I don’t know if the Italian league already planned this or if it is just an incident, but this past weekend the four Italian Euroleague teams played each other. While Armani Jeans Milano played Virtus Bologna, Montepaschi Siena played Lottomatica Roma.
I guess it was a good test for Roma, to see what they can do against Panathinaikos on Thursday, since Siena is definitely a Euroleague Top team – and of course unbeaten in the Italian league. Both games were shown on TV and I had the chance to follow almost the entire game.
I am kind of a Lottomatica fan – which I really can’t explain why – so I was happy when they could keep it close until the third quarter. I know, 92-76 looks pretty clear but Lottomatica just gave up way too early. It was nice to see David Hawkins hitting that pump fake – half court – jump shot which probably was the highlight of Lottomatica’s game. If you look at the +/- statistics of Roma it kind of looks scary: Lorbek, -17, Hawkins, -22, Gabini, -15. Actually just ONE guy had a “+”: Simone Bagnoli – yeah I don’t know him either .. OK, just kidding I know him but I don’t see him a lot – let’s put it that way. Also worth to mention: Romain Sato – who was hitting almost every shot and finished with 21 points and 7 steals.
So lets take a look at the other game – or just at Armani Jeans Milano! Yes, they won the game against Virtus Bologna – or should we say Danilo Gallinari won the game while his father was watching, who is – by the way – his agent.
Danilo had some nice stats to offer: 22 points, 50% (67% from the 3p-line), 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Just don’t forget he is just 19 years old!
It also was Will Conroy’s “revenge” against his old team Bologna. These games most of the time don’t go the way you want it as a player and it wasn’t different for Will: 14 minutes and just 2 points – sure he is a point guard so no need to score – but he also just handed out one assist.
Looking at the Italian “classifica” you might be surprised: Armani is slowly recovering from their bad start and 13th of the Italian league while Bologna is 9th, Lottomatica 3rd and Montepaschi leading the league with 13-0 – I guess to have the team color GREEN helps this year (Boston Celtics, Panathinaikos Athens and Montepaschi Siena) so why not listen to a GREEN day video?[youtube M5mjN32G1iI]