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Maccabi Tel Aviv is looking for the defense, Balba admits: "We played for the Israelis" - Walla! sport

2021-11-26T05:41:41.336Z

Third loss in four games for the Yellows, this time for the team's performance from the bottom of the Euroleague, including clutch minutes by Yuval Sussman who confronted James Nanley who, according to Alba's people, scratched him



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Maccabi Tel Aviv is looking for the defense, Balba admits: "We played for the Israelis"

A third loss in four games for the Yellows, this time for the team's performance from the bottom of the Euroleague, including clutch minutes by Yuval Sussman who confronted James Nanley who Alba's men claimed scratched him: "Took the game a little too personally."

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Maccabi Tel Aviv are looking for the defense that led them to the top of the Euroleague

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Friday, November 26, 2021, 7 p.m.

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Summary: Barcelona - Valencia 87:79 (Sport 1)

1.

Big disappointment in Maccabi Tel Aviv after last night's (Thursday) 91:86 loss to Alba Berlin in Germany. Yannis Sapropoulos' team trailed almost the entire game against the bottom of the Euroleague rival, and despite a number of comeback attempts failed to turn the game around and recorded its fifth loss in 12 games this season.



Four Maccabi players scored a double-digit number of points, with Scotty Wilbkin above all with 22 points, including 19 points in the second half and 5 threes, but the Yellows had a hard time stopping Alba, who scored 15 threes, including 4 threes from Tamir Blatt and Yuval Sussman.



"Our defense was not there," Scotty Wilbkin concluded, "they scored hard shots but also gave them too light shots, they took advantage of it and scored insane percentages and more points than their average. "He ran and he stopped it. We have to take advantage of the team window to focus, rest and try to understand what we are doing wrong when we lose. It was nice to see the crowd especially at the end of our run, but we couldn't make enough stops and score enough points."



Derrick Williams added: "We did not play a good game, it is the second game in a row away that we do not come. Against Olympiacos it was the first quarter, and today we did not get stops. They gave an amazing game and we did not get stops. We will have to improve, we have an important game against Real "Madrid, we will have to play a much better game. Our fans? Amazing crowd that was here today, we tried to win for them, but maybe we were a little tired. We play against good teams, we can not get down on ourselves too much."

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The balance outside is worrying.

Vyhbkin (Photo: Udi Citation)

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2.

After most of the minutes of the game, Tamir Blatt was the best Israeli on the floor with 6 points and 5 assists, Yuval Sussman came on in money time with two big threes, when after the first he made a teasing mark towards James Nanley, who according to Alba's men scratched Sussman In his hand during the game. He then blocked Ante Žižić and on the way to the attack sent a push towards Nanli. At the end of the game, the Alba Berlin players jumped on Sussman, who also received applause from the home crowd. At the end of the match, Tamir Blatt even posted support for Sussman on his Instagram account.



"We are not used to seeing Zus like that, and he seems to have taken this game a little too personally," said one of the Maccabi Tel Aviv players. "He has been with us for so many years, and so rarely has he shown such emotions. He came to this game "It was very charged, and exploded at the end. It's a shame it happened to us, but we love it."



"This is a very important victory," said Christa Kamaja, a player from Alba Berlin, adding, "We have two players from Israel, and we know how important the game was to them. The whole team wanted to come and play for our brothers."

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Sussman after the incident: "Nanley cursed me the whole game, I have nothing against you"

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The opponent's numbers are too high.

Williams (Photo: Udi Quote)

3.

The current loss was the third in four games for the Yellows. After the victory over Basconia, Maccabi Tel Aviv was on a balance of six wins with only two losses, and would have looked on the safe path to a great season, but now it seems that the momentum has completely reversed.



Last night's loss was the fourth in six away games this season for Yannis Sapropoulos' team, a team that has traditionally struggled outside of Tel Aviv. In the first season of the Greek coach in yellow, Maccabi won five away games and lost ten. In the second season, a season in which Maccabi already secured its place in the playoffs, it won eight away games and lost eight, and last season it won five games and lost 12.



Despite the negative momentum, the club refuse to look at the current period as a period of crisis, and believe that the wheel can be turned again soon.

The team agreed last night that the loss to Alba is not one that should happen, but during a long season there are also such mishaps.

"CSKA lost only a week ago in France twice, these are things that happen," said Maccabi.

  • Euroleague 2021/22

    Group

    Ms.

    Netz

    A.

    Hp

    Baskets

    Nk

    1

    Real Madrid

    12

    10

    0

    2

    855-964

    22

    2

    Barcelona

    11

    9

    0

    2

    787-892

    20

    3

    Milan

    11

    8

    0

    3

    782-833

    19

    4

    Zenit St. Petersburg

    12

    8

    0

    4

    857-882

    20

    5

    Olympiacos Piraeus

    11

    7

    0

    4

    811-869

    18

    6

    Maccabi Tel Aviv

    12

    7

    0

    5

    922-949

    19

    7

    CSKA Moscow

    12

    7

    0

    5

    965-951

    19

    8

    Unix Kazan

    11

    6

    0

    5

    805-817

    17

    9

    Wheelerban

    11

    6

    0

    5

    842-831

    17

    10

    Anadolu Zero

    12

    6

    0

    6

    938-987

    18

    11

    Monaco

    11

    5

    0

    6

    892-883

    16

    12

    Bayern Munich

    12

    5

    0

    7

    912-894

    17

    13

    The red star

    11

    4

    0

    7

    777-763

    15

    14

    Alba Berlin

    12

    4

    0

    8

    956-891

    16

    15

    Basconia

    12

    4

    0

    8

    962-839

    16

    16

    Fenerbahce / Ulker

    12

    3

    0

    9

    882-862

    15

    17

    Panathinaikos Athens

    12

    3

    0

    9

    937-873

    15

    18

    Zalgiris Kaunas

    11

    2

    0

    9

    877-779

    13

Why was he so indifferent at Maccabi?

Sussman (Photo: Udi Citation)

4.

The main problem of the Yellows in recent games is in the defensive game. If against CSKA Moscow, Sapropolos 'team lost by only 74 points, and averaged only 69.2 points in five games, in the last three games the Yellows' defense stopped functioning and Maccabi absorbs 88.3 points on average.



If until last night, Maccabi Tel Aviv managed to take down its opponent As a percentage of three, Alba scored 15 3-pointers at 52 percent at the expense of the Israeli champion, with a large portion of the three-pointers being free.



During the game Sapropoulos tried to get on various defensive lines to try and slow down the momentum of the home team, but without success.

The Greek coach feared before the game Alba's ability to explode on a given day outside the arc, when the home team scored 9.6 threes in 39 percent in its victories compared to 7.5 threes in 29 percent in losses, and Maccabi even went over this issue several times during briefings during the week, but despite the highlights. Defensive performance was lacking.

Concerned, and rightly so.

Yannis (Photo: Udi Citation)

5.

After 12 cycles ranks Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague top yet, even after evening games will remain in place leading to the playoffs.

By the end of the round, the Yellows are expected to play some important and difficult games that will start next Thursday against Real Madrid and then a home game against Kazan, which is close to Maccabi in the table.

Additional games up to the round sim include Zero Andulo at home, and away games against Fenerbahce and Zenit St Petersburg.

The Yellows are determined to reach 10 victories by the end of the round, but this goal will not be easy and Maccabi knows that in order to do so they will have to achieve at least one more away victory.



The national team window gave the team some rest ahead of the game against Real Madrid next week, except for Roman Sorkin and John Dibertolomeo who continued from Berlin to Tallinn and will join the Israeli team ahead of the game against Estonia on Sunday.

The two, along with Yiftach Ziv and Jake Cohen, will return to training on Tuesday ahead of the game in Madrid.

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