Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A lackluster Real Madrid does not find a rival in Milan

He real Madrid continued accumulating victories at the dawn of the season, 11 in 11 official games, after winning the Euroleague basketball Milan (88-71) after a match in which Sergio Llull (19 points) came to the aid in the most difficult moments.

In the preview the coach of the white team, Chus Mateo, emphasized the importance of his team dominating the rhythm of the match. However, the fluid basketball that the team he directs usually offers was diluted by turnovers during the first quarter, against an Italian team that was effective in attack and cement in defense.

The sins in the painting didn’t help either. Walter Tavares He accumulated two personnel in less than four minutes and his replacement, the Frenchman Vincent Poirier, did not take long to join up with three when he saw how he was whistled for two in attack and a technical for protesting the second of them.

So it was up to Mario Hezonja dress up as five and the others do their best to minimize the damage that Shavon Shields and former Real Madrid player Nikola Mirotic were slowly causing. What for others would be a drama is not, however, for this Real Madrid, where effort is not negotiated and in which individual brilliance is no one’s monopoly.

This time to whom did he give the step forward was Sergio Llull. He did it from the second quarter, which started for the host six down despite the thickness (19-25, min.10) and ended tied, with the Balearic player adding eleven points after a triple house mark at the horn (42- 42, min.20).

The local side returned from the locker room brandishing Tavares, who scored 6 of his team’s initial 11 in the second half. But that ace up his sleeve lasted five minutes, the time it took for two more fouls to be pointed out. Poirier burst in again, this time calmer and in the great version that he is offering during this start of the season.

Capable of being an accomplice on the track of the point guard with whom he has to work, Campazzo or Sergio RodrΓ­guez, became strong under the rim and contributed to a 12-2 run called to break the confrontation. Milan avoided it, correcting the course slightly to face the decisive act six behind (67-61, min.30).

That fury was extinguished between Hezonja – with two steals – and Llull – with eight points – without a response on the return to the hardwood. All this, plus an ‘alley-oop’ from Poirier in association with Sergio RodrΓ­guez, was too much for an opponent who took three and a half minutes to produce something in attack.

From then on, almost half a quarter of the process was completed, a real gift if you take into account the aspect that the duel had during its initial stages and that any dose of oxygen in a such a demanding schedule is ground gold for a Real Madrid that continues to make victory a habit.

Data sheet:

88 – Real Madrid (19+23+25+21): Campazzo (12), Deck (8), Musa (6), Yabusele (3), Tavares (8) -starting five-, Hezonja (13), Sergio RodrΓ­guez (5), Poirier (9), Llull (19) , Rudy FernΓ‘ndez (3), Ndiaye (2).

71- Milan (25+17+19+10): Pangos (9), Melli (-), Mirotic (13), Shields (16), Voigtmann (9) -starting five- Poythress (4), Tonut (2), Ricci (-), Flaccadori (5), Hall ( 9), Kamagate (2) and Hines (2).

Referees: Sreten Radovic (CRO), Gytis Vilius (LIT) and Saso Petek (MNE). No eliminated.

Incidents: Game of the fourth day of the Euroleague basketball match played at the WiZink Center.

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