Rest assured, Olympiacos fans, the Reds have a plan to stop Real Madrid's force in the paint, Walter Tavares, in Sunday's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game. Tarik Black just isn’t ready to share it.
"I can’t let you know all the secrets, right? I can’t just give you the whole scouting report, especially with a very important game tomorrow," Black told Euroleague Basketball from Zalgirio Arena, one day before the title decider.
The Reds are 2-0 against Real Madrid this season and have had moderate success against the All-EuroLeague center. Tavares averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2.5 turnovers and 1 block for a PIR of 12.5 in those two games, compared to 11.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for a PIR of 18.1 against the rest of the league.
"He's probably the best center in the EuroLeague. He has a big impact for his team and he's been dominating the EuroLeague for years now, so obviously he's a very, very good player," Olympiacos center Moustapha Fall added during Saturday's media availability when quizzed about the Real star. "There is no secret to stop a good player. You just need to try to make everything as complicated as possible and live with the results."