Jasikevicius: “We are better when there is pressure”

Barça’s coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, assured that he wants to “forget as quickly as possible” the victory this Wednesday in the first game of the Euroleague quarterfinals against Barça Zalgiris Kaunas (91-69) to focus on the second meeting of the series.

“We have made a very good first half. We have been very solid, with good energy and making good decisions, without making losses. The third quarter has not been very good, but the boys they have reacted againz and we played good basketball for almost the entire game”, summed up the Lithuanian coach.

From the press room at the Palau Blaugrana, Jasikevicius warned that “the Zalgiris got closer every time” that his players relaxed a bit and stressed the importance of “forgetting this game as fast as possible” because in 48 hours they face “one of the most crucial games” of the season.

“We have played the first game easiest in the last three years, but we have to think that this is not the time to relax and be very smart. We are better when there is pressureno. When we have to suffer, our players bring out their best face ”, he assured.

Jasikevicius added that part of the victory was due to the fact that the Lithuanian team “had not had their day, as demonstrated by the 2 of 13 in triples” and he was convinced that “it will react” because it is a team “with a lot of character”.

Lastly, ‘Saras’ stated that the “team is in good line since mid-January”, that his players “are motivated for these appointments” and “they have all been good”.

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Maksvytis, Zalgiris coach, pessimist

The Zalgiris Kaunas coach, Kazys Maksvytis, acknowledged that Barça was not expected to be so physical and focused in the first game of the Euroleague quarterfinals, which fell to the Barcelona side (91-69).

Barça started the game very well, in a way very physical and with motivation, and they took advantage. In it third quarter and at the beginning of the fourth we have been somewhat better, but It was not enough for a title playoff match”, assessed the Lithuanian coach from the press room of the Palau Blaugrana.

Maksvytis recognized that Barça has “more experience and has used it”, while his team has “lost physically and mentallyl”, although he pointed out that he has lost “a battle, but not war”.

We started with a defensive five, but still we lost the battle for the rebound. We did not expect such a physical Barça and they have taken advantage of it. He rebound has been a key and also the triple. We have missed open shots, Barça It has been closed and we have collapsed”, he analyzed.

Finally, Maksvytis recognized that the point guard isaiah taylor was “a bit out of rhythm” having recently recovered from an injury and therefore booked it in the last few minutesAlthough he hopes that he will be in better shape for the next match.

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