Blow for Real Madrid: Dzanan Musa had to retire with 7 minutes remaining in the 2023 Copa del Rey semifinal match against Unicaja after a hard blow to the head. The Real Madrid star made a penetration when his team was 14 points down on the scoreboard during the last quarter (64-78) and received a strong involuntary blow from Melvin Ejim, a forward for the Malaga team, after which he had to spend several minutes lying on the track while receiving medical assistance.
Musa, after being treated, had to be helped by his teammates to go to the bench, who even picked him up so he could reach the seating area. The Bosnian was visibly shaken after the move and with a blank look, although Real Madrid quickly announced that his condition was good. The escort did not return to the court for the remainder of the game, in which his team lost and was eliminated from the Copa del Rey (82-93).
It was not the only setback suffered by the whites. Minutes later, Ejim himself raised an eyebrow at Tavares: The compositor player hit the center when he fell after missing a layup without any intention of hurting his opponent.
Tavares, Musa… and Llull on Thursday, in the first semifinal of the Cup against Valencia Basket. The point guard (35 years old and 1.90 m) had to leave the duel against the taronjas in the second quarter, at 5:34 before the break and with the score 31-20 in favor of the whites. The ailment occurred in the left knee after Klemen Prepelic fell on him in the fight for a divided ball. The injury left him out for the duel against Malaga.