I decided to write about the game since it just started and I watch it anyway. As usual I try to give you some side notes you normally don’t think about – we will see how it works out.
CSKA up 60-52 as we start the last quarter. What is wrong with the floor? This is the 10th time now that somebody slips away – Siena back within two points thanks to a three pointer of Stonerook and a 2-point percentage of 47.
With four minutes to go we got an interesting game now mostly because CSKA just doesn’t hit any shots anymore. Rimantas Kaukenas three pointer and his lay up gives Siena Montepaschi a three-point-lead with less than two minutes to play. CSKA looks for Mathiaz Smodis’ “miss match” against Stonerook which gives the the lead: CSKA 71, Montepaschi 70 with one minute to play. David Andersen with two free throws, who got followed by Lavrinovic – misses both! Still a one point lead for CSKA. Siena again can’t score and fouls.
Can somebody tell me why they don’t give the ball to Kaukenas?
Smodis makes just one free throw but Siena loses the ball again.. Trajan Langdon finally makes both free throws and CSKA Moscow wins 74-70.
Just in case somebody from the Mercedes Benz management might read this Blog – I can’t read your advertisement on the CSKA floor – it looks all plain white to me. If Siena doesn’t start to make their out side shoots soon they won’t win this game against CSKA’s 60%. Siena is still shooting just 38% as a team which is not enough to win this game. I must say I expected much more from this game and some calls the referees make so far don’t help at all. Did they just change the announcer? I wasn’t there a girl in the beginning? Anyway the announcer always tells the fans to yell when the player already has the ball for a free throw and is getting ready to shoot.
Siena is shooting just 26% (!) percent out of the field while shooting 45% from the three point line. They still managed to stay in the game and are down three points at half time – thanks to Ksistof Lavrinovic’s 13 points.
If you follow Ballin Europe’s Euroleague fantasy challenge you probably know that this is the first year I am participating in a fantasy challenge. It looks like it would have been a smart move not to buy Papaloukas prior the first game, buying him much cheaper after the first game and now watching him play well .. Maybe I should have done that..
CSKA is up by 11 points now with one minute to play in the first half. Siena tries shoot too my three points and they just don’t go in while CSKA makes easy and fast points.
I turned on the TV with about five minutes to play in the first Quarter and Montepaschi was up – or CSKA down again – like in the game against Prokom Trefl last week. This time they came back much earlier with that dunk from Theo Papaloukas – we it wasn’t like a hard throw-down dunk – but he dunked over Sienas Benjamin Eze – which looks hard to me!
By the way – the stadium announcer is a girl – I don’t remember any arena with a woman .. maybe you know one?
What do you think about Marcus Goree now? I really think he was a very good addition to CSKA. I also think after following a few NBA head coaches that Europan coaches interact much more with their players during the game. Just like Messina did with David Andersen a few minutes ago. Well maybe it is is Italian temper I don’t know but I like it.
When the quarter was over – I was still writing on a sentence here – I heard that ICQ sign-in sound. I don’t have ICQ on my computer and I was a little bit confused until I realized that this is CSKA Moscow’s end-of-the-quarter horn..