Wollongong Hawks shouldn't under-estimate just how much the Sydney Kings want redemption on home turf on Saturday.

Sydney coach Shane Heal was far from impressed with his team's sloppy performance in last Saturday's 73-69 road loss to the Hawks and is certain to be on the players' backs all week.

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Captain Ben Madgen was also filthy with the Kings' display and let his teammates know how he felt.

It all points to Sydney being extremely fired up for the rematch.

"We have to be able to bounce back. We've got three games at home now so it's a great opportunity for us," Heal said.

"It's a real balance in this league and everybody involved understands that. You never go into a game thinking you can't win it, and you never go in thinking you're not going to lose it."

Former NBA player Sam Young was disappointing against the Hawks and the word coming out of Kings headquarters is that he is highly motivated to give a much better account of himself this weekend.

"We let one slip and now we have to regather and get back to the video," Heal said.

"We said we'd take a step backwards as soon as we brought Sam in, and we've done that. Now we have to be able to take a couple of steps forward that we think we can take in the next month."

One of the bigger surprises out of last Saturday's clash was Wollongong out-rebounding the Kings 34-30.

They also had just eight turnovers compared to 16 for Sydney.

"The two areas that really concerned me are the rebounding and the turnovers," Heal said.

"They haven't beaten anyone in rebounding all year, so that was really disappointing.

"That's an effort-based and a mind-based thing.

"For us to have 16 turnovers against a team that traditionally don't cause turnovers is really disappointing. That's an area we've been good at," Heal said.

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