06 June 2012
C. Trujillo / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to clash in the final series of the Endesa League playoffs. They faced each other four times in the regular season, resulting in two victories for each, including Real Madrid's triumph in Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
The Madridistas lost their previous game at the Palau 86-83 in the penultimate game of the regular season, which was marred by controversy. Real Madrid have just won an epic semifinals series against Caja Laboral that was decided in a fifth game at the Palacio de los Deportes. Velickovic became the best player in the playoffs so far during the series, Rodriguez was the team's master of ceremonies and a key shooter, Mirotic recovered from his injury and gave solid performances, and Reyes' experienced allowed him to pull rank in key moments to keep his team grounded in the game.
Barcelona's Lorbek, Navarro, Ndong, Mickeal and Eidson are also in top form and will have the home advantage in the first two games of the series as they try to fiercely resist Madrid's swift game.
|MOST FREQUENT TIE IN PLAYOFFS FINAL SERIES|
|1984||Real Madrid-FC Barcelona||2-1|
|1986||Real Madrid-FC Barcelona||2-0|
|1988||FC Barcelona-Real Madrid||3-2|
|1989||FC Barcelona-Real Madrid||3-2|
|1994||Real Madrid-FC Barcelona||3-0|
|1997||Real Madrid-FC Barcelona||2-3|
|2000||FC Barcelona-Real Madrid||2-3|
|2001||FC Barcelona-Real Madrid||3-0|
|2007||Real Madrid-FC Barcelona||3-1|