Barça look for a new victory against Panathinaikos

Barça closed their week in the Euroleague today with a match against Panathinaikos in Athens, in which it will be their second commitment after beating Red Star (69-76) in Belgrade. A journey through two of the European basketball capitals, facing clubs that in the past were legends of this competition. But things have changed in recent years and neither Serbs nor Greeks are today the threats that they once were: It won’t be easy for Barcelona, ​​but Greek hell is less hot today.

Holding the leadership of the Euroleague, Barça comes to face a team from the lower part, they are penultimate, and it will hardly be among the top eight. But Panathinaikos, despite having won only four games this season, have won the last two at home. Of course, they come after an important defeat in Milan.

The bad news for Barça is on the one hand the fatigue accumulated by its players after the third trip (and match) in just six days. On the other, the casualties. The first is a consequence of the second, since healthy players are obliged to spend more time on the floor. The already known casualties of Calathes, Higgins and Abrines are joined today by Sergi Martínez, who sprained his ankle in Belgrade and will not be available.

Once the game starts, however, Barça will have to forget about all that. You will have to play with those who are and face a team that has in Macon to his main threat. He averages 11 points and four assists, being a threat both in the triple and distributing game. A role very similar to Laprovittola, Barça conductor in the absence of Calathes, who is exhibiting in this Euroleague a good percentage in shots of three. With the Argentine in a great moment, Jokubaitis is being his relief.

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The luck for Barça is that every time it has a greater contribution of men who until now had not performed as well as the theoretical headlines. Hayes-Davis and Smits were among the best against Red Star, Sanli is clearly going to more and Exum already showed the weekend in Tenerife that it can be a very valid complement for this template. And they can always count on the best player in the Euroleague, Niko Mirotic.

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