NEWS STORY. 19/06/2022
Walter Tavares was named MVP for the 2021-22 league playoff final. The Cape Verde player spearheaded Real Madrid to their 36th title in this competition with an average in the series against Barça of 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 20 in PIR and a remarkable fourth-game performance, during which he recorded 41 in PIR (25 points and 13 rebounds). The center, who was also selected for the best team of the Regular Season and who has performed spectacularly in the playoffs, had this to say after the game: “We’ve fought hard to achieve this. It’s been a difficult year. We managed to fight and work our way back to victory, which is the way we all like to win”.
“My job is to help my teammates in defence, then whatever they give me in attack is always appreciated, but my job is to defend. I'm always ready for whatever the team needs. I train hard, I always try to improve in attack because in defence I can play anywhere”.
His figures in the four matches of the final series
In the first game of the series at the Palau, Real Madrid stole home-court factor from the Catalans with a 75-88 victory. Tavares contributed 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 10 in PIR. In the second game, the center posted 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks and 15 in PIR. In the 81-66 triumph in the third game at the WiZink Center, he finished with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block and 15 in PIR. And in their title-winning game with the third victory of the series, Tavares put on his second best ever performance as a madridista with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 41 in PIR.