Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"It wasn't going to be easy. You've all seen Zvezda the whole year, how tough they have played every team, how competitive they are. In the EuroLeague in general you are not going to find too many easy games, and certainly not a game of this importance. But you know I thought we deserved to win. I thought we played great basketball, particularly on the defensive end, and for good portions of the game offensively, as well. We shared the ball. We tried to play like a team that wants to play together, and that's important. We were down and out a little bit. We lost just a brutal away game to Milan after being up 25, and everything kind of looked grey. We had to win a bunch of games in order just to be in a position to qualify. This is a momentous moment for this team. Darussafaka is not a EuroLeague staple. We're a newcomer. And to be amongst the elite eight in the best league in the world outside the NBA, that's something really special. I'm proud of our guys, I'm proud of our organization, and I feel that we've accounted ourselves well in this EuroLeague. We've beaten some very, very good teams and we deserve to be in the final eight. Obviously, Real was the best team in the EuroLeague this year, just a tremendously talented team. Pablo Laso does a tremendous job coaching them. They have depth, they have speed, they have size, they have athleticism. They also have the home-court advantage. But we have beaten them this year, and lost. So we got the right to come and play them and to play them with true heart and courage, and that's what we will do."