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Laso: “We put on a very good display”

NEWS | 18/04/2019

“It was a great battle and we know the whole series will be the same”, stated Causeur.
Pablo Laso, Causeur, Carroll and Tavares spoke to the press following Real Madrid's win over Panathinaikos in the first of their Euroleague play-off encounters. The coach reflected: “In general terms we put in a fantastic display. We were able to dig in at six behind and this is the nature of the play-offs, you have to be aware you've never won the game, nor have you lost it”.

“I have to give real credit to the team for their efforts in the closing stages and for getting a huge win. We're 1-0 up and how it happened isn't hugely important but to win it with a 9-0 win boosts your confidence. To restrict Panathinaikos to 72 points reflects well on the team's efforts”.

Second game
“A few of their players grew into the game, like Lekavicius, or Calathes with his triples at the end. To be six down at home with three minutes to go, it's hard to come back. This is only the first step. We have to think about the second clash straight away. It's important to recover physically. We did a good job and rotated well, we just lacked a bit of accuracy to kill the game off”.

Causeur: “It's the first step”
“It's the first step. It was a great battle and we know the whole series will be the same. We were unsure of ourselves towards the end, we went behind, but ultimately we were able to find solutions; defense and the rebound were crucial. It's the first play-off game and it's like a new competition. We're 1-0 up but we have to forget what's happened now”.

Carroll: “We're pleased with a job well done today”
“We're pleased with a job well done today. We had a few open shots which we missed and they started to create more in the paint. The guys on court were extremely solid in defense at the end and that opened up chances in offense. The Palacio's support was fantastic, it's been a great day and we hope it'll be the same again on Friday”.

Tavares: “Our energy at the end was key”
“It was a tough game. Panathinaikos played very aggressively. I think our energy in the final minutes proved key in the match. As ever, I try and defend as best I can and help the team for as long as I'm out on court”.
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