Wildcats seek to break NBL skid

Long-serving Perth captain Damian Martin has challenged teammates to take a long look in the mirror after the Wildcats slumped to a fourth straight NBL loss on Sunday night in Wollongong.

After starting the season with 10 wins from 11 games, the Wildcats have dropped five of their past six, slipping from top spot with an 81-77 loss to the Illawarra Hawks.

Sunday's defeat marked the fourth time the usually ruthless Wildcats have squandered a double-digit lead.

Perth will aim to halt the losing streak when they face the lowly Taipans in Cairns on New Year's Eve.

"We've got a couple of days away from each other and each individual has to go away and analyse their performances over the last month and what they can bring to the group when we're back on the court," Martin said.

"Sometimes you just have to be open and honest about what you're doing out on the court. You have to speak to the coach and your teammates and be honest with yourself, and then more than anything go and produce it on the floor.

"Right now we've done plenty of talking but we're not going out and backing up our words for a full 40 minutes. We're building leads and seem to get on the back foot."

The Wildcats briefly leapt into top spot after Sydney's home loss to titleholders Melbourne United on Sunday afternoon.

But the surprise loss pushed the Cats down to third and could ultimately prove costly in the run to the finals.

"I'm probably more frustrated than concerned," Martin said.

"The ability is there because we've had double-digit leads in four of the last five losses against quality opposition, but the frustrating part is that when teams make a run at us we can't build that lead back up.

"It's frustrating knowing what we're capable of and then not producing it on the court consistently for 40 minutes.

"We have 20 or 25 good minutes but the league is too strong to let tems get a sniff, particularly on their home court."