After the win against Reggio Emilia, coach Sergio Scariolo spoke in press conference: “I give special compliments to the guys, they showed a special desire to keep fighting through adversity and in the right way. Compactness and great contribution of the bench, and growth of the defensive phase, as a team. We shared the ball well and corrected the mistakes made in defense and rebounding, leaving too much space to Hopkins and Olisevicus. Victory of great merit, against Reggio that plays well and played a game of great determination.
Now we have to do the head count again in the next few hours, to see what we can do to put together a competitive roster.
In the first quarter we didn’t do well in defensive aspects where we usually do well. Then every game is different, but it was important that Belinelli – after not making a basket for a long time – kept his cool and made important baskets. And then Alibegovic, who was on the court with an excellent offensive phase, even though he had some defensive shortcomings. I thank Cordinier who wasn’t even supposed to play, hopefully he can play a few more minutes next time.
Pajola? I hope it’s a turning point for him. He did two and a half super months, with more minutes and responsibilities, then he went into a valley of tears, but that’s normal for a player you haven’t disconnected. Hopefully he realized that he can find the directions, with the pride he has. The response was of great personality, I hope it’s a restart.
Teodosic? We all hope that nothing serious is done, and knock on wood. Then there is also the tile of Kyle, adding a little bit of everything you always have to balance. The team is competing, it came out of a loss in overtime against a Euroleague Final Four team, it has shown that it does not lower its head with compactness and cohesion. Then there are evident structural defects to correct. With a full roster it’s easier, here there hasn’t been one for a long time, we have to hope that everyone reaches the maximum of their limits, and whoever has more – from the point of view of defensive and offensive quality – compensates. The minutes now are artificial and also dangerous, because things then happen. The more players get to the threshold, the more you draw back from an injury standpoint.”