Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv will play against Panathinaikos in the 20th round of the 2018-19 EuroLeague season (Thursday, 21:30 local on Sport5). The yellows quest for the playoffs continue as coach Sfairopoulos' squad is locked, loaded and ready for action knowing that a win will bring one step closer to achieving their goal.
"Before I talk about the game I want to wish health to Nikos Pappas because today he had a bad injury and to come backs tronger" said Coach Sfairopoulos about the greens' guard who suffered a torn ACL. "We have a very important game, anyway all our games are important, and as long as we grow and continue the next game is more important than the previous one, we play against a team that will fight and as they say this is one of their last chances, we need to continue with our concentration and our good performances in this game too".
"We know it will be a tough game", coach Giannis concluded. "With the change of the coach Panathinaikos changed its style defensively and offensively we just need to follow our plan as always like we do with every opponent, we have a sold out house and this is very important for us because we need our fans once again to support us one more time and to continue together to fight for our big goal, to qualify to the quarter finals".
"Obviously Rick Pitino’s track record speaks for itself", said Tarik Black. "That’s another game that we have to go out and win and as much respect to him and who he is that’s another game on our schedule that we need to get the W. Winning is on our minds right now, we need to get as many wins as we can get and we’ve been doing a good job of getting them in the EuroLeague and we also pray that it continues, but as far as tomorrow goes, the point difference we obviously recognize it, obviously it is something we would like for it to happen and at the end of the day we have to come and play our basketball play the best that we can".
"We have to limit them on transition", said Scottie Wilbekin as he addressed the keys to the game against Panathinaikos. "Keep them off the boards and kinda limit Calathes to Gist because that connection they are pretty good about that. Obviously we can’t replace what Kane brings to us, the next man up has to step up and I think that Jeremy he didn’t play in the last EuroLeague game so I think that he’s going to be ready to get back".