Finger has most reason to be grateful. The return from injury of key player Tony Dorsey actually marked a slump in the team's performances, as three defeats out of four saw the Bullets lose ground on the leaders. "It was inevitable," Finger, a 31-year-old from Iowa, said. "When Tony was out the players stepped up to take extra responsibility. When he returned there was a tendency to give him the ball and stand back and watch."
After a 12-point victory at winless Watford Royals, the balance returned to Birmingham's offence with Monday's 113-99 win over Leicester City Riders. Now they face their most important weekend so far.
Tomorrow they meet Tigers in the League, then seek to overturn a four- point deficit against Newcastle in the second leg of their League Trophy quarter-final on Saturday. Both games are at the National Indoor Arena.