Jaime Pradilla will undergo tests this Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury he suffered on Tuesday in the left shoulder at the Euroleague game against Milan and is a doubt for Thursday’s game against Real Madrid.
The Aragonese player withdrew in the last stretch of the match after a strong blow to the joint and he did it with great gestures of pain. After going to the locker room, the Spanish international returned to the bench minutes later but did not play again.
“We are going to do tests, his shoulder has come out and it has come back in the same play. Tomorrow we will do tests and see how he is,” said coach Álex Mumbrú.
Mumbrú sees the key to defeat in the third quarter
Apart from this, the coach analyzed the defeat of Valencia Basket and lamented the weak third quarter of his team. “It has been a game in which we have been very good in the first half and that perhaps we should have gone seven or eight points up. The start of the third quarter has been devastating for us. We have made a couple of mistakes and they have been very good , they have made seven of eight in shots of three, with two due to our mistakes but the rest with good shots of theirs. They have done a very good third quarter and although we have managed to come back we were already going a bit to the heroic, to the limit“, he explained.
Mumbrú said that they cannot start a third quarter “with a loss” as they did and that this does not speak “well” of the team. “But I think that later we got involved and they have had merit, they have had more control of the game and they have been hurting us little by little. It has not been that the team did not want to but that they have been very good“, he assured.
Ettore Messina highlights the last quarter of Claver and Jasiel
For his part, Ettore Messina, coach of Milan, congratulated himself on a “very important” victory on “a very complicated track and against an aggressive and talented team” but despite the five consecutive victories that add up, he assured that he believes that they have “practically no option” to reach the quarterfinals.
“We have gone ten down but we have had energy. The third quarter was very good, in the fourth the presence of Victor Claver and Jasiel Rivero with their defensive changes allowed them to return to the game but we knew how to play intelligently“, he pointed out.
The coach praised his team’s discipline in putting the ball in the hands of Shabbaz Napier and Kevin Pangos “which was the first time they had played together”. “The important thing now is to raise the level and be able to compete in Italy. We have to keep winning and someone loses and Baskonia and Partizan have won.”
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