The Real Madrid last week scored a victory against the Dallas Mavericks in a friendly match played in Spain for the Americans’ preseason. The Blancos’ was the third win out of nine meetings against NBA franchises in their glorious history. Just the 3-6 record has prompted some to speculate that Real can play it out against overseas lineups and would not look bad if they had to play an NBA season. José Calderon, Spanish basketball legend and now a consultant for the Cleveland Cavaliers, thinks otherwise, however.
“One team played well or badly with all the players against another team that did not have its two stars, during the preseason so with only a week of practice behind them. It is difficult to make a judgment. NBA and EuroLega are two different basketballs, it would be complicated for Real to qualify for any Playoffs with the teams that are there at the moment.” Calderon said, speaking to Mundo Deportivo.
Dallas, in the match against Real Madrid, was without Kyrie Irving while Luka Doncic stayed on the court only 5′ as a precaution due to non-serious calf problem.