Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"Congratulations to Real Madrid. It was a very hard-fought and good playoff game. I think we did the things that we wanted to do in the game, but we missed a few plays and a few moments that ultimately costs us the game. You cannot afford to do that against a team as strong and as experienced and as talented as Real Madrid. Certainly, we showed we have the ability to compete and we need to just put this game behind us and look forward to the game two days from now. Their experience was a factor, no question, and we are not going to grow up by two, three or four years in the next two days. On the other hand, we can learn from a few things and hopefully play a little bit better, a little but smarter at the right moments of the game. I will say this, in a playoff like this, and I have been through it more than one time, as you know, the previous game doesn't really have a lot to do with the next game. So, whether that is going to be a factor in the next game or not, only time will tell. It would be nice if we could grow up a few years in 48 hours, but I don't think that is going to happen. The main thing that we did in the first quarter was that we scored the ball. And when you score the ball, the likelihood of a fast break by the other team is much less. It is harder to run when you are taking the ball out of the net than when you are rebounding it or stealing it, or your team is taking bad shots. We didn't do that in the first quarter; we played well, right, smart, really for the first 18 minutes or so. They are a great team at punishing you for your mistakes, a great team of momentum and runs after good defenses and rebounds. They are a championship-caliber team and we have to play close to perfect to beat them."