First up, the CSKA Moscow-FC Barcelona game. Though Pete Mickael’s outstanding defense and the early neutralization of Viktor Khyrapa were really the keys to the game, this clip offers instead a nice mix of plays on both sides of the ball – how would you show a guy drawing fouls on a YouTube video, anyway?
Of course, BallinEurope wouldn’t be BallinEurope if it didn’t celebrate Ricky Rubio’s performance in the game. While the Human YouTube Clip did not demonstrate all the rock-star flash he’s come to be known for, the 19-year-old contributed just a fantastic game with 10 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals.
The Olympiacos-Partizan game, meanwhile, defied description in its nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat excitement.
How about some palpable tension? The last two minutes of regulation and some OT should demonstrate just what was happening – take note of the (relative) near-silence from the crowd, which had been rocked by singing, drum-pounding fans through three solid quarters.
The play that everyone’s gonna remember, of course, is the slightly unintentional alley-oop slam from Josh Childress which tied the game with fewer than three seconds in regulation. Notice Childress slipping past Jan Vesely to surprise the 2-3 zone Dusko Vujosevic had called out of the timeout.
Do you feel devotion? Partizan fans do. Despite the way the Reds fans packed the house from the third quarter of the Barcelona-CSKA game and chanted their way through basically two hours of play, Black-and-White backers were not to be daunted. This Oklahoma City-like show of fandom at the close of the game earned these fans a five-minute standing devotion *from the Partizan players* themeselves, who came out of the locker room to applaud the Grobari from the court.
Hope to see you tomorrow, everyone; especially the Americans: Don’t miss another game like this. Seriously.