Away from his mistakes in the first round, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (2.01m, 27) helped save the Blues against Turkey and Italy. The Riviera winger aims high and wants to collectively overcome the Polish obstacle in the Euro semi-finals (Friday at 5.15pm).
” I decided to go up only for the final stages “. By his own admission, TLC knows what he missed in his first phase. He is now behind him. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot has finally raised the bar, finding an impact from the bench in the rotation of Terry Tarpey, considered more complementary to the owners. 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists in 31 minutes against Turkey 13 points 3/4 behind the arc in 18 minutes against Italy A shot that must not make us forget the collective shortcomings.
” We are where we should be, even though we know we can do better and that we have to do better to win this championship. We hope this serves as an example. In these two games I think we deserve to win. We make a lot of mistakes, we could have been sanctioned for that, but we remain the best team “He said at a press conference.
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After Slovenia’s defeat by reigning champion Luka Doncic, the Blues will then face off against Poland in the semi-finals on Friday at 5.15pm. An open table?
” We would have been happy to hit Slovenia ourselves, it would have been nice. Poland, we have to play it as if it were Serbia or Slovenia. It doesn’t matter which team we could have played. We focus on the team we will play. Yesterday (Wednesday) the Poles played a huge game, they were focused, more tenacious, they had a real game plan and they followed it to the letter. The Slovenians arrived a little careless, a little smug. Since the start of the Euro, we have seen that collective play takes precedence much more than individual play. There are no more NBA stars and it is the teams that play the most together that are still there. Nobody expected the Poles and yet they are in the semifinals and are not at all unworthy. “
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Beware of recurring ball losses, the Blues’ Achilles heel. The Riviera winger knows that the French still have room for improvement, especially compared to last summer’s Olympics.
” Ball losses weren’t something we did last year. Hungary, we let them play until the last possession. We always have moments of latency where we make a lot of mistakes. Offensive and defensive. And it is on this that we are not at all equal. Are we less strong afterwards? I do not know. Can we do better? Certainly. Vincent (Collet) will frame us so we don’t make the same mistakes. “
In Berlin (Germany).
Photo: Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (FIBA)