They drew first blood in convincing fashion on Thursday night, but 36ers coach Joey Wright is adamant his squad can still take things up another gear in game two against the Hawks.
Adelaide have the chance to close out the series in Wollongong on Sunday afternoon after breaking a four-game win-less run with a polished 93-78 victory over the Hawks in game one.
Wright insists they can improve off the display as they look to book their spot in the grand final and send Illawarra packing.
“We wanted to come out and play well [on Thursday] but we still think there is some upside there,” Wright said.
“There were some things that they did really well and that’s what we need to take away.
“And probably a little bit more focus on attacking their zone.
“Hopefully if we can do that we can get the win.”
Adelaide haven’t won in two previous matches in Wollongong this season.