The big news from Spain – with probable ramifications for much of Europe; so is basketball in 2010 – was the Valladolid-FC Barcelona result. Barça came to town, donned the wacky day-glo uniforms and decisively took down Valladolid by a score of 73-59 behind Terrence Morris’ 20 points and eight rebounds. It was all the hosts could do, notes ACB reportage, to hold their own until ultimately succumbing to superior talent:
El Regal FC Barcelona se llevó el triunfo de su visita a la cancha del Blancos de Rueda Valladolid que, aunque plantó cara durante muchos minutos, acabó cediendo ante la calidad de su rival.
Ho hum, you say? Perhaps it is just another déjà vu result from the ACB, but with the win, Barcelona clinches a spot in the Spanish league tournament bracket with some 10 games to go in the 2009-10 regular season. The officially-created highlight clip from the game runs below the break.
Oddly enough, the often-workmanlike Barça gets a bit of the short shrift in the 90-second clip as the Blancos mostly apply the Iverson-throw-the-body-into-the-paint strategy, but the guys in pink do contribute two serious highlights to watch for: A few seconds of amazing movement off the ball (really, the term “free flowing” doesn’t cut it in describing this offense) at about exactly 1.00, while Guess Who drives to the lane, then makes the ball disappear with a cross-handed no-look behind-the-back bounce pass to Erazem Lorbek for the easy two plus a foul. ¡Totally loco!
Here’s the view from the stands. I guess watching Barcelona take care of business this season only sucks if you’re an opposing ACB team…
And for no good reason – not to mention barely relevant – here’s something the league’s official site is calling “The Cha-cha-cha of David Doblas [center, Laguna Aru GBC]. Put ‘im on Spain’s version of “Dancing with the Stars,” already!