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Leaving Matthias to leave will weigh heavily on the budget at an early stage, Ante Žižić has yet to prove that last year's failure is unrelated to him, and Jaylen Reynolds' figures are not encouraging.

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Problem in three variables: Maccabi Tel Aviv's high dilemma

Leaving Matthias to leave will weigh heavily on the budget at an early stage, Ante Žižić has yet to prove that last year's failure is unrelated to him, and Jaylen Reynolds' figures are not encouraging.

The Yellows are approaching a decision point that could affect the entire season


  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in basketball

  • Matthias to leave

  • Ante Žižić

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Thursday, October 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

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Leaving him until the end of the season will cost the Yellows $ 300,000.

Matthias Lasur (Photo: Danny Maron)

Yannis Sapropoulos sat down last week in the press conference room in Astrobel, after Maccabi Tel Aviv's important victory over Wheelerban, and did not seem surprised by the question posed by a local reporter about his French inside player, Matthias Lasur. "He helps us a lot. It was not easy for him to join after we started the season. He was not with us from the beginning, but as you have seen today and in previous games, I am very pleased with the way he adapts, and how he has performed so far," said the Greek coach.

On September 26, Matthias signed to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv as a temporary replacement for Ante Zizic. According to the official report, the Yellows have a point of departure from the contract in about a month, but other factors in the system believe that it is possible to part with it at an earlier stage. In practice, he fulfilled his role well and managed to raise the question - should Maccabi keep him until the end of the season (and add another $ 300,000 to its budget), or can you rely on Zizic and Jaylen Reynolds as a pair of chins that do not Few questions defensively.

The main concern, with the arrival of Lasur near Elijah, concerned his absorption into the team and how he would connect to Sapropoulos' method of play. The fact that Maccabi plays basketball is quite simple, made its integration easier. "They saw it already in the loss to the Red Star Belgrade, and he was fine in the games that have passed since then, in relation of course to the initial expectations," says one of the team members. "His signing was a good idea professionally,And he connected quite well with the other members and also with the professional team. "

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The front line started running without it.

Will he be able to integrate?

Ante Žižić (Photo: Danny Maron)

So how good to leave?

A look at the statistics line shows his offensive efficiency, apart from the penalty line, when he stands at 11.7 points per game at 86 percent from the field, with most of his shots coming from the rings, and a 14.3 index.

In addition, there is group data that supports leaving it.

The chin holds the best team offensive index in Maccabi Tel Aviv - 130.1, with Keinan Evans second to him and approaching him with 127.9.

And in defense?

Also there for the first time, with 108.8, when of the players who often play, only Scotty Wilbkin approaches him with 110.6.

Net rating, of course, is the highest with 21.4 points, while Maccabi has only two more players with a positive index - Evans (13.6) followed by Wilbkin (9.5).

We will reach Reynolds, the leading chin, later.

The decision regarding Lasur's future is not only professional, but also touches on economic elements. The very decision to spend $ 80,000 for two months was out of line with the Yellows' seasonal budget, which was even higher than expected. Adding $ 300,000 to keep him, many months before the end of the season, and when injuries to key players could still happen, is something that Maccabi Tel Aviv will not do in the draw. "Even for clubs of our size, $ 300,000 is a lot of money," says a source at the club.

Zizic is now returning to the equation. The Croatian chin has recovered from a small tear in his back thigh muscle and will be available for Sapropoulos tonight (Thursday, 21:05) against Panathinaikos. Zizic only managed to appear in a training match against Bnei Herzliya and in the quarterfinals of the Winner's Cup against Maccabi Rishon Lezion before she was suspended, and he is not fit to play, but Maccabi believes he can get into things soon.

He became a leading center at Bayern Munich, but his indices at Maccabi are not impressive.

Jaylen Reynolds (Photo: Danny Maron)

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Last year Žižić was a full partner in the Yellows' bad season in the Euroleague. He was the opening chin, but in the deciding minutes usually watched most of the games Othello Hunter passed on the field. In the end, his average of minutes was lower than Hunter's and he recorded 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds - far from what he expected.

In the summer, there were some at Maccabi who were unsure about the continuation of Zizic's path at the club, and the question came up on the table, but was immediately returned to the drawers. Maccabi knows that if there is no progress, both offensively and defensively, of the almost most valuable player at the club, Sapropolos will have to make a decision and make him a replacement again, or this season will not lead to anything either.

But what about Reynolds? Many praised Maccabi Tel Aviv, and rightly so, for the return of the chin after a very good season at Bayern Munich. But the fact is that together with Žižić, the team has two chins that do not exactly specialize in the defensive game, and this situation produces quite a few question marks.

Who will be the main chin to face tonight?

Yorgos Papayanis (Photo: GettyImages, Sonia Canada)

At least for Reynolds some of the questions are answered, not always positively.

Although he has averaged 18 points in his last two games, looking at team statistics is not too gratifying.

Reynolds' offensive index stands at 96.7, while among the players who received significant minutes only Cameron Taylor has a lower index of his own.

And what about the defensive index?

Maccabi has players with a lower index than its own, but it is at the bottom of this list as well - and Bento holds an index of minus 17.1.

Who is under him?

Taylor, Roman Sorkin, Oz Blazer and John Dibertolomao.

Maccabi is not too worried about Reynolds.

They are confident that as the season progresses, he will show more stability and would like to mention that he missed most of the preparation.

"We know what we brought, and we are happy with him. It takes him time to get into things, but he will be fine," the team said.

The decision to leave will be made in the near future, and in the meantime Maccabi Tel Aviv know that they must go through the next two home games - against Panathinaikos and on Tuesday against Zalgiris Kaunas - in order to be in good shape for the rest of the road.

They will have to connect the squad and put Zizic in rotation, alongside the two chins who are already running three games together.

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