MADRID, 22 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Spanish players Ricky Rubio and Willy Hernangómez fulfilled this morning in the victories of the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Brooklyn Nets (109-115) and the New Orleans Pelicans, who forcefully prevailed (119-84) over the San Antonio Spurs, respectively.
With the regular phase running out, the ‘Cavs’ added their fourth win in the last five games with the more than correct contribution from Rubio, who enjoyed 19 minutes on court. The man from El Masnou signed 8 points, although without success from the perimeter, 1 assist and 1 steal, in a team with up to six players with double figures. But led, again, by an extraordinary Donovan Mitchell (31 points) to confirm themselves in ‘Playoffs’ positions in the East.
On the contrary, the Nets, very touched since the last market, continue downhill and without brakes, after certifying their fourth straight defeat, jeopardizing their status as a team that would fight for the title. Without too many frills, Day’Ron Sharpe (20 points and 11 rebounds) and Spencer Dinwiddie (19 points and 11 assists) were the only salvageable.
On the other hand, the Spanish center Willy Hernangómez brought out his most effective facet, with 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in almost 5 minutes on the field, after three games without opportunities. Brandon Ingram, with 32 points in 31 minutes, was once again the benchmark for the locals against the Spurs, to link two victories that could be key to gaining access to the ‘Playoffs’ that they are already cherishing in the West.
–SPANISH PLAYERS STATISTICS:
RICKY RUBIO: 8 points, 1 assist and 1 steal.
WILLY HERNANGÓMEZ: 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.