12 June 2012
C. Trujillo / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
It could all end in 40 minutes. After Monday's masterclass performance, Real Madrid need only to defeat Barcelona once more in the series to win the Endesa League title before their fans at the Palacio de los Deportes.
Real Madrid will take it easy despite Monday's thrashing of Barça, as they know they haven't won anything yet. Laso's boys are in spectacular form and have managed to earn two straight wins against Barça, the latter with a 26-point cushion. The Madridistas have been superior to their opponent in the series in all aspects of the game, such as pulling down rebounds and serving assists.
Barcelona may have had the best defence of the regular season, but they were powerless against Real Madrid's powerhouse performance on Monday. It didn't matter that their aim faltered slightly this time around; Laso's men grabbed 48 rebounds, while Barça only pulled down 23, and clearly dominated the game and set their own pace to it. Nevertheless, they are aware of Barcelona's strengths and know they will not give up without a fight and that they'll do their best to draw the series to get a chance to seal it at their arena.
The Whites rely on fast counterattacks, for which they need to grab rebounds. Improving in defence allowed them to concede only 59 points in their last meeting with Barça, reducing Lorbek's count from 18 and 22 to only nine in Game 3. Pocius is also doing a stellar job at marking Navarro.
TEAM STATS IN SERIES
Sergio Rodriguez, who turned 26 on 12 June, is proving to be a key player for the Madridistas next to Felipe Reyes, Nole Velickovic and Carroll - the latter's 12 points in only five minutes started the pour against Barça on Monday.