In Lithuania, Žalgiris Kaunas’ bizarre personnel situation, i.e. no official head coach named with a maximum three games remaining in the LKL season, continues. Žalgiris owner Vladimir Romanov spent the weekend *not* officially naming anyone to the position; the role was apparently unofficially filled by guard Marcus Brown in last Thursday’s 83-70 win over longtime rivals Lietuvos Rytas.
On his team’s part, promises Lietuvos head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis, “everything will be different” tonight. (“Vilniuje ‘Lietuvos rytas’ bus kitoks nei Kaune. Bent tą žada ekipos vyriausiasis treneris Rimas Kurtinaitis.”) For his sake, let’s hope so … one can only imagine the psychological damage a game-five loss to a visiting, uncoached team might do on the poor lad.
Lietuvos Rytas vs. Žalgiris Kaunas tips off at 7.10 local time (that’s 6.10 CET, 12.10 EST); to check out Europe’s weirdest playoff series of 2009-10, visit the Lietuvos Rytas website at game time.