Real Madrid dies on the edge of the feat and will not be in the Final Four

Anadolu Efes 88 Real Madrid 83

Larkin’s irruption and a triple by Simon with 40 seconds left ends the white rebellion against an Efes who had his best man in Singleton

Llull, after the defeat in the fifth in Istanbul.TOLGA BOZOGLUEFE

Real Madrid died on the edge of its rebel, with its head held high and the rage of those who do not conform to the logic of destiny. In a fifth in Istanbul that was another challenge to the impossible and in which he flirted with the feat until the very last minute. Among the many pages to remember this unmatched was Laso, a special mention should be made for this tie against Anadolu Efes. Because it is in defeat that greatness is most evident. [88-83: Narracin y estadsticas]

It was a triple from seven meters by Krunoslav Simon, in the last second of possession, unbalanced and with Thompkins on top, which, after almost 100 minutes of battle, ended up surrendering to Real Madrid. As exhausted as Pablo Laso’s group was hurt, because he never assumed his absence in the Final Four, despite the omens, even despite losing the first two duels crushed by more than 20 points. Until that abyss rode the self-esteem of a team hit by misfortune that rebelled with pikes against a rival of talents.

Before, a Llull tray had escaped from the hoop, but every detail was a life at Sinan Erdem, an afternoon of those that challenge hearts. As key was the last appearance of Shane Larkin, to which Madrid had cloudy 35 minutes. An irrepressible demon. Or the emergence of Singleton, the man of the match (26 points, eight rebounds …).

The only thing missing from the duel was William Munny in the middle of the court saying that “everyone who wants to stay alive better get out.” And in your duels in the sun, when itch and courage are worth even more than talent or physique, Real Madrid it handles as if it could actually walk on hot coals. A shaken bus, thought so many times for dead in this season of ups and downs, was not going to wrinkle now when it caressed the deed. The one who doubted was the one across the street, who had been practically validating his ticket to Cologne just a few days ago.

Tavares back

So Carlos Alocn, who is hard to imagine pronouncing a taco, stood in the Sinan Erdem before Micic and Larkin with an unprecedented self-confidence. That is why Madrid no longer even needed the revolution to stand up to the one who does nothing and looked as if he were an ogre. Since those last minutes of the third game, everything had changed. Thanks to Llull.

The first part was a calculated dance in which Laso’s mutant zone it continued to wreak havoc, even though Ataman had new answers. They were Singleton now the reference, although it cost him horrors to score Efes with his usual ease. Larkin did not appear (yet), although that is not a guarantee of anything as it was later verified. A 4-12 run, with six straight points from Thompkins, gave Madrid a boost before the break. The sensations were still white.

But it is already evident that the duel was headed without remedy towards agony. It couldn’t be otherwise in this historic tie. The Efes came back as if indeed his life depended on it. With the threshold of aggressiveness through the roof, with the immense Micic at the controls. A 21-4 partial that returned the lost inertia, which made Madrid tremble. But this wild group has a thousand lives. And Tavares, recovered in extremis for the occasion (he takes a lot), began to be a factor.

Before finishing the third act he had recovered his step, with two triples from Thompkins that were water in the desert. The final act became one of those insane battles, in which each ball was a heroism. Larkin appeared and unexpected actors like Pleiss; It grew up to the sky of Istanbul Laprovittola, with three triples to freeze hell itself …

Abalde, another of those who has grown, responded with a triple and a wonderful assist to Tavares in the middle of the drama. But Simon’s genius It is one of those that are out of all script. Madrid died there, although it never escaped a defeat so alive.


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