Round 2 is already history and DunkStories presents below the most eye-catching moments. Let’s take a good look at the best and the worst performances of this week:
Crvena Zvezda (90-82 against Barcelona) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (74-68 against Baskonia) could be in this category for Euroleague’s second round, but the big winner is undoubtedly Real Madrid.Their win against CSKA Moscow (82-69) proved that Real Madrid is on the right path and that they will be one of the leading players for one more season in Euroleague. To the contrary, Sergio Rodriguez return to his Spanish home was eventually painful. He managed to score 8 points but he was unable to have a big impact on the game’s outcome. As far as the winners are concerned, Luka Doncic (14 pts., 6 rb., 2 st., 2 as.) and Anthony Randolph (16pts.) were the cream of the crop. Despite their impressive win, Real Madrid wants to forget fast this night due to the serious injuries that both Ognjen Kuzmic (rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee) and Anthony Randolph (shoulder dislocation) have suffered. Especially for Kuzmic, the news are really bad as he might lose the whole season.
Too many candidates for this title, as well. But we will have to go with Barcelona. The Catalans visited Belgrade after an impressive 27 point win over Panathinaikos last week. Crvena Zvezda proved to be a much higher obstacle than expected. The Serbians played really good basketball and they took full control of the game from the beginning. Barcelona tried to make the big comeback during the third and fourth period (79-80 for Barcelona 2:49 before the end) but with no success. Kevin Seraphin (16 pts.) and Thomas Heurtel (14 pts., 11 as.) were the best players for the visitors but they weren’t able to change the whole game. For the “Reds”, Taylor Rochestie (22 pts., 7 as.) and Milko Bjelica (23 pts.) were simply sensational. Pero Antic (10 pts., 9 rb.) and Mathias Lessort (13 pts., 9 rb.) also helped a lot. Great win for Crvena Zvezda, while Barcelona has a lot of things to fix after this bad night in Belgrade.
Anadolou Efes will have to wait more before they celebrate their first win in this season’s Euroleague. Against a team full of energy, like Valencia, this couldn’t happen. The Spanish managed to control the game from the beginning to its completion. Erick Green was more than spectacular, as he scored 24 points, collected 5 rebounds and gave 2 assists (33 ranking). Joan Sastre (15 pts.) and Bojan Dubljevic (9 pts., 10 rb.) had also a significant contribution to Valencia’s win. Regarding Anadolou Efes, Vladimir Stimac made an unreal performance with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. The Turkish are playing against Fenerbahce next week and they will have to change many things if they want to stand a chance in Ulker Sports Arena. A tough week for Efes and Velimir Perasovic whatsoever!
And the MVP:
As I already mentioned above, Erick Green’s performance was truly magical this week. He is inarguably the most valuable player for round 2 of Turkish Airlines Euroleague. He did whatever he wanted with Efes defence and it’s no exaggeration that he was the X-factor in the first win of the season for Valencia. In terms of ranking, this was also the best performance of Green in his 48 games Euroleague career so far. What a player and what a night for him!
This is it from the second round of Euroleague. Next week is expected to be much more fascinating since there will be two games for every team within three days. A lot of action and many things to talk about for sure!