CSKA – Philadelphia: the NBA team was stronger

Ettore Messina (photo M. Serbin)
CSKA did not manage to win the NBA Europe Live Tour Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers showed some real NBA level game with tough defense and the great team performance. CSKA lost 71-85.

Philadelphia 76ers vs CSKA: 85-71

Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:

- First of all, I would like to thank Philadelphia for playing a very serious game and for using all of their starters including Allen Iverson for almost all the game long. Their defense put us in troubles. We did not have space to shoot from the right positions. The second thing, it is hard for our leaders to play the second game in just 48 hours. We missed Savrasenko, who did not take part in the tournament and tonight Papaloukas pulled his muscle. This tournament was great for our preparations for the season. We faced two excellent European and two great NBA teams. But now it is time to start the true season. On Sunday we have the game at Vladivostok.

Trajan Langdon (photo M. Serbin)
Matjaz Smodis (photo M. Serbin)
David Andersen (photo M. Serbin)
Jon Robert Holden (photo M. Serbin)
Tomas Van Den Spiegel
David Vanterpool (photo M. Serbin)
Anton Ponkrashov (photo M. Serbin)
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo M. Serbin)
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo M. Serbin)
Nikita Kurbanov (photo M. Serbin)
Ettore Messina and Emanuele Molin (photo M. Serbin)
CSKA fans (photo M. Serbin)