From the start of the Final
Four It has been a non-stop and the thing does not stop. With the crash of this Monday in the Palau
Blaugrana before him Lenovo, the Barça will accumulate six games in eleven days, with the most important phase of the season at stake, no less. Any failure can be colossal, especially in a playoff reduced to the best of three, which raises the demand for those of Jasikevicius.
Tenerife more rested (although also with a shorter squad) he arrives tonight at the Barça Coliseum willing to take advantage of this circumstance to extend his status as the revelation team of the season and hasten his chances of reaching the final.
Jasikevicius, Barça coach, affirmed that they face a rival “with more rest, who has solidly surpassed a good team such as Hereda San Pablo Burgos in the quarterfinals”. The Barça coach sees the island team as a “super experienced” rival who knows what he is playing at. “It is very difficult to get them out of their game because they have very clear ideas and that is why they are having so much success both in the Endesa League and in Europe,” he added.
Barça has recovered Nick
Calathes, who has overcome the sprained ankle suffered in the Final
Four and already debuted before Penya Saturday. His presence gives a remarkable security in the direction as was demonstrated in the third game against the Badalonese, where both Gasoline What Kuric they benefited from his assists.
That, however, is not going to be enough, according to the Lithuanian coach. Despite the energy deficits that may be in the equipment, Jasikevicius he has asked his men for maximum concentration so as not to be in too much trouble. According to the Barça coach, his team “can beat anyone”, but pointed out that if he is not well, “any team” can beat him.
The Lithuanian coach urged his men to “learn” from what happened in the second game in Badalona and to be “mentally strong” because if they lose a game in a very short series that adds “a lot of pressure”.
The precedents this season are favorable to Barça, who prevailed in the two games of the regular phase. The last one two weeks ago on the Tenerife track (72-96). In the first round, the Catalans also took the win (81-74) –
For all this, the coach of the Lenovo, Txus
Vidorreta, sees the challenge as very complicated: “Beating Barcelona requires many things, such as a high physical tone, because they are very tough, tremendously aggressive,” he said but believes that his men “come to the game well after a long season.”