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Basketball conquered Real Madrid last Sunday his thirty-sixth championship titlesomething almost unthinkable two months ago when I was overthrown in a result and game crisis and also affected by situations in the dressing room.

However, the Madrid team managed to bounce back and sign a spectacular final push to reclaim the domestic throne and even touch the European one, despite also facing obstacles in recent weeks. Let’s review how it was Descent into Hell and Ascent into Heaven of the champions of the Endesa League.

1st loss to Valencia Basket. While Pablo Laso’s team maintained an impeccable pace in the Euroleague, they had some doubts in the Endesa League, especially in a WiZink Center it was inaccessible for their continental rivals. February 6thValencia Basket prevailed 93-95, which was their third consecutive home defeat in the domestic tournament after losing to MoraBanc Andorra and Barça, but it seems that it was the one that started the bad moment.

2. Lose the Copa del Rey. Real Madrid got up in the Copa del Rey de Granada with just one win, to a point in Malaga, in their last four games in all competitions. In the Nasrid capital, he got rid of the Breogán river with work and clearly Lenovo Tenerife to face Barça in the final. In a very close match, Sarunas Jasikevicius’ team finally equalized 64:59 and the panorama began to twist.

3. The worst flick of the “Laso era” and the cases of Heurtel and Thompkins. After losing the cup title, Real Madrid lost 11 of their next 15 games. Competing away in the Euroleague, the Madriders endured very tough moments like the embarrassing home defeat in the last game of the regular phase of European competition against Bayern with a 13-38 score in the last quarter that doomed them to fourth place and a tough cross with one then very fit Maccabi.

The thing didn’t stay in the sporty streak, the crisis moved to the dressing room and a day after that defeat and before visiting the Palau in the Endesa League, Laso confirmed it Thomas Heutel and Trey Thompson they were apparently left aside for indiscipline while Guerschon Yabusele was fined according to various reports.

4. A saving grill? According to the newspaper “Marca”, the cabin decided to do magic a week later to give their best version in the closing stages of the season. The sports newspaper stated that the meeting was sponsored by Sergio Llull and Rudy Fernandez, team captains, and that it was a barbecue at the Balearic House. And the strip reversed.

5. To the “Final Four” with “unexpected” authority. To start, Real Madrid sealed their pass for the ‘Final Four’, something that shouldn’t be entirely new because they had the ‘field factor’, although it was because of the way they did it. He got rid of a Maccabi that was thrown 3-0 and to whom he gave few options and regained some of his basketball’s trademarks.

6. He breaks his losing streak with Barça and touches the “Eleventh”. Real Madrid rose on a wave of nine straight wins and reached the ‘F4’ in Belgrade more vividly despite having it ahead of them a Barça that had taken the measure practically since the arrival of Jasikevicius, who had won the last five games. They were 13 down early in the second half but managed to rally from defense to win 88-83 and advance to the final against Turkey’s Efes.

There he swept away the title in an extremely even match that decided by a point (58-57). and a strange last game in which the Madrid team decided they didn’t need it and were left without last ball possession.

7. League Master crowns a resurrection with final terrors. However, that defeat at Stark Arena would be one of the two that Real Madrid would accept. in the last 20 games. The other would be in the second game of the Endesa League final against Barça, which they dominated in the “playoffs” to win 3-1 with some authority and win a title marked by the serious injuries by Nigel Williams-Goss in the semifinals against Baskonia and Anthony Randolph in the first game of the final, as well as physical problems by Sergio Llull and Alberto Abalde, but above all the heart attack suffered Pablo Laso before the start of the series in Palau.

Source europapress.es

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