Su Barça opens the Copa del Rey against Valencia. His action decided last week’s Euroleague match against the same opponent. Six years ago it was MVP with Madrid in Malaga
The last time the Copa del Rey basketball was played in Malaga was in 2014. In the memory is the basket of Llull from the corner in the last second that gave the title to Madrid. But the MVP of that edition was not the basis. Nor the Chacho who gave him assistance. Nor Rudy. The Most Valuable Player was Nikola Mirotic, the reference of Barça. In this edition he can become the second player, after his teammate Ante Tomic, who wins the Cup with the two greats.
“I don’t like getting into trouble, I already got into a lot. Simply what I know is that we are going to go to Malaga to compete. The truth is that I really want to return to the city, to play this Copa del Rey and, above all, wearing this Barcelona shield, ”he said in an interview with the official media of the Endesa League. The power forward won two titles (2012 and 2014) with Madrid de Laso and especially recalls the second: “I have good memories of 2014, when we won in Malaga. It was a crazy game, we had won, then we went under, got a last triple – it was really a basket of two – to win. I was the ‘MVP’ of the final. ”
That trophy has arrived a couple of weeks ago from the United States with the last suitcases of the move from Milwaukee. Most recent is the last match against his opponent in the quarterfinals. Barça was measured with Valencia in La Fonteta last day 5. The victory was for the Catalans (76-77) and the most decisive player was Mirotic again. He scored 26 points (8/12 in the shot), caught four rebounds, gave two assists and received eight fouls. But the best left for last. In the last possession and with his team behind, Barça put himself in the hands of his star. The ball to the low post defended by Maurice Ndour. And with a masterful footwork he mocked the Nigerian, scored a tray by extension and received a foul. The free kick failed, but the final action had already been done. That is why we understand the declarations of the Valencia coach upon his arrival in Malaga. “We have to improve individual and team defense over Mirotic because he is a player who has always hurt us,” Ponsarnau said. Dubljevic, the stars of the taronja, goes further: “It is very difficult to stop Mirotic, but we can stop others.” And one of the players that can be paired with Mirotic, Aaron Doornekamp, says: “We have to try to at least not get the easy ones.” Nikola is looking for her third title and her second MVP.