— It was a really important and needed win to help our mindset heading into the playoffs because we are more than likely going to play them there, but also from the point of view of the league standings — both have gotten a bit easier to handle now. Desyantnikov had a really strong game today and I think that his appearance to a certain extent was the game changing moment. He did what we wanted him to on defense and he forced his game on them.
—Do you think that Nizhny Novgorod is the best opponent for you given the other possibilities?
—I wouldn’t say that. You have to prepare for each opponent: UNICS isn’t a gift, and Lokomotiv has players that are returning from injury in time for the playoffs. You can’t call Nizhny Novgorod an easy opponent. Whoever prepares better, whoever is in the best physical form has a good chance because this is a playoff — it isn’t one game but a few and the one who does those better is the one who will win.
—In the first two quarters you had a great shooting percentage from the three point range. What is that connected with? Is it psychological or is that just how the game worked out?
— We are working on this component and the guys are feeling confident and with that comes the high percentage. And of course you aren’t going to get that with a little luck too.