We are a few weeks removed from Real Madrid winning its unprecedented 11th continental crown. The championship game victory over Olympiacos Piraeus was quite a thriller and Los Blancos were able to prevail thanks to its veteran players and their heroics.
Sergio Llull sank the title-winning shot with 3.1 seconds left in the championship game, while Sergio Rodriguez had 15 points and 9 assists and Fabien Causeur netted 3 triples and scored 11 points. The French guard played almost 18 minutes against the Reds - the second-most time he'd spent on the floor since early January.
When the EuroLeague title was on the line at Zalgirio Arena, or a few weeks earlier when Real's season was hanging by a thread in the playoffs, it was the most familiar - and most experienced - players who stepped up for Los Blancos. And while they know better than anyone what Real means and are perfect to preach it to the newcomers, those veterans had not too often played main roles during the season.