After the start of a lame season in the Hapoel Jerusalem uniform, the guard's performance against Spain gives confidence to his teammates and the people of Alba Berlin • The presence of Cohen and Ginat that turned the team into a real shooting threat • 30)
Blatt in action against Spain.
The people of Alba were impressed
Improved his decision making
1. Experts say that the Spanish team of Alba Berlin, led by coach Aito, sat down together on Tuesday to watch the Spanish national team's game against Israel to follow candidates for the team next season and on the way to see Tamir Blatt, signed by the team, in action again.
In the end, despite the Spanish loss they rejoiced in Alba.
It was, in my opinion, Tamir Blatt's best game in the international arena.
21 points, nine assists and zero losses!
When did we see an Israeli guard with an index?
Only at the beginning of the month did I receive a message that was distributed among some Hapoel Jerusalem fans.
In the background of Tamir Blatt's picture was the "Lech" logo.
That was after a 3-point display in Ankara, where Blatt scored one three-of-eight attempts and connected to his downfall at the start of the season against Burgos and also some of the red fans focused only on Blatt’s shortcomings.
But those with keen eyes will see that Blatt has vastly improved his decision-making this season.
He has an average of 11 assists in the Champions League compared to half a loss!
In the last two weeks his shooting ability has given the Reds from the capital a clean sheet from losses in the league, and on Tuesday his collaboration with Gal Makal was a pleasure for the eyes and made the veteran guard even better as he did not have to mess with the dribbling.
"Tamir is competitive, takes care of the team around him and makes his teammates better. He has a high IQ basketball," says one of his relatives.
"What would they do in Jerusalem this year without Blatt?"
One of the league's coaches wondered yesterday.
Next year in the Euroleague.
2. The Israeli team broke the record of threes they scored in an away game on Tuesday.
12 threes from 23 attempts.
In the first half we were with 2 of 6 in total, but an amazing second half of 10 of 17 set us up for an unimaginable victory with 34:59 over the Spaniards in the second half.
The previous record was set in a game in Poland in February, in which Israel scored 11 threes.
The important news of the Israeli team in the era of Oded Katash is that we are back to scoring.
Over the years, in addition to the outbursts, Israel has also relied on the shooting ability of the guards / forwards.
In the last decade, the team has suffered from a minority of shots in all positions, which has left it with a low glass ceiling.
Jake Cohen's joining the team and the integration of Tomer Ginat made the team and especially the top five a threat of shooting in almost every position.
In a team without face-to-face and athleticism, shooting is a basic commodity.
Today (17:30) the team will try to complete a dream week in the victory over Poland, which will not only ensure a theoretical promotion to Eurobasket, but also probably it will happen from first place at home.
Poland will miss AJ Slaughter, who scored 29 points in Poland's loss to Israel (75:71) in February, 2020, but will still include veteran players such as Kozark, Kolig and Ponitka.
However, it seems that the team's biggest opponent is the mental and physical test.
The Israeli team sport, which also includes basketball, often suffers a rapid descent to the ground after big wins.
It will be difficult to recreate the amazing performance from the second half yesterday, what's more, the victory over Spain required a supreme effort from the players of the first five who provided 81 points.
Oded Katash will have to better maneuver his bench players to return to Israel with a double victory from the bubble in Valencia.