Are you ready? Man this came much faster than I thought. I still remember the last game in Athens like it was yesterday! Since this is the first game and I got the chance to watch almost every Euroleague game LIVE on TV I will start this season with a LIVE blog.
First of all lets take a look at our previews for the teams Prokom and CSKA. The game is in Poland and somehow Papaloukas is not starting the game. Instead we have a J.R. Holden that puts up every shot in the first minutes. Since I just started my first season of Euroleague fantasy, I did not immediately realize that the guy sitting on the bench – Theo Papaloukas – is my man in my team. I guess I gotta get used to that.
End of game:
CSKA wins this game against a Prokom team that was good enough for some excitement in the beginning. After Messina told his players that the preseason is over we saw a few minutes of the CSKA team that we expected. Especially Siskauskas showed his qualities while it looks like that Marcus Goree fits into the CSKA system much better now than he did a few weeks ago.
CSKA probably already won the game in the second quarter where they outscored Prokom 32-16. Although CSKA is up by more than 20 points now they still keep up the pace and especially the good three point shooting. Even Marcus Goree hits his threes now while he was shooting some air balls earlier. Since Thomas van den Spiegel can’t dunk into some CSKA players face he just chose the referee to dunk in his face – seconds before he got called another offensive foul and just kept playing. Looked good though Thomas! (If it wasn’t a referee) Two minutes before the end of the game we got CSKA’s youth team on the floor, with a little help of Smodis – Gorovic also leaves the court.
Can you believe that? A power outage .. Well I am back I an hoped I did not miss too much. Was this a technical foul against CSKA? The power just turned back on with Prokom shooting free throws..
Did anyone tell Dejuan Wagner and Trevis Best that European basketball is not 1-one-5? Prokom Trefel Sopot really got some other good players so they really could pass the ball. Somehow it is so loud with all these trumpets in the gym that the players don’t even hear the referees whistles. Have you ever seen something like that? Maybe J.R. just got an ear problem cause it always him not hearing the whistle. I also like what Milan Gurovic is doing for Prokom. He already got 19 points so far.
CSKA is shooting 61% out of the field and 50% from the three point line while they are only shooting 57% from the free throw line. That is why they are up at half time – although Messina did not look like he was really satisfied with his team.
I guess Moscow realized now that they have to play better than in the first Quarter since Prokom put some money into their team this year. Compared to last year they have a totally different and much improved team. Is it just me, or are both teams shooting just three’s? Also – did Ettore Messina take the timeout at the five minute mark just to yell at the referee? Thomas van den Spiegel, who played for CSKA Moscow last year looks like he wants to show his former team that he is ready, while Siskauskaus shows why CSKA got him – good shooting and nice drives to the basket.
Prokom’s Americans Dejuan Wagner and Travis Best push their team really hard but also take every shot. Since they also make a lot of them I will keep my mouth shut – NOW.. If you are watching the game – did you see Papaloukas jumping up to tell Siskauskas where to run during CSKA’s offense play? I guess and hope he is ready! With Papaloukas on the floor now, we also see Marcus Goree on the floor for the first time as a CSKA player in a official Euroleague game. I wonder what he can really bring to the table for CSKA but some people who actually know Marcus really well told me that he got picked up by CSKA because Messina must LOVE him.