Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"For me, it was interesting to see how our players prepared for a game. As you know, a few days ago, we got a very painful loss against Jerusalem, but again, it was interesting to see how we looked like, if we had pride and knew how to fix our problems or not. I was happy how we started the game. Of course, maybe there were some surprises in the starting lineup, but what was most important was the energy with which we started the game. Our energy and movement, with or without the ball, that is our bonus, our plus. Generally, everything worked. Of course, there were some unacceptable actions on offense from which Baskonia immediately got some points. For me, it is one of the best transition teams, also rebounding-wise. They got 13 offensive rebounds and this are two of the things we talked about before the game: stop their transition offense and rebounds. Generally, we did a good job for 35 minutes and then, for some reason, we missed some shots, returned to defense and they found some open shots, plus two crazy - okay not crazy, but two really tough shots by Larkin gave them the chance to win the game. The basketball gods were with us at the end of the game. Maybe one of the reasons they were on our side is because of our fans, who gave us a lot of energy. It sounds not so good, but it is part of basketball. Baskonia is a good team, they know each other and how to play. If you relax for a short time, they take that immediately. General, we found good shots in the last four, five offenses, but missed them. Like I said, Larkin hit two difficult three-point shots that gave them a chance."