Ervin vows to break shackles against Hawks

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Former Hawk Gary Ervin has vowed to break his Wollongong hoodoo tomorrow night.

The import was a hit with the Hawks in 2011 when he became the club's first NBL MVP in 30 years after he averaged 20.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.

But WIN Entertainment Centre hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the 1.8 metre-tall guard since his departure.

Ervin played three games against the Hawks in Wollongong - two last season with Townsville and one this season with Adelaide - and averaged just 8.6 points on 30 per cent shooting.

When the Hawks thrashed the 36ers by 22 three weeks ago, he scored just six points, well below his season average.

Despite his track record at Wollongong, Ervin still ranks among the league's upper echelon of stars and is determined to remind Hawks fans of his capabilities.

"We have to play the right way and do what we do best, and it starts with me," the 30-year-old Brooklynite said.

"When I'm aggressive, we're aggressive, and that's one thing I let affect us in the last game.

"As the point guard, I let my team down by not being aggressive. It's just one of those things where there's a lot of emotion; the crowd was getting after me. But it's about how I play.

"I can't sit there worrying about how Wollongong are going to guard me. I know what type of player I am and how good I am. I just have to go out there and play the way I need to play."

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