• Barça, without mercy against Burgos

In the bowels of the Fonteta, Nacho Rodríguez distributed hugs on Sunday. He celebrated the victory over San Pablo Burgos as when he was still a player, with a mixture of relief and satisfaction. Josep Maria Bertomeu congratulated him from the rostrum, a kind of approval of the work of the sports director. Barça was in the final of the ACB, a goal of minimums met after last summer threw the house out the window, a disbursement unmatched in Europe, especially expensive the star of the project. This Tuesday (8:00 p.m., #Come on), after the fiasco of the Copa del Rey, Nikola Mirotic can fulfill the first of his missions: to return the league title that Barcelona has been pursuing since 2014.

Personally, after his return from the NBA, Niko has met expectations. Last Saturday he was named MVP of the Endesa League and in the Euroleague, until the break, he was the fourth highest scorer (19 points per night) and the second in valuation, with Barça well placed to return to a Final Four. No one doubts the superiority of a player who was offered $ 45 million for three years in the NBA. But his mission at La Fonteta will be twofold. The one to lead the azulgrana and the one to stop the reference of the Baskonia. His duel with Tornike Shengelia is a luxury. "They are the two best fours in Europe. We will see who is better," predicted Dusko Ivanovic.

In Valencia, the most luxurious version of the former Real Madrid player has not been seen. After scoring 16 and 19 points for Joventut and Unicaja, in the key match against Baskonia he was sore from the back of the thigh . Although he returned to the track, he was not comfortable and was no longer used by Svetislav Pesic until the semifinals against Burgos where, despite playing only 17 minutes, he was chosen player of the match.

He already has an ACB League on his record, which he won with Real Madrid in 2013 , the first of the Laso era. Then he was already becoming the brilliant and decisive player that he soon confirmed, although the MVP of that final against Barça was Felipe Reyes. "I have come here to win collective titles and not to demonstrate anything to anyone," he warned in the preview of the semifinals. Today all the spotlights and all the pressure will be on Niko, in the abyss marked by himself, lifting trophies, feeling important.

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