ANDn his reunion with the competition after the crash of the Euroleague, the Barca I hoped to start clearing doubts in the first game against Gran Canaria. But for 35 minutes the doubts increased. The recital of Nik Calathes At the end, he illuminated the path of Barça, which put an end to the island’s resistance to take the first point of the series, 93-82. But there was suffering.

The Greek-American point guard was just one rebound away from becoming the second player in the history of the ACB League, after Dejan Tomasevic in 2004, to sign a triple-double in the playoffs. Calathes had 10 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds for a PIR of 28, but the most important thing is that he first supported his team in bad times and then, in the last seven minutes, he knew how to lead his team to victory.

The Barca they had several advantages of more than 10 points throughout the game, threatening to break it, but they were unable to negotiate any of them and with seven to go, Gran Canaria was two behind, 72-70. From there the Barca, who was dying from his failures in the triple, 5 of 23, hit his rival from the arc with four baskets of three that had no answer. First it was his own Calathes, who is not an excellent shooter. Then the point guard found laprovittolaa Sergio Martinez Already Higgins. Four baskets that destroyed the illusions of the islanders who, for a moment, came to dream of surprise.

Good game too Brandon Davis19 valuation, and exum, 16 points and a valuation of 20. The Australian thing is tremendous because of the energy that he transmits to his team. In the first part, Barça hardly had any pulse until Exum appeared.

Gran Canaria found the way to do a lot of damage to the Barcelona with a very aggressive zonal defense that choked on Barça’s attack, with no solutions until the end. they shone slaughter15 points, pustovyi12 and Salvó, 11. At the end of the match Jasikevicius he asked his players: “to enter Playoff mode now because we will have to play better in Gran Canaria”. The bad news for Barça was the blow to Sertac Sanli’s jaw that forced him to leave the game. They have to test him.

Data sheet:

93. Barca (24+24+19+26). Calathes (10), Laprovittola (12), Kuric (-), Mirotic (13), Sanli (-) -starting five- Jokubaitis (6), Higgins (12), Exum (16), Smits (2), Oriola ( 1), Sergi Martínez (5) and Davies (16).

82 – Gran Canaria (17+22+25+18): Cherry (7), Slaughter (15), Brussino (9), Shurna (9), Pustovyi (12) -initial five-, Khalifa Diop (7), Balcerowski (2), Ennis (6), Salvó (11), Stevic (3) and Albicy (1)