Tonight, the Red Star is visiting Real Madrid in the Euroleague double program
The Red Star basketball players had a full six days for quality training; the postponed Abaliga match with Cibona created the desired space for creating the best possible automatism in both directions and the opportunity for Dejan Radonjić’s team to be more prepared to welcome tonight’s visit to Real (21.00).
The new, fourth in a row, double Euroleague program for the red and whites should be a real test of endurance in circumstances when the team is still getting used to the demands and way of thinking of the Montenegrin expert.
The star is expected to play in Madrid against a rival who himself has big personnel problems.
The great Anthony Randolph is on a break for several months after the rupture of the Achilles tendon, and Sergio Ljulj and Rudi Fernandez also have health problems.
Coach Pablo Lasso used eleven players in the last Euroleague match against Milan, considering that the young Boris Tišma did not enter the game.
The chances that Ljulj will play tonight are very small, while the return of the experienced shooter, Rudi Fernandez, is very possible.
Before the defeat by Armani, Real was in a series of six Euroleague victories.
The Madridians demonstrated exceptional attacking potential during that period; even Kampac’s departure for the Denver Nuggets did not affect the organization of the attack and the number of assisted points.
There were matches, like the ones with Alba and Olympiacos, in which Madrid had 26 and 25 successful passes, respectively.
The segment in which the transition of the diminutive Argentine to the NBA is felt is defense, especially on the perimeter and peak.
Simply put, Laprovitola and young Alosen are not even close to Kampac defensively and are very vulnerable.
The problems were multiplied by the injuries of Rudi, and especially Ljulj, who, periodically, with the departure of Kampac, took on the obligation to organize the game.
– We had a few days to work, but we did not have all the players in the training process. I can’t say exactly when he will return. This is followed by the schedule, which in the following period does not allow and does not give space to work more. We will solve things on the go, and use every minute in the best possible way. We are waiting for two matches in the Euroleague, away games in Spain, Real Madrid and Valencia. Our focus is to be better day by day, we turn to Real first, we play against the team that has the greatest ambitions, it shows that it will be the same this season, they play well despite the lack of individual players. A team that has been formed to be able to present such situations as well. They also had space to prepare for our match, because their game in the Endesa League was canceled. I hope that we will be better in some segments in relation to the match with Fenerbahce, that we will reduce the number of lost balls, and perform some small things better and more precisely. We will simply try to be better “- stated coach Radonjić.
It is clear that the huge Tavares is Real’s biggest defensive advantage in the entire Euroleague when it comes to hoop protection.
With an impressive arm span, 220 centimeters high, Tavares is currently the best blocker in the Euroleague (two blocks per match) and the second best jumper (7.8 rebounds).
In that regard, the opponents have problems in gaining an advantage in the pick and roll, at the low post, the racket itself and when the defenders break through.
With the arrival of Alex Tajus, Tavares should get enough space and time to rest, considering that the experienced American is also a good defender in the racket, very jumpy and agile in the game on the open field.
Real have lost only two Euroleague games at home since the start of the season; only Zenit and Asvel managed to sweat it in Madrid.
Even the smallest drop of the rival in the game, Real skillfully punishes, so the red and whites should reduce the lost balls to a number far more bearable than the 18 “sold” in the last match with Fenerbahce.
Lloyd is still off the field
The Red Star will be stronger in Madrid for Langston Hall, the American playmaker who has recovered from the last groin injury suffered in Laktasi against Igokea. Jordan Lloyd and Marko Simonović, on the other hand, will miss the duel with Real and Valencia, and their return is expected against Borac from Čačak.
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