The Final Four passes through Vitoria

The Final Four passes through Vitoria
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With the tie 2-0 and Madrid is one win away from reaching its tenth Final Four in the last thirteen, each coach strives to send his message, the one that interests his team. In the whites, clear dominators of the series until now, Chus Mateo wants nothing to changeor if it does it will be for the better, to decide the tie in Vitoria. “Particularly, I don’t trust anything, I try to be cautious and convey that alert to the players, but also a lot of confidence. (…) I want players who pay attention, who know that with all their senses on the field it is difficult to beat us”. And he asks to improve at the back in one-on-one and in defensive balance. In the azulgranas, Dusko Ivanovic plays to zafarrancho without any safety net: “It’s a great day to try to win this game and continue in the fight for the Final Four. With our audience everything is possible”.

Baskonia has not won a playoff duel in Europe since 2019, in its last participation, and has not passed a qualifying round since 2016, but it will improve its chances if it reaches its best version even with The withdrawal also confirmed for this third match of Moneke. Sedekerskis, the Vitorian captain, reinforces his coach’s message: “All together we can win this game.”

Baskonia has to go from words to actions in a playoff in which it has shown inferior in the paint to a rival with Tavares and (minutes are distributed in a Solomonic way) jointly averaging in the position of five 19 points (69% on field goals), 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 recoveries and 4.5 blocks for a 34.4 rating. Costello has barely saved some face; is not sufficient. In fact, the Baskonistas add only three fewer triples (28 with 37%) than two-point baskets (31).

The base Miller-McIntyre and the eaves Marinkovic are the best on the perimeter and need their gunnerMarkus Howard, free yourself from a rival defense that has left him with only 13.5 points with 37% shooting (and 4.5 rating) in the first two rounds. If anyone can inflame the Buesa, it is him with his streaks. If he starts to mess, it is impossible to stop him. The objective is not to raise the triplestry to send him to the painting”Explain deckone of its defenders. “He is extraordinary, one of the best players we have seen in recent times”says Chus Mateo, who has the MVP version of Campazzo (17 points, 5 assists and 23 credits) at the helm.

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