This game will start the second half of the regular season, as the two teams met on round 7 in Tel Aviv, where the Yellow & Blue won in convincing fashion 104:78 in front of the Maccabi fans. Talking about the supporters, a thousand of them will come out to Berlin to support their squad, as the fan organization "The Gate" said towards the game: "We want to create a unique atmosphere. We will meet up around 17:30 at the Stralauer Platz close to the parking area of the Berlin Ostbahnhof, and from there, we will march towards the arena".
"This isn't the moment to self criticize, we are in the middle of the year, and if you start analyzing what happened so far, we will lose the next battle", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos about analyzing the first round. "We let others talk about how we've done, the most important thing for us is to focus one game at a time".
The differences between the two rounds: "Not only teams know each other more going into the second round, in a league like the EuroLeague you have high-level games with very good teams. In an extended period, the team's stance changes, once you can face them in their peek, and the next time, you can meet them in the exact opposite position, and that's normal in such a long season. This game is entirely different from the first round, we told the players not to think it will be easy because it won't, we need to fight hard on the court to get the win because Alba is a good team, especially at their home court".
About Jackson and Reynolds: "They are still newcomers, they are only ten days with us. They don't participate in the Israeli league, so they can't have more games to adjust to the system, but they are in a much better situation than the previous game. Every week they'll be with us they'll get better and better, that's logical and normal".
"Now this period is better for us, as long as we get the injured players back and the newcomers get into the team, we have more solutions, and this is really important. The primary goal is to win the games, secondary is to get everybody under our system. Will Nate Wolters play? I believe he will".
Coach also responded about the high amount of fans joining the squad this week: "I believe that any club can be champions in whatever league they play if you have a strong fan base. Before I came here, I knew Maccabi is that type of club, with a lot of fans that support the team. They are helping us in a significant way, we are thankful to them and happy they will be with us. They will be our sixth player even on an away game".
"It was a good start, but we are only halfway through", Emphasized Quincy Acy about the first half of the season. "That was a good foundation to build on, but we need to keep growing from here. Alba is going to come out hard, ready to win. Everything is going to be tough from here on out. Jackson is a great playmaker, a veteran, and we only got one game under our belt. I played one game against him in China, so I knew what he is capable of, another talent added to the team
"I think the attention to detail and our focus needs to be very well. We need to come ready and excited to play", Told Elijah Bryant towards the matchup. "As long as we have five players, we can play as a team, so whoever is on the court that's the team we have. However, we are definitely excited to have guys come back and help us on the floor. I know there are a lot of fans coming with us, so I'm excited".