Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his second professional season with the Giants Nordlingen. He came to Germany as a rookie last season and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 69-60 loss in game one against Ehingen.
Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough loss to Ehingen in game one 69-60. With the short bus trip back home to Nordlingen, what was play or aspect of the game had you most preoccupied?
What occupied my mind the most was what we could do to be better next Saturday and get the win on our home court.
When you look back at the final score and 40 minutes, was this a game where Nordlingen could have done more with the good defensive performance that the club practiced for 40 minutes?
Yea our defense was good until we let them get out in transition. If we have better execution on the offensive end the less likely they are to get out in transition.
69 points was the least amount of points the team had scored since the loss to Dresden in mid March. What were you most disappointed with on the offensive side of the game of Nordlingen in game one?
Our shots just didn’t fall. I felt like we got a lot of good looks early we just didn’t capitalize on them when we had the opportunity.
The Giants Nordlingen had a solid start scoring 20 points in the first quarter, but then got cold mustering only seven points in the second half. What was key in the second quarter for Ehingen getting back in the game and trailing only 27-26?
We had a lot of missed opportunities. Plays we should have made in transition offense that we didn’t finish. Open shots that fall. It just wasn’t our night on the offensive end.
What did head coach Mario Matic tell the team to do better in the second half?
He just told us to stay focused and confident in ourselves. We knew it was going to be a grind it out game that came down to the final minute.
Nordlingen made a nice run in the fourth quarter and kept battling cutting the score to 61-58. Why couldn´t Nordlingen get over the hump in crunch time?
We had multiple opportunities. There are no excuses to why we didn’t get it done. We didn’t execute the way we normally do in close games and we plan on changing that next Saturday.
Nordlingen held Ehingen point guard Devon Moore to 11 points twice in the regular season, but in game one notched 27 points, six assists, seven rebounds and three steals. He really killed in the paint. Was his aggressiveness at another level?
Yea Moore came out aggressive from the beginning. He wanted to set the tone for his team early and we didn’t match his intensity. We’re confident that we can win game two if we come out and play our game.
You had 14 points and 14 rebounds but shot only 5/20 from the field. After a loss like this do you analyze the shots you took in your mind and go somewhat crazy or do you turn off the post game mind?
Of course it’s frustrating for me to have my worst shooting performance of the season at this point, but it’s just one game. Definitely going to be motivated to come out and make it up to my team in game two.
The Giants Nordlingen now have a do or die game at home. This will be the fourth meeting of the year. Will we see any surprises from Nordlingen or do the team know each other well enough after only three meetings?
No I don’t think there will be any surprises. I anticipate another hard fought game from two good teams.
Both teams shot pretty bad from outside. Do you see game two becoming more offense or will it be a defensive battle?
I don’t know what kind of game it will be but I do expect it to be intense and the effort to be on another level.
No real surprises in the NBA playoffs, but the Boston Celtics did steal a game at home with Isaiah Thomas netting 42 points in the game. Is there anyway Boston can get by the Atlanta Hawks?
If Isaiah keeps playing at that level the Celtics definitely have a chance. They have great chemistry and can cause problems for the Hawks.
Prince was big in another generation, but did he have any influence in your music taste when you were growing up?
No my parents weren’t huge Prince fans in my household. I’m sure his influence was there in some way seeing that he was such a huge icon that transcends many cultures and genres of music.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.