European Basketball Weekly | Latest News & Stories – Apr. 28, 2022

April 28, 2022

Hello, basketball fans, and welcome to our weekly review! Many things happened in the past couple of days, so we will not make this introduction long. Let’s start with the latest news, stories, latest results, and what holds for next week! Also, don’t forget to read our free basketball predictions!

Barcelona – Bayern (1:1)

After an easy win in the first quarterfinal game (77:67), Barcelona shockingly lost against Bayern in Blaugrana (90:75). Bayern played the second game without Corey Walden, Paul Zipser, and Darrun Hilliard, plus Leon Radosevic got injured in the first quarter. Without four important players, they managed to beat Barcelona, which is just proof of the quality work of head coach Andrea Trinchieri.

Deshaun Thomas and Andreas Obst combined 10 three-pointers and were the two most deserving players in a big surprise. Never in the history of German basketball has a club managed to qualify for Euroleague final four and Bayern will have the opportunity to do so. The absence of several injured players could be a problem, but if they managed to triumph in Blaugrana, why couldn’t they do the same in their own gym?

Real Madrid – Maccabi (2:0)

Although they have been in disastrous form in the last two months, Real Madrid has recorded two wins against Maccabi at home and have a 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Due to bad behavior, Thomas Huertel and Trey Thompkins were removed from the team and it seems that head coach Pablo Laso improved the atmosphere in the locker room with that move.

Maccabi finished the regular season in the Euroleague in a great way, but they are not good enough to win against Real in Madrid. There is no doubt that a completely different picture will be in Tel Aviv in front of 10,000 noisy home fans. Some players told the media that they believe they can win twice and return to Madrid for the decisive fifth game, but for something like that they will have to play much better in defense first of all.

Milan – Anadolu Efes (1:1)

Just before the start of the Euroleague quarterfinals, Ergin Ataman stated that Anadolu Efes will win this competition again. In the first game against Milan, his team played one of the best defensive games that basketball Europe saw in recent years. They allowed only 48 points to the home team.

Milan responded in the second game with a 73:66 win, but they lost several players. Malcolm Delaney and Nicolo Melli will miss the rest of this series due to injuries, and Sergio Rodriguez probably won’t play either. Efes will have a big advantage, but Milan will certainly not give up with the intention to at least return the series in Italy for the fifth and decisive game.

Olympiacos – Monaco (1:1)

In the series between Olympiacos and Monaco, two completely different games were seen in Greece. The first match was won by Olympiacos (71:54) without any problems, but Monaco responded in an identical way (96:72) in the second clash.

Mike James was unstoppable on Friday night with 23 points, plus Danilo Andjusic and Dwayne Bacon played great. In terms of individual quality, Monaco has a better team than Olympiacos and they made a really big break in Greece. They have everything in their hands to make another step forward and advance to the final four.

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