An unprecedented Cup

The great celebration of Spanish basketball will not have, for the first time, fans. Tenerife and Burgos open the tournament at 6:30 p.m. At 21:30, Madrid-Valencia.

An-unprecedented-Cup

The WiZink Center in Madrid will host the Cup that nobody dreamed of from today until Sunday. An unprecedented tournament, without an audience in the stands that distances the competition from what it has been in the last four decades, the great festival of Spanish basketball. Or better yet, the great European basketball festival. Without fans, without their songs and their passion, without their colors, we are left with the game, the teams and the competitiveness. And we have Movistar + to not miss a detail (all the matches in #Vamos). It is not the same, but it will be worth following.

The Cup of the new normal will possibly also be, despite the current ties, the best in the Old Continent. And it comes with changes in sports compared to previous editions. Perhaps for the first time since the Laso era was inaugurated with a trophy at Sant Jordi, Real Madrid, the current champion and leader of the League, is not the main candidate for the title. Of course, from there to ensure that it is covered there is a stretch. "In difficult moments we always give our best," recalls Causeur. We know, yes; but now all fingers point to Barça, and to Mirotic as a possible MVP. And if not to Calathes or Higgins. Although watch out for TD Systems Baskonia, which in a course of ups and downs comes in an ascending peak with a physical squad and ready for the big days despite the fact that none of its players have ever won the Cup. They dance to the tune of Henry and Vildoza while Polonara adds warrior ardor to the group, makes it stronger. And watch out for a Valencia on a 12-win streak in the ACB, which has learned to fight face to face against everyone outside of Spain.The four of the Euroleague are the favorites, a potential endorsed with data, since in the League they have only fallen in direct duels between them since the taronja team stumbled at home with Tenerife on 22 November. In those two and a half months, those from Ponsarnau have not lost again, the whites have only yielded against Barça, the Catalans against Valencia, and Baskonia against Madrid and the Taronja team. The potentates of this ACB, there is no debate; however, they are not the only contenders for glory in the KO tournament. In fact, the appointment opens this afternoon (6:30 p.m.) with an emotional face-to-face between the last two FIBA intercontinental champions: Lenovo Tenerife-Hereda San Pablo Burgos.

On the second shift, at 9:30 p.m., the highlight, a Madrid-Valencia with a final cache, that of 2017, for example. Unicaja, meanwhile, arrives celebrating a victory, the first with Katsikaris on the bench, after losing 13 defeats in 14 games. You never know, as with Joventut, that after hitting bottom at the beginning of 2018, it maintains an upward trend, which spikes up on the track and in the offices.

Many walls to tear down, the main one, the one that the two giants have built. Since 2009, only they have worn the trophy, six times Real and five times Barça. The Cup has become classic, it never was, although this year's edition is presented uncategorized. That the coronavirus respects it, because remember, if there is any outbreak once the curtain is raised, the affected team will be out of the race for the title.



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