Wildcats looking for a quick rebound

It has not been a good month for the Perth Wildcats.

But if there are concerns in the locker room of the two-time defending champions, coach Trevor Gleeson isn't showing it.

The Cats went on the road for four-consecutive games at the end of December while their Perth Arena home was transformed into a tennis court to host the Hopman Cup.

They went 2-2 for that stretch, losing to Illawarra and Adelaide, while beating Cairns and Sydney.

The biggest worry for them is that their Perth Arena fortress, the Jungle, is being threatened.

Before that quartet of away matches, they lost at home to Brisbane.

And then they fought back to lose 82-80 to a fired-up Melbourne United at the Arena on Friday.

Having lost to New Zealand at home in round six, that's three of their past four there they have failed to win.

Gleeson hopes the trend can be quickly turned around, but has a more pressing game to prepare for.

And he has thrown a challenge to his big men in particular to lift for Sunday's clash against the Bullets in Brisbane.

"We'll take our lesson tonight," he said on Friday. "I thought our guards did a great job keeping Casper (Ware) to 26 per cent and (Chris) Goulding to shoot 27 per cent.

"I thought our big guys need to step up to the plate and help us in that part.

"And our composure wasn't good when under pressure. I still think we're 12-7 aren't we? So we're better than last year, at this time.

"You're going to go through patches where you are good and bad. It's just the nature of the League.

"You're gonna be the best team in the league at some stage and the worst team. It's what you do in between that matters."

The Wildcats won their second consecutive NBL title last season, despite being last on the ladder at the end of round 12.

Jean-Pierre Tokoto wasn't a past of the roster then and seems pretty keen to get quickly back to a winning culture.

Tokoto finished with a game-high 25 points against Melbourne on Friday and is averaging almost 17 points per game.

"We don't wanna wait a week, after a loss like this, especially at home," he said about the opportunity to get back out on to the court against the Bullets on Sunday.

"You wanna get back on the court and prove you can do what you're supposed to do out there.

"Each guy in the locker room pretty, I'm sure, feels the same way."