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Real Madrid 81 Valencia 70

The Whites, who finished with six healthy first-team players, beat the Taronjas in the first semifinal match thanks to their dominance of the rebound and an inspired Causeur (24 points). Debut Juan Nez

Juan Nez, against Hermannsson, during the game at WiZink.

In any manual of survival in the face of adversity this should appear 2021 Real Madrid, which is quite likely not to win any title, but will be remembered for total maximization of his resources. At the moment, despite a plague of casualties and injuries that borders on the absurd, he is one match away from the ACB final after his defensive deployment against a Valencia that could not read the semifinal duel, perhaps still exhausted after his third match against Baskonia Friday. [81-70: Narracin y estadsticas]

When the duel was over, the first with viewers (1,000) on WiZink 15 months later, Pablo Laso did not have much choice on the bench. Eight healthy guys (without going into details), two of them homegrown. On Tuesday he has another appointment against Valencia (9:15 pm), this time at La Fonteta, in these exprs playoffs. And yet, if Madrid won for something this Sunday, it was out of pure self-love: he caught 52 rebounds, 19 more than his rival, proof of his desire.

It is difficult to imagine a more Machiavellian script, but the fact is that Madrid appeared in all the ACB semifinals without eight players with whom Pablo Laso started the season. Eight! Campazzo, Deck, Randolph, Thompkins, Abalde, Felipe Reyes, Laprovittola and Llull. And, midway through the third act, Rudy Fernndez limped away (bad looking) and even Garuba could not finish after a memorable display. An unsustainable part of war. A boy who turned 17 the day before yesterday (Juan Nez, one of the great pearls of Spanish basketball) made his debut and had to come running from Valencia, from the junior Euroleague final – which the whites won, with Sediq Garuba, brothers from Usman, as the protagonist-, to deal with the responsibility of facing a whole Valencia.

Domain of Tavares and Garuba

And, as with such a panorama it is difficult to think much further, the whites left as if there were no tomorrow, stepping on the accelerator, without complexes and with a lot of pace. Those times when those who are are who there are. With Alocn grabbing the match by the horns, a brutal dominance of the rebound and the irruption of Causeur, who when Valencia wanted to realize it accumulated 13 points and, they, those of Ponsarnau, were down 16 (30-14).

But Valencia is not just anyone. It is a team with Euroleague roots, with experience and a lot of competitiveness. He was not intimidated and little by little he imposed his virtues. Those pvots that hammer from afar, that Kalinic ubiquitous and competitive. Such was its rebirth that Madrid finished the first half asking for the time (4-14 of the final set).

However, the taronjas were going to continue to carry a deadly problem. White’s ability to steal second chances, with Garuba and Tavares dominating the paint, was a huge drag. That fang not only kept White’s advantage: every offensive rebound was a plus of motivation. Usman did not need to score points to completely dominate the gameHis third quarter was a tall defensive display. Such exuberance that it ended with the twin raised.

Like a famous boxer, Valencia no longer had a reaction. Talker will be a cicln (24 puntos) and Jeff Taylor accompanied with points, energy and defense. Valencia was left dry offensively in the second half, quite a symptom. He reacted only with suicidal pressure, but it was too late.


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