Real Madrid returned from its trip to Barcelona for the first two games of the ACB League final with a crooked gesture. The whites, who devastated the Palau Blaugrana in the first game, saw how the 0-2 slipped through their fingers in the last moments of the second game, where what prevailed was the tension over basketball.
Back in Madrid and with his spirits already calm, Adam Hanga (Budapest, 33 years old) wanted to see the glass half full, highlighting that they have achieved home court advantage and now they have it in their hands to decide the title at home. “Even though we lost, I think we played a great game. We had the normal ups and downs of a team facing a great rival,” the player told the club’s media on Thursday. “We have to finish off the final with these two games at home now that we have our fans. We only ask that many people come to fight together, “he claimed.
Now, with the series tied at 1-1, the final arrives in Madrid for the next two games and Hanga is currently not only the spokesperson for the team before the first game at the Wizink Center (this Friday at 9:00 p.m., #Vamos), also as its leader improvised by the circumstances of the team. The Hungarian escort has become the solution to the serious problem that Madrid has had in the base position this season. Williams-Goss, Carlos Alocén and Thomas Heurtel, the three usual guards, are out of the team due to injury, and Sergio Llull reappeared after overcoming his groin problems in the second game at the Palau to play only six minutes. Making a virtue of necessity, Hanga has donned the stripes of the team’s brains, a role that is not unknown to him, but from which he is now getting more juice than ever.
At Manresa, his first club in Spain, he played several games as a point guard, and years later, at Pesic’s Barcelona, he became the Serbian coach’s favorite resource. The Hungarian responded with great games, but after the arrival of Jasikevicius in 2020 he gradually disappeared from the rotation until he decided to change the Barcelona shirt for Real Madrid last year. “Jasikevicius is stricter, you have to play your role yes or yes”, explained the player in an interview with DAZN upon his arrival at the white club, where he has found the perfect ecosystem for him. “Pablo Laso leaves you freer on the pitch. With him you can use your talent a little more. I’m enjoying it a little more”, acknowledged the player, who has felt like an elixir from this release.
Hanga is not a typical point guard and his consolidation in that position makes Madrid an uncreative but forceful team like no other. And the Hungarian is not only the brain, he is also the hammer.
With 12 points and 2.6 assists per game, the Hungarian leads Real Madrid in these statistics during the ACB finals. Although he has stood out throughout his career more for his defensive side, he has let go of Laso and now Chus Mateo to become one of the main offensive weapons, being the second player with the best plus/minus of the play-offs (13.6, just behind Tavares, 16.3) and the second Real Madrid player to make the most three-pointers per game (1.4, the most being Causeur with 2). A Swiss army knife with a lot of resources who wants to win his first title with Madrid: “We have fought a lot this year with everything that has happened to us, the injuries, the problem with Pablo… but we are very hungry and we want to take the title at home”, he sentenced.
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