On the heels of a horrific Game 1 showing, Barcelona responded with an outstanding defensive effort to grind out a two-point win over Real Madrid and salvage a split of the opening Liga Finals games at home. However, Madrid produced a stunning Game 3 win and can now seal the series on Sunday afternoon (5:00pm UK)
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Where to watch FC Barcelona at Real Madrid on TV:
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Despite not actually shooting all that poorly (46% overall and 35% on 3-pointers) or dramatically worse than Real Madrid (47% overall and 40.8% on 3s, which equated to one more make, 9, on one fewer attempt 22), Barcelona were positively run off their home floor in the opening game of the Liga ACB Finals. Madrid came out red hot, hitting on nearly 65% of their shots (11 of 17), making four of five 3-pointers, while forcing four Barça turnovers, and led 30-17 after the opening quarter. They extend their advantage to 13 points by halftime, and led by a whopping 23 after three quarters. It was only at that point, with the game already long gone, that Barça mounted a cosmetic rally to make the score line a moderately more respectable 88-75.
How did Madrid manage to so thoroughly hammer Barcelona in Barcelona?
First off, there was Barcelona’s inability to avoid costly fouls. Although Barça’s total of 22 fouls was only three more than Madrid’s, the Blaugrana‘s infractions resulted in an extra 10 free throw attempts (23 vs 13) and six more makes (17 vs 11) for Los Blancos. There was the significant disparity in rebounding – namely Real Madrid’s offensive rebounding. In Game 1, Madrid grabbed an awesome 17 offensive rebounds, incredibly nearly matching Barcelona’s total of 19 defensive rebounds. Finally, there’s the question of turnovers, of which Barcelona committed 16 – 12 of which came via Real Madrid steal. These dreaded ‘live ball’ turnovers are killers, as they so often result in easy transition baskets.
Game 2 started similarly to the first, as Madrid rode three offensive rebounds and four steals and an awful shooting performance from Barça (4 of 11) to a four-point lead after one quarter. The Blaugrana, having lost home court advantage in Game 1 and now flirting, rather aggressively, with a disastrous 0-2 hole with two games in Madrid on the horizon, did manage to right the ship just enough over the next two quarters. In the second they held Madrid to just 15 points and went into the halftime break tied at 32. Both teams found an offensive groove in the third, as Barça outscored Madrid by a bucket, 24-22.
That final stanza was, depending on your perspective, defined either by fantastic defense or yet more terrible shooting. Irrespective, the side’s combined to make just nine of 30 shots, just two of 10 3-pointers and commit five turnovers. That four of those turnovers and none of the made 3-pointers belonged to Madrid – who were led by Guerschon Yabusele, who made seven of 13 shots, and grabbed 11 rebounds; and a combined 21 (on 8-of-15 shooting) and nine rebounds from their veteran star big man Edy Tavares and Ádám Hanga – allowed Barcelona, behind a huge 26-point, 7-rebound performance from Euro league MVP Nikola Mirotic, to maintain their slim advantage and salvage a two-point victory.
FC Barcelona probable starting lineup: Nick Calathes, Kyle Kuric, Cory Higgins, Brandon Davies, Nikola Mirotić
Real Madrid predicted starting lineup: Nigel Williams-Goss, Fabien Causeur, Ádám Hanga, Edy Tavares, Guerschon Yabusele
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Game 3 saw a ruthless Real Madrid running out 81-66 victors. Gabriel Deck led with 14 points and five rebounds, Fabien Causeur added 13 points, while Walter Tavares and Sergio Llull each claimed 10 points for Chus Mateo’s team. Real raced into a 21-16 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back. That being said, in the third quarter Barcelona were within 5 points of Real, but then Causeur scored 4 points in a row to give Real a 9 point lead (59-50) with 3:35 left in the quarter. Real, who finished with a 15 point winning margin, now have a chance to be crowned champion on Sunday.
If we’re being completely honest, Real have one hand on the championship. As they’ve been for the last couple of months, Barcelona were inconsistent, sporadically brilliant, sloppy and occasionally deficient on defense. That they came away from two games against their stiffest domestic competition (and the team that eliminated them in the EuroLeague semifinals) with an embarrassing loss and a gritty, if somewhat underwhelming win is fairly fitting.
As we’ve said throughout this postseason, the best version of this Barcelona team is more than capable of handling any opposition. The problem, of course, is that the best version of this Barcelona team only shows up in spurts, and is often counterbalanced by its careless and undisciplined doppelgänger. Not much has changed on that front.
In Games 1, 2 and 3 Barça outscored Real Madrid in just two of seven meaningful quarters (omitting the 4th quarter of Game 1), by total of six points. In Game 2, it took Madrid playing three subpar-to-terrible offensive quarters for Barça to pull out a two-point home win. Barça were unable to outscore Real in a single Game 3 quarter. None of this bodes particularly well for their prospects on enemy soil.