Mathias Lessort reveals reason Panathinaikos lost to short-handed Efes

Panathinaikos big man Mathias Lessort was not in great spirits after his team fell to the shorthanded Efes on Tuesday. The Frenchman was critical of his team’s play and the fact that he and his teammates did not help each other in defense.

“Rebounding killed us and like we said we weren’t helping each other out on defense,”  told NOVA after the game (via “We were playing defense for 20 seconds but then we didn’t have any help between us.”

Against a short-handed Efes which lacked six main rotational pieces and missed one more player with a shoulder injury during the game, Panathinaikos wasn’t good enough to get the win.

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The “Greens” allowed Efes to take the lead in the first half and put themselves in a big hole chasing the comeback in the third quarter. That said, Mathias Lessort hopes to see his team pick up its play starting from the next EuroLeague contest.

“We have to prepare. If we don’t play for each other, if we watch each other’s backs, we’re going to be in trouble.”

After dropping to 6-6, Panathinaikos will look to bounce back against a tough opponent as the Greek giants hosts Real Madrid on Thursday.


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