The Madrid of Tavares and ... Laprovittola

The Argentine guard has had to raise gallons to become a fundamental piece, along with the colossal Edy Tavares, who is now the great leader, the only leader.


Real Madrid have lost two of the three games they have played so far this year in the Euroleague, both at home, against Milan and Red Star. The third, who did win it against Bayern, did so with the agony of an extension. It is not a hopeful streak, but neither is it a reason to mount a crisis cabinet if we remember that the start was much worse, with a balance of 1-4 that later rose to the first places. Today, on the eve of matchday 21, it ranks third, although it is a misleading location, whether you look up or look down. Madrid are two victories behind leaders CSKA, but also two defeats away from being left out of the cut for the playoffs. There are still 14 days left. There is time for the best and for the worst.

Real Madrid plays this Thursday against a Maccabi on the rise, a bad rival to get out of the hole. And he will do so with two relevant casualties, those of Sergio Llull and Rudy Fernández. Two notable absences, more at this time in which the Menorcan must assume the helm as a base after the departure of Facundo Campazzo. While Facu paints little at the moment in the Denver Nuggets, here his compatriot Nicolas Laprovittola has had to increase gallons to become a fundamental piece in the white hierarchy: he plays more, scores more, assists more ... He has gone from having one foot and half out last summer, and from scarcely counting for Pablo Laso at the beginning of the course, to becoming a benchmark in the game. You have to adapt. In the absence of reinforcements, and after the failed operation of Thomas Heurtel in the short term, Laprovittola stands as a key player, along with the colossal Edy Tavares, who is not a point guard, obviously, but who now must carry more minutes and more responsibility because he is the great leader, the only leader. With that Madrid has to compete. And it will.

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