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"Blocks everything": Maccabi Tel Aviv prepares for Tavares and the "giant" Real Madrid - Walla! sport

2021-01-21T06:31:39.718Z

Despite the Blancos' lackluster squad, the Yellows fear the formidable chin before the important game (21:05, Sport 5). The team estimates: Caspi will be able to play. And where does the TJ Klein deal stand?



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"Blocks everything": Maccabi Tel Aviv prepares for Tavares and the "giant" Real Madrid

Despite the Blancos' lackluster squad, the Yellows fear the formidable chin before the important game (21:05, Sport 5).

The team estimates: Caspi will be able to play.

And where does the TJ Klein deal stand?

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Maccabi Tel Aviv knows: Tonight (Thursday, 21:05, live broadcast on Sport5), they must beat Real Madrid, who arrived in Israel with a missing staff, without Sergio Yui and Rudy Fernandez.

The Yellows, who come into the game with a balance of 9 wins and 11 losses, have lost six consecutive games against the Blancos, and have won them only once in the last ten meetings.



Despite this, the team comes into the game knowing that despite the high hurdle, it must win as many games as possible out of the 14 it has left until the end of the season to screw up in the playoffs.

A loss against a strong Spanish rival could significantly hurt the odds.



"In another situation, if we were in a better balance, we would call it a kind of bonus game, which even if we lose it is not the end of the world, just like last season," said the team, "but now every loss is a blow to our chances to qualify. Keep hoping for the playoffs. "



Although he did not train last night due to a stomach virus, the team estimated that the chances are that Omri Caspi will be able to play, but the final decision will be made during the day.

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Chances are he can play.

Caspi (Photo: Danny Maron)

In the first meeting of the season between the teams, the Yellows were defeated 79:63 in one of their weakest games this season.

"The last time we played against them, we came after a big win over Zalgiris and then we had no energy. It was our low point this season, we were without energy, we just played badly. Now we play our best basketball this season, but can still be good. "We lost to Olympiacos in a close game, and we have to win those games," said Angelo Cloiaro ahead of the game, "they have players like Jesse Carroll who can score two threes per minute and change the game. We have to focus on the little things."



Cloiaro has become one of the key players in Maccabi this season on the offensive side as well, "I do not think about my responsibility on the attack, but try to focus on the defensive side. Obviously I also want to contribute on the offensive, If I score a few shots, but I try to focus on doing what I can. "

On the possibility of keeping the giant Eddie Tavares, Cloiaro said: "If I play in position 5, we will be a bit in trouble, because Tavares is much bigger than me. He plays a lot of minutes, he is a key part of their defense, he blocks everything. He is a very good player. Also on offense. "



The one who has become the Yellows' barometer in recent games is Dragon Bender, with significant gaps in his data between wins and losses.

"When you play 15-20 minutes in the Euroleague team, you have responsibility for what happens on the floor. In recent games there have been games I did not score at all and we lost, and maybe it was not because of me, but I had to be more aggressive. I have to be as intense as other games," he said. The Croatian forward.



Bender referred to the fact that this season in the Euroleague there is a trend of particularly tall players playing in position number 5: "When you play in the NBA for many years, you see a lot of small balls and chins that score well from the outside. "Otherwise for the game, they can stay under the basket and that's not a problem. We play in a high squad, but Real play in a huge squad. It's a fun challenge to be a part of, there are a lot of mismatches on the pitch. It's fun to be a part of this game."

The Yellows have painful memories of him.

Tavares on a previous visit to the shrine (Photo: Danny Maron)

Simultaneously with the game, Maccabi hopes to close the deal to add TJ Klein from its brushes.

The Israeli citizen, whose bringing will not result in a fine for the Yellows following the decision of referee Oded Modrik from the beginning of the season, concluded his terms at the club when the only thing that separated the Yellows from his signing was the release fee.

At first, the parties were close to agreeing on a sum of 60,000 euros, but the Italians asked for an increase in the release fee, and Maccabi estimated last night that the deal would be signed with slightly higher compensation.



Maccabi Tel Aviv said last night that Klein was supposed to sign for the team in the summer in place of Jake Cohen.

The parties were close to a conclusion, but then came a promise from Amara Studmeier that he would return to the club during the season and the Yellows withdrew from Klein's signing.

After Studmeier announced his retirement and moved to the position of assistant coach in Brooklyn, Maccabi returned to court Klein.

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