Sergio Scariolo He stressed that it was a preparation match and that the US team has exhibited its high physical level. “We have rotated a little differently than them –Explained the Spanish coach-, We have not given 30 minutes to our best players, we have extended the rotation to all of them because they all deserved to play this game having reached the end with merits to be on the Games team and helping us to train and improve until the last day ”.

Scariolo has acknowledged that the match is over “With the positive feeling of the players who will go to Tokyo”, remembering that the team “He has one week of work left, with some logistical difficulties” and that the important thing from now on is “Fine-tune our preparation a little more to face the group from the beginning with great determination. We have already seen how Japan has played against Belgium and France, so we will have to be very prepared ”.

In general, the coach considers that “We are not bad at anything but we can be better at everything. Now we have a little time to fine-tune details and prepare for the games in the Olympic tournament “with the concentration and determination necessary to be able to win them. The game against Japan will be very difficult ”.

Scariolo has confirmed that finally Juancho Hernangómez will be on the final list of 12 players for Tokyo, and has thanked the “excellent job” that the three players who will return to Spain have done throughout the concentration: Pierre Oriola, Darío Brizuela and Xabi López- Arostegui.

Ricky: “The feelings are very good”

“It has been a preparation like the whole year, different from everything because of the covid and how everything happens – Ricky Rubio has recognized-, but we have gotten positive things from this preparation”. On the team’s downturn in the second half, he explained that “Maybe in the second part it has come to mind that the time has come, that we have to get to Tokyo healthy. But when you are in the game you want to win, and there are no excuses. They have raised the bar and we have gone by ways that did not touch “. In any case, “The sensations with which we are going to travel to Tokyo are very good”, has added. And he has also explained, based on his 23 points, that “Already two years ago at the World Cup I felt very comfortable with Scariolo’s style of play, and I notice that as the generation of the 80s goes the weight goes up, you have to learn from them, know when it’s my time and take a step forward ”.