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Laso: “Our defensive work has been excellent in both games”

NEWS | 02/06/2021

“We’re pleased to get through the play-offs against a good team”, said Rudy.
Pablo Laso and Rudy Fernández gave their view on Real Madrid’s win at the Gran Canaria Arena to book a spot in the league playoff semi-finals. The coach said: “Our defensive work has been excellent in both games. We know they are a team with the ability to score and they punished us for our mistakes today, more so in the first half than in the second. Their pace and their running also made life difficult for us. We managed to improve on that in the second half, we showed pace and better shooting accuracy. I think we are worthy semi-finalists against a team that made everything hard for us”.
 
“It's been a very strong year away from home. We feel that the team never collapses and we’re able to turn situations around. Today was an example of this. Alocén's drive, Llull's performance at the start and Rudy's last quarter. Defensively we were really focused but we know about Gran Canaria's quality. The team did a very good job. Winning here isn’t easy. Now it's time to move on because we have a semi-final”.
 
On Rudy’s display
“He’s had a great series. Today, I’d like to mention his three-point conversion rate. He had decisive moments in the game. There’s also the introduction of Llull, the momentum from Alocén and the defensive work from Taylor. It's a team effort but Rudy's work has been magnificent throughout the series”.

Laso: “Rudy's work has been magnificent throughout the series”.

Tavares, Tyus and Poirier have all done great defensive work, especially on the rebounding. Garuba too. He scored seven points in eight minutes and that shows you how versatile the team is”.
 
On Laprovittola’s injury
“He's got a muscle problem. We’ll wait to see what happens in the next few days. Let's hope he recovers quickly. We’ve been in this situation all season but we have to stay positive”.
 
Fans in the arenas
“We’re experiencing a difficult situation for everyone and everyone is making a massive effort to understand this. I don't get sport without fans and I’m delighted that they’re returning to the stadiums and that things are gradually getting back to normal”.
 
Rudy: “We were really good defensively”
“We were very good in defence and that's what allowed us to hit good shots. We have to take it one day at a time, given the injuries we've had. But we’re pleased to get through the play-offs against a good team”.

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