Jacoben Brown undergoes tests at hospital, Timor squeezes comparisons to Doncic
The guard injured his neck in the big win in the derby and the team is praying he can play again this season.
The chin celebrated the great victory at Yad Eliyahu: "His injury spurred us on even more, it is not over"
Thursday, 19 May 2022, 06:51 Updated: 07:15
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At the end of a particularly emotional evening, last night (Wednesday) Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 75:93 in the third game of the quarterfinals of the playoffs, narrowed the series between them to 2: 1 and on Sunday will host the Yellows (21:00) in Drive In in order to force a fifth game And decisive.
But even before they arrive to prepare for the game for Sunday, Hapoel is waiting with great nervousness for the results of the tests that Guard Jacob Brown undergoes at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
Seconds from the end of the first half Brown penetrated the basket, fell badly with his head on Oz Blazer's body and lay down for a long time on the parquet as he had difficulty standing.
Brown suffered a severe blow to his neck, was rushed to hospital with a fear of a not-so-simple injury, and initial estimates are that he will not be playing in the series again this season.
Hapoel Tel Aviv is praying for a miracle when it comes to Brown, regardless of the fourth game in the series, but first of all so that they will receive an indication that this is not too dangerous an injury.
If he is unable to play in the fourth, the Reds will be left with only two foreign players, having lost James Young earlier this week as well.
"Finishing this season injured but very very proud," the club said, "now pray that Jacoben will be fine."
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Not a simple injury.
Jacoben Brown (Photo: Udi Citation)
There is not one among the people of Hapoel Tel Aviv who did not agree that last night's victory was the club's biggest, perhaps their biggest in recent years.
"Heroic", as many people in the club defined him who were in the locker room area and were not busy running for updates about Brown, or alternatively in unnecessary quarrels with the Maccabi Tel Aviv staff.
The Reds dominated the game from the first moment, first with huge minutes from the Zalmanson era, then Bar Timor got into things in his biggest game of his career with 26 points and 6 threes, and the stamp there was JP Tokoto in big moments at the end.
With only two foreigners after Brown's injury, Maccabi managed to drop to 9 at half time with a big three by Derrick Williams, but an emotional conversation at half time led by captain Bar Timor left the Reds sharp and in full control of the game.
"We have a team that is hard to break, at 2-0 we did not think for a moment about the end of a season, we just got to this game minus James Young, we knew it would be very difficult, we knew there would be players who would have to rise today. Jacoben's injury spurred us "We just stood in front of ourselves first and proved that we are a team with character, I do not know what will happen in the next games, but we will leave everything on the field, and we will fight, it is not over," said Idan Zalmanson who finished with 15 points.
The chin added: "It hurts, Jacoben is a tough player and if he shows a pain threshold then something serious happened. He is very important to us, on the pitch we talked and decided to take it upon ourselves. We have a few days to get to the next game, and we brought it back to us. "We were happy that our foreigners will be, we have no difference between Israelis and foreigners, but players like Igor and Raz came up strong and aggressive, that's what we expected from them. We will need them for the next games. Congratulations to them."
During the game, Zalmanson received quite a few curses from Maccabi Tel Aviv fans when she provoked them more than once this season, and at the end he was even part of a confrontation near the Reds' bench.
"I enjoy the atmosphere, even if it comes to me with curses, should enjoy it, God forbid I do not want to underestimate or show anything against them, I deal with my club, Hapoel Tel Aviv. I do enjoy the atmosphere, our audience that gave a show, excited to return to our hall. "Everything's on the court. It's basketball, we deal with it," said the chin, adding to his motivation for this matchup match with Roman Sorkin, whom he won big. "They were more aggressive with him, gave him easy points in the first games, we did a good job on him, like on all the players today."
Bar Timor, Hapoel Tel Aviv player (Photo: Udi Citiat)
As mentioned, it was Bar Timor's evening.
At 30, almost 10 years after winning his first derby with Hapoel in a memorable display, he exploded and recorded career highs in points (26) and threes (6), was not far from a record high, and also added 6 assists and plenty of leadership.
Timur walked around the dressing room area with a big smile, when according to his character he was not far from tears even on his amazing evening.
"I did not see Luca's game against Phoenix, but Bar was great today, a player with a lot of heart, did a great job today, I have fun and I feel comfortable with him, we have a great connection," Idan Zalmanson said of his friend compared to the Dallas Slovenian star.
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