Wright number for finals is six: Adelaide

Matt Encarnacion
Coach Joey Wright says there is ample time for his Sixers to still qualify for the NBL playoffs

The Wright number is six.

Adelaide coach Joey Wright believes his team must win six of their remaining eight games and return to this year's NBL finals.

The Sixers blew a chance to stay within striking distance of the all-important top four when they were routed 91-77 by the Sydney Kings on Saturday night.

Adelaide now remain in fifth spot, two wins behind second-placed Melbourne United and the resurgent, third-placed Cairns.

The Sixers face all eight teams in the league once, beginning with a clash against last-placed Illawarra at home on Monday.

In fact, five of their eight fixtures are at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

But it's their next fortnight that is likely to prove most telling, with match-ups against both the teams above them in United and the Taipans.

Adelaide have already lost their season series against Melbourne with two defeats, but have split their two games so far against Cairns.

Wright, an NBL championship-winning coach with Brisbane in 2007, is adamant there is ample time for the Sixers to qualify for the playoffs.

"Plenty of time, plenty of time. The ladder is still so close. We'll bounce up and down, but hopefully up more than down," Wright said.

"But it's eight games left, I think we've got to win probably six of those to make a run at it. If we do that, we'll finish in the top four."

Wright bemoaned a 32 per cent shooting night against the Kings, as well as their failure in taking advantage of a 16-8 offensive rebound count.

Star point guard Jerome Randle scored a game-high 24 points but was limited to less than two minutes in the second-quarter due to foul trouble.

"So it was hard to get him out there. It's hard for when one of your better players to pick up a third in the first half," Wright said.

"When it was getting away a little bit, we challenged them, got a couple of buckets out of (Randle), then got him right back out again."