The Spanish selection of basketball will be measured on Friday with Italy in a decisive match for their future in the World of China, a commitment which faces advised both by the offensive power of their opponent as by their physical problems, because it is not safe to the presence of two struts as Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull.
The match Spain – Puerto Rico at the World basketball 2019 will be played this Friday in Wuhan at 14.30 hours (hours gmt). The meeting can be followed live via our website and on television through Four. Spain arrives invicta to its fourth match in the championship, but these victories do not give a margin of error and know that it is required to add at least one victory in the second phase to reach the quarterfinals. Seen the might of Serbia, your next opponent on Sunday, Italy seems to be the best option.
But that does not mean that the encounter is affordable, or much less, and the quality of the game outside Italian nor by the doubtful performance of Spain in this World, where it has already felt cold sweats to prevail over adversaries a priori comfortable as Puerto Rico and Iran.
Those rivals employed a similar formula that worked them to arrive alive until the final minutes: to collapse the zone to curb the productivity of Marc Gasol, the best asset you have in Sergio Scariolo, and to change to grant open shots. The response of spain from the perimeter has not been good (32% triples) and that has doomed the team to suffer.in Addition, two of their best shooters, Rudy Fernandez (sprained ankle) and Sergio Llull (wrist sprain), creep and physical problems Scariolo has not dared to ensure its presence, although it is presumed that you will be forced to, knowing that this match may mark the turning point for your selection.
a Lot of talent, few achievements
on the other side of the track, a selection of Italian expert in bitter the life to Spain, as already happened in the Eurobasket 2013 (86-81) and 2015 (105-98), but often fail in the decisive moments and that there hangs a medal in a major international tournament since 15 years ago.
Romeo Sacchetti has in his arsenal with two ‘killers’ fearsome as Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli, both with more than a decade of experience in the NBA, but also with Luigi Datome, Daniel Hackett or Alesandro Gentile, all names very recognizable in the European elite during the last years and eager to get his first big result with the ‘Azzurra’.
By contrast, do not have a bench or a warranty or of a great power forward, a circumstance of which you can take advantage Gasol, but yes it is having good minutes of the nationalized Jeff Brooks, former wing-pivot of the Unicaja. After coiling the weak Philippines and Angola and fall to Serbia (77-92), Italy also plays the life in the 64th clash historical between both teams, face-to-face that dominates with clarity by 40-23.