Sergio Llull played his 242th Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game on Wednesday and went scoreless for just the 11th time. He last went scoreless in the 2014 EuroLeague championship game against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv . Real Madrid arrived in Milan without Gustavo Ayon and Trey Thompkins, and one of its best scorers, swingmen Fabien Causeur, also failed to score, too. Still, Madrid made no excuses and, despite trailing by 15 points in the first half, rallied for a come-from-behind 85-91 win against AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Madrid found answers on its deep bench. Without Ayon and Thompkins, Anthony Randolph had a stellar performance, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Edy Tavares changed the game in the third quarter with his outstanding intimidation and ended up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes. Milan made 12 of 19 (63.2%) two-pointers before halftime, when Tavares had foul trouble, and 7-of-25 (28%) after.
And even when Llull didn't have a good game, Laso knows he can always count on Facu Campazzo, who made the most of his extended playing time of 33 minutes. He set new career highs in points (21) and performance index rating (32). But most important was that he stepped up in crunch time with 11 points in the last 7 minutes, 5 in a 0-7 run that sealed the outcome. With Madrid up by 80-81, Campazzo nailed a critical triple and added free throws to assure the comeback win.
As for Llull, who became a first-time father this weekend, head coach Pablo Laso reassured Madrid fans.
"We are talking about a player who was out for almost a year. He helped us a lot at the end of the year and now, he has to get his game back a little bit. I think he didn't feel comfortable in this game at all, probably because of Milan's defense, early fouls, whatever," Laso said. "I respect my players a lot and know that Sergi is going to bounce back. Our next opponents should worry about Llull, for sure. It was a tough week for him. He had a baby on the weekend and played many games in a row. Sergi needs a little bit of time. He is OK, but probably he wasn't feeling comfortable at all today. No worries."