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Bullets staying calm in closely-run NBL

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Vince Rugari

Anthony Petrie is confident the Brisbane Bullets will keep their heads after a three-game losing streak that has triggered a slide down a volatile NBL ladder.

Petrie plays his 250th match in Saturday's clash against Melbourne United at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the Illawarra Hawks to visit on Monday.

It shapes as a crucial weekend for the Bullets, who started brightly on their return to the NBL but after consecutive defeats to Cairns, New Zealand and Illawarra sit in sixth position on the ladder - the lowest rung they've occupied all season.

However, with only four wins separating top from bottom in one of the most closely-fought competitions in NBL history, things can change dramatically - something Petrie says the experienced Bullets roster knows all too well.

"We don't get too high or too low on confidence. We stay pretty even," he said.

"It's going to happen because it's such a talented league.

"Teams are going to make runs, put streaks together, others are going to go on losing streaks - it's just how you stay in the battle, and with our veteran group, we'll be fine.

"(Coach Andrej Lemanis) is massive on just being all about the process, just staying in the moment, day by day."

Petrie said he was proud to be notching his 250-game milestone with the Bullets.

"I was a kid from Tenterfield, watched my first game in Brisbane when Leroy (Loggins) and the boys were running around and always dreamed of playing," he said.

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