Sasa Obradovic (Monaco): “We must not think that this is the last game” against Asvel

Sasa Obradovic (Monaco coach, before game 4 of the final against Asvel): “We shouldn’t think it’s the last game. If so, that will be great, but there may be another game. Tomorrow (Wednesday), the start of the match will be very important. They score very quickly to gain confidence, and not just in game 2 (won 91-54 by Asvel), but in all the others. We have to focus on this aspect.

We had the right attitude in defence. Mike (James) did a great job on Elie Okobo who was causing us a lot of problems. Even if he had a difficult evening shooting, he had involved his teammates and everyone could threaten Asvel, who no longer dared to send aids.

(On the public’s expectation for a first title) If I start thinking about it, I’m doing the job for the opponent. There is always a lot of expectation, I like being in this situation, but I don’t focus on it. I said the same thing to my players, that they don’t focus on this, on what is written on Twitter or elsewhere, but on this match.

TJ Parker (Asvel coach): “We had a video return and we started by talking about the defense. We must rectify these four or five errors that we made on Wednesday and that we had not seen for a long time. We weren’t bad in defense, they are Euroleague caliber players up front and they had a different intensity compared to game 2.

TJ Parker, during the defeat of Asvel in Monaco in match 3. (F. Porcu/L’Équipe)

We will have to limit the players next to James, who are very good when he creates for them, like Paris Lee who hurt us a lot (15 points, 4 of 4 three-pointers). Tony (Parker) didn’t speak to the team, but he says you have to win away to be champions. We also fought for this first place in the regular season (which would offer a Game 5 at home, Saturday).

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