Road to Milan: Real Madrid

May 05, 2014 by Print
Road to Milan: Real Madrid
Real Madrid, Road to Milan
With eight continental crowns on display in its trophy case, Real Madrid is already the most successful club in Euroleague history. Los Blancos land in Milan boasting a high-octane offense that has been too much to handle for just about every team on the continent. On the strength of that daunting attack – and the team's second-best defensive effort this century – Madrid looks to make its third Final Four appearance in the last four years truly memorable by winning its first Euroleague title since 1996.

Entering the Final Four, Madrid has already broken the Euroleague's single-season record for points and the single-game record for fewest turnovers, just 2 against the top-ranked defense of CSKA Moscow, another Final Four team. Evidence of its dominance abounds, as Madrid leads all Euroleague teams in performance index rating, points scored, three-point shots made, rebounds, blocks, steals, free throw percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio, among other statistical categories.

Madrid was ready from the season's opening tip and boasted both the best offense and defense of the regular season while going 10-0 with an average victory margin of 23.7 points. Madrid ran its winning streak to 13 games before losing three in the Top 16 and finishing second its group to secure home-court advantage in the playoffs against Olympiacos Piraeus. Their five-game battle was everything fans could expect from a rematch of last year's Euroleague title game. Madrid ran away to series-opening 88-71 win paced by Rudy Fernandez and then held off the Reds 82-77 in Game 2 behind big man Ioannis Bourousis. A pair of narrow road defeats in Greece set up a do-or-die Game 5 in the Spanish capital. The outcome was never in doubt, however, as Madrid dethroned the two-time defending champions with an 83-69 victory to set sail for Milan.

With a high-flying, fast-running, up-tempo style, Madrid puts a highlight-reel offense on display every time it takes the court. Coming into its second straight Final Four and loaded with confidence after one of club's best seasons ever, Real Madrid is keen now to take home its first Euroleague trophy this century!
Sergio Rodriguez celebrates - Real Madrid - EB13_56883
  • In an exhibition for the ages, Real Madrid overwhelmed Anadolu Efes Istanbul 103-57 midway through its undefeated regular season run. Ioannis Bourousis had 17 points and Sergio Rodriguez dished 11 assists.
  • Real Madrid overcame an early deficit to thrash FC Bayern Munich 111-87 in a season-high scoring effort. Rudy Fernandez led six Madrid scorers in double figures with 24 points. Sergio Rodriguez added 19 and 7 assists.
  • In an outstanding game, Real Madrid committed just 2 turnovers on its way to a 93-79 home win against CSKA Moscow. Rudy Fernandez scored a career-high 28 points to go with 4 rebounds and 4 steals as the bwin MVP of the Week.
  • Real Madrid downed Olympiacos Piraeus 82-77 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series. Ioannis Bourousis shined against his former team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic had 14 points.
  • In a make-or-break showdown to make it to the Final Four, Real Madrid dethroned Olympiacos Piraeus 83-69 to win their playoffs series 3-2. Sergio Llull got the party started with 20 points and 4 assists.