A night after Real Madrid completed a sweep of its semifinal series, Barcelona gained the upper hand in its own series. Friday night (8:00pm UK) in Badalona, Barça look to close out nearby neighbors Joventut Badalona and join their ‘eternal rivals’ in the Liga ACB Finals.
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Where to watch FC Barcelona at Joventut Badalona on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports
- US: Eleven Sports Network USA (also available via FuboTV and PS Vue)
Reigning Liga ACB champions FC Barcelona are now just a single victory away from a rematch in the Liga ACB Finals (as well as an opportunity to avenge a loss in this season’s EuroLeague semifinals) against arch rivals Real Madrid.
This side – the top seed in both these Spanish playoff and the recently completed EuroLeague playoffs (where they took third) – has shown a gift for making life difficult for itself: from allowing the latter stages of the domestic league campaign to get more interesting than they ought to have been, to allowing the lowest seed in the EuroLeague playoffs, Bayern Munich, to push them to a decisive game in their opening round series, to blowing a double-digit halftime lead against Real Madrid in the aforementioned EuroLeague semifinal.
Their Game 3 performance Wednesday night in Badalona – in many ways an unremarkable one – was a microcosm of this. Three days after having surrendered home court advantage in this semifinal series to Catalan neighbors Joventut Badalona, Barça started strong, led by nine after one quarter, ten at halftime and never trailed on the way to a 83-77 win – though they did cede some ground in third quarter and see their lead shrink to just three points during the fourth.
It is worth noting that the third quarter continues to be a turning point in just about every Barcelona game – and, of late, not in a good way. Though they outscore Badalona by 12 in the third quarter of Game 1, Barça were outscored by 10 in the third quarter of Game 2. Prior to that, in the Liga ACB playoff opener against Gran Canaria – a game they otherwise dominated – they were outscored by six. And, of course, in the third quarter of that aforementioned EuroLeague semifinal, they scored just 11 while allowing Real Madrid to score 26, and take control of the game. The story in Game 3, though not as extreme, was not much different, as Badalona cut Barcelona’s halftime lead in half with a 20-15 third quarter. Now, this Barça team does have the talent to sufficiently control first halves and fourth quarters against most opponents, though this recurring problem will weight on head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius’ mind.
The plan and the outlook for Friday night’s Game 4 – also taking place about 12 miles up the coast in Badalona – are similar to those of Game 3. Barça will be looking for another strong performance from EuroLeague MVP Nikola Mirotic (18 point on just 8 field goal attempts in Game 3, plus 7 rebounds), but with enough balance (another five players scored between eight and 12 point) and solid playmaking from point guard Nick Calathes (6 assists) to not be overly reliant on their superstar big man.
For Badalona, survival in the series will rest not only on the shoulders of their star big man, Ante Tomic, who was excellent in Game 3, with a game-high 21 points, but also on their secondary stars. In Game 3, two of those players – forward Derek Willis (17 points) and guard Guillem Vives (13) made strong contributions. If their season is to be extended they’ll more of the same – and more.
FC Barcelona probable starting lineup: Nick Calathes, Kyle Kuric, Cory Higgins, Brandon Davies, Nikola Mirotić
Joventut Badalona predicted starting lineup: Andres Feliz, Pau Ribas, Joel Parra, Derek Willis, Ante Tomic
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In recent weeks, responding to a solid outing from Barcelona with skepticism has been justified. It also would have made you some money. Despite this – or, perhaps, because of it, combined with the prospect of another shot at Real Madrid in the Finals – it’s tough to shake the sense that Barcelona are due for a dominant performance.
The point spread for Game 4 is similar to that of Game 3 (Barcelona -5.5 points). That Barça scuffled considerably in the second half of Game 3 and still managed to cover that number illustrates the margin for error with which they’re working. When they really put together a performance – and, very soon, they will – look out!