The Spain of the tremulous sunrises in the tournaments, that of the initial doubts that later revert in might and successes, does not want this time, which already had enough before starting the games. Everything happened with Juancho Hernangomen and the definitive absence of him is nothing other than an acicate, one of those leitmotiv of which the selection is worth to dominate the world. Before Japan, still in the retina the Doncic exhibition in Saitama for a while earlier, Spain showed Fang, but also a spring to adjust. [77-88: narration and statistics]
Also the scenario helps, because they spent 15 years and as many medals, but nothing like that. Saitama is a magical word and the return deserved honors. Those who were from that worldwide-they said Pau and Marc Gasol, Rudy and Chacho- and those who would come later. Specially Ricky Rubio.
Because it was the first unit that was unapproached for the premises, the ones who will miss the heat of the stands of the impressive scenery. Abalde is, at the moment, the chosen one to supply the "irreplaceable" juancho. The 7-16 starting was going to have, however, a good laplapsus. Because in rotations Spain found little fat in the chain.
Pau and Garuba is still an experiment yet, even worse with Willy, which Scariolo was warned that it would cost him to find minutes. Three giants are too. Japan came up from the hands of his two NBA, Hachemura and Watanabe. And from the daring of a guy who does not raise 1.70 meters, Yuki Togashi. At the beginning of the second act, the Japanese equalized (26-26). But then everyone was going to jump through the air.
Scariolo did not want more doubts. He returned to the track to the quintet and Spain bent a terrible partial, a 0-19 on a blinking that he was up hardened by the team running Julio Lamas. At rest, the maximum (28-48) until then. Ricky, again, with that confident red dress that came up in the world past.
The second part looked a lot, with a good start -Abrines replaced Apañol on the quintet - and a downhill after. Scariolo did not like a couple of Galician defenses too much of Madrid and he sent him to the bench by the newcomer Aróstegui. Japan came closer (59-69) and, above all, to sow bad sensations.
Because without fluidity, suddenly he raised everything too much to those lazy matches that contagiate the long faces. The game was not dangerous, but it was revealed that the second unit does not carbure yet. It was Ricky for everything: 20 points, nine assists ...Date Of Update: 26 July 2021, 09:53