Marc Gasol: "We are halfway where we want to go"

The Spanish was satisfied with the pass of the Raptors to the final of the East: "Maybe not so much prominence from now".

Marc Gasol declared today after the Toronto Raptors pass to the Eastern Conference finals, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 92-90, who are "just on the way from where we want to be, we have to work hard". To questions of Efe, Gasol recognized after the game, in which he played 45 minutes, scored seven points, was made with 11 rebounds and dispensed three plugs, which the key to the tight victory of the Raptors has been the bouncer capacity of his team and the psychological strength.

Asked in case today's hard-fought victory contributes to cohesion and character to the Canadian team, Gasol said it is one more link in a process. "We are halfway to where we want to be, we have to work hard, and now we are facing a rival that was the first of the regular season in the entire NBA," he added.

Sobre not a hit initial against the rival basket That he had during much of the game, Gasol attributed to the position in which he had to play paired along with the figure of the Sixers, the pivot Joel Embiid.

"At first I started more out. inside because they wanted to put Joel in pick and roll (blocking and continuation) and that obviously limits the shots, but the one that I had loose in the last quarter I took it, I threw it and luckily it entered ", he explained.

A question about what he said to a disconsolate Embiid after the final whistle, Gasol affirmed that he congratulated him for his work in the whole series and encouraged him for the future. Gasol also anticipated that in the final against the Bucks may not play as much as in the first two series of the playoffs against Orlando Magic and Sixers.

"Now totally change the style, we will see how the coach wants to play and attack and defend them And depending on the group, always Maybe it does not have the importance a priori that I have had in these first two series because I have had an internal referent, but I hope it does, "he declared.

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