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EuroLeague 24/04/2018, 15.10

Zalgiris-Olympiacos, Baskonia-Fenerbahce: games preview

EuroLeague Playoffs Games 3 Preview

Zalgirio Arena h. 19
Game 3: 1-1
Record 19-13 vs 20-12
History 6-12
Season 3-1
Officials Luigi Lamonica, Borys Ryzhyk, Juan Carlos Garcia Gonzalez
Zalgiris No injuries
Sarunas Jasikevicius:  «Every game is a new story, but I think our players are reacting really well to the hype of the playoffs. Of course, we had problems in Game 2 with defensive rebounding and the easy points by Olympiacos. They were on the ropes, because they couldn’t afford to lose that game and they played with the huge aggression. We need to learn from that, because as important as tactics and strategies are, the time comes when the heart, the will to win and going hard for each ball become the keys in the game. Olympiacos players know how to play such kind of games and we need to match their energy. I am sure we are capable of doing that».
Olympiacos Out Nikola Milutinov, Georgios Printezis game-time decision
Ioannis Sfairopoulos: «Zalgiris has the advantage but now plays on its home-court and the pressure is on Zalgiris players. We have the experience and we know what we must do to increase our chances for qualification. We must be ready and focus in both games. As far as injuries, it has not changed much... Printezis did not practice and it is not sure that he will play in Game 3. Milutinov is still out... But as in the previous game, many players will give their everything despite their injury problems».

Fernando Buesa Arena h. 21
Game 3: 0-2
Record 16-16 vs 23-9
History 13-10
Season 0-4
Officials Sreten Radovic, Sasa Pukl, Olegs Latisevs
Baskonia Jayson Granger returns
Pedro Martinez: «We are ready and motivated. We have the chance of playing a good game. I see my team well, with good mentality, the right focus and working well. I think we are doing things the right way, but we have to improve certain aspects of our game. Let's hope we can do that in Game 3 with the support of our fans and, most of all, believing in oursleves».
Fenerbahce No injuries
Zeljko Obradovic: «In the playoffs it is always important to react, to prepare ourselves for the next game, to forget everything that happened before and to understand that we are one step from being in the Final Four. This is our first opportunity. Baskonia is a very good team. They will have the support of their fans. But like always we must care about ourselves, prepare in the best possible way and try to play a good game». 
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