Pini Gershon is expecting a lot of help from Maccabi Tel Aviv fans tonight in the game against Caja Laboral, which could seal the top spot of the group for the Israeli side, and made it known at the press conference.
Among others Gershon also stated: "We won a very important game last week in Ljubljana, but if we don't win this week at home against Caja Laboral we didn't do nothing. It is a very strong team, no matter who's on its injured list. If we win this week we would have two wins advantage over them and with three games to play in the regular season it will give us a lot of breathing room, before the difficult game in Moscow. Other than the game in Vitoria nobody scored against us more than 73 points, and I hope it will stay this way. In Nokia Arena we have the back up of our fans. They have more Euroleague experience than most of the Euroleague players, so our fans don't need me to tell them how important this game is."
Yani Green talked about Elyahu returning to Nokia arena as an opponent: "It's always strange to see an Israeli player play against Maccabi, like when Yotam Halperin played against us, and now it's Lior Eliyahu. We're all good friends and share a lot of memories, but it's professional basketball, and we have to approach it this way. Once the ball is in the air, nobody cares about passports. Everybody just want to win. It's all about winning this game to continue our good momentum and add another brick in the wall on the way to the title of this group. The only team we lost to so far was Caja Laboral, so now it's our time to show we can beat them. In the first game Tiago Splitter was the MVP of the week against us, and if we wish to be considered as a good defensive team, as we showed so far, we need to make sure it won't happen again."
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