Nikola Mirotic doesn’t want a Madrid title (71-69)

BarcelonaAfter the painful defeat on Monday, Barça reacted and tied the final against Real Madrid (71-69). The Barça team regained much of the energy and personality it had lost along the way, although the game was not easy and was not resolved until the last quarter. The match was of maximum wear.

Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points, some in times of maximum difficulty. The game was decided with two free throws from Cory Higgins and a good final defense from a Barça team that suffered like never before.

Sarunas Jasikevicius was given a chance to change things around. Sertaç Sanli was given a chance to change things around. The discarded player was Pierre Oriola, who continues to have discomfort in the lower back. The coach reduced the rotation to try to shake the mood of a team that is missing stretches of the season in which he played with more confidence. With more courage than success, the Catalan team connected very well with a Palau Blaugrana that was decisive again.

Real Madrid returned to compete without Pablo Laso on the bench. Chus Mateo, assistant coach, took over the role of the Basque coach, who is recovering from a heart attack. In addition, the white team had the loss of Anthony Randolph, who was seriously injured on Monday at the Palau Blaugrana. The Euroleague runner-up has been losing players and gaining order for months. Far from regretting each absence, he has been able to find new tactical solutions to adapt to a very complicated situation. The only good news was the reappearance of Sergi Llull and Alberto Abalde.

It took Barça a while to get on their nerves and adapt to the demands of the game. The Barça team missed the first six shots on the field that they tried for the first five minutes in which they did not score any baskets in play (2-12). Uncomfortable with the refereeing criteria, the game of the premises was too soft during the initial staging. Despite losing too many balls, the Catalan team improved the situation by improving the defense (13-17). The local reaction was slow but steady until, four minutes before the break, the initiative of the scoreboard changed (26-24). Rokas Jokubaitis and Rolands Smits played a key role. Madrid missed 14 of the 16 triples they tried for the first 20 minutes, which ended in a draw (32-32).

The third quarter began with great difficulties for Barça. Sanli committed the fourth personal foul and Calathes received a blow to the cheekbone that needed stitches. Real Madrid used many personal fouls to disturb the game of the Barça team. Llull’s offensive burst opened a six-point gap on the scoreboard (46-52), but Mirotic’s points – 12 in this period – served to turn the score around with a final score of 10-2 (56-54). ).

Barça pressed the accelerator at the start of the last, when the atmosphere was tense and the local difference grew to eight points (65-57). A 0-8 draw tied the score three minutes from time (65-65).

Rokas Jokubaitis

The third game, Friday

The third match of the final, scheduled for the best of five matches, will be played this Friday (9pm, #Vamos) at the WiZink Center in Madrid. The fourth duel of this title fight is scheduled for Sunday on the same stage.

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