Ythere is a medical part of the real Madrid on the injury that Anthony Randolph suffered in the second quarter of the first match of the Endesa League final against Barcelona: left knee anterior cruciate ligament rupture. “Happy for the victory but very, very sad for your injury,” he lamented. Chus Mateowhite technician in the absence of Paul Laso. “I don’t know if something else can happen to us this year,” she had written before.

Because this misfortune is the latest in a long succession that Madrid has suffered throughout the season. The white team is not reminded of a more complex course, neither on nor off the track. Y Despite everything, they are two games away from winning the Endesa League. An amazing survival exercise that shows an enormous competitive capacity, watchword of the Laso era. Madridistas survive any plague.

COVID-19 and long-term injuries

To the problems caused by COVID-19which affected all the teams in the form of casualties and reorganization of schedules, Madrid has had to deal with three long-term injuries: Carlos Alocén tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in mid-February; Nigel Williams-Goss suffered a peroneal tendon injury 52 seconds into the Final Four semifinal against Barcelona; and now Randolph. All three have a valid contract for the next campaign. If healthy, the last two might come out in the summer. Injured, the plan can change.

The worst streak of results of the Laso era

Madrid has also had to face the worst streak of results of the Laso era. It was a couple of months in which the team, unrecognizable, accumulated defeats until they put the white coach on the wing. Between the beginning of February and the middle of March, the whites lost 15 games out of 22including an unusual streak of five consecutive stumbles.

Balance of 16-1 playing many times without bases

But when the reaction seemed utopian, they got up. After losing in Bilbao on April 13, they have only added one more defeat, that of the Euroleague final against Anadolu Efes. Balance of 16-1 since then, sweeping the Maccabee and to Bitci Baskonia in two playoffs. And all this playing without bases, because to the injuries of Alocén and Williams-Goss the problems of Sergio Llull and Alberto Abaldewho can take the helm, and the punishment to Thomas Heurtel.

The night out of Heurtel, Thompkins and Yabusele

Because the problems of Madrid have not been limited only to the rectangle of the track. After a night out in Athens prior to a loss to Panathinaikosthe French point guard and Trey Thompson They were removed from the team and then returned to training. Heurtel has played since then, the last moments of one of the duels against Baskonia in the semifinals of the Endesa League. The power forward, no. Also Guerschon Yabusele He went out that night, but with a recently signed three-year renewal, his was only a fine. In the end, the three received the same sanction: 50,000 euros.

Laso’s heart condition

And, penultimate, the most serious: a Laso heart condition that kept him in the hospital for two days and forced him to undergo a catheterization. It was less serious than was suspected at first and the coach has already returned to training, although he has not yet directed any party. He may be able to do it in one of the duels in the final. In his absence, Chus Mateo has guided and won the two disputed.

To top it off, Randolph’s injury. As the current tenant of the white bench says, It is not known what else can happen to Madrid. Likewise, winning the Endesa League, which, given all of the above, would be a feat.