1x1 of Barça: Oriola, Barça soul against Madrid

The culé team beat the whites for the second time in this Euroleague with the Spanish international at an excellent level. Mirotic and Kuric, good.


Barça defeated Real Madrid for the fourth time this season. All of them consecutively after the defeat in the final of the Super Cup in Tenerife last September. It was the second in the Euroleague and with Pierre Oriola as the main star. The Spanish international played a huge game at the WiZink Center so that the Catalans remain leaders with two victories ahead of Armani Milan, second in the standings.

Brandon Davies. Enough. He did not have a good entry into the game with two quick fouls and then, after the break, he was not comfortable on the court either. Mid-range shots to get past Tavares didn't go in easily. Rating: 5.

Leo Westermann. Unrated. No juice.

Adam Hanga. Good. His contribution was mainly defensive. He was the replacement for Calathes from the bench and cut Alocen's star moment in the first quarter: the Zaragoza native ate the Greek. He gained prominence in attack by posting his pair, a duel normally in his favor due to size ... but without much success: 5 points with 2/7 in the shot. Rating: 8

Leandro Bolmaro. Unrated. No juice.

Rolands Smits. Enough. Little to review in his 15 minutes on the track. A triple. Rating: 1

Pierre Oriola. Outstanding. Great game of the Spanish international. It came out like a motorcycle with two triples in a row and closed the first half with 11 points. He put energy, courage and courage into all his actions. He played well with Tavares and a mate of his sentenced the duel. He teamed up well with Mirotic in the post below. He closed the game with 18 points (his second highest score this season in the Euroleague) and 6 rebounds. Rating: 15.

Álex Abrines. Suspense. The Mallorcan was a shadow of that player who dazzled in the Cup. 5 points. Very weighed down by fouls from the beginning, he was eliminated after 14 minutes on the court. Rating: 2.

Cory Higgins. Good. It was not his best game. He finished with 8 points, far from the recital of the Cup final against Madrid. He did not find ease in penetrations, his strong point. Rating: 5.

Kyle Kuric. Remarkable. The American was great in the 22 minutes he played. He had 11 points with a 3/4 from the perimeter and covered Abrines' long absences for fouls very well. Contributed in defense. Rating: 14.

Víctor Claver. Suspense. The Spanish international is still finding his form after a prolonged absence due to injury and did not make a good game. Did not score. Rating: 3.

Nikola Mirotic. Remarkable. It was difficult for the power forward to find his place in the games against his former team, but that problem is now over. It went from less to more: it took him 15 minutes to get his first basket. He closed with 13 points, some precious as a mate against Tavares and Garuba, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Good teamwork. Rating: 24.

Nick Calathes. Good. He started strong: 7 points in 3 minutes with a triples and two steals. But it deflated. Alocen unhinged him in defense. He could only deliver 3 assists. Rating: 13.

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