Scariolo threatens Barça with the rejuvenated Belinelli

Barcelona debuts in the Euroleague in 2023 against Sergio Scariolo’s Virtus Bologna, always a great challenge despite the fact that the classification of the Italian squad is not the best (7-9 balance) and that drags physical problems (Cordinier is low). Virtus, in any case, comes from beating Fenerbahçe last day (92-88) and in three of the last four and also won in Madrid. Former NBA Marco Belinelli, shooting guard super shooter 36 years old, had added only 11 points until the last two games, in which he has scored 33that is, 16.5 goals on average in those two duels.

The azulgranas arrive in good shape after beating Red Star in Belgrade in extra time and beating Madrid this Monday in the ACB with outstanding performances by guard Higgins and power forward Da Silva. The first for his scoring explosion (14 of his 18 points in the last quarter) and the second for the work in the paint, including four offensive rebounds, and his mobility as an interior player. He did so well that Mirotic played nothing in the final quarter.

Barça shares the first position in the Euroleague with Baskoniawho plays in Berlin, and with AS Monaco, who visits Partizan; although up to six teams are separated by just one victory, three of them Spanish adding Real Madrid.

Jasikevicius: “Talking about chip change is premature”

The Barça coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, stated that it would be “premature” to talk about a “change of chip” in the Barça dressing room after the recent victories on the courts of Red Star Belgrade and Real Madrid. “In Belgrade we were not so good. The character shown by the five or six players who made the comeback possible was incredible, but they outclassed us in many things. The game in Madrid was very good, but it is a little premature to say that we have changed the chip”, the Lithuanian assured this Wednesday.

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On the eve of Thursday’s European game at the Palau Blaugrana against Virtus Segafredo Bologna, Jasikevicius stressed the importance of “forgetting” recent victories to come out mentally prepared against “a team that can beat anyone” and that “already defeated Real Madrid and Fenerbahce”. “It’s a joy to have Virtus back in the Euroleague. It is a city that lives basketball like very few. They have a lot of experience, shooters with points in their hands and the youngsters are also contributing”, analyzed the Barça coach.

asked by If Sergio Scariolo is one of his references, the Lithuanian coach replied that he tries to “learn from everyone”, although he admitted that “it has a lot of merit to win so much with the national team in different ways. First being very favorite and then not being so much “. About the good time of school Cory Higgins, Jasikevicius pointed out that “he was back and had already played very good games before (for Red Star and Real Madrid)”. “He’s in good shape, but he still has one more gear. Will improve. hopefully stay healthy”, added the Barça coach about the American player. Lastly, ‘Saras’ acknowledged that this is one of the most even editions of the Euroleague in recent times: “That’s what the table says. You have to live up to this competition. If you have a couple of bad weeks you are going to drop a lot of positions. Here only the next match counts. You have to be vigilant.”

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