Inside game keeps working for Madrid

Dec 21, 2018 by Print
Inside game keeps working for Madrid

Real Madrid is back to winning in streaks. After registering victories in the opening eight rounds, then suffering a pair of defeats, Madrid is on a new four-game winning run after a 72-82 victory at FC Bayern Munich on Friday night.

Madrid, which leads the EuroLeague in scoring with 89.2 points per game, pulled out the latest victory despite scoring its second-fewest points in a game this season. The fact that Madrid scored more than 82 points on 12 occasions in the first 14 rounds is a special stat in itself, but at Bayern – hurt by a season-high 16 turnovers – the Spanish side was held well below its average.

Against Bayern, more than half of Madrid’s points came by virtue of three-point shots. Los Blancos tied their season high with 15 three-pointers, even though it happened on a season high 34 attempts. But what has played a major role in Madrid’s latest string of victories is better execution of the inside game.

Madrid made 14 of 22 shots (63.6%) inside the arc against Bayern, which means the team’s three games with the highest two-point percentages have all come in the last three rounds: a season-high 68.8% in Round 12 against FC Barcelona Lassa was followed up with 65% on Wednesday against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

Madrid was the second-best team in that department last season (55.1%) on the way to winning the EuroLeague crown. It also led the league in the 2016-17 season (56.4%), and was ranked third (53.8%) a season prior to that. Madrid has improved its two-point accuracy to third (57.7%) this season, which is on pace for the club’s second-best single-season percentage ever, only behind the league record 59.2% achieved in the 2002-03 campaign.

Already boasting the best scoring record in the competition, keeping this trend going – with such great balance provided by the three-point shooting threat – is making the defending champs’ offense even more dangerous.