2021-22Regular SeasonRound 19
January 25, 2022 CET: 20:45
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Records

14-3 Regular Season 11-7
14-3 Overall 11-7

Referees

Crew Chief
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 1
PATERNICO, CARMELO
Umpire 2
VYKLICKY, ROBERT

The Take

Real, UNICS meet in the Spanish capital

In a battle in the upper part of the standings, Real Madrid (16-3) hosts UNICS Kazan (12-7) in a postponed game from Round 19. Real is on a five-game winning streak, led by Walter Tavares (12.2 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.9 bpg.), Guerschon Yabusele (12.6 ppg.) and Vincent Poirier (7.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg.). UNICS has won five of its last six games and comes off a 70-64 home victory against FC Barcelona. Isaiah Canaan (14.1 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Lorenzo Brown (13.6 ppg.) and John Brown III (10.7 ppg.). Earlier this season, UNICS beat Real 65-58 in Kazan in Round 7 with 13 points each from Mario Hezonja and Andrey Vorontsevich.

Marquee matchup: Real's Yabusele vs. UNICS's Brown

Two very different big men are set to face each other when Real Madrid faces UNICS Kazan in Round 19. Due to Tonye Jekiri's absence, John Brown III played at the '5' position last week, opening the floor with his mid-range shots and of course, adding his sixth sense to read passing lines. Brown is the EuroLeague's steals leader (2.9 spg.) and collected 7 against FC Barcelona in Round 22. He should need all that against Guerschon Yabusele, a physical player with a great basketball IQ. Yabusele is averaging 12.6 points on solid shooting percentages (61.3% 2FG, 36.5% 3FG, 84.8% FT), 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He will need his size and post skills against one of the best defenders in the competition.

Keys to victory: Real vs. UNICS

Real Madrid leads the 2021-22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in defensive rebounds (25.9 drpg.) and needs to keep boxing out well against a physical, aggressive team like UNICS Kazan. Real excels in all hustle stats, ranking first in blocks (3.3 bpg.), third in steals (7.2 spg.) and fifth in offensive boards (11.0 orpg.). Playing with high intensity should be mandatory to match UNICS's efforts, and well as finding Vincent Poirier and, if available, Walter Tavares down low for easier points in the paint.

Speaking of steals, UNICS not only leads the competition but has the best average (9.5 spg.) in the EuroLeague over the last seven years. Even though steals generally generate easy shots in transition, UNICS ranks last in fouls drawn (16.1 per game) and 14th in free throws attempted (14.4 per night). If UNICS can be as aggressive on offense as it is on defense, it should get to the foul line more often. If Lorenzo Brown and Marco Spissu dominate the game tempo, UNICS should have a better chance to win in the Spanish capital.

Sunday, January 2, 2022
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Real Madrid
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL G 1.91 27
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN F 1.95 34
2 NUNEZ, JUAN G 1.92 17
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY F 2.11 32
4 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 32
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY F 1.96 36
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO F 2.02 26
7 KLAVZAR, URBAN G 1.84 17
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 32
11 VUKCEVIC, TRISTAN C 2.09 18
12 ALOCEN, CARLOS G 1.94 21
14 DECK, GABRIEL F 1.98 26
16 GARUBA, SEDIQ F 1.92 17
17 POIRIER, VINCENT C 2.13 28
18 MILLER, BABA F 2.06 17
22 TAVARES, WALTER C 2.20 29
23 LLULL, SERGIO G 1.90 34
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON F 2.04 26
30 NDIAYE, ELI F 2.04 17
33 THOMPKINS, TREY F 2.08 31
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY F 2.01 32
UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 SPISSU, MARCO G 1.82 26
00 BROWN, JOHN F 2.03 29
3 CANAAN, ISAIAH G 1.83 30
4 BROWN, LORENZO G 1.96 31
5 BRANTLEY, JARRELL F 2.01 25
6 ZHBANOV, GEORGY F 1.97 24
8 ZAITCEV, VIACHESLAV G 1.90 32
11 HEZONJA, MARIO F 2.03 26
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 2.14 28
13 UZINSKII, DMITRII F 2.00 28
23 JEKIRI, TONYE C 2.12 27
31 VALIEV, EVGENY F 2.05 31
32 MAYO, O J G 1.96 34
33 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY F 2.07 34
44 KOMOLOV, ARTEM G 1.93 28

Player Stats

Yabusele, G. / 12.4 Tavares, W. / 12.2 Heurtel, T. / 9.2
Canaan, I. / 14.5 Hezonja, M. / 14.2 Brown, L. / 13.2
Jekiri, T. / 6.9 Hezonja, M. / 5.7
Brown, L. / 5.8
Brown, J. / 2.7 Brown, L. / 1.5 Hezonja, M. / 1.2
Tavares, W. / 1.9 Poirier, V. / 0.8
2PT
Tavares, W. / 75.2% Poirier, V. / 61.8% Causeur, F. / 59.5%
Jekiri, T. / 63.3% Brown, L. / 57.7% Hezonja, M. / 54.5%
3PT
Causeur, F. / 42.4% Hanga, A. / 40.0% Abalde, A. / 39.3%
Canaan, I. / 47.0% Spissu, M. / 46.9% Mayo, OJ / 41.7%
FT
Yabusele, G. / 87.1% Poirier, V. / 82.9% Tavares, W. / 74.0%
Brown, L. / 88.9% Canaan, I. / 78.0% Hezonja, M. / 76.9%
PIR
Tavares, W. / 19.8 Yabusele, G. / 14.7 Poirier, V. / 11.5
Brown, L. / 17.2 Hezonja, M. / 14.6 Brown, J. / 12.2

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.4 Points 79.0
36.6 Rebounds 33.2
10.9 O. Rebounds 9.9
25.7 D. Rebounds 23.2
17.9 Assists 16.4
7.0 Steals 9.4
3.5 Blocks 1.7
55.3% 2PT 53.3%
35.8% 3PT 37.7%
73.1% FT 72.9%
91.9 PIR 83.4

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
71.8 Points 74.6
31.6 Rebounds 35.4
8.7 O. Rebounds 10.8
22.9 D. Rebounds 24.6
15.2 Assists 15.0
6.8 Steals 6.5
2.1 Blocks 2.4
47.7% 2PT 54.2%
36.2% 3PT 30.8%
79.0% FT 78.5%
72.9 PIR 83.6

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"UNICS is playing good basketball, they found their place, they compete well and they are athletic and fast. That forces us to be ready to face a difficult game. It will be a hard test. They have names like Hezonja, Canaan, John Brown, who are important in their plan. Brown is a mobile big man and they also have good shooters. Lorenzo Brown leads the group at point. I think Perasovic did a great job in finding what the team needed. It is a very dangerous game, as all in the EuroLeague."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
UNICS Kazan
"Madrid is for me first candidate to win EuroLeague. They have a best inside game in the competition. We need to play very hard and stop their off rebound and transition. Is very important to avoid turnovers and play smart on offense."

Players

TAVARES, WALTER
Real Madrid
"UNICS is playing really well, especially on defense, with constant switches, which makes them an uncomfortable team. They have a great roster and they are not in the high part of the standings by chance. They are having a great EuroLeague season and we will have to play a complete game and ready it well if we want another win."
BRANTLEY, JARRELL
UNICS Kazan
"This is another big opportunity to play a well-matched team. We have to come out and follow the game plan and stick together and I'm sure we will be fine."

Real Madrid vs. UNICS Kazan

· Real holds a 3-2 lead over UNICS in their head-to-head EuroLeague games. UNICS beat Real 65-58 in Round 7 with Mario Hezonja and Andrey Vorontsevich each scoring 13 points, Marco Spissu dishing 9 assists and John Brown III collecting 5 steals.

· The last time they played in Madrid, Real beat UNICS 89-75 in November 2016. Sergio Llull had 14 points and 7 assists in that victory.

· When UNICS defeated Real 75-85 in Madrid in November 2014, UNICS dished a club-record 24 assists and D'Or Fischer set club records with 11 two-point shots made and 5 blocks.

· Real point guard Thomas Heurtel played under current UNICS head coach Velimir Perasovic at Anadolu Efes Istanbul during the 2016-17 season.

· Real's Adam Hanga, Fabien Causeur and Vincent Poirier all played under Perasovic at Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Hanga and Causeur were with Perasovic during the 2015-16 season and reached the 2016 Final Four together and Poirier played under Perasovic in the 2018-19 season.

· Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso was a teammate of UNICS coach Perasovic; they played together for Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz between 1993 and 1995 and helped lead the club to its first trophy, the 1995 Copa del Rey. 

· Real center Walter Tavares tied his career-high with 4 steals against UNICS in Round 7.

· Real big man Anthony Randolph set his career-high with 4 blocks against UNICS in November 2016.

· UNICS swingman Mario Hezonja has twice made 5 three-point shots in a game in his career, both times playing for FC Barcelona against Real in the 2014-15 season.

· UNICS guard Viatcheslav Zaitcev posted his career highs in PIR (26), points (21), assists (9) and two-point shots made (7), playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Real in October 2020.

Monday, January 3, 2022
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Real Madrid

Roster
Real signed Gabriel Deck and he made his season debut in Round 22.
Walter Tavares and Rudy Fernandez have not played since Round 17.
Nigel Williams-Goss did not play in Round 22.

Streaks
Walter Tavares has posted double-digit PIRs in 26 straight games.
Tavares has pulled down more than 5 rebounds in six straight and 10 of his last 11 games.
Tavares has at least 1 block in eight consecutive games.
Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-point shot in 10 straight games.
Thomas Heurtel has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and eight of his last nine games.
Sergio Llull made at least 1 three-point shot in six straight games.

Rankings
Walter Tavares ranks second this season in average PIR with 19.8 per game.
Tavares ranks second this season in rebounding with 7.3 per game and fifth in offensive rebounding with 2.7 per game.
Tavares leads the league this season in two-point shooting at 75.2%.
Tavares leads the league in blocks with 1.9 per game.
Vincent Poirier ranks sixth this season in rebounding with 6.2 per game and second in offensive rebounding with 2.8 per game.
Thomas Heurtel ranks fifth this season in assists with 4.9 per game.

Records/Milestones
Sergio Llull is in sixth place all-time with 3,308 points in his career. Sergio Rodriguez of AX Armani Exchange Milan is fifth with 3,321 and counting.
Thomas Heurtel is fourth all-time with 1,294 assists. Sergio Rodriguez of AX Armani Exchange Milan is third with 1,503 and counting.
Llull is ranked seventh all-time with 1,203 assists. Kostas Sloukas of Olympiacos Piraeus is sixth with 1,207 and counting.
Llull is tied with Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul for 14th place all-time with 593 free throws made.
Llull ranks third all-time with a 2.80-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio. Nigel Williams-Goss is fourth with 2.75-to-1.
Rudy Fernandez ranks third all-time with 521 three-point shots made. Sergio Rodriguez of AX Armani Exchange Milan is second with 528 and counting.
Llull is fifth all-time with 513 three-point shots made. Vassilis Spanoulis is fourth with 518.
Llull is 1 steal away from reaching 200 for his career.
Fernandez ranks fifth all-time with 316 steals. Pablo Prigioni is fourth with 322.
Walter Tavares is ranked third all-time with 255 blocks. Kyle Hines of AX Armani Exchange Milan is second with 273 and counting.
Tavares ranks second all-time in two-point accuracy at 70.2%.
Tavares needs 1 steal to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Tavares needs 29 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career.
Anthony Randolph needs 2 steals to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Randolph needs 4 three-point shots made to reach 200 for his career.

UNICS Kazan

Roster
Tonye Jekiri returned to action in Round 22.

Rankings
Isaiah Canaan has made at least 1 three-point shot in each of his 19 games.
John Brown III has collected at least 1 steal in each of his 19 games.
John Brown has scored in double figures in four of his last five games.
Lorenzo Brown has PIRs of 13 or more in nine straight games.
Marco Spissu has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Tonye Jekiri has pulled down at least 5 rebounds in six of his last seven games.
Mario Hezonja has made at least 1 three-point shot in 13 straight games.
Hezonja has scored in double figures and had double-digit PIRs in eight of his last nine games.

Rankings
Lorenzo Brown ranks fourth this season in average PIR with 17.8 per game.
Lorenzo Brown ranks second in the league in assists with 5.9 per game.
Isaiah Canaan ranks 10th this season in scoring with 14.1 per game and Mario Hezonja is 11th with 14.0 per game.
Canaan leads the league in three-point shots made with 2.9 per game and ranks fourth in three-point accuracy at 46.3%.
Marco Spissu ranks third in three-point accuracy at 46.9%.
Tonye Jekiri ranks fourth this season in rebounding with 6.7 per game and third in offensive rebounding with 2.8 per game.
John Brown III leads the league in steals with 2.9 per game and Lorenzo Brown ranks sixth with 1.5 per game.

Records/Milestones
Andrey Vorontsevich is tied with former teammate Nikita Kurbanov of CSKA Moscow and James Gist of LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne for 12th place all-time with 287 games played in the competition.

Monday, January 3, 2022
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 2
Real Madrid UNICS Kazan
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Real Madrid
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-1
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 2-1
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Real Madrid: 1-2
Away record vs. Real Madrid: 1-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2021-22 29 October 2021 Regular Season UNICS Kazan 65 - 58 Real Madrid
2016-17 09 February 2017 Regular Season Unics Kazan 77 - 81 Real Madrid
2016-17 24 November 2016 Regular Season Real Madrid 89 - 75 Unics Kazan
2014-15 27 November 2014 Regular Season Real Madrid 75 - 85 Unics Kazan
2014-15 24 October 2014 Regular Season Unics Kazan 75 - 76 Real Madrid