ANDOf all the aspects that Barcelona should correct for the second game of the Endesa League final, none seems more urgent than the bleeding on the rebound. The azulgranas added 18 captures under their own hoop, just one more than Real Madrid in attack. A key aspect for the Whites to gain important advantages first and avoid approaches later, when their rival launched a desperate chase.

To try to correct this deficit, Sertac Sanli will return in the second game, something that Sarunas Jasikevicius announced at the conclusion of the first. The Turkish center missed the opening of the final due to a sprained ankle in the last game of the semifinal series against Joventut and, although he tested himself in the warm-up, he was unable to play on Monday. His 2.13 meters and his presence in the zones, dominated by Madrid, were missed.

Sanli is also a threat to Tavares’ defense. The Barça center has a very good hand and usually punishes his Real Madrid pair by taking him out of the area, as he is reliable even from the triple. His presence this Wednesday in the second game could be important. Above the numbers that he makes will be the adjustments that his participation will cause.

Any cash in the paint will help Barca, who have seen the alarming drop in performance from Brandon Davies. It’s been known for weeks that the American center with a Ugandan passport will not continue with the team next season. His contract ends, the Catalans wanted to renew him, but his financial expectations are very high and he will go to Armani Milan. All the noise around him has caused his averages in the last four games to drop to 5.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and a PIR of 5.5. Few for those who should be the internal reference of the Catalans.