LBA, Round 17 | Focus on our opponents

Bologna –

The painful dismay of those who, between Italy and Europe, have won 2 out of the last 9, with the qualification to the Final Eight in the lap of a thousand postponements and quarantines, encloses in a single icon the current mood of Happy Casa. Sliding down, then up again, in a championship that in recent years has never been denied, it is paying especially in defense, where it suffers 81.9 points. The good initial attack has dropped from 85.3 of the first 9 days to 75.5 of the last 6, but the protection of the area that especially Nick Perkins guarantees (6.5 rebounds) has not been lacking, to the point of being defiladed more thanks to his individual impetus (17.9 points) than to a strong chorus. Brindisi loves the arc, 28 attempts per game with 37%, thanks also to Jeremy Chappell’s 41,9%. Mattia Udom has proposed himself effectively in the defensive phase, the means to get there are there, in a cake divided into many slices, cut on the experience of the group and field factor. However, Vitucci’s team remains one of the least probable: captain Alessandro Zanelli, knee collateral ligament sprain, takes away the second assistman to the cause, Nathan Adrian’s return gives back the second scorer. Lucio Redivo, out for a month because of the shoulder dislocation and protagonist together with Nick Perkins in the recent success against Napoli, has also recently returned to the group.