Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge has happily declared the Hawks underdogs for their do or die NBL showdown with the Brisbane Bullets.
Widely dismissed as final four contenders throughout the season, the Hawks kept their playoff hopes afloat with Monday night's 110-95 home win over the last- placed Cairns Taipans, boosting their record to 12-13 with three games remaining.
That put them in a tie for fifth place with the Bullets (12-13), while Adelaide (13-12) are narrowly ahead in fourth spot behind finals-bound Melbourne (16-8), Perth (16-9) and Sydney (16-9).
Beveridge readily concedes his team can't afford another loss but insists the Hawks are under no pressure ahead of their match with the Bullets on Thursday.
"If we lose we're out and we know how tough it's going to be in Brisbane, but we're still in it, we feel good about ourselves and we're not putting any pressure on ourselves," Beveridge said.