Malaga, next stop of the eight-thousanders facing the Herbalife Gran Canaria in a week. Less than 48 hours after their historic debut in the Euroleague, with a resounding defeat in the Fenerbahçe court, the Claretian team is measured at Unicaja (18.15, Movistar #Vamos). An appointment that comes with three other games on the nearest horizon: Barcelona on Tuesday at the Arena, Panathinaikos on Thursday in Greece – both of Euroleague – and on Saturday lands on the Island of MoraBanc Andorra.
Many curves for a team that is taking time to build. Between the preseason and the four official games played the yellows have only added one win, against the recently promoted Breogán, and has left doubts in many aspects. Such a Tourmalet does not help the process of Salva Maldonado. But Marcus Eriksson's recovery will. The best marksman of the squad played the last two minutes in Istanbul and is ready to keep accumulating minutes, a blessing for a team weighed down by their mistake from the 6.75 meter line, a wild ballast for the style of the Catalan coach.
With the recovery of Swedish and only remains in the infirmary Luke Nelson -which was destined to have a secondary role-. After a tremendous plague, the excuses to the yellows are over.
If the 'reinforcement' of Eriksson should improve the gap of the triple, the whole must put the batteries to cover the other: the defense. The Claretian team is the second worst team protecting their hoop with up to 87 points received from the league average, to which we must add the 97 Fenerbahçe. A few figures that make it very difficult to win a game. For this many players must improve their individual level, especially in the indoor game. There men like Kim Tillie, Ondrej Balvin and Anzejs Pasecniks are far from the expected performance, although the Frenchman missed several weeks of training in the preseason and in Istanbul showed signs of improvement. To them it is necessary to add the bad beginning of season of DJ Strawberry, especially denied in the outer launching.
The good news in the market of signings of the Granca is giving by the moment Chris Evans, a portent that also exhibited in the Euroleague, before the powerful physicists of the players of the Fenerbahçe, that is able to mark the differences. He came to Friday's appointment with ankle problems but ended up leaving very good numbers with 13 points in 17 minutes, so he must be fit for this afternoon's appointment. The other reinforcement that is working is Clevin Hannah, with good figures in the direction of the team although it is also expected more.
Around them the Claretian team must continue to grow. And for it nothing better than a victory in a postín court, that of a Unicaja de Málaga that has started giving very good sensations. At the controls of Luis Casimiro, the coach who made history with Gran Canaria by qualifying him for the Euroleague and previously achieving with the Supercopa the only title that exists in his showcases, the Málaga squad is resurrecting. After not qualifying the last course for the Euroleague, the main objective in the Costa del Sol, three reinforcements have arrived that have set a promising start.
The base Brian Roberts and the interiors Mathias Lessort and Kyle Wiltjer are adapting very well to a team that already highlighted the Shermadini, Alberto Díaz, Dani Díez, Carlos Suárez, Waczynski and examarillo Sasu Salin. But the main name of the Andalusians in this start is the jump that has given Jaime Fernandez, who with 19 assessment is the statistical leader of their own.