River Andorra vs Barcelona
Spain, ACB league, quarter finals playoffs, Game 2
Barcelona surprisingly lost the opening match at home. Given this is best of 3 series, now they are in a must win situation on the road.
Whether they will be successful, we are yet to see but I trust them. I believe Barca is able to stay alive and to get this series back to Barcelona.
I am aware this looks like a rookie bet. I mean better team lost and now is under imperative, so automatically everyone jumps on their victory without knowing important facts. But it's not like that in my case. I am well aware of Andorra quality. I know they demolished Barcelona here also in regular season, but that was long ago. I know they also beat Real Madrid here at home, though also early in the season. Only Baskonia took victory here, but barely, in one possession game.
But, have in mind Barcelona run over them at home just near the end of regualar season with 24 pts difference and with huge 19 pts already after first period.
So, honestly, I expected Barsa to take a lead in this playoffs but in fact it was easy loss.
Of course, I am awar also it's not everything perfect with Barcelona roster. But, named me some team who is free of problems now late in the season after so many games played.
In any case, head coach Pešić used these 10 players in the Game 1:
Hanga (-), Heurtel (10 pts), Koponen (17), Tomic (15), Moerman (12) -starting five- Reynolds (3), Ribas (7), Jackson (3), Sanders (8), Claver (1).
Let's get back a little bit on the Game 1. Loss as a loss maybe was not too big upset but fact it was huge 76:94, well, hardly anyone expected something like that. But if you watched the game, then you know it's not only Barsa underperformed but it's also the fact that Andorra had amazing offensive game back then. They scored even 7 three pts shots already in the opening quarter, plus ended the match with outstanding 16 out of 33 from downtown. So, you can hardly compete against that. But, in the same time, this might be good reason to go against Andorra in Game 2 cause come on, they are not Golden State Warriors, no way they will be so efficient once again, not even close. Also, I expect Barcelona to wake up.
IMO Kari Pešić will find the way. He is very experienced coach. After Željko Obradović, he is most respected active Serbian coach. When he took Barsa in the middle of the season, it was clear he raised the level right away. Though, it was late for something serious in the Euroleague but with his arrival Barcelona won the Cup trophy beating all best opponents.
It's worth mentioning he signed only till end of the season. In the previous days there was talking between Pešić and the club officials about new contract. Pešić has confirmed there was talk but said they didn't agree anything yet. It's sounded a little bit like disappointing from Pešić. I don't know if that was the reason for weaker Game 1. But seems to me, if Barcelona finish the season today, hardly Pešić can expect to stay here. So, motive more for him to prepare his team well and to force crucial third match.
River Andorra vs Barcelona prediction
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