Jordan Riewer (Gotha) We Want To Be Playing Our Best Basketball Going Into The Playoffs

Jordan Riewer is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Staples, Minnesota that is playing his first professional season in Germany for Gotha. He played at MSU Moorhead (NCAA2) from 2010-2015 and as a senior played 25 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.8apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 49.6%, FT: 94.6%. Currently he is averaging 8,9ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,8apg. He spoke to German Hoops after the huge 93-47 victory against the Dragons Rhondorf.

Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the 93-47 victory against Rhondorf. Was getting this win as easy as the result shows?

No win is easy especially in the competitive Pro A. This was another great win for us.

Gotha has let up 48 points to Nurnberg and 53 points to Cologne. Giving up 47 points to Rhondorf was the least amount of points the club has given up this season to one team. Does the point total also equal the best defensive performance of the season?

I think it’s something we are slowly getting better at and doing a better job at following our rules and just playing team defense.

You won every quarter as a team, but had a super balance of great defense and offense for 40minutes. Was this one of those nights where nothing could go wrong for Gotha?

We actually started out a little slow but after about 5 minutes we got going and we got good shots and kept sharing the basketball which made it another fun team win.

How key was it keeping Rhondorf guard Sterling Carter to 5 points on 1/9 shooting? It seems like the league knows now that when you can contain the American, it pretty much shuts down the whole offense.

We knew that he kind of plays with the green light and we just wanted to make things tough as possible, which I thought we did a great job.

American Joe Lawson and Marco Voller had big nights with the German having 1% better on the efficiency stat though. How has the leadership skills of Voller risen as the season has progressed?

They are both very tough matchups as they can both stretch the floor and shoot. Marco is a great teammate who always plays hard and you couldn’t ask for anything from your captain, he is vocal when he needs to be but also leads by example.

The staple of the Gotha play is defense as it has kept teams to 70 points or less 14 times in 25 games. What is the biggest strength in the team defense that has been made consistent by the constant practice and stressing from head coach Chris Ensminger?

Something we stress every day in practice and it’s just something we want to continue to get better at, especially when the playoffs start.

Ever since the loss to Vechta, Gotha has won 8 of 9 games. If you look back to that Vechta loss, what do you feel changed from that result that really has made the team better over time?

That loss to Vechta was very humbling as we did not play well at all and definitely didn’t deserve to win. And defense, we have played great team defense in these past games and that leads to success.

Is Gotha playing their best basketball of the season now? How beneficial is this run now as you go into the playoffs?

I think we are slowly getting better as a team but there is still so much to improve on with 5 tough games left before the playoffs.

There are five games to go is the goal reaching position two which is very makeable?

I think we just want to continue to get better and I believe good things will happen. We want to be playing our best basketball going into the playoffs.

How vital has the play of American Max Di Leo been who has come back from injury and really sparked the defense in the last four games?

Max is our energy guy, he is always ready to go and you never have to worry about him. Overall, just a great teammate.

Your averaging 8,2ppg, 1,5rpg and 1,9apg. In the last games you haven´t scored as much, but can you still be content about it simply because the team has so many scoring options on the team?

Just soaking it all in and trying to learn as much as I can as a rookie. We have such a deep team that anyone could lead the team in scoring any given night.

How do recap the NBA trade line deals? What teams did the best?

That’s tough, I like Joe Johnson going to the Heat. I still don’t see anyone beating the Warriors in a 7 game series.

Recently ESPN ranked the top 100 NBA players of all time. They placed Lebron James at #3 before NBA legends Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell. Do you feel that is justified?

I believe when it’s all said and done he will be in the top 5. He is a freak of nature , hopefully he can get a few more rings.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Southpaw.

Thanks Jordan for the chat.

 

 

 

 

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