Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is counting on two of his key players to help keep his team focused.
Sheffield went top of the league after beating Worcester Wolves on Friday night 83-64 but over the weekend were joined by champions Leicester Riders and perennial title contenders Newcastle Eagles also closed the gap.
However, Lyons is confident that if his players follow the attitude of captain Mike Tuck and point guard BJ Holmes they’ll cope well with the pressure.
“It’s hard to say how they’ll all react because it’s early in the season,” he said.
“I know guys like BJ (Holmes) and (Mike) Tuck and how they’ll react because I’ve seen it before. They enjoy being in the big games, so I hope everyone else follows their lead.
“They’re the two guys who have taken the reins of the team.
“We have some young inexperienced guys too. Zach (Gachette) and Colin (Sing) had their first taste of winning last season in an up and down year so it’ll be nice to see how they handle this pressure and develop being in this situation.”
Sharks have lost just once in the league this season and are through to the quarter-finals of the BBL Cup.
Lyons said he’s pleased but warned against complacency. ”It’s in the right direction. We haven’t played everyone but we have the key elements,” he said.
“It’s hard to say where we say because we’ve still got some key games to play - Leicester beat us by 20 at their place so we’re far from where our potential is.”