EuroLeague – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Sun, 24 Jan 2021 11:24:31 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Maccabi Tel Aviv signed TJ Cline https://www.talkbasket.net/120131-maccabi-tel-aviv-signed-tj-cline https://www.talkbasket.net/120131-maccabi-tel-aviv-signed-tj-cline#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2021 11:24:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120131 Maccabi Tel Aviv has signed a contract with Israeli forward, TJ Cline, until the end of the season with an option for next season too. The club announced their deal with the 26-year old forward who was playing in the Italian League and the EuroCup with Brescia. TJ Cline is also a member of the […]

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Maccabi Tel Aviv signed TJ Cline

Maccabi Tel Aviv has signed a contract with Israeli forward, TJ Cline, until the end of the season with an option for next season too. The club announced their deal with the 26-year old forward who was playing in the Italian League and the EuroCup with Brescia.

TJ Cline is also a member of the Israeli National team and he will add an extra solution in Maccabi’s frontline, playing under the guidance of Giannis Sfairopoulos.

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Nicolas Laprovittola tested positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/120044-nicolas-laprovittola-tested-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/120044-nicolas-laprovittola-tested-positive-for-covid-19#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 15:41:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120044 The player of Real Madrid, Nicolas Laprovittola has been tested positive for COVID-19, as the team announced. The player will miss Real Madrid’s upcoming matches in the Euroleague and the Liga Endesa and he will stay in isolation following all necessary medical advice.

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Nicolas Laprovittola tested positive for COVID-19

The player of Real Madrid, Nicolas Laprovittola has been tested positive for COVID-19, as the team announced. The player will miss Real Madrid’s upcoming matches in the Euroleague and the Liga Endesa and he will stay in isolation following all necessary medical advice.

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Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko part ways with Khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/120039-greg-monroe-jonas-jerebko-part-ways-with-khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/120039-greg-monroe-jonas-jerebko-part-ways-with-khimki#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 14:45:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120039 Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko have officially become free agents and will no longer play for Khimki. As the Russian club announced on Saturday, Monroe and Jerebko agreed to part ways with the team. Monroe averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.27 assists with Khimki this season. Meanwhile, Jerebko had 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and […]

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Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko part ways with Khimki

Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko have officially become free agents and will no longer play for Khimki.

As the Russian club announced on Saturday, Monroe and Jerebko agreed to part ways with the team.

Monroe averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.27 assists with Khimki this season. Meanwhile, Jerebko had 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.46 assists.

Khimki has won only twice in 21 EuroLeague games (2-19) and is making several changes to its roster.

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FC Barcelona set itself on top by beating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119982-barcelona-set-itself-on-top-by-beating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119982-barcelona-set-itself-on-top-by-beating-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:57:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119982 With an excellent defense, FC Barcelona managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 60-72 and climb back to the top of the standings with 15 wins and six defeats. CSKA has the same record (15-16) as Barcelona, but the team from Spain has the tiebreak advantage over the Russian squad (0-2). On the other side, Zvezda is […]

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FC Barcelona set itself on top by beating Crvena Zvezda

With an excellent defense, FC Barcelona managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 60-72 and climb back to the top of the standings with 15 wins and six defeats.

CSKA has the same record (15-16) as Barcelona, but the team from Spain has the tiebreak advantage over the Russian squad (0-2). On the other side, Zvezda is at 7-14 after Round 21 in the EuroLeague.

Barcelona led from the beginning of the match and, with good defense,pushed Crvena Zvezda to shoot from long range. The home team wasn’t really successful at the beginning and after 40 minutes they managed to score eight out of 30 attempts for three points (26.7%). The Spanish squad was much worse, they only scored 2 out of 18 (11.1%).

A low percentage for threes didn’t stop Barcelona to claim the victory in Belgrade, all thanks to the amazing defense. Allowing Zvezda to score only 60 points is a huge success for a team like Barca because the team is usually playing fast and offense-oriented basketball.

Cory Higgins with 14 points was the leading scorer for the visitors. Pierre Oriola added 12, Rolands Smith 11, and Nick Calathes 10. For Crvena Zvezda, Ognjen Dobrić with 11 points was the only one with a double-digit score.

Game recap

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Zalgiris Kaunas upsets Olympiacos in the last seconds to get a tough win https://www.talkbasket.net/119951-zalgiris-kaunas-upsets-olympiacos-in-the-last-seconds-to-get-a-tough-win https://www.talkbasket.net/119951-zalgiris-kaunas-upsets-olympiacos-in-the-last-seconds-to-get-a-tough-win#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:55:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119951 With Thomas Walkup taking advantage of Sloukas’ turnover in the last seconds of the match and scoring the layup, Zalgiris protected their home court and got a thrilling, 81-79 win on Friday night (22/1). The guests had the chance to finish the game having the last possession and a single point lead, but Zalgiris was […]

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Zalgiris Kaunas upsets Olympiacos in the last seconds to get a tough win

With Thomas Walkup taking advantage of Sloukas’ turnover in the last seconds of the match and scoring the layup, Zalgiris protected their home court and got a thrilling, 81-79 win on Friday night (22/1). The guests had the chance to finish the game having the last possession and a single point lead, but Zalgiris was too hard to die and stole the win in the last seconds.

Joffrey Lauvergne was the top scorer of the match with 21 points while Arturas Milaknis added another 11. For Olympiacos, Kostas Sloukas and Giorgos Printezis were the leading scorers with 16 points while Sasha Vezenkov had 9.

Physical game from the very first minute

With both teams playing tough on defense from the very first minute of the first quarter, Zalgiris got a short 4-point lead (7-3), thanks to Grigonis and Olympiacos’ missed opportunities. Zalgiris couldn’t miss from the perimeter causing trouble to Olympiacos who was still trying to adjust. Exceptional defense from both teams great hustle from Olympiacos and Zalgiris’ ability to score easily brought the two teams at the end of the first quarter with Zalgiris leading by six points (26-20).

Offensive show in the second quarter

Olympiacos fought back from -7 in the second half, with the players of coach Bartzokas playing solid defense while Sloukas was creating opportunities for his teammates to score. Despite the fact that Zalgiris was still effective from the perimeter, they struggled against Olympiacos’ defense that seemed to have the momentum (36-35). The guests run the court, grabbed the offensive rebounds and turned the game upside down and with a 9-0 run got their first 2-point lead of the match (36-38). After 20 minutes of play, the two teams headed to the locker rooms with Zalgiris keeping a short, single point lead (45-44).

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Zalgiris strengthened their defense

The hosts cam out of the locker rooms playing stronger defense retaining their lead and even extending it to 5 points (63-58). Olympiacos couldn’t find the offensive solutions they were expecting, was trapped in Zalgiris’ defense committing turnovers, but Printezis was there, scoring crucial points for his team. Olympiacos only managed to come back within three points to end the third quarter (63-60).

Walkup did it for Zalgiris

Olympiacos was certainly not going to give up on a game they desperately needed. They fought back, tied the game with Printezis and McKissic forcing the bench of Zalgiris to a time out (67-67). The guests strengthened their defense for once again but made some wrong choices on offense giving the chance to Zalgiris to extend their lead to 3 points (70-67) which was quickly tied again from Olympiacos (70-70). Spanoulis and Printezis put Olympiacos in the leader’s position for once more with two consecutive triples and four minutes until the end of the game remaining (72-76). Ζalgiris seemed to have an answer for this too. They tied up and in the last seconds of the match, they took advantage of Sloukas’ turnover and scored with Thomas Walkup winning the game, 81-79.

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The Mitoglou-Nedovic duo led Panathinaikos past Khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/119803-the-mitoglou-nedovic-duo-led-panathinaikos-past-khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/119803-the-mitoglou-nedovic-duo-led-panathinaikos-past-khimki#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:52:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119803 With Dinos Mitoglou setting a new career-high and Nemanja Nedovic having another productive night, Panathinaikos gets past Khimki Moscow, 94-78, on Thursday night (21/1). Despite Panathinaikos missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou and their big man, Giorgos Papagiannis, the greens played solid, tough defense, had Mitoglou and Nedovic do the scoring and got confidence along with […]

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The Mitoglou-Nedovic duo led Panathinaikos past Khimki

With Dinos Mitoglou setting a new career-high and Nemanja Nedovic having another productive night, Panathinaikos gets past Khimki Moscow, 94-78, on Thursday night (21/1). Despite Panathinaikos missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou and their big man, Giorgos Papagiannis, the greens played solid, tough defense, had Mitoglou and Nedovic do the scoring and got confidence along with a much needed win.

Dinos Mitoglou was of course the top scorer for the hosts with 29 points, while Nemanja Nedovic did his usual job with 21 points. For the guests, Jordan Mickey scored 25 points while Eric McCollum added another 17.

Lack of confidence and a sloppy start

Both teams seemed unsure with their choices on offense in the first quarter. Easy buckets were missed and quite a few turnovers were committed. Panathinaikos started more aggressively on defense with Zach Auguste returning to the team’s starting five. Six consecutive, tough points from Khimki and Panathinaikos’ turnovers, made the score 10-12 for the guests. Great defense along with the right offensive choices gave the lead back to the hosts to end the first quarter leading by three points (23-20).

Khimki showed some reaction but Mitoglou led the way

With Khimki fighting back and keeping themselves close to the score, Mitoglou did the job for Panathinaikos in double digits. Khimki’s defense was not solid enough to stop Panathinaikos’ players while some wrong choices on offense gave Panathinaikos a 13-point lead right before the end of the half. Panathinaikos seemed to be doing everything right, despite some rushed decisions on offense and ended the first half leading by 13 points (46-33).

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Patience, tough defense but… Nedovic

Khimki started the third quarter playing strong, solid defense, stealing the ball and scoring some tough buckets. That’s when Nemanja Nedovic became Dinos Mitoglou for Panathinaikos scoring tough points for his team and creating opportunities for his teammates. Panathinaikos extended their lead to 20 points (62-42), making it as difficult as possible for Khimki to attempt a comeback. Khimki didn’t manage to do anything better and ended the third quarter trailing by 19 points (70-51).

They finished the job

Khimki started the fourth and final quarter with a quick 5-0 run forcing Oded Kattash to a time out with the difference to 14 points for Panathinaikos (75-61). Panathinaikos stayed calm and concentrated and didn’t let the hosts get confident and fight for something more, ending the match with a 94-78 final score.

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Nikola Mirotic returns for FC Barcelona after one month https://www.talkbasket.net/119786-nikola-mirotic-returns-for-fc-barcelona-after-one-month https://www.talkbasket.net/119786-nikola-mirotic-returns-for-fc-barcelona-after-one-month#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:15:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119786 Nikola Mirotic will return to the lineup of FC Barcelona after an one-month absence. Mirotic traveled with FC Barcelona to Belgrade for the game against Crvena Zvezda on Friday. The superstar of the Catalans missed several games of FC Barcelona over the past month, due to personal reasons. Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 […]

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Nikola Mirotic returns for FC Barcelona after one month

Nikola Mirotic will return to the lineup of FC Barcelona after an one-month absence.

Mirotic traveled with FC Barcelona to Belgrade for the game against Crvena Zvezda on Friday.

The superstar of the Catalans missed several games of FC Barcelona over the past month, due to personal reasons.

Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.

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Real Madrid reportedly considers Jordan Loyd as potential replacement for Jaycee Carroll https://www.talkbasket.net/119777-real-madrid-reportedly-considers-jordan-loyd-as-potential-replacement-for-jaycee-carroll https://www.talkbasket.net/119777-real-madrid-reportedly-considers-jordan-loyd-as-potential-replacement-for-jaycee-carroll#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:46:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119777 Real Madrid is planning ahead of the next season knowing Jaycee Carroll might retire in summer. Carroll, 38, has been one of the most important parts of Real’s culture. According to MARCA, a potential candidate to replace Carroll in the next season’s roster could be Crvena Zvezda‘s Jordan Loyd. Loyd is having a great year […]

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Real Madrid reportedly considers Jordan Loyd as potential replacement for Jaycee Carroll

Real Madrid is planning ahead of the next season knowing Jaycee Carroll might retire in summer. Carroll, 38, has been one of the most important parts of Real’s culture.

According to MARCA, a potential candidate to replace Carroll in the next season’s roster could be Crvena Zvezda‘s Jordan Loyd. Loyd is having a great year in Serbia, as he is the leading scorer of the Reds.

The scoring guard signed a one-year deal with the club from Serbia last summer, and he is averaging 18.7 points being the second best scorer in EuroLeague behind CSKA’s Mike James (20.4 ppg.)

Loyd, who spent a season with the Toronto Raptors, before joining Valencia for the 2019/2020, could be set to return to ACB, if he continues to have such impact with Crvena Zvezda.

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Zeljko Obradovic is like LeBron James, says Derrick Williams https://www.talkbasket.net/119657-zeljko-orbadovic-is-like-lebron-james-says-derrick-williams https://www.talkbasket.net/119657-zeljko-orbadovic-is-like-lebron-james-says-derrick-williams#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:35:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119657 Derrick Williams, the number two pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, continues his career in Europe with Valencia Basket. In his second year overseas, the 29-year-old forward had the opportunity to work with a legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic at Fenerbahce. Being coached by a nine-time EuroLeague champion was a different experience for Williams who sees […]

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Zeljko Obradovic is like LeBron James, says Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams, the number two pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, continues his career in Europe with Valencia Basket. In his second year overseas, the 29-year-old forward had the opportunity to work with a legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic at Fenerbahce.

Being coached by a nine-time EuroLeague champion was a different experience for Williams who sees similarities between him and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

According to Williams, Obradovic is like LeBron James in terms of knowing everything about the game. He even called the Serbian coach the smartest person he has ever met.

“He’s an excellent coach,” Williams said of Obradovic per Nacho Losilla of NBA Spain. “He knows everything about basketball, he’s probably the smartest person I’ve ever met.

There are only two people who for me are at that level of knowing everything about the game: LeBron James and Zeljko Obradovic. They know everything about the other team, they know everything about all the players on our team. Having a coach like that makes you want to work a lot harder, so I give him a lot of credit.”

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Real Madrid head coach reacts to rumors regarding a deal with Thomas Heurtel https://www.talkbasket.net/119648-real-madrid-head-coach-reacts-to-rumors-regarding-a-deal-with-thomas-heurtel https://www.talkbasket.net/119648-real-madrid-head-coach-reacts-to-rumors-regarding-a-deal-with-thomas-heurtel#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:34:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119648 Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso reacted to the rumors regarding a deal with former FC Barcelona head coach Thomas Heurtel. Laso called Heurtel a ‘very good player’, but denied the reports that Real has agreed to sign the French guard. “He is a very good player. But I take with humor all the references […]

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Real Madrid head coach reacts to rumors regarding a deal with Thomas Heurtel

Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso reacted to the rumors regarding a deal with former FC Barcelona head coach Thomas Heurtel.

Laso called Heurtel a ‘very good player’, but denied the reports that Real has agreed to sign the French guard.

“He is a very good player. But I take with humor all the references that are made with Heurtel and Real Madrid, we have enough things to think about the team, to occupy time on such things,” Laso told reporters, via Eurohoops.net.

Per Chema de Lucas, Real has agreed to a two-year (1+1) deal with Heurtel that will start in the summer of 2021.

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Fenerbahce bulks up with Kyle O’Quinn https://www.talkbasket.net/119632-fenerbahce-bulks-up-with-kyle-oquinn https://www.talkbasket.net/119632-fenerbahce-bulks-up-with-kyle-oquinn#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:58:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119632 Looking to build on a current five-game winning streak and its steady rise in the standings, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has added frontcourt bulk by signing experienced power forward Kyle O’Quinn for the remainder of the season. O’Quinn (2.06 meters, 30 years old) last played with Philadelphia of the NBA, where he appeared in 29 games […]

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Fenerbahce bulks up with Kyle O’Quinn

Looking to build on a current five-game winning streak and its steady rise in the standings, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has added frontcourt bulk by signing experienced power forward Kyle O’Quinn for the remainder of the season.

O’Quinn (2.06 meters, 30 years old) last played with Philadelphia of the NBA, where he appeared in 29 games last season, averaging 3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 11 minutes on court.

O’Quinn made his NBA debut in 2012 and played three seasons in Orlando, three more in New York and another in Indiana before joining Philadelphia.

O’Quinn appeared in a total of 474 NBA games over eight seasons, averaging 5.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 14 minutes per game. He played college ball in Norfolk State from 2008 to 2012.

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Olympiacos takes the thriller in OT and the revenge in Lyon https://www.talkbasket.net/119543-olympiacos-takes-the-thriller-in-ot-and-the-revenge-in-lyon https://www.talkbasket.net/119543-olympiacos-takes-the-thriller-in-ot-and-the-revenge-in-lyon#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 22:00:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119543 With Kostas Sloukas and Shaquielle McKissic leading their team, Olympiacos takes the match against ASVEL in OT, 93-101, on Tuesday night (19/1). With the French club coming from a massive win in Piraeus four days earlier, Olympiacos had to put some energy on the court and fight for every ball and every possession. Kostas Sloukas […]

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Olympiacos takes the thriller in OT and the revenge in Lyon

With Kostas Sloukas and Shaquielle McKissic leading their team, Olympiacos takes the match against ASVEL in OT, 93-101, on Tuesday night (19/1). With the French club coming from a massive win in Piraeus four days earlier, Olympiacos had to put some energy on the court and fight for every ball and every possession.

Kostas Sloukas with 23 points and the triple on the buzzer to tie the match in the fourth period and Shaquielle McKissic with another 23 points were the top scorers for the Greeks leading Olympiacos to a comeback and a much needed win. For ASVEL, Norris Cole was the leading scorer with 21 points while David Lighty added another 18.

Right choices on offense – even better on defense

Despite ASVEL’s strong start, Olympiacos bounced back in the first quarter, made the right choices on offense and played tough on defense. ASVEL moved the ball, with Bako being their main offensive weapon, but got stuck in Olympiacos’ tough defense. Unlike their game in Piraeus last Friday, Kostas Sloukas was not just a passer but a scorer as well, creating opportunities for his teammates but also scoring some tough buckets. Olympiacos had the energy they were missing last week in this first quarter and ended it with an 8-point lead (15-23).

Their 8-0 run tied things up in the second

Starting with an 8-0 run, ASVEL fought back at the beginning of the second quarter to tie the game (28-28). With both teams going head-to-head in most of the time, Olympiacos strengthened their defense, found the right choices on offense and retained their 7-point lead to close the first half, 37-44, with Hassan Martin having the absolute 4/4 inside the paint.

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Full court defense does the job for ASVEL

Similar to the second quarter, ASVEL fought back, played tough full court defense and got back within one point (53-54). Unlike the second quarter, the French club didn’t loosen up their defense and eliminated Olympiacos creativity, to end the thirds quarter trailing by just 2 points (61-63).

They were more energetic but then there was Sloukas

Energy and defense were the key elements in the fourth quarter for ASVEL. With Olympiacos fighting back and even getting the lead, the French club played tough defense and showed some energy on the court. With Olympiacos almost ready to lose their second straight match against ASVEL, cold-blooded Kostas Sloukas shot the big triple for the Greeks, sending the game to OT.

They took revenge in OT

Olympiacos took the battle from the free throw line against ASVEL in overtime. The French club committed unnecessary turnovers, giving Olympiacos the chance to run the court, get the foul calls and built a short-point lead which they managed to keep until the end of the match.

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Real Madrid expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/119537-real-madrid-expected-to-sign-thomas-heurtel-this-summer-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/119537-real-madrid-expected-to-sign-thomas-heurtel-this-summer-per-report#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:40:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119537 Real Madrid is expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, according to the Spanish journalist Chema de Lucas. Heurtel parted ways with FC Barcelona on Tuesday and can’t sign with another EuroLeague team this season. However, it seems he has already agreed to a two-year (1+1) deal with Real Madrid, which will start in the […]

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Real Madrid expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, per report

Real Madrid is expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, according to the Spanish journalist Chema de Lucas.

Heurtel parted ways with FC Barcelona on Tuesday and can’t sign with another EuroLeague team this season.

However, it seems he has already agreed to a two-year (1+1) deal with Real Madrid, which will start in the summer of 2021.

For its part, Real has been in search for a point guard since Facundo Campazzo decided to move to the NBA back in November.

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Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel officially part ways https://www.talkbasket.net/119502-barcelona-and-thomas-heurtel-officially-part-ways https://www.talkbasket.net/119502-barcelona-and-thomas-heurtel-officially-part-ways#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:52:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119502 FC Barcelona officially announced that the club and Thomas Heurtel have mutually parted ways. After the incident in Istanbul where the player did not return to Spain with the rest of the squad and the club talking about Heurtel’s betrayal, it was expected that the two sides will not continue their cooperation. Barcelona had also […]

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Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel officially part ways

FC Barcelona officially announced that the club and Thomas Heurtel have mutually parted ways. After the incident in Istanbul where the player did not return to Spain with the rest of the squad and the club talking about Heurtel’s betrayal, it was expected that the two sides will not continue their cooperation.

Barcelona had also announced that the player would not be able to practice with the rest of the team and that he would follow an individual training schedule.

The player will not be able to play for another Euroleague team this season, since the time available for transfers from the one Euroleague club to another has expired.

Heurtel is now a free agent and looking for the next club in his career which is not going to be a Euroleague one but he can still find competitiveness in other championships too.

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Ognjen Dobrić and Crvena Zvezda froze Real Madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/119413-ognjen-dobric-and-crvena-zvezda-froze-real-madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/119413-ognjen-dobric-and-crvena-zvezda-froze-real-madrid#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:40:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119413 Ognjen Dobrić had an excellent night in his team’s 77-79 victory over Real Madrid in the last game of Round 19 in the EuroLeague. The match between Real and Crvena Zvezda was postponed due to the snowstorm named Filomena. The team from Belgrade was waiting for five days to freeze the home team at the […]

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Ognjen Dobrić and Crvena Zvezda froze Real Madrid

Ognjen Dobrić had an excellent night in his team’s 77-79 victory over Real Madrid in the last game of Round 19 in the EuroLeague.

The match between Real and Crvena Zvezda was postponed due to the snowstorm named Filomena. The team from Belgrade was waiting for five days to freeze the home team at the WiZink Center and return from Spain, where they played against Valencia in Round 20 (91-71) and against the team from Madrid in the postponed game.

The one that was pushing Crvena Zvezda in the first half was Corey Walden, who scored 16 of his 18 points in the first 20 minutes of the game. In the second half, Ognjen Dobrić stood out. He collected 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block for the highest index rating (21) in the match. Duop Reath added 10 points for Crvena Zvezda.

Even though these two mentioned players (Dobrić and Walden) had a big part in Zvezda‘s victory, the defense was the main reason why Real Madrid was defeated at home. The excellent job was done against the main shooters of Real, and no one had more than 11 points. Rudy Fernandez was the one with 11, while four players managed to score 10 – Nicolas Laprovittola, Gabriel Deck, Trey Thompkins, and Jeffery Taylor.

Game recap

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Walter Tavares’ career night leads Real Madrid past Bayern Munich https://www.talkbasket.net/119116-walter-tavares-career-night-leads-real-madrid-past-bayern-munich https://www.talkbasket.net/119116-walter-tavares-career-night-leads-real-madrid-past-bayern-munich#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 05:43:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119116 Walter Tavares had a career night in the EuroLeague and led Real Madrid past Bayern Munich in overtime (76-81). Tavares had a career-high 26 points (11/14 shooting, PIR of 26) and nine rebounds, helping Real improve to 13-6 in the standings. On the other hand, Bayern dropped to 12-8, but maintained a top four push. […]

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Walter Tavares’ career night leads Real Madrid past Bayern Munich

Walter Tavares had a career night in the EuroLeague and led Real Madrid past Bayern Munich in overtime (76-81).

Tavares had a career-high 26 points (11/14 shooting, PIR of 26) and nine rebounds, helping Real improve to 13-6 in the standings. On the other hand, Bayern dropped to 12-8, but maintained a top four push.

In the other matches: CSKA Moscow (15-5) – Barcelona (14-6): 75-88

Zenit Saint Petersburg (12-6) – Zalgiris Kaunas (11-9): 77-65

Fenerbahce (10-10) – Panathinaikos (6-13): 100-74

Olympiacos (10-9) – ASVEL Villeurbanne (6-13): 63-69

Valencia (11-9) – Crvena Zvezda (6-13): 91-71

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The excellent performance of Nikola Kalinić helped Valencia dominating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119063-the-excellent-performance-of-nikola-kalinic-helped-valencia-dominating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119063-the-excellent-performance-of-nikola-kalinic-helped-valencia-dominating-crvena-zvezda#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:44:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119063 Nikola Kalinić with a pivotal performance helped Valencia to stop a three-game losing streak by dominating Crvena Zvezda (91-71). With 7 assists on his account against his formal team, Nikola Kalinić matched his assisting record in one EuroLeague game. But this is not the only reason why he was the pivotal performer. The Serbian player […]

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The excellent performance of Nikola Kalinić helped Valencia dominating Crvena Zvezda

Nikola Kalinić with a pivotal performance helped Valencia to stop a three-game losing streak by dominating Crvena Zvezda (91-71).

With 7 assists on his account against his formal team, Nikola Kalinić matched his assisting record in one EuroLeague game. But this is not the only reason why he was the pivotal performer. The Serbian player contributed on both ends in his team’s victory.

Kalinić was the best assistant in the match, and his Valencia gathered 22 against Crvena Zvezda‘s 11 assists. But the team from Belgrade jumped better than the opponent in this match (Crvena Zvezda 31, Valencia 23 rebounds). The advantage in rebounding wasn’t used well, because the home team had a better shooting percentage, especially in the paint (66.7% against 52.8%).

Nikola Kalinić, besides 7 assists, scored 14 points for the index ratings of 20. Sam Van Rossom had the best index ratings for Valencia (21), while the best scorer (16 points) was Louis Labeyrie. Mike Tobey added 13, Derrick Williams 12, and Joan Sastre 11. Bojan Dubljević is still off the court due to a problem with the injury.

Johnny O’Bryant scored 21 points for Crvena Zvezda and Quino Colom ended the match 11. Those two players were the only ones who had a double-digit scoring performance for the visiting squad.

Game recap

Valencia used this game to say goodbye to the best coach in the history of the club – Miki Vuković, who passed away at the age of 76 on Friday. Vuković coached the team from 1995 to 2000 and won the Spanish Copa del Rey in 1998.

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Yabusele led ASVEL to a dominant second half and the win in Piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/119023-yabusele-led-asvel-to-a-dominant-second-half-and-the-win-in-piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/119023-yabusele-led-asvel-to-a-dominant-second-half-and-the-win-in-piraeus#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:23:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119023 ASVEL Villeurbanne left behind their bad performance against Panathinaikos very quickly and ended this double header week with a much needed 63-69 win in Piraeus against Olympiacos. The guests were dominant in the second half, grabbed the rebounds and fired from the perimeter. Olympiacos was a victim of their turnovers and their wrong decisions on […]

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Yabusele led ASVEL to a dominant second half and the win in Piraeus

ASVEL Villeurbanne left behind their bad performance against Panathinaikos very quickly and ended this double header week with a much needed 63-69 win in Piraeus against Olympiacos. The guests were dominant in the second half, grabbed the rebounds and fired from the perimeter. Olympiacos was a victim of their turnovers and their wrong decisions on offense. What is interesting to see is that Kostas Sloukas only two attempted field goals in the match with only making one!

Guerschon Jabusele was the top scorer for the guests with 19 points while David Lighty added 8. For Olympiacos, Aaron Harrison was the leading scorer with 13 points while Vassilis Spanoulis added 10.

Different tactics in offense

The two teams showed that they wanted to play a different style of basketball with Olympiacos hitting from inside the paint (4/5 2pts) and the guests hitting from the perimeter. Olympiacos led by McKissic’s energy took a short lead early in the quarter but ASVEL’s Norris Cole and David Lighty tied the game (14-14). Sasha Vezenkov was ready to close the first quarter giving Olympiacos a three point lead but Strazel tied it for ASVEL with the triple on the buzzer (17-17).

ASVEL played defense and hit from the perimeter

The hosts managed to tie the game and get their first one-point lead of the match hitting from the perimeter. Olympiacos made some wrong decisions in offense and lost their lead. Aaron Harrison was the man keeping the hosts alive and not letting ASVEL extend their lead. Spanoulis with the triple got the match to a one-point lead for ASVEL (27-28), while ASVEL lost the possession committing the turnover. Octavius Ellis with the dunk gave Olympiacos the lead back (29-28), with ASVEL calling the time out. Norris Cole kept firing for three giving his team a short lead right before Vezenkov tied the score for Olympiacos (31-31). Khaudi extended the lead for the guests but Olympiacos ended the first half trailing by a single point.

ASVEL dominated the third, while Olympiacos counted turnovers

With Olympiacos missing several possessions due to wrong decisions in offense, the guests took advantage of it and extended their lead with Fall. The hosts were missing the rebounds but Shaquielle McKissic and George Printezis were keeping them close. Strazel with the triple extended ASVEL’s lead to 4 points (38-42) while Olympiacos committed consecutive turnovers. Yabusele gave ASVEL a 7-point (38-45) while Olympiacos committed their 10th turnover in such a crucial point. The guests dominated this third quarter getting a 9-point lead which was their largest one and closed the quarter, 42-51.

ASVEL with their confidence up high in the fourth quarter, believed that they could leave Greece at least with one win. Strazel scored for three but McKissic was there to reply for Olympiacos. Aaron Harrison was sent to the free throw line making both of them and so the hosts made a 5-0 run (47-54). Spanoulis with the drive and the 2 point basket forced ASVEL to a time out bringing Olympiacos back within 5 points (49-54).

Their confidence ended it

With their confidence up high from their great third quarter, ASVEL did everything on the court the right way while Olympiacos was fighting for every ball and every single point. Olympiacos could only find score from the free throw line something that made it almost impossible for them to get something more from the game. It’s interesting to see that Kostas Sloukas made his second shot of the match 46 seconds before the end of the match.

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Norris Cole and David Lighty discuss EuroLeague season, playing with/for Tony Parker https://www.talkbasket.net/118943-norris-cole-and-david-lighty-discuss-euroleague-season-playing-with-for-tony-parker https://www.talkbasket.net/118943-norris-cole-and-david-lighty-discuss-euroleague-season-playing-with-for-tony-parker#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:54:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118943 French powerhouse LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne are on a four-game losing streak in Europe’s premier competition. The squad coached by Tony Parker’s brother, TJ, has a 5-13 balance which places it just three wins ahead of Khimki Moscow Region, the undisputed letdown of the 2020-21 season. Avoiding the last place in the standings can barely provide […]

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Norris Cole and David Lighty discuss EuroLeague season, playing with/for Tony Parker

French powerhouse LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne are on a four-game losing streak in Europe’s premier competition.

The squad coached by Tony Parker’s brother, TJ, has a 5-13 balance which places it just three wins ahead of Khimki Moscow Region, the undisputed letdown of the 2020-21 season.

Avoiding the last place in the standings can barely provide consolation for what David Lighty succinctly describes as an “inconsistent” campaign for a club that will be allocated a long-term EuroLeague license and will be part of the big stage for many years to come.

Lighty, now on his fourth consecutive season with ASVEL and sixth overall, is averaging 10.8 points on 96.8% free-throw shooting, plus 3.3 rebounds. A 32-year-old guard from Ohio, he has been playing professionally in Europe since 2011, with Italy and France being his only two destinations.

On the other hand, another veteran like Norris Cole, provides the French outlet with firepower on the perimeter. Despite his 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game, his season is far from perfect. In fact, it mirrors what ASVEL Villeurbanne has been doing since the beginning of this peculiar endeavor.

Like his teammate, Cole is an Ohio native and in fact, he relished the chance to not only share the floor with LeBron James, the state’s most well-known ambassador, but win a couple of NBA titles on his side.

Since 2017, the 6’2” guard has been getting buckets in Europe. Alas, his teams never make the playoffs. Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2018, Buducnost Voli in 2019 and now the almost “doomed” ASVEL, missed EuroLeague’s penultimate phase by a mile.

Following a 88-71 blowout defeat to Panathinaikos OPAP in Athens, Lighty and Cole, who share the same age, state of origin and -of course- locker room, spoke to TalkBasket.net about the things that keep their team behind and their relationship with president Tony Parker.

“We had a tough second half, man. They kept the rhythm and the flow. You got to commend them, they executed on both ends, making every basket for us difficult and creating offensive possessions for themselves”, David Lighty uttered upon exiting the locker.

The goal of the French team now is debatable: “We got to take it game by game. That’s the only thing we can do. We can’t look forward, ahead of anything. This season has been like Covid. It’s crazy! It’s been up and down. At times, we show a great level, that we can play and beat games. We are lacking consistency. Just finding the right flow for everybody and being on the same page has been tough this year”.

The question is how can the squad change the bad momentum. Lighty reiterates: “If we had the answer for it, we wouldn’t be inconsistent! It’s something that we’ve been working on, in order to fight for every possession. I think that against Panathinaikos, we started the game well and we did a great job, but then they got all the 50-50 balls and the rebounds. We just have to keep fighting. You can’t give up.”

Norris Cole believes that “the goal is to take it one game at a time. Stay positive. That’s all we can do: stay together though the good and the bad times. Now, it’s a tough time, but we’re going to stay together, keep working every day and remain professional. There’s multiple problems. Every game is different. We just have to make sure that we get better and limit the mistakes that we make. We don’t point fingers on this team. We all take accountability and we have to play better.”

Serbian star Nemanja Nedovic had another splendid performance this season, scoring 33 points in just over 28 minutes for a Performance Index Rating of 40. Guarding him is “very hard”, David Lighty concedes. “He’s moving so fast and then there’s the actions that they draw up for him. He’s coming off the down screens and ball screens. He has the green light and can shoot at any time. With a player like that, it’s very difficult. You can’t be physical and put your body onto him. He found his rhythm early and kept going.”

One cannot help but notice the big disparity between ASVEL’s home and away games, especially in terms of shooting percentages: “Exactly, that’s been a big thing for us”, Lighty admits. “We got to focus and lock in. it’s up to us. Maybe, if there were fans, it would be a little more easier. Now, we have to make do with the empty gym.”

How is it playing for a team managed by Tony Parker? Norris Cole takes the stage: “Tony is very professional. He takes care of his players. He makes sure we have everything we need; the organization provides all the resources that we need and that’s all you can ask for. I’ve been fortunate to be able to play for him and his team.”

Lighty played for ASVEL between 2014 and 2016 and then from 2017. Last summer, he signed a three-year extension. Does this mean he will end his career with Asvel, as Tony Parker said in the summer?

“I’m always open to anything. We never know what’s going to happen. It’s a good situation and a good place for me. If anyone would like me, we could go and see what’s the best options and details for me and the team.

Italy and France were the two best places for me. I had offers from other places and teams, but I don’t think the fit might have been right. In the end, you never know what’s going to happen. That’s why I go out and whatever teams has me, I try to fit the role.”

In Norris Cole‘s case, the player-president relationship is the one that holds sway, although the two share a great deal of NBA past in common. The former Miami Heat reserve faced the Frenchman, who was a starting point guard for the 2014 NBA champs:

“We get to talk sometimes. Obviously, I practice and play and Tony does what he has to do, but when we see each other, we talk a bit about our NBA time. I’m sure that as the season goes on, we’ll get to talk more about the (2013, 2014) NBA Finals, when we played each other a lot. It was great. I was a young player in the league at the time. Obviously, he was a veteran, but it was great to compete against him.”

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Real Madrid to face Crvena Zvezda on January 18 https://www.talkbasket.net/118957-real-madrid-to-face-crvena-zvezda-on-january-18 https://www.talkbasket.net/118957-real-madrid-to-face-crvena-zvezda-on-january-18#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 04:43:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118957 Real Madrid will face Crvena Zvezda this coming Monday, January 18, as EuroLeague Basketball officially announced. Zvezda couldn’t arrive to Madrid on time for the game against Real on Wednesday and EuroLeague was forced to suspend the game. Both teams will be in action on Friday (Round 20), too, with Real taking on Bayern Munich […]

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Real Madrid to face Crvena Zvezda on January 18

Real Madrid will face Crvena Zvezda this coming Monday, January 18, as EuroLeague Basketball officially announced.

Zvezda couldn’t arrive to Madrid on time for the game against Real on Wednesday and EuroLeague was forced to suspend the game.

Both teams will be in action on Friday (Round 20), too, with Real taking on Bayern Munich on the road and Zvezda battling Valencia in Spain.

EuroLeague Round 20 started with three games, with Anadolu Efes (99-60 over Khimki), Armani Milano (70-84 vs ALBA Berlin) and Maccabi Tel-Aviv (91-82 over Baskonia) claiming big victories.

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Zenit St.Petersburg welcomes Tarik Black https://www.talkbasket.net/118824-zenit-st-petersburg-welcomes-tarik-black https://www.talkbasket.net/118824-zenit-st-petersburg-welcomes-tarik-black#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:47:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118824 Tarik Black joins Zenit St.Petersburg until the end of the 2020/21 Euroleague season and he will play under the guidance of coach Pascual. The 29-year old player will replace Alex Poythress who is sidelined due to an injury. In his previous Euroleague experience with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Black played 37 matches, scored 10.4 points and […]

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Zenit St.Petersburg welcomes Tarik Black

Tarik Black joins Zenit St.Petersburg until the end of the 2020/21 Euroleague season and he will play under the guidance of coach Pascual. The 29-year old player will replace Alex Poythress who is sidelined due to an injury. In his previous Euroleague experience with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Black played 37 matches, scored 10.4 points and made 5.2 rebounds per game on average.

In his first words as a player of Zenit, Tarik Black expressed his enthusiasm: “My family and I are very happy with the success that Zenit has already achieved this season. I feel that coach Pascual’s style of play suits me, I am ready to come to St. Petersburg and contribute to the success of the team as much as possible. I am also looking forward to seeing St. Petersburg. All attention is now directed to achieving the goals of the team and striving for great victories”.

Zenit’s Team Manager, Manos Papadopoulos mentioned: “We do not know the exact time of the return of Alex Poytress, so the Club’s management and the coaching staff decided to sign another player. Tarik Black is one of the best free agents at the moment, he has to help our team at the most crucial moment of the season with such a tight schedule”.

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Panathinaikos announced a deal with Oded Kattash https://www.talkbasket.net/118816-panathinaikos-announced-a-deal-with-oded-kattash https://www.talkbasket.net/118816-panathinaikos-announced-a-deal-with-oded-kattash#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:35:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118816 Panathinaikos OPAP has officially come to an agreement with coach Oded Kattash to a 1,5 year deal. The Israeli coach is ready to take over the “greens” and lead them out of the Euroleague bottom three. Kattash arrived today (14/1) in Athens and he will coach Panathinaikos in their second Euroleague match of the week […]

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Panathinaikos announced a deal with Oded Kattash

Panathinaikos OPAP has officially come to an agreement with coach Oded Kattash to a 1,5 year deal. The Israeli coach is ready to take over the “greens” and lead them out of the Euroleague bottom three. Kattash arrived today (14/1) in Athens and he will coach Panathinaikos in their second Euroleague match of the week against Fenerbahce (15/1).

Kattash knows pretty well what Panathinaikos is all about, since he has been a player of the club from 1999-2001 winning one Euroleague title.

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Nedovic leads Panathinaikos back to winning ways against ASVEL https://www.talkbasket.net/118684-nedovic-leads-panathinaikos-back-to-winning-ways-against-asvel https://www.talkbasket.net/118684-nedovic-leads-panathinaikos-back-to-winning-ways-against-asvel#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 20:50:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118684 With Panathinaikos missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou due to injury, but with Nemanja Nedovic on a great night for once more, the hosts returned to winning ways getting the win against ASVEL Villeurbanne, 88-71, on Wednesday night (13/1). With the two teams going head-to-head for three quarters, Panathinaikos only needed 10 minutes to extend their […]

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Nedovic leads Panathinaikos back to winning ways against ASVEL

With Panathinaikos missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou due to injury, but with Nemanja Nedovic on a great night for once more, the hosts returned to winning ways getting the win against ASVEL Villeurbanne, 88-71, on Wednesday night (13/1). With the two teams going head-to-head for three quarters, Panathinaikos only needed 10 minutes to extend their lead and get a much needed win at home.

The Serbian guard, Nemanja Nedovic was the leading scorer for the hosts with 33 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Giorgos Papagiannis had another productive night with 18 points. Norris Cole was the top scorer for ASVEL Villeurbanne with 15 points while David Lighty added another 13.

The Match

Trailed early but Nedovic made the difference

ASVEL started the quarter with great offensive choices while playing strong defense on the other end of the court. Panathinaikos on the other hand, with Nedovic as their main scoring source, took their first lead of the match with Papagiannis after great team work and great communication with the guards (18-17). Panathinaikos scored an 18-2 run to end the first quarter leading by 4 points (25-21).

Great offensive choices for Panathinaikos with Cole leading ASVEL

The “greens” strengthened their defense in the second quarter and fought for every single rebound, every single possession (32-26). ASVEL came back within two points after some great decisions in offense with Norris Cole (32-30). Nedovic didn’t do much scoring for Panathinaikos in the second quarter, but his contribution was still very important passing the ball to his teammates and creating opportunities. With Panathinaikos taking advantage all the mistakes ASVEL was making in defense, Papagiannis and Mitoglou were the players that put on a dunk show (42-40). ASVEL was always close to the score, not letting the hosts get confident and extend their lead. Nedovic was pretty quite in the second quarter but hit the triple to send the two teams to the locker rooms with his team leading by 3 (45-42).

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Panathinaikos’ defense gives the 10 -point lead

With Nedovic starting the quarter right from where he left it, both teams made some wrong choices on offense. Panathinaikos’ defense on the other hand was what gave them a 7-point lead (55-48) and the confidence that they could win the game. Cole was the one who was trying to keep ASVEL alive, showing his shooting range and doing pretty much everything for his team to stay close to the score. Great contribution from Papagiannis, who was there right when Panathinaikos’ needed it on both ends of the court (64-55). The Norris Cole – Nemanja Nedovic battle found the second, leading the hosts to a safe 10-point lead (70-60).

They tried, but not enough

ASVEL started the fourth quarter ready for a comeback, scoring 4 consecutive points and showing some aggression on defense. But not for long with Panathinaikos getting their first double digit lead (76-65), to extend it even more with Dinos Mitoglou (78-65). With Papagiannis dominating the rebounds and giving offensive solutions, the “greens” extended their lead to 18 points with ASVEL unable to react. Panathinaikos was doing everything right for the 2:25 minutes remaining and got a much needed win at home, 88-71.

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EuroLeague suspends Real Madrid vs Crvena Zvezda game due to extreme weather conditions in Spain https://www.talkbasket.net/118658-euroleague-suspends-real-madrid-vs-crvena-zvezda-game-due-to-extreme-weather-conditions-in-spain https://www.talkbasket.net/118658-euroleague-suspends-real-madrid-vs-crvena-zvezda-game-due-to-extreme-weather-conditions-in-spain#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:30:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118658 EuroLeague Basketball announced that the game between Real Madrid and Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday has been suspended. The game between Real and Zvezda was suspended due to the inability of the Serbian team to reach the Spanish capital, where the game was to be held. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade’s flight didn’t receive the clearance from […]

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EuroLeague suspends Real Madrid vs Crvena Zvezda game due to extreme weather conditions in Spain

EuroLeague Basketball announced that the game between Real Madrid and Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday has been suspended.

The game between Real and Zvezda was suspended due to the inability of the Serbian team to reach the Spanish capital, where the game was to be held.

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade’s flight didn’t receive the clearance from Spanish authorities due to the exceptional bad weather conditions that Spain has experienced since last Friday, limiting the number of flights arriving and departing from the airport.

Euroleague Basketball will evaluate with the affected teams the best possible options to reschedule the game based on available dates and TV rightsholders’ production availability. Further information will be released as warranted in the coming days.

Real Madrid has a 12-6 record in the EuroLeague, whereas Zvezda is at 6-12.

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Dzanan Musa joins Anadolu Efes https://www.talkbasket.net/118643-dzanan-musa-to-reportedly-join-anadolu-efes https://www.talkbasket.net/118643-dzanan-musa-to-reportedly-join-anadolu-efes#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:49:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118643 Anadolu Efes has strengthened their roster with Bosnian forward, Dzanan Musa. As it was reported by Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops, with the club announcement following, the 21-year old player has signed his contract with the Turkish club until the summer of 2023. With that signing, Anadolu Efes is investing in a young player with great […]

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Dzanan Musa joins Anadolu Efes

Anadolu Efes has strengthened their roster with Bosnian forward, Dzanan Musa. As it was reported by Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops, with the club announcement following, the 21-year old player has signed his contract with the Turkish club until the summer of 2023. With that signing, Anadolu Efes is investing in a young player with great potential and physicality.

Musa was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 29th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and he was then traded to the Detroit Pistons in 2020 in a three-team trade but left almost a month later.

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Nikola Mirotic returns to practices for Barcelona https://www.talkbasket.net/118637-nikola-mirotic-returns-to-practices-for-barcelona https://www.talkbasket.net/118637-nikola-mirotic-returns-to-practices-for-barcelona#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:55:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118637 Nikola Mirotic is stepping on the court again for Barcelona, adding an extra weapon in Sara’s Jasikevicius frontline. Mirotic has missed Barcelona’s last 5 games due to personal reasons and he’s returning back in action on Friday’s game (15/1) against CSKA Moscow.

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Nikola Mirotic returns to practices for Barcelona

Nikola Mirotic is stepping on the court again for Barcelona, adding an extra weapon in Sara’s Jasikevicius frontline. Mirotic has missed Barcelona’s last 5 games due to personal reasons and he’s returning back in action on Friday’s game (15/1) against CSKA Moscow.

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FC Barcelona star guard Nick Calathes sets new club record in win vs Khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/118551-fc-barcelona-star-guard-nick-calathes-sets-new-club-record-in-win-vs-khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/118551-fc-barcelona-star-guard-nick-calathes-sets-new-club-record-in-win-vs-khimki#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 03:33:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118551 FC Barcelona rallied past Khimki on the road (75-87), with Nick Calathes setting a new club record in assists. Calathes had 15 assists in the game, breaking his own record at the club after dishing 14 against Armani Milano last month. FC Barcelona improved to 13-6 and remained close to the top of the EuroLeague […]

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FC Barcelona star guard Nick Calathes sets new club record in win vs Khimki

FC Barcelona rallied past Khimki on the road (75-87), with Nick Calathes setting a new club record in assists.

Calathes had 15 assists in the game, breaking his own record at the club after dishing 14 against Armani Milano last month.

FC Barcelona improved to 13-6 and remained close to the top of the EuroLeague standings. On the other hand, Khimki dropped to 2-17 after losing its 10th straight.

In the other matches: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (8-11) – Olympiacos (10-8): 87-89

Armani Milano (11-7) – Valencia (10-9): 95-80

Anadolu Efes (10-9) – ALBA Berlin (7-12): 84-76

Fenerbahce (9-10) – Baskonia (9-10): 96-76

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Olympiacos survives the overtime thriller and gets away with the win on the road https://www.talkbasket.net/118496-olympiacos-survives-the-overtime-thriller-and-gets-away-with-the-win-on-the-road https://www.talkbasket.net/118496-olympiacos-survives-the-overtime-thriller-and-gets-away-with-the-win-on-the-road#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 21:33:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118496 After a close, intense match that went to overtime, Olympiacos survived in Tel Aviv and grabbed the win against Maccabi, 87-89 on Tuesday night (12/1). With Larentzakis coming off the bench and scoring a career high in the Euroleague and Vassilis Spanoulis only playing for 5 minutes, Olympiacos survived and returns to Piraeus with a […]

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Olympiacos survives the overtime thriller and gets away with the win on the road

After a close, intense match that went to overtime, Olympiacos survived in Tel Aviv and grabbed the win against Maccabi, 87-89 on Tuesday night (12/1). With Larentzakis coming off the bench and scoring a career high in the Euroleague and Vassilis Spanoulis only playing for 5 minutes, Olympiacos survived and returns to Piraeus with a much needed win. Maccabi saw the lead the had, in most of the time, vanish and lost another match in such a short difference.

Kostas Sloukas was for another match the top scorer for Olympiacos with 21 points and 11 assists, while Giannoulis Larentzakis completed his career-high night in the Euroleague with 13 points. For the hosts, Scottie Wilbekin had 25 points while Elijah Bryant added another 15.

The Match

With both teams starting aggressively on defense, Maccabi opened the score in the first quarter with two points from Bryant, while Olympiacos committed their second turnover in just 2 minutes of play (2-0). After 4 minutes of play and several turnovers, Olympiacos registered their first points of the match with the step back two pointer from Charalampopoulos (2-2). Zizic on the other end completed a three point play for Maccabi giving the hosts a 3-point lead (5-2). Wilbekin from deep scored his first points of the match, extending his team’s lead to 6 points (8-2). Printezis scored 4 personal points for Olympiacos to make the score 10-6, while Wilbekin scored two free throws to retain their 6-point lead (12-6). The American guard was on fire from the very first minutes of the match, scoring his second triple (15-8) with Caloiaro adding two more (17-8). Printezis was leading Olympiacos in the first minutes of the match, scoring his first triple and bringing back the reds within 5 points. Charalampopoulos went to 4 points in the match, scoring two more for Olympiacos making the score 16-13. Defense was dominant in both ends of the court with Maccabi ending the first quarter leading by five points (18-13).

Jones with the bullet pass in the second quarter, gave Jones the chance to score two easy points for Maccabi (20-14) with Caloiaro adding two more after an excellent pass from Zizic (22-14). Bryant gave Maccabi their largest lead of the match with nine points after scoring his first triple (25-16) while McKissic took it down to 7 from the free throw line (25-18) to add another two points later with the strong drive and register two free throws too (27-22). Chris Jones punished Olympiacos’ defense with his first triple of the night taking the lead back to 8 points right before Sloukas and Hassan Martin cooperate to add 2 more points for Olympiacos with the alley-hoop (30-24). Casspi missed a pair of free throws but Olympiacos’ Hassan Martin committed his second foul with Maccabi not taking advantage of it. Printezis was sent to the free throw line but missed both giving Maccabi the chance to score with Zizic (32-24). Ellis with the reverse layup added two more points for Olympiacos, scoring his first two in the match (32-26), with Kostas Sloukas adding two more (34-28). Wilbekin scored the triple but Sloukas was fouled by Dorsey giving his the chance for three free throws (37-31). An open three point shot from Dorsey, extended Maccabi’s lead to 9 points with Printezis committing a turnover on the other end of the court, giving Maccabi the chance to get to double digits. Maccabi couldn’t extended their lead just yet with Olympiacos adding two more points and the two teams heading to the locker rooms with Olympiacos trailing by 7 (40-33).

Photo: Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi opened the second half with a turnover from Wilbekin, giving Ellis the chance to score two easy points for the guests (40-35). With another turnover from Maccabi and Casspi, Olympiacos grabbed the opportunity given and took the difference down to three points with two free throws from Jean-Charles (40-37). Charalampopoulos missed the chance to tie the game but Olympiacos with another steal tied the game with Kostas Sloukas (40-40). Zizic stopped Olympiacos’ run (42-40) but Jean-Charles was there to tie the game once more. Unsportsmanlike foul from Ellis, gave Maccabi the chance to extend their lead to 4 points (46-42) and to 6 later on with Othelo Hunter (48-42). Massive block from Bryant, rejecting Kostas Sloukas saved the possession for Maccabi. Kostas Sloukas went to the free throw line later on, scored two easy points and made the score 48-44, with four minutes, until the end of the quarter, remaining. McKissic added two more free throws for Olympiacos to bring the guests back within two points (48-46). Kostas Sloukas gave Olympiacos their first lead of the game with a triple (48-49) with Dorsey making the shot clock violation thanks to Olympiacos’ defense. Offensive foul on Jean-Charles gave Maccabi the possession back, trailing by 1, with Bryant scoring the floater (50-49). Pretty reversed layup from Dorsey brought Maccabi back by 2 but Larentzakis squared things up for Olympiacos (52-52). Maccabi managed to score 3 consecutive points and ended the third quarter, leading by three (55-52).

With the fourth quarter underway, Larentzakis added two more points for Olympiacos bringing his team back within one point (55-54), while Tyler Dorsey on the other end of the court committed another turnover. Olympiacos grabbed the opportunity given with Hassan Martin, and got back leading the score with one points (55-56). The guests strengthened their defense and got two more points from Sloukas and a three point lead (55-58). Bryant stopped Olympiacos’ run, (57-58), but Caloiaro travelled to give Olympiacos’ the possession who scored with Kostas Sloukas (57-60). Wilbekin scored two free throws for the hosts (59-60) with Sloukas committing the turnover. Jones put Maccabi back in the leader’s position (61-60) with Jean-Charles unable to handle the ball, forcing Olympiacos’ bench to a time out. Olympiacos stole the ball coming back from the time out with Jean-Charles scoring two points for the guests (61-62) halfway the fourth quarter. Cold blooded, Sasha Vezenkov, gave a four-point lead to Olympiacos (61-65) and registered his first points of the match right when his team needed them. Three point play from Maccabi made the score (64-65) but Jean-Charles on the other end scored two dramatic points (64-67). Wilbekin scored two free throws for Maccabi (66-67) with Jean-Charles being fouled out 2 minutes before the end of the match. Wilbekin from deep, gave Maccabi a two point lead (69-67) while Sloukas on the other end committed the turnover forcing Olympiacos to a time out. With 1:30 minutes on the clock, Larentzakis stole the ball but Maccabi got the ball back giving Othelo Hunter the chance for two free throws (71-67). Hassan Martin grabbed the offensive rebound on the other end, scored two points and brought Olympiacos back within two points (71-69), with Maccabi calling for a time out. Final seconds in Tel Aviv, Vezenkov grabbed the rebound and headed to the free throw line to score both and tie the game (71-71). Dorsey shot one free throws for Maccabi but the hosts grabbed the rebound and headed back to the free throw line with Wilbekin (73-71). Sloukas was fouled with 2.9 minutes on the clock, made both free throws, tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Maccabi started the overtime period with two points and Printezis scoring the triple (75-76). Wilbekin committed the turnover for Maccabi, giving the guests the possession. Sloukas added two more free throws for his team extending their lead to 3 points (75-78). On the other end of the court, Maccabi had their own chance to score free throws with Wilbekin making both (77-78). Jones gave Maccabi the lead with the floater (79-78) while Larentzakis got fouled on the other end sending the Greek guard to the free throw line (79-80). Othelo Hunter scored two point for Maccabi right before Larentzakis fired the triple to bring Olympiacos back in front (81-83). Maccabi was forced to the offensive foul and Vezenkov punished the Israeli team with another triple (81-86) and one minute on the clock. Othelo Hunter took the difference down to three points with 45 seconds remaining and Olympiacos’ ball (83-86). Hunter again with the dunk made the game a thriller for once more (85-86), forcing Olympiacos to a time out. With 10 seconds on the clock, Larentzakis was sent to the free throw line to make two free throws (85-88). Wilbekin had the chance to shoot three free throws for Maccabi made 2/3 and Olympiacos grabbed the rebound sending Larentzakis to the other end to shoot and two more. The Greek guard made the first one but missed the second, Hunter grabbed the rebound but Maccabi was unable to score with Olympiacos taking the win, 87-89.

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Andrea Trinchieri fined for his reaction vs Olympiacos https://www.talkbasket.net/118472-andrea-trinchieri-fined-for-his-reaction-vs-olympiacos https://www.talkbasket.net/118472-andrea-trinchieri-fined-for-his-reaction-vs-olympiacos#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:23:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118472 Bayern Munich’s head coach, Andrea Trinchieri will have to pay the amount of 3,500 euros as Euroleague Basketball announced. The Italian head coach, acted “disrespectfully” towards the referees after his team’s loss to Olympiacos in Piraeus. Trinchieri insisted that in his team’s last possession of the match, his player was fouled when attempted to shoot […]

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Andrea Trinchieri fined for his reaction vs Olympiacos

Bayern Munich’s head coach, Andrea Trinchieri will have to pay the amount of 3,500 euros as Euroleague Basketball announced. The Italian head coach, acted “disrespectfully” towards the referees after his team’s loss to Olympiacos in Piraeus. Trinchieri insisted that in his team’s last possession of the match, his player was fouled when attempted to shoot a three pointer.

Per Euroleague Basketball:

“Mr Andrea Trinchieri, head coach of FC Bayern Munich has been sanctioned with a fine of 3,500€ for actions that represent a lack of respect towards the officiating crew on occasion of its away game against Olympiacos Piraeus under Article 27.2.b) of the Euroleague Basketball Disciplinary Code”.

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ASVEL’s William Howard and Amine Noua test positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/118469-asvels-william-howard-and-amine-noua-test-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/118469-asvels-william-howard-and-amine-noua-test-positive-for-covid-19#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:14:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118469 ASVEL Villeurbanne announced that two player have been tested positive for COVID-19 right before their two games in Greece against Panathinaikos (13/1) and Olympiacos (15/1). The French club announced that their players, William Howard and Amine Noua have been tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss both games this week while following all medical protocols.

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ASVEL’s William Howard and Amine Noua test positive for COVID-19

ASVEL Villeurbanne announced that two player have been tested positive for COVID-19 right before their two games in Greece against Panathinaikos (13/1) and Olympiacos (15/1). The French club announced that their players, William Howard and Amine Noua have been tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss both games this week while following all medical protocols.

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Panathinaikos’ Ioannis Papapetrou out vs ASVEL Villeurbanne https://www.talkbasket.net/118466-panathinaikos-ioannis-papapetrou-out-vs-asvel-villeurbanne https://www.talkbasket.net/118466-panathinaikos-ioannis-papapetrou-out-vs-asvel-villeurbanne#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:53:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118466 Panathinaikos is welcoming ASVEL Villeurbanne tomorrow night (13/1), for the first out of two Euroleague matches this week. The “greens” will be missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou due to a minor knee injury. Panathinaikos has decided to protect their captain ahead a tough schedule in the Euroleague. His participation in the game against Fenerbahce (15/1) […]

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Panathinaikos’ Ioannis Papapetrou out vs ASVEL Villeurbanne

Panathinaikos is welcoming ASVEL Villeurbanne tomorrow night (13/1), for the first out of two Euroleague matches this week. The “greens” will be missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou due to a minor knee injury. Panathinaikos has decided to protect their captain ahead a tough schedule in the Euroleague.

His participation in the game against Fenerbahce (15/1) is also doubtful. Coach Charalampidis mentioned: “We won’t be able to have our captain, Ioannis Papapetrou for the game against ASVEL due to a minor knee injury. We want to protect the player. We’ll cover his absence with the players we already have who are ready to step in and do their best for the team. We’ll see if Papapetrou will be able to play on Firday against Fenerbahce. Other than that we have no other absences”.

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Nikola Mirotic to miss another game of FC Barcelona for personal reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/118423-nikola-mirotic-to-miss-another-game-of-fc-barcelona-for-personal-reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/118423-nikola-mirotic-to-miss-another-game-of-fc-barcelona-for-personal-reasons#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 04:54:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118423 Nikola Mirotic will not be available for the game between FC Barcelona and Khimki on Tuesday. As FC Barcelona announced, Mirotic will miss another game, due to personal reasons. Mirotic has not played in the last three weeks. His last appearance took place on December 22 in the game against Anadolu Efes. FC Barcelona is […]

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Nikola Mirotic to miss another game of FC Barcelona for personal reasons

Nikola Mirotic will not be available for the game between FC Barcelona and Khimki on Tuesday.

As FC Barcelona announced, Mirotic will miss another game, due to personal reasons.

Mirotic has not played in the last three weeks. His last appearance took place on December 22 in the game against Anadolu Efes.

FC Barcelona is currently second in the standings, with a 12-6 record.

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Tarik Black to sign with Zenit Saint Petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/118420-tarik-black-to-sign-with-zenit-saint-petersburg https://www.talkbasket.net/118420-tarik-black-to-sign-with-zenit-saint-petersburg#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 04:44:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118420 Tarik Black is expected to make his return to the EuroLeague after just nine months. Per Donatas Urbonas and Moses Barda, Black will sign with Zenit Saint Petersburg. Black spent two years with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, averaging 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.

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Tarik Black to sign with Zenit Saint Petersburg

Tarik Black is expected to make his return to the EuroLeague after just nine months.

Per Donatas Urbonas and Moses Barda, Black will sign with Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Black spent two years with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, averaging 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.

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Aaron Harrison out vs Maccabi Tel Aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/118318-aaron-harrison-out-vs-maccabi-tel-aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/118318-aaron-harrison-out-vs-maccabi-tel-aviv#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:55:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118318 Olympiacos Piraeus is travelling to Tel Aviv where he will face Maccabi (12/1) for the first out of two Euroleague games this week. The team will be missing Aaron Harrison due to an injury with youngster Alexandros Nikolaidis filling in the gap. Hassan Martin will travel to Israel with the rest of the team even […]

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Aaron Harrison out vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

Olympiacos Piraeus is travelling to Tel Aviv where he will face Maccabi (12/1) for the first out of two Euroleague games this week. The team will be missing Aaron Harrison due to an injury with youngster Alexandros Nikolaidis filling in the gap.

Hassan Martin will travel to Israel with the rest of the team even though his participation was doubtful due to an injury he suffered on Sunday’s practice. The American center, will be available for the match against Maccabi, strengthening Olympiacos’ frontline.

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Olympiacos’ Hassan Martin and Aaron Harrison questionable vs Maccabi and ASVEL https://www.talkbasket.net/118195-olympiacos-hassan-martin-and-aaron-harrison-questionable-vs-maccabi-and-asvel https://www.talkbasket.net/118195-olympiacos-hassan-martin-and-aaron-harrison-questionable-vs-maccabi-and-asvel#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2021 13:38:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118195 After a much needed win against Bayern Munich on Friday (8/1), Olympiacos and coach Bartzokas have to deal with two new injuries. The Greeks might play the upcoming double header in the Euroleague against Maccabi (12/1) and ASVEL (15/1), without two of their American players, Aaron Harrison and Hassan Martin, due to muscle sprains both […]

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Olympiacos’ Hassan Martin and Aaron Harrison questionable vs Maccabi and ASVEL

After a much needed win against Bayern Munich on Friday (8/1), Olympiacos and coach Bartzokas have to deal with two new injuries. The Greeks might play the upcoming double header in the Euroleague against Maccabi (12/1) and ASVEL (15/1), without two of their American players, Aaron Harrison and Hassan Martin, due to muscle sprains both suffered on Sunday’s practice (10/1), per Eurohoops. Their condition will be re-examined but their participation is not yet guaranteed.

We remind you that Olympiacos is already missing Kostas Papanikolaou due to a shoulder injury with the player expected to return in approximately two weeks from now.

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Joffrey Lauvergne scores EuroLeague career high vs Khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/118041-joffrey-lauvergne-scores-euroleague-career-high-vs-khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/118041-joffrey-lauvergne-scores-euroleague-career-high-vs-khimki#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2021 04:59:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118041 Joffrey Lauvergne had a career night in the EuroLeague in the triumph of Zalgiris Kaunas over Khimki (102-75). Lauvergne had a career-high 29 points (13/14 shooting), nine rebounds and a PIR of 38, as Zalgiris earned its sixth straight win. The Lithuanians improved to 11-7, whereas the Russians dropped to 2-16, losing their ninth in […]

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Joffrey Lauvergne scores EuroLeague career high vs Khimki

Joffrey Lauvergne had a career night in the EuroLeague in the triumph of Zalgiris Kaunas over Khimki (102-75).

Lauvergne had a career-high 29 points (13/14 shooting), nine rebounds and a PIR of 38, as Zalgiris earned its sixth straight win.

The Lithuanians improved to 11-7, whereas the Russians dropped to 2-16, losing their ninth in a row.

In the other matches: ASVEL Villeurbanne (5-12) – Anadolu Efes (9-9): 80-102

Olympiacos (9-8) – Bayern Munich (11-7): 84-82

Real Madrid (12-6) – Armani Milano (10-7): 76-80

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Olympiacos secures dramatic win against Bayern Munich behind Sloukas’ 24 points https://www.talkbasket.net/117991-olympiacos-secures-dramatic-win-against-bayern-munich-behind-sloukas-24-points https://www.talkbasket.net/117991-olympiacos-secures-dramatic-win-against-bayern-munich-behind-sloukas-24-points#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 21:05:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117991 Olympiacos Piraeus opened 2021 in the Euroleague with a dramatic, 84-82 win against Bayern Munich on Friday night (8/1). The two teams went head-to-head in most of the time, with Bayern having the chance to get the win in the last seconds but Zipser missing the three point shot. At the end of the match, […]

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Olympiacos secures dramatic win against Bayern Munich behind Sloukas’ 24 points

Olympiacos Piraeus opened 2021 in the Euroleague with a dramatic, 84-82 win against Bayern Munich on Friday night (8/1). The two teams went head-to-head in most of the time, with Bayern having the chance to get the win in the last seconds but Zipser missing the three point shot. At the end of the match, coach Trinchieri had an intense talk with the referees, complaining about the last shot of the game asking for a foul on Zipser.

Kostas Sloukas was on fire with 24 points and he was the leading scorer for Olympiacos. Sasha Vezenkov had another convincing performance for the hosts with 13 points while Aaron Harrison and Octavius Ellis scored 11 points each. Seeley’s career high of 26 points on the other hand, was not enough for Bayern to secure the win, while Jalen Reynolds scored another 20 for the German side.

The Match

Bayern Munich opened the score in the first quarter with two points from Radosevic with Hassan Martin registering his first two points for Olympiacos. Kostas Sloukas with his first three pointer of the match gave Olympiacos their first lead of the match with Bayern Munich tying it with their own triple (5-5). Back-to-back triples from Olympiacos, brought the hosts up in the score with Aaron Harrison also registering his first three points of the match (8-5). George Printezis with a beautiful move and the basket got the score to 10-7 with Wade Baldwin unable to reply. The co-captain of Olympiacos, scored five consecutive points and extended his team’s lead to 4 points halfway the first quarter (13-9). Great defensive play from the hosts with Kostas Sloukas making the steal and delivering the ball to Printezis for an easy bucket on the fast break and a quick 7-point lead (16-9). Reynolds took the difference down to 5 points, with Zipser getting the offensive foul and Seeley completing a 4-point play scoring the triple and the extra free throw (16-15). Zipser with the triple, put Bayern back in the leader’s position but unable to extend their lead even further with Weiler-Babb. Kostas Sloukas tied the game from the free throw line and gave Olympiacos a single point advantage, one minute until the end of the first quarter (19-18). Tough bucket from Reynolds and FC Bayern Munich got the score to 19-22 at the end of the first quarter.

Vezenkov with the floater opened the score for Olympiacos in the second quarter, with Reynolds showing his range of shots early in the game (21-24). The hosts run a 5-0 score with Vassilis Spanoulis putting up his team by one, forcing Bayern Munich to a time out (53-24). Seeley with his second triple of the night, stopped Olympiacos’ run to put Bayern up by two, with Radosevic extending it to a 4-point lead (25-29). Kostas Sloukas on the other end fired the triple to make it a single point game right before Seeley knocks down another three pointer for Bayern Munich (28-32). Seeley seemed unstoppable from the perimeter scoring another triple to give the guests their largest lead of the match (28-35) with Kostas Sloukas elevating instantly and helping his team stay close to the score (30-35). Bayern Munich played great defense forcing Olympiacos to the wrong offensive decisions, extending their lead to 9 points (the largest of the match) 2:30 minutes until the end of the first half (33-42). Four free throws from the reds brought the score down to a five point lead for Bayern (37-42), with Seeley comitting his third foul and putting Bayern into some trouble. Vezenkov scored two more free throws for the hosts (39-44), while Octavius Ellis with the impressive dunk and the extra free throw made the game a single possession one right before the end of the first half (42-44). The American center with five points in a row and the steal, tied the game (44-44) on the fast break for Olympiacos, forcing Bayern Munich to a time out. Seeley committed his fourth foul of the match with coach Trinchieri having no other choice than to bench his most effective player so far and to call another time out in just a few seconds. Bayern Munich did manage to score in the last seconds of the first half, stealing the ball and heading to the locker rooms with a two point lead (44-46).

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In the third quarter, Kostas Sloukas tied the game with two free throws (46-46), with Olympiacos’ defense putting the guests into some trouble and Sloukas again scoring a very tough bucket at the end of Olympiacos’ possession (48-46). Baldwin registered Bayern’s first points in the second quarter, but Aaron Harrison with his second triple of the match, gave his team a 3-point lead (51-48). Baldwin took it personally in the beginning of the third quarter, completing a three point play, tying the game and getting to 10 personal points (51-51). Reynolds with 12 personal point put his team up by two (53-55) right before he extends it even further with two more (53-57). Hassan Martin ended Bayern’s 4-0 scoring run but Reynolds seemed unstoppable for Bayern doing everything for his team (55-59). Spanoulis scored for three to keep Olympiacos close to the score, while Sloukas managed to tie things up (59-59) for Olympiacos and not let the guests get confident. Harrison from the free throw line put Olympiacos ahead with two points (61-59) with Wade Baldwin committing the turnover on the other end of the court. Spanoulis from downtown scored his first triple of the match giving his team a five point lead (64-59) and the momentum. Beautiful move from Wade Baldwin brought Bayern closer to the score, to end the third quarter with Olympiacos leading by 3 points (64-61).

With the fourth quarter underway, Seeley returned on the court after an entire quarter on the bench and headed to the free throw line scoring two points for the guests (64-63). Octavius Ellis grabbed the offensive rebound and scored two points for Olympiacos to keep that 3-point lead for his team (66-63). Olympiacos stole the ball but couldn’t do anything more after a bad pass from Sloukas. Spanoulis with the step back three, moved to 10 personal points and put his team up by 6 points, forcing coach Trinchieri to a time out (69-63). Olympiacos had the momentum of the match and got their largest lead so far with Sasha Vezenkov firing the long three (73-63). Seeley was keeping his team alive scoring a new career high of 19 points, making the score 75-68, right before Ellis extends it for once more (77-68). With four minutes on the clock and Olympiacos up by seven points (77-70), Bayern had one last chance to get back on the game. Ellis committed the unsportsmanlike foul, Reynolds made both free throws and Bayern had the possession. Gist scored for two taking the score to 77-74 for the hosts. Kostas Sloukas committed the turnover, giving the guests another chance to tie the game or make it a single point one. Of course Seeley couldn’t miss the chance to tie things up at 77 points each but Sasha Vezenkov stopped Bayern’s run with the bucket and the extra free throw (80-77). Octavius Ellis secured the defensive rebound with two minutes to play, with the American center securing an extra possession for his team. Reynolds stole the ball from Spanoulis to score another two personal points while Sloukas on the other end put his team up with three points (82-79). Unbelievable turnover from Wade Baldwin who lost control of the basketball, let the hosts extend their lead with Kostas Sloukas. Seeley kept his team alive with another triple (84-82) and 2 second on the clock remaining. Zipser missed the three pointer and Olympiacos secured an 84-82 win.

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Facundo Campazzo says Luka Doncic is a friend for life: “My relationship with him is great” https://www.talkbasket.net/117988-facundo-campazzo-says-luka-doncic-is-a-friend-for-life-my-relationship-with-him-is-great https://www.talkbasket.net/117988-facundo-campazzo-says-luka-doncic-is-a-friend-for-life-my-relationship-with-him-is-great#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:51:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117988 Former Real Madrid teammates Facundo Campazzo & Luka Doncic are now both in the NBA. The two crossed paths last night when Denver met up with Dallas on Thursday, resulting in a Mavs overtime win. At practice the day before, Campazzo touched on his strong connection with Doncic. (Via Denver Nuggets): “My relationship with him […]

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Facundo Campazzo says Luka Doncic is a friend for life: “My relationship with him is great”

Former Real Madrid teammates Facundo Campazzo & Luka Doncic are now both in the NBA.

The two crossed paths last night when Denver met up with Dallas on Thursday, resulting in a Mavs overtime win.

At practice the day before, Campazzo touched on his strong connection with Doncic.

(Via Denver Nuggets):

“My relationship with him is great. We are friends, we try to keep in touch. Not every day, but we try. He’s a special kid & a special player.”

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Thomas Heurtel will have individual training sessions; will not practice with FC Barcelona again, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/117979-thomas-heurtel-will-have-individual-training-sessions-will-not-practice-with-fc-barcelona-again-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/117979-thomas-heurtel-will-have-individual-training-sessions-will-not-practice-with-fc-barcelona-again-per-report#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:06:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117979 FC Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel are still working on terminating the contract of the French guard. The two sides have not reached an agreement yet and Heurtel is not allowed to practice with FC Barcelona. Heurtel will also not practice with Barca B, too, as reported by ESport3. Per the report, Heurtel will have individual […]

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Thomas Heurtel will have individual training sessions; will not practice with FC Barcelona again, per report

FC Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel are still working on terminating the contract of the French guard.

The two sides have not reached an agreement yet and Heurtel is not allowed to practice with FC Barcelona.

Heurtel will also not practice with Barca B, too, as reported by ESport3.

Per the report, Heurtel will have individual training sessions, until FC Barcelona and his agent, Misko Raznatovic, agree to a contract termination.

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FC Barcelona puts an end to a three-game losing streak in the EuroLeague https://www.talkbasket.net/117882-fc-barcelona-puts-an-end-to-a-three-game-losing-streak-in-the-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/117882-fc-barcelona-puts-an-end-to-a-three-game-losing-streak-in-the-euroleague#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 05:42:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117882 FC Barcelona put an end to a three-game losing streak in the EuroLeague, thanks to its 87-72 victory over Valencia at home. The hosts played without Nikola Mirotic for a third straight game, but made a decent performance on both ends and sealed the deal. FC Barcelona improved to 12-6, whereas Valencia dropped to 10-8. […]

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FC Barcelona puts an end to a three-game losing streak in the EuroLeague

FC Barcelona put an end to a three-game losing streak in the EuroLeague, thanks to its 87-72 victory over Valencia at home.

The hosts played without Nikola Mirotic for a third straight game, but made a decent performance on both ends and sealed the deal. FC Barcelona improved to 12-6, whereas Valencia dropped to 10-8.

In the other matches, Fenerbahce (8-10) survived a late thriller against Crvena Zvezda on the road (6-12) and extended its winning streak to three games (71-73).

For its part, Maccabi Tel-Aviv maintained a playoff push, after its 73-85 win over ALBA Berlin. The Israelis have now won five of their last seven games and are at 8-10.

On the other hand, ALBA lost for the fourth time in the last five games and dropped to 7-11.

In Athens, Zenit Saint Petersburg rallied past Panathinaikos (77-89) and continued its impressive road record. The Russians (11-5) have won eight of their nine road games in the EuroLeague (8-1).

On the other hand, the “Greens” have lost three in a row and have a 5-12 record. The multiple time EuroLeague champions are also in search for a new head coach.

At Fernando Buesa Arena, Baskonia (9-9) edged CSKA Moscow (14-4) and ended the 12-game winning streak of the Russians.

Mike James had a chance to win or tie the game, but missed the game-winning shot, as CSKA lost for the first time since October 22.

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Lorenzo Brown’s buzzer-beater against Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/117835-lorenzo-browns-buzzer-beater-against-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/117835-lorenzo-browns-buzzer-beater-against-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:31:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117835 Fenerbahce beat Crvena Zvezda with a score of 71-73 all thanks to a buzzer-beater floater performed by Lorenzo Brown in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall. The ex-player of Crvena Zvezda, Lorenzo Brown, became the game hero in his return to Belgrade by hitting the floater while Ognjen Dobrić and Quino Colom were guarding him. With this win, […]

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Lorenzo Brown’s buzzer-beater against Crvena Zvezda

Fenerbahce beat Crvena Zvezda with a score of 71-73 all thanks to a buzzer-beater floater performed by Lorenzo Brown in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall.

The ex-player of Crvena Zvezda, Lorenzo Brown, became the game hero in his return to Belgrade by hitting the floater while Ognjen Dobrić and Quino Colom were guarding him.

With this win, Fenerbahce now has a three-game winning streak and improved to 8-10. On the other side, Crvena Zvezda has a 6-12 record and lost its chance to win three consecutive EuroLeague home games for the first time since 2018.

Crvena Zvezda was fighting all 40 minutes to protect the home court and was leading by 66-59 at about 5 minutes till the end of the match. In those critical moments, the home team allowed the opponent to take the lead completely to return and celebrate in Belgrade.

Already mentioned Lorenzo Brown, together with Dyshawn Pierre, led Fenerbahce with 13 points each against the Serbian squad. Besides Brown and Dyshawn, Marko Gudurić added 11 and both Jan Vesely and Danilo Barthel ended the match with 10 points.

On the other side, for Crvena Zvezda, Johhny O’Bryant scored 17, Dobrić 12, Dejan Davidovac 11, and Colom 10.

Game recap

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Zenit St.Petersburg survived Panathinaikos’ comeback to take their first Euroleague win in 2021 https://www.talkbasket.net/117812-zenit-st-petersburg-survived-panathinaikos-comeback-to-take-their-first-euroleague-win-in-2021 https://www.talkbasket.net/117812-zenit-st-petersburg-survived-panathinaikos-comeback-to-take-their-first-euroleague-win-in-2021#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 21:03:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117812 Panathinaikos OPAP was close to a massive comeback from 25 points down but Zenit St.Petersburg, led by Gudaitis’ 25 points, survived in Athens and left OAKA with a 77-89 win, on Thursday night (7/1). Panathinaikos had coach Charalampidis on their bench after Giorgos Vovoras’ departure from the Greek club. The Lithuanian big man, Arturas Gudaitis, […]

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Zenit St.Petersburg survived Panathinaikos’ comeback to take their first Euroleague win in 2021

Panathinaikos OPAP was close to a massive comeback from 25 points down but Zenit St.Petersburg, led by Gudaitis’ 25 points, survived in Athens and left OAKA with a 77-89 win, on Thursday night (7/1). Panathinaikos had coach Charalampidis on their bench after Giorgos Vovoras’ departure from the Greek club.

The Lithuanian big man, Arturas Gudaitis, was the top scorer for the guests with 25 points while he reached 1000 points in the Euroleague. Kevin Pangos has another productive night, helping his team get the win with 18 points. For the hosts, Ioannis Papapterou was the leading scorer with 14 points, while Dinos Mitoglou added 13.

The Match

Panathinaikos opened the score in the first quarter with two points from Marcus Foster with Zenit replying with 4 consecutive points (2-4). Kevin Pangos started the game strong with 4 points, to give his team the first 5-point lead of the match (4-9). Gudaitis extended his team’s lead to 6 points (5-11) with George Papagiannis scoring 2 points for Panathinaikos to take the difference down to 4 points (7-11). Aaron White with the basket and the extra free throw brought Panathinaikos back on the game pretty quickly but Zenit showed some great passing game and extended their lead to 9 points (9-18) with 2:30 minutes, until the end of the quarter, remaining. Kevin Pangos with two free throws brought Zenit’s lead to double digits for the first time in this first quarter (9-20). Dinos Mitoglou replied with a pair of free throws (11-20) but Panathinaikos needed a lot more than that in order to get back on the game. Ioannis Papapetrou with the jump shot brought Panathinaikos back within 7 points while Billy Baron made sure his team keeps a safe lead by the end of the quarter (13-23). Zenit was in control of the game, ending the first ten minutes of the match leading by 10 points (16-26).

In the second quarter, Zenit extended their lead to 17 points pretty fast with Billy Baron, while Panathinaikos was unable to find their way to the basket and become more competitive forcing Panathinaikos’ bench to a time out early in the second quarter (16-33). Ben Bentil registered Panathinaikos’ first 6 points with consecutive baskets, taking the difference down to 13 points (20-33). Nedovic with the triple, his first three points of the night, brought Panathinaikos back within ten points (23-33), forcing coach Pascual to a time out. Ponitka missed the chance for an easy basket, while Ben Bentil on the other end of the court took the difference to single digits with an impressive dunk, right before Pangos fires another triple (27-38). With three minutes remaining and the difference to seven points for Zenit, Panathinaikos strengthen their defense, put the ball inside the paint and became more competitive. Papagiannis with the dunk made the score 33-42, right before Zenit replied with a triple from Fridzon (33-45). The two teams headed to the locker rooms with Zenit leading by 12 points at the end of the second quarter, (35-47).

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Thomas opened the score in the second half for Zenit with his second triple of the match, extending his team’s lead to 15 points (35-50). Panathinaikos were missing their opportunities to score while Zenit and Kevin Pangos continued scoring with ease (35-53). Papapetrou with the dunk, scored Panathinaikos’ first two points in the second half while Papagiannis with the block stopped Zenit from scoring two more (37-53). The big man of Panathinaikos was the one who was keeping the Greeks alive in the second half with Zenit’s lead extended between 18-20 points (41-61). Thomas led Zenit to their largest lead of the match (23 points) halfway the third quarter while Panathinaikos was finding score from two players (44-66). Zenit kept playing great basketball until the end of the quarter and extended their lead to 22 points (54-76).

Mitoglou opened the score in the fourth quarter for the “greens” scoring two points, while Panathinaikos missed several chances to score more. Nedovic with the huge dunk brought the difference back to 15 points with coach Pascual calling a time out seeing his team losing their 20+ points lead (63-78). Austin Hollins stopped Panathinaikos comeback with an easy two point basket, while Dinos Mitoglou on the other end scored four more and his teammate, Bochoridis, made the steal (68-80). Pangos and Gudaitis continued their perfect cooperation, with the Lithuanian center scoring the basket and getting the extra free throw (69-84), with three minuted until the end of the match remaining. Bochoridis with his two free throws took the difference down to 14 points but time was not a friend of Panathinaikos (71-84). Mitoglou stole the ball to knock down the triple and bring back the difference to single digits (75-84). Zenit managed to stay calm and concentrated, retained their lead, and won the match, 77-89.

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Real Madrid to likely miss Sergio Llull for several games https://www.talkbasket.net/117792-real-madrid-to-likely-miss-sergio-llull-for-several-games https://www.talkbasket.net/117792-real-madrid-to-likely-miss-sergio-llull-for-several-games#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:05:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117792 Real Madrid is expected to miss star guard Sergio Llull for several games, due to injury. The head coach of Real Madrid, Pablo Laso, confirmed the news while speaking to reporters prior to the game against Armani Milano on Friday. “We come into the game following a trip featuring two tough away games, in Tenerife […]

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Real Madrid to likely miss Sergio Llull for several games

Real Madrid is expected to miss star guard Sergio Llull for several games, due to injury.

The head coach of Real Madrid, Pablo Laso, confirmed the news while speaking to reporters prior to the game against Armani Milano on Friday.

“We come into the game following a trip featuring two tough away games, in Tenerife and Andorra, and we’ve got a few absentees, like Llull, Deck and the minor injury picked up by Rudy in the game in Andorra.

He tried to train and we’ll have to see how he’s doing tomorrow, but we’ve got to be careful with it because it’s a muscular issue. Llull will likely remain sidelined and that’s one that’ll need more time. Deck trained with the team today.

We’ll be careful with the three of them right up until the last and we’ll have to see how they’re doing for tomorrow’s game, whilst bearing in mind that the rest of the team is feeling the effect of so many matches and trips,” Laso said, via Eurohoops.net.

Real is currently second in the EuroLeague standings, with a 12-5 record.

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Panathinaikos close to a deal with coach Oded Kattash? https://www.talkbasket.net/117782-panathinaikos-close-to-a-deal-with-coach-oded-kattash https://www.talkbasket.net/117782-panathinaikos-close-to-a-deal-with-coach-oded-kattash#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 12:37:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117782 After the departure of Giorgos Vovoras from the head coach position, Panathinaikos is looking for a new coach. Oded Kattash is reportedly Vovoras’ successor on Panathinaikos’ bench and he is ready to sign a contract with the “Greens” until 2022, per Eurohoops. Kattash has won a Euroleague trophy with Panathinaikos, as a player and he […]

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Panathinaikos close to a deal with coach Oded Kattash?

After the departure of Giorgos Vovoras from the head coach position, Panathinaikos is looking for a new coach. Oded Kattash is reportedly Vovoras’ successor on Panathinaikos’ bench and he is ready to sign a contract with the “Greens” until 2022, per Eurohoops.

Kattash has won a Euroleague trophy with Panathinaikos, as a player and he is ready to take over the bench of the club. Kattash was previously coaching Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, and the talks about his buyout are still ongoing but will be finalised soon.

This is not the first time that Panathinaikos has approached the Israeli coach with the Greek club trying to bring him in Athens back in April, 2020.

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Arturas Gudaitis on Zenit, time in Milan, NBA agenda and the special place that is OAKA https://www.talkbasket.net/117713-arturas-gudaitis-on-zenit-time-in-milan-nba-agenda-and-the-special-place-that-is-oaka https://www.talkbasket.net/117713-arturas-gudaitis-on-zenit-time-in-milan-nba-agenda-and-the-special-place-that-is-oaka#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 07:34:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117713 Arturas Gudaitis hasn’t been much himself lately. His performances with his new club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, have been solid albeit unimpressive. 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds over 14 games pale in comparison with the numbers he was used to posting while in Lombardy. A torn ACL vanquished the Lithuanian big’s brilliant 2018-19 campaign with Armani […]

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Arturas Gudaitis on Zenit, time in Milan, NBA agenda and the special place that is OAKA

Arturas Gudaitis hasn’t been much himself lately.

His performances with his new club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, have been solid albeit unimpressive. 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds over 14 games pale in comparison with the numbers he was used to posting while in Lombardy.

A torn ACL vanquished the Lithuanian big’s brilliant 2018-19 campaign with Armani Milan, in addition to putting his plans on becoming an NBA player to a halt. Gudaitis, a second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015, was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018, the franchise that still holds his NBA rights.

Whether he gets a call-up or not remains to be seen, mostly because what matters at this points is for him to become the dominant center EuroLeague was witnessing two years ago: 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds on 64% two-point and 80.5% free-throw shooting rendered him a sight to behold.

The now 27-year-old from Klaipeda has joined the ranks of an ambitious Russian side, whose roster and balance have little to do with last season. Zenit are 10-5 and, for the time being, they loom as one of the favourites for the EuroLeague playoffs.

A few hours before his team, coached by the celebrated Catalan coach Xavi Pascual, squares off with Greek team Panathinaikos OPAP in Athens, Arturas Gudaitis expressed his views on the game, the season, his new as well as his former team and his NBA aspirations which are largely dependent upon him becoming a better version of himself.

Moreover, as a player who feeds off the crowd’s energy, he repeatedly uttered his desire to have the fans back in the gyms all around Europe – and especially at the OAKA arena.

“The situation is difficult everywhere in the world. Some people get sick, some stores are open, others remain closed. The most difficult part is playing without fans. For me, as a basketball player, that’s very important. Other than that, there are some restrictions regarding family members. Everything is different, but we need to do our job to the best of our abilities”, Gudaitis told TalkBasket.net over the phone before stepping on the plane that carried Zenit to Athens.

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Q: How has the season been for you?

A: With up and downs that I don’t like because normally I’m a player who is consistent. But it’s not a normal situation since I missed the team’s preparation because of a hand injury. I’m trying to do my best to get back in shape and play consistently for the team. I believe that I can add some things in order for us to be much better.

Q: Overall, to what extent are you content with the team’s progress during the season?

A: It’s very early to say anything. We definitely had a good start in the season and our philosophy is to not look back on what we did yesterday, but on what we can do tomorrow. Of course, we’re playing smart basketball and I like what we are doing but we need to continue in the same vein.

Q: It’s somewhat ironic, but your last game in Athens against Panathinaikos was in December 2018, when Giorgos Vovoras had taken over from Xavi Pascual. You were playing with Armani Milan at the time. Now, Vovoras is out and Pascual is coaching your team, Zenit.

A: (laughs) Every time I come to play to OAKA against Panathinaikos, it’s their first game after changing their coach. Yes, I remember that game. I remember that we won.

Q: Ahead of the upcoming game, which are your thoughts?

A: It’s going to be a tough game because their players will be very motivated to show their character after the change of coach. I think they will play hard in this game and I’m really looking forward to competing. Every time in OAKA is special, even without fans. It’s a historical place and it’s nice to play there. Fans make the experience, but when I was young I used to watch Panathinaikos’ games and how they played with Saras, Batiste and Diamantidis. When you are growing up, watching this kind of basketball with such amazing fans, is something that stays inside your head.

Q: You said that Xavi Pascual was the main reason why you signed with Zenit. How is it working with him?

A: I’m really learning a lot from him every day. He’s a very tactical coach. Every day we learn something new and we feel that we’re growing as players. I know that I’m not giving my best for the team, but I am certain that I will in the future, game by game.

Q: You’re about to face several ex-teammates of yours at Armani that are now playing for Panathinaikos: Nemanja Nedovic, Shelvin Mack, Aaron White were with you in Milan last year. What about those guys?

A: With Nemanja we are really good friends and we are still talking. Shelvin is a great guy too.

Q: You had a guaranteed contract with Milan for another season, but you didn’t stay there. Why?

A: I don’t want to talk about it so much. The coach and the organization of Zenit want me here, I accepted their offer and I’ll take that.

Arturas Gudaitis makes a slam dunk during a game between EA7 Emporio Armani Milano vs Germani Basket Brescia at Mediolanum Forum in Assago, Milan, Italy on 26 December 2017. (Photo by Roberto Finizio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Q: How was your experience with Milan, at least before you got injured?

A: I gave them everything that I got; all my passion and love. I love the place and the fans; the organization is amazing. We have been on good terms until now and I’m really thankful for the opportunity, but now we’ve taken separate paths.

Q: Two years ago, you told me that the NBA is your dream. How is the situation right now?

A: Honestly, I’m not thinking about it right now because I need to concentrate on my current team, Zenit, and keep playing well. I must deserve something to go there. So, for now, I want to show better basketball from my side.

Q: Before getting injured in 2019, you had been in touch with Cavs GM, Koby Altman. Did you have any discussions recently?

A: We were talking back then and I was really close to signing with the team. If it hadn’t been for my injury, I would have gone to Cleveland that summer; that’s it. But injury happened and my plans were disrupted.

Q: How easy is it to adjust to not having fans and to getting tested for COVID every once in a while?

A: It’s different without fans because home-court advantage is not an issue; you can win on any court. We are still playing basketball, but having fans back in the arenas will add much more fun.

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FC Barcelona star Nikola Mirotic out for third straight game due to personal reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/117681-fc-barcelona-star-nikola-mirotic-out-for-third-straight-game-due-to-personal-reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/117681-fc-barcelona-star-nikola-mirotic-out-for-third-straight-game-due-to-personal-reasons#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 22:53:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117681 FC Barcelona will be forced to play its third straight game without its star forward Nikola Mirotic. As the club announced, Mirotic will be unavailable for the home game against Valencia (07/01), due to personal reasons. FC Barcelona did not give any more information on Mirotic’s condition, who also didn’t play against Bayern Munich and […]

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FC Barcelona star Nikola Mirotic out for third straight game due to personal reasons

FC Barcelona will be forced to play its third straight game without its star forward Nikola Mirotic.

As the club announced, Mirotic will be unavailable for the home game against Valencia (07/01), due to personal reasons.

FC Barcelona did not give any more information on Mirotic’s condition, who also didn’t play against Bayern Munich and Fuenlabrada, respectively.

For its part, FC Barcelona wants to put an end to a three-game losing streak in the EuroLeague, as the club has been winless since December 16.

FC Barcelona currently is third in the standings with an 11-6 record.

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Leo Westermann sends first message to FC Barcelona fans https://www.talkbasket.net/117653-leo-westermann-sends-first-message-to-fc-barcelona-fans https://www.talkbasket.net/117653-leo-westermann-sends-first-message-to-fc-barcelona-fans#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:35:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117653 Leo Westermann sent his first message to the fans of FC Barcelona, after signing with the EuroLeague powerhouse. Westermann shared his happiness for joining the club and said he is looking forward to playing for FC Barcelona. Westermann agreed to a deal that will keep him with FC Barcelona until June 2022. The French guard […]

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Leo Westermann sends first message to FC Barcelona fans

Leo Westermann sent his first message to the fans of FC Barcelona, after signing with the EuroLeague powerhouse.

Westermann shared his happiness for joining the club and said he is looking forward to playing for FC Barcelona.

Westermann agreed to a deal that will keep him with FC Barcelona until June 2022.

The French guard could make his season debut with FC Barcelona in the home against Valencia (EuroLeague Round 18) on Thursday.

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FC Barcelona officially signs Leo Westermann from Fenerbahce https://www.talkbasket.net/117644-fc-barcelona-officially-sign-leo-westermann-from-fenerbahce https://www.talkbasket.net/117644-fc-barcelona-officially-sign-leo-westermann-from-fenerbahce#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:36:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117644 The rumors of FC Barcelona wanting to sign Leon Westermann were officially confirmed by the Catalan giants as they officially announced the signing of former Fenerbahce point guard. The 28-year-old Frenchman will replace his countryman Thomas Heurtel who has been at odds with Barca recently. Westermann will re-unite with his former coach Sarunas Jasikevicius. He […]

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FC Barcelona officially signs Leo Westermann from Fenerbahce

The rumors of FC Barcelona wanting to sign Leon Westermann were officially confirmed by the Catalan giants as they officially announced the signing of former Fenerbahce point guard.

The 28-year-old Frenchman will replace his countryman Thomas Heurtel who has been at odds with Barca recently. Westermann will re-unite with his former coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.

He played under Saras in Zalgiris during the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 seasons, spending a season with CSKA Moscow in between.

According to the official press release, Barcelona wanted to sign Westermann all the way back in 2014 but he chose to play for Limoges in his native France instead.

This season, Westermann is averaging 4.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 12 minutes per game. He played nine EuroLeague games for Fenerbahce, starting three of them.

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Playing for Real Madrid is very exciting, says Alex Tyus https://www.talkbasket.net/117492-playing-for-real-madrid-is-very-exciting-says-alex-tyus https://www.talkbasket.net/117492-playing-for-real-madrid-is-very-exciting-says-alex-tyus#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:41:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117492 Alex Tyus shared his first thoughts on signing with Real Madrid for the remainder of the season. Tyus said he is excited to join Real and is ready for his debut with the team, which is expected to take place on Friday against Armani Milano. Tyus said Real is a club with great history and […]

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Playing for Real Madrid is very exciting, says Alex Tyus

Alex Tyus shared his first thoughts on signing with Real Madrid for the remainder of the season.

Tyus said he is excited to join Real and is ready for his debut with the team, which is expected to take place on Friday against Armani Milano.

Tyus said Real is a club with great history and prestige and it means a lot to play for the club. The American center wants to help the team win in all competitions and offer another decent solution in the frontline.

The 2014 EuroLeague champion with Maccabi Tel-Aviv is expected to come off the bench for Real as the backup center of the team.

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Thomas Heurtel’s agent addresses situation with FC Barcelona https://www.talkbasket.net/117490-thomas-heurtels-agent-addresses-situation-with-fc-barcelona https://www.talkbasket.net/117490-thomas-heurtels-agent-addresses-situation-with-fc-barcelona#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:25:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117490 The agent of Thomas Heurtel, Misko Raznatovic, addressed the situation between his client and FC Barcelona. Raznatovid said his client did nothing wrong regarding his negotiations with the club and followed all the instructions of FC Barcelona. “It was one pretty crazy situation. We’re negotiating for the moment on what is going to happen. FC […]

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Thomas Heurtel’s agent addresses situation with FC Barcelona

The agent of Thomas Heurtel, Misko Raznatovic, addressed the situation between his client and FC Barcelona.

Raznatovid said his client did nothing wrong regarding his negotiations with the club and followed all the instructions of FC Barcelona.

“It was one pretty crazy situation. We’re negotiating for the moment on what is going to happen. FC Barcelona doesn’t like him in the team but, on the other hand, they don’t give him complete freedom to go wherever he wants.

I would avoid talking in more detail because everything is still in the process. I hope that soon I will be able to come out publicly with a statement and an explanation about everything that happened.

I can tell you just one sentence: ‘The player is hundred percent right.’ He didn’t do anything bad, me neither. We were following the instruction of Barcelona all the time and I’m really surprised by everything that happened. I can’t say more for the moment,” Raznatovic said, via Eurohoops.net.

FC Barcelona and Heurtel are in talks to terminate their contract, while the player is not part of the active roster.

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Real Madrid officially signs Alex Tyus https://www.talkbasket.net/117473-real-madrid-officially-signs-alex-tyus https://www.talkbasket.net/117473-real-madrid-officially-signs-alex-tyus#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 12:34:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117473 Real Madrid came to an agreement with big man, Alex Tyus until the end of the season. After Randolph’s injury, coach Pablo Laso needed a player that could help Edy Tavares in the center’s duo. Alex Tyus, who came from Galatasaray, has reached an agreement with the Spanish powerhouse and will definitely bring some experience […]

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Real Madrid officially signs Alex Tyus

Real Madrid came to an agreement with big man, Alex Tyus until the end of the season. After Randolph’s injury, coach Pablo Laso needed a player that could help Edy Tavares in the center’s duo.

Alex Tyus, who came from Galatasaray, has reached an agreement with the Spanish powerhouse and will definitely bring some experience and size in Real Madrid’s frontline.

Tyus is expected to make his season debut on Friday against Armani Milano.

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Alex Tyus to make season debut with Real Madrid on Friday vs Armani Milano, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/117333-alex-tyus-to-make-season-debut-for-real-madrid-on-friday-vs-armani-milano-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/117333-alex-tyus-to-make-season-debut-for-real-madrid-on-friday-vs-armani-milano-per-report#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 19:00:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117333 Alex Tyus is expected to make his season debut with Real Madrid on Friday, in the home game against Armani Milano. Per Jesus Sanchez of Marca, Tyus is in Madrid and had medical tests prior to joining the training sessions of Real. Therefore, he is set for his first appearance with Real Madrid as the […]

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Alex Tyus to make season debut with Real Madrid on Friday vs Armani Milano, per report

Alex Tyus is expected to make his season debut with Real Madrid on Friday, in the home game against Armani Milano.

Per Jesus Sanchez of Marca, Tyus is in Madrid and had medical tests prior to joining the training sessions of Real.

Therefore, he is set for his first appearance with Real Madrid as the backup center of the team.

Tyus returns to the EuroLeague after one and a half years, while he has also won the EuroLeague title with Maccabi Tel-Aviv in 2014.

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Coach Vovoras towards the exit of Panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/117288-coach-vovoras-towards-the-exit-of-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/117288-coach-vovoras-towards-the-exit-of-panathinaikos#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 11:14:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117288 Panathinaikos OPAP is soon expected to part ways with Greek coach, George Vovoras according to several reports coming from Greece. Panathinaikos is going through one of the most challenging seasons in their history standing on the 16th place (out of 18 teams) in the Euroleague after 17 rounds. Panathinaikos’ loss to Lavrio Megabolt for the […]

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Coach Vovoras towards the exit of Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos OPAP is soon expected to part ways with Greek coach, George Vovoras according to several reports coming from Greece. Panathinaikos is going through one of the most challenging seasons in their history standing on the 16th place (out of 18 teams) in the Euroleague after 17 rounds.

Panathinaikos’ loss to Lavrio Megabolt for the Greek Basket league seemed to be the last game for coach Vovoras on Panathinaikos’ bench, with an official press release coming from the club soon. Coach Vovoras was appointed head coach of the club for the 2020-21 season and he has been a member of Panathinaikos’ coaching staff since 2016, as an assistant coach. He has previously worked with Rick Pitino, Argyris Pedoulakis and Xavi Pascual.

The Greek club is now in the market looking for Vovoras’ successor with coach Dimitrios Priftis of UNIKS Kazan and Sotiris Manolopoulos being the main candidates, per Eurohoops.

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Pierre Oriola on Thomas Heurtel incident: “It tastes bad but it’s a club decision” https://www.talkbasket.net/117125-pierre-oriola-on-thomas-heurtel-incident-it-tastes-bad-but-its-a-club-decision https://www.talkbasket.net/117125-pierre-oriola-on-thomas-heurtel-incident-it-tastes-bad-but-its-a-club-decision#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2021 13:19:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117125 The captain of Barcelona was the first player who commented on the recent incident that involved Thomas Heurtel and the club. In a recent interview offered to the ‘La Resistencia del Palau’ podcast, Oriola referred to what happened between his teammate and the club stating that the club’s decision is above players, managers, captains or coaches. […]

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Pierre Oriola on Thomas Heurtel incident: “It tastes bad but it’s a club decision”

The captain of Barcelona was the first player who commented on the recent incident that involved Thomas Heurtel and the club. In a recent interview offered to the ‘La Resistencia del Palau’ podcast, Oriola referred to what happened between his teammate and the club stating that the club’s decision is above players, managers, captains or coaches.

“It tastes bad but it is a club decision, which is above players, managers, captains, coaches, from everyone. It is the club that decides. There we have to pay attention to the club, we have to respect the decision and that’s the way it is,” he said.

The incident caused the reaction of many Euroleague stars, but Pierre Oriola was the very first Barcelona player who referred to his club’s decision regarding Thomas Heurtel, with coach Jasikevicius and most of the players remaining silent. Oriola acknowledged that the incident with Heurtel has certainly affected him since they had a close relationship.

“It is a complicated issue, which has affected us a lot, me more than others because in addition to Thomas coming to the club the same year as me, he was my roommate and we have a very close relationship.”

The player is not considered a member of the team since December 22, when he was left in Istanbul after the game against Anadolu Efes.

The reason why that happened is because it was found that the player was secretly in talks with Real Madrid, while Heurtel asked to travel to Istanbul to close a deal with Fenerbahce. Barcelona is still trying to find a way to close the Thomas Heurtel case, but they have already made clear that they accept the player’s departure only to a non-Spanish club.

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FC Barcelona star Nikola Mirotic to miss second straight game due to personal reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/117093-fc-barcelona-star-nikola-mirotic-to-miss-second-straight-game-due-to-personal-reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/117093-fc-barcelona-star-nikola-mirotic-to-miss-second-straight-game-due-to-personal-reasons#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2021 02:35:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117093 FC Barcelona announced that star forward Nikola Mirotic will not play against Fuenlabrada on Sunday. This is the second straight game that Mirotic will miss, as he did not play against Bayern Munich on Friday. FC Barcelona did not give any more information to explain his absence and only noted that Mirotic was granted permission […]

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FC Barcelona star Nikola Mirotic to miss second straight game due to personal reasons

FC Barcelona announced that star forward Nikola Mirotic will not play against Fuenlabrada on Sunday.

This is the second straight game that Mirotic will miss, as he did not play against Bayern Munich on Friday.

FC Barcelona did not give any more information to explain his absence and only noted that Mirotic was granted permission to miss the game due to personal reasons.

His status for next EuroLeague game of FC Barcelona against Valencia on Thursday (07/01) remains unknown.

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FC Barcelona guard Kyle Kuric in isolation after contact with positive coronavirus case https://www.talkbasket.net/116949-fc-barcelona-guard-kyle-kuric-in-isolation-after-contact-with-positive-coronavirus-case https://www.talkbasket.net/116949-fc-barcelona-guard-kyle-kuric-in-isolation-after-contact-with-positive-coronavirus-case#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2021 02:16:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116949 FC Barcelona announced that Kyle Kyric is in isolation after having contact with a positive coronavirus case. Kuric will not play for FC Barcelona in the upcoming ACB game against Fuenlabrada. The versatile guard is also questionable for the match against Valencia on Thursday. FC Barcelona also revealed Kuric tested negative for the coronavirus.

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FC Barcelona guard Kyle Kuric in isolation after contact with positive coronavirus case

FC Barcelona announced that Kyle Kyric is in isolation after having contact with a positive coronavirus case.

Kuric will not play for FC Barcelona in the upcoming ACB game against Fuenlabrada.

The versatile guard is also questionable for the match against Valencia on Thursday.

FC Barcelona also revealed Kuric tested negative for the coronavirus.

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Real Madrid stars Sergio Llull, Gabriel Deck questionable vs Armani Milano https://www.talkbasket.net/116947-real-madrid-stars-sergio-llull-gabriel-deck-questionable-vs-armani-milano https://www.talkbasket.net/116947-real-madrid-stars-sergio-llull-gabriel-deck-questionable-vs-armani-milano#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2021 01:59:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116947 Real Madrid may be forced to face Armani Milano on Friday without star players Gabriel Deck and Sergio Llull. Both players are dealing with injuries (discomfort), and will miss the next two league games of Real Madrid against Tenerife (January 2) and Andorra (January 4). Llull and Deck are considered questionable for the game against […]

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Real Madrid stars Sergio Llull, Gabriel Deck questionable vs Armani Milano

Real Madrid may be forced to face Armani Milano on Friday without star players Gabriel Deck and Sergio Llull.

Both players are dealing with injuries (discomfort), and will miss the next two league games of Real Madrid against Tenerife (January 2) and Andorra (January 4).

Llull and Deck are considered questionable for the game against Armani and their condition will be re-evaluated in the coming days.

“In this calendar, any little problem takes you out of the games. Both Deck and Llull had discomfort in the previous match against Anadolu Efes.

They are doing tests and it will be difficult for them to play in Tenerife and Andorra. I hope they recover as soon as possible. The rest of the squad is doing well despite fatigue. All teams are the same as us at this point,” Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso said, per AS.

Real has a 12-5 record, whereas Armani is at 9-7.

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Wade Baldwin named Euroleague Round 17 MVP https://www.talkbasket.net/116796-wade-baldwin-named-euroleague-round-17-mvp https://www.talkbasket.net/116796-wade-baldwin-named-euroleague-round-17-mvp#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 13:40:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116796 The Euroleague Round 17 MVP couldn’t have been anyone else than Bayern Munich’s Wade Baldwin. The American guard won his first Euroleague MVP award of his career after a career-high performance on Wednesday night (30/12) against Barcelona. Baldwin scored 29 points, had seven assists, three rebounds and two steals to finish the game with 41 […]

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Wade Baldwin named Euroleague Round 17 MVP

The Euroleague Round 17 MVP couldn’t have been anyone else than Bayern Munich’s Wade Baldwin. The American guard won his first Euroleague MVP award of his career after a career-high performance on Wednesday night (30/12) against Barcelona.

Baldwin scored 29 points, had seven assists, three rebounds and two steals to finish the game with 41 PIR which was also a personal record in the competition.

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FC Bayern Munich moved into a tie for third place in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season standings on the strength of a club-record performance by Wade Baldwin that was also worth his first MVP of the Week honor. Baldwin posted a performance index rating of 41 to set Bayern’s highest individual mark in its four EuroLeague seasons while leading his team to a 90-77 home win over FC Barcelona. Baldwin scored 29 points, the second-highest total in club history, to go with 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in the victory. Zach LeDay of AX Armani Exchange Milan followed Baldwin with a PIR of 31 in his team’s 87-91 overtime home loss to CSKA Moscow. He scored 21 points on perfect shooting – 3 of 3 two-pointers, 1 of 1 from three-point distance and 12 of 12 free throws – while pulling 7 rebounds. In the same game, Nikola Milutinov of CSKA set a EuroLeague record with 16 offensive rebounds and scored 17 points for a PIR of 30. Kostas Sloukas of Olympiacos Piraeus came next with a PIR of 29 in his team’s 88-105 road win at Khimki Moscow Region. Sloukas nailed 5 of 7 three-pointers for 25 points, 1 short of his career high, and dished 5 assists. Alexey Shved of Khimki had a 28 PIR in that game based on his 22 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds to round out the week’s top performances.

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Fenerbahce saved home court against ASVEL https://www.talkbasket.net/116684-fenerbahce-saved-home-court-against-asvel https://www.talkbasket.net/116684-fenerbahce-saved-home-court-against-asvel#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:43:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116684 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul saves home court against ASVEL (81-59) thanks to excellent team play in the two middle quarters. Now, after round 17, Fenerbahce has 7 wins and 10 defeats. LDLC ASVEL has one game less (the match of round 10 against Olympiacos will be played on the 19th of January). ASVEL was missing its […]

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Fenerbahce saved home court against ASVEL

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul saves home court against ASVEL (81-59) thanks to excellent team play in the two middle quarters.

Now, after round 17, Fenerbahce has 7 wins and 10 defeats. LDLC ASVEL has one game less (the match of round 10 against Olympiacos will be played on the 19th of January).

ASVEL was missing its star center Moustapha Fall, and it was especially visible in the paint. The home team had 34 against 26 rebounds of the French club. Also, a low percentage for two points (11/33 – 33%) didn’t help T.J. Parker’s squad against Fenerbahce.

Jan Veseli and Marko Gudurić led the winning squad with 16 points each, while both Nando De Colo and captain Melih Mahmutoglu finished the game with 12 points.

David Lighty scored 11 points for ASVEL and Norris Cole added 10.

Game recap

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FC Barcelona suffers third straight defeat – EuroLeague Round 17: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/116674-fc-barcelona-suffers-third-straight-defeat-euroleague-round-17-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/116674-fc-barcelona-suffers-third-straight-defeat-euroleague-round-17-results-and-highlights#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2020 23:42:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116674 FC Barcelona suffered its third straight loss in the EuroLeague and fell to third in the standings after the end of Round 17. This time, it was Bayern Munich that defeated the Catalans, earning the 90-77 win at home. The Bavarians came back from a double-digit deficit and cruised to the victory to improve to […]

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FC Barcelona suffers third straight defeat – EuroLeague Round 17: Results and Highlights

FC Barcelona suffered its third straight loss in the EuroLeague and fell to third in the standings after the end of Round 17.

This time, it was Bayern Munich that defeated the Catalans, earning the 90-77 win at home. The Bavarians came back from a double-digit deficit and cruised to the victory to improve to 11-6.

FC Barcelona, which played without its superstar Nikola Mirotic (out for personal reasons), dropped to 11-6, having won only three times in the last eight games.

In the other matches, Crvena Zvezda (6-11) endured the comeback of Panathinaikos (5-11) and protected its home court (74-71). Meanwhile, Fenerbahce (7-10) dominated ASVEL Villeurbanne (5-11) at home (81-59) to win its second consecutive game.

In Milano, CSKA Moscow (14-3) survived a late overtime thriller over Armani Milano (9-7) and defeated the Italians (87-91) to extend its winning streak to 12 games.

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Crvena Zvezda secures dramatic, last minute win over Panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/116645-crvena-zvezda-secures-dramatic-last-minute-win-over-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/116645-crvena-zvezda-secures-dramatic-last-minute-win-over-panathinaikos#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2020 20:03:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116645 With Crvena Zvezda playing without their leading scorer, Jordan Loyd, Crvena Zvezda secured a dramatic, 74-71 win over Panathinaikos on Wednesday night (30/12). The players of coach Vovoras fought back, tied the game but the hosts stayed calm, made the free throws and got away with the win. Corey Walden was the top scorer for […]

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Crvena Zvezda secures dramatic, last minute win over Panathinaikos

With Crvena Zvezda playing without their leading scorer, Jordan Loyd, Crvena Zvezda secured a dramatic, 74-71 win over Panathinaikos on Wednesday night (30/12). The players of coach Vovoras fought back, tied the game but the hosts stayed calm, made the free throws and got away with the win.

Corey Walden was the top scorer for the Serbians with 17 points with Quino Colom adding 13. Ioannis Papapetrou was the man of the match for Panathinaikos with 20 points while Nemanja Nedovic had another solid performance with 16 points.

The Match

In the first quarter, Crvena Zvezda started with a turnover from Kuzmic giving Panathinaikos the opportunity to open the score with Aaron White (0-3). Terrific defense from Panathinaikos, extending their lead with Shelvin Mack (0-6), in the first minutes of the game. Crvena Zvezda seemed trapped and unable to find their way to the basket easily. Kuzmic registered the first two points for his team, after making two free throws (2-6). Papagiannis was dominant on the defensive end of the court, giving the opportunity to his teammate, Papapetrou, to extend Panathinaikos’ lead to six points (4-10). Dobric with the triple took the difference down to three points for Crvena Zvezda (7-10) halfway the first quarter. O’Bryant tied the game for the hosts right after the time out with the triple, (10-10), while Walden gave the hosts their first lead of the match a few seconds later (13-10). Nedovic scored his first three points of the match, tying the game for Panathinaikos with the triple, before Walden replied with back-to-back threes for Crvena Zvezda (19-13). The hosts were hustling for every single possession with Walden being unstoppable and registering third consecutive triple for Crvena Zvezda (22-13) forcing coach Vovoras to a time out. Panathinaikos managed to score two more points, ending the first quarter trailing by seven points (22-15).

The hosts opened the second quarter with another triple, this time from Jagodic-Kurizda extending their lead to double digits (25-15) while Nedovic buried another triple for Panathinaikos (27-18). Good hustle play by Papagiannis who grabbed the offesive rebound and completed a three point play scoring two points and having an extra free throw (29-23). Crvena Zvezda seemed unstoppable from the perimeter, with Colom scoring back-to-back threes and registering six points for the hosts, right before Dobric scored his second triple of the night (38-25). The hosts secured their lead in the second quarter and headed to the locker rooms with a nine point lead (48-37).

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After almost five minutes of play in the second half, one free throw from the hosts and several missed attempts, Bentil scored the first field goal of the quarter for Panathinaikos (49-39). Reath replied for the hosts pretty quickly with a triple (52-39) to take the two teams to a time out. Mitoglou’s two pointer was a breath of fresh air for Panathinaikos, trying to return on the game right before Kaselakis’ big triple (57-45). Τhat was pretty much it for the third quarter, with both teams unable to score and Crvena Zvezda ending the third quarter leading by 11 points (57-46).

Nemanja Nedovic had to lead his team to a comeback in the fourth quarter, with the Serbian starting this last ten minutes of the match with two points with Sant-Roos adding two more (57-50). Walden didn’t let the greeks come any closer and scored two points extending his team’s lead to 9 points (59-50). Nedovic with the steal and the dunk took the difference down to 7 points with 6 minutes until the end of the match remaining (59-52). The hosts were always able to respond in Panathinaikos’ fightback with Colom scoring another triple, forcing coach Vovoras to a time out (62-52). Panathinaikos managed to take the difference down to single digits with Papapetrou in their last chance to come back on the game (62-54). Four points from Ioannis Papapetrou got the score to 65-57 before the captain of Panathinaikos fired the triple to make the game a two possessions one (68-62). Walden committed the turnover giving the guests the chance to return on the game but without any success. Papapetrou with the three point play, the basket and the extra free throw made the game a derby in Belgrade (68-65) and the difference down to three points. Deep three from Panathinaikos’ captain tied the game with the Serbians looking lost in these last minutes of the game (68-68). O’Bryant made both free throws for Crvena Zvezda (70-68) with Dobric stealing the ball and 15 seconds remaining. Walden scored two free throws, Papapetrou fired the triple but the hosts kept their home secure getting the win, 74-71.

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Othello Hunter avoids serious eye injury https://www.talkbasket.net/116632-othello-hunter-avoids-serious-eye-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/116632-othello-hunter-avoids-serious-eye-injury#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2020 11:37:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116632 Maccabi’s big man, Othello Hunter suffered an injury last night (29/12) during the game against Zenit St. Petersburg in Tel Aviv. The 34-year old American center left the match and headed to the hospital with Maccabi Tel Aviv updating the player’s status on Wednesday saying that a retinal injury was ruled out. Further examinations on […]

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Othello Hunter avoids serious eye injury

Maccabi’s big man, Othello Hunter suffered an injury last night (29/12) during the game against Zenit St. Petersburg in Tel Aviv. The 34-year old American center left the match and headed to the hospital with Maccabi Tel Aviv updating the player’s status on Wednesday saying that a retinal injury was ruled out.

Further examinations on the cut under his eye will determine his availability in Maccabi’s upcoming matches in the Euroleague and the Israeli league.

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Žalgiris beats ALBA in the German capital https://www.talkbasket.net/116546-zalgiris-beats-alba-in-the-german-capital https://www.talkbasket.net/116546-zalgiris-beats-alba-in-the-german-capital#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:06:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116546 Žalgiris took the last-minute victory with a score of 71-74 against ALBA Berlin in the German capital and extended its winning streak to five games. With this win, Žalgiris has 10-7 after round 17, while ALBA with one game less (the game from round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January) […]

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Žalgiris beats ALBA in the German capital

Žalgiris took the last-minute victory with a score of 71-74 against ALBA Berlin in the German capital and extended its winning streak to five games.

With this win, Žalgiris has 10-7 after round 17, while ALBA with one game less (the game from round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January) has the 6-10 score.

The German team faced Žalgiris without a head coach Aito Reneses Garcia, who was tested positive for COVID-19. Besides, ALBA will have to see if the injury Luke Sikma suffered nine minutes before the end of the game is serious or not. Sikma left the game with a leg injury and didn’t return.

In the first 19 minutes of the match guests from Kaunas didn’t score any three-pointers and till the end only hit 5 (from 15 attempts). The host ALBA Berlin wasn’t much better in that segment. The team hit 6 from 19 attempts.

ALBA had 9 against 8 steals collected by Žalgiris, while both teams committed 16 turnovers. The only difference is that the guest turned ALBA‘s turnovers into 18 points and the home team only had 12 points thanks to turnovers of the opponent.

Nigel Hayes hit 18 points for the Žalgiris, while Joffrey Lauvergne collected 16 and 7 rebounds. Marius Grigonis added 12 points.

On the other side, Simone Fontecchio scored 14 points. Injured Luke Sikma added 11, as much as other two teammates – Niels Giffey and Tim Schneider.

Game recap

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Real Madrid defeats Anadolu Efes for its sixth straight win – EuroLeague Round 17: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/116544-real-madrid-defeats-anadolu-efes-for-its-sixth-straight-win-euroleague-round-17-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/116544-real-madrid-defeats-anadolu-efes-for-its-sixth-straight-win-euroleague-round-17-results-and-highlights#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 23:30:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116544 Real Madrid earned the 65-73 victory over Anadolu Efes at Sinan Erdem Dome and extended its winning streak to six games in the EuroLeague. Real improved to 12-5 in the standings and came closer to the top, whereas Anadolu Efes dropped to 8-9, after losing for the fifth time in the last six games. In […]

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Real Madrid defeats Anadolu Efes for its sixth straight win – EuroLeague Round 17: Results and Highlights

Real Madrid earned the 65-73 victory over Anadolu Efes at Sinan Erdem Dome and extended its winning streak to six games in the EuroLeague.

Real improved to 12-5 in the standings and came closer to the top, whereas Anadolu Efes dropped to 8-9, after losing for the fifth time in the last six games.

In the other matches, Olympiacos snapped a three-game losing streak, thanks to its 88-105 road win over Khimki. The “Reds” tied a club record with 16 three-pointers and matched their highest scoring total in a EuroLeague away game.

Olympiacos now is at 8-8, whereas Khimki remained on the bottom with a 2-15 record, after losing its ninth straight.

Zenit Saint-Petersburg (10-5) earned its first-ever victory in Tel-Aviv, after rallying past Maccabi (7-10), and maintained a top four push (72-78).

Zalgiris Kaunas continued its perfect run and defeat ALBA Berlin (71-74) to remain within the playoff zone. The Lithuanians have now won five games in a row and improved to 10-7, whereas ALBA dropped to 6-10.

In the final match of the night, Baskonia survived a late thriller against Valencia at home and claimed a much-needed win (71-70).

The Basques came back from a 17-point deficit (23-40) and sealed the deal for their second straight victory, climbing to 8-8. On the other hand, Valencia missed the chance to come closer to the top four and dropped to 10-7.

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Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso reacts to the addition of Alex Tyus https://www.talkbasket.net/116530-real-madrid-head-coach-pablo-laso-reacts-to-the-addition-of-alex-tyus https://www.talkbasket.net/116530-real-madrid-head-coach-pablo-laso-reacts-to-the-addition-of-alex-tyus#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 21:56:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116530 The head coach of Real Madrid Pablo Laso shared his thoughts on the addition of big man Alex Tyus to the roster. Laso said Tyus is a player that Real Madrid needed as the backup of starting center Walter Tavares. “I didn’t know he was transferred already. I think Tyus is a guy that has […]

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Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso reacts to the addition of Alex Tyus

The head coach of Real Madrid Pablo Laso shared his thoughts on the addition of big man Alex Tyus to the roster.

Laso said Tyus is a player that Real Madrid needed as the backup of starting center Walter Tavares.

“I didn’t know he was transferred already. I think Tyus is a guy that has a lot of experience in EuroLeague, and it’s probably a player we needed from the beginning of the season because we’re gonna kill Tavares,” coach Laso told reporters after the road win over Anadolu Efes (65-73), via Eurohoops.net.

Galatasaray also confirmed that Tyus is leaving the team to join Real Madrid, as Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reports.

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Olympiacos beats Khimki Moscow after super Kostas Sloukas performance https://www.talkbasket.net/116497-olympiacos-beats-khimki-moscow-after-super-kostas-sloukas-performance https://www.talkbasket.net/116497-olympiacos-beats-khimki-moscow-after-super-kostas-sloukas-performance#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 18:50:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116497 With Kostas Sloukas putting on a show in Moscow, Olympiacos returned to winning ways after three consecutive losses, defeating Khimki Moscow, 88-105 on Tuesday night (29/12). The Greeks improved their defense in the second half while the Russians had Shved as their only offensive weapon. Kostas Sloukas was the top scorer for the Greeks with […]

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Olympiacos beats Khimki Moscow after super Kostas Sloukas performance

With Kostas Sloukas putting on a show in Moscow, Olympiacos returned to winning ways after three consecutive losses, defeating Khimki Moscow, 88-105 on Tuesday night (29/12). The Greeks improved their defense in the second half while the Russians had Shved as their only offensive weapon.

Kostas Sloukas was the top scorer for the Greeks with 25 points, while Sasha Vezenkov was exceptional for another game, scoring 19 points. For Khimki, Alexey Shved’s 22 points were not enough to secure the win for his team, while Jordan Mickey and Egor Vialtsek added 17 each.

The Match

Perfect start for Khimki Moscow in the first quarter opening the score with a steal and the dunk from Zaytsev (2-0). Octavius Ellis replied quickly for Olympiacos with two free throws and his team’s first points (2-2). Printezis gave Olympiacos their first lead of the match with his first triple (2-5), with Zaytsev replying with his second dunk of the night (4-5). Back-to-back threes from Printezis extended Olympiacos’ lead to four points halfway the first quarter (4-8). Sloukas registered his first three points of the night for Olympiacos (6-11) with Khimki unable to reply with Zaytsev, who seemed to be playing alone against the Greeks. Jordan Mickey shoot the triple from the corner to bring Khimki back within 2 points, with Kostas Sloukas replying with a long range two (9-13). With the rim being kind to Olympiacos in this first quarter, Harrison scored his first three points of the night, extending Olympiacos’ lead (11-16) with Booker scoring two more points for the Russians (13-16). Shved with three free throws tied the game at 16 with 2 minutes until the end of the quarter remaining (16-16). Big offensive rebound and two points plus an extra free throw from Hassan Martin, put Olympiacos back in the leader’s position with three points (16-19) before Shved ties the match again for Khimki (19-19). With Kostas Sloukas already in double digits, scoring another triple, Olympiacos ended the first quarter leading by 3 points (23-26).

In the second quarter, Khimki tied the game pretty quickly with Vialtsev, while Shved gave his team a 4-point lead early in the second quarter (32-28). Vezenkov registered two free throws for Olympiacos and his first two points of the match (35-32), while Olympiacos’ defese forced Khimki to back-to-back turnovers. Vassilis Spanoulis tied the game for Olympiacos with two free throws and an extra basket (35-35) while Vialtsev retained his team lead with a triple (38-35). The 35-year old guard was on fire in the first half, scoring another triple for the Russian side (41-35), while Booker marked Khimki’s largest lead of the match (43-35). Vezenkov stoped Khimki’s run with a triple (43-38), while Martin made the game a single possession one with 2 minutes until the end of the half remaining (43-40). Charalampopoulos with the triple brought the score to 45-43 but Monia kept firing for three for the Russian side (48-45). Spanoulis with the triple from deep, tied the game (48-48), while Vezenkov scored another one from downtown, to end the first half with Olympiacos leading by one, (50-51).

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In the third quarter, Khimki got their lead back with Booker (52-51) while Jenkins with the triple register his first points of the game against his former club (52-54). Back to back triples from Olympiacos and Kostas Sloukas, extended the lead for Olympiacos (52-57), with Shved scoring two points for Khimki (54-57). Big basket for Octavius Ellis to extend Olympiacos’ lead to five points, while Sloukas added another one (56-61). Shved was Khimki’s only offensive weapon, scoring back-to-back baskets but Olympiacos always finding a way to find their way to the opponent basket. Sloukas with his fourth triple of the night, gave Olympiacos their largest lead of the night (58-66), with Stefan Jovic ended Olympiacos’ run pretty with his own shot from deep (61-66). Hassan Martin extended Olympiacos’ lead to 9 points forcing Khimki to a time out (64-73). Aaron Harrison fired another triple for Olympiacos giving his team their largest 12-point lead of the match with one minute until the end of the quarter remaining (64-76). Sasha Vezenkov registered two more free throws for the reds to end the third quarter leading by 14 points (64-78).

In the fourth and final quarter, Sloukas seemed unstoppable from the perimeter, leading his team to the win (64-81). Despite Khimki’s effort to return on the game, Vezenkov with the triple and Booker’s offensive foul didn’t let the Russians achieve something better, trailing by 14 points (70-86). Mickey scored two easy points for Khimki under the basket but Spanoulis scored a tough basket and got the foul too, six minutes before the end of the match (72-89). Khimki had one last chance to attempt a comeback taking the difference down to 10 points, but Olympiacos stayed focused and ended the fourth quarter and the match, 88-105.

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CJ McCollum reacts to FC Barcelona – Thomas Heurtel situation https://www.talkbasket.net/116378-cj-mccollum-reacts-to-fc-barcelona-thomas-heurtel-situation https://www.talkbasket.net/116378-cj-mccollum-reacts-to-fc-barcelona-thomas-heurtel-situation#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2020 21:30:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116378 CJ McCollum reacted to the situation between FC Barcelona and French point guard Thomas Heurtel. FC Barcelona did not let Heurtel return with the rest of the team from Turkey, after the game against Anadolu Efes last week. Heurtel had to catch another flight in order to return to Spain and is expected to take […]

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CJ McCollum reacts to FC Barcelona – Thomas Heurtel situation

CJ McCollum reacted to the situation between FC Barcelona and French point guard Thomas Heurtel.

FC Barcelona did not let Heurtel return with the rest of the team from Turkey, after the game against Anadolu Efes last week.

Heurtel had to catch another flight in order to return to Spain and is expected to take legal action against the club.

For its part, FC Barcelona denied that the player was neglected and wants to part ways with Heurtel as soon as possible.

“Sound like a lawsuit,” McCollum commented, via Eurohoops.net. His brother Errick has joined fellow EuroLeague club Khimki Moscow this season.

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FC Barcelona Director addresses Thomas Heurtel situation https://www.talkbasket.net/116341-fc-barcelona-director-addresses-thomas-heurtel-situation https://www.talkbasket.net/116341-fc-barcelona-director-addresses-thomas-heurtel-situation#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2020 17:19:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116341 FC Barcelona Director, Albert Soler, opened up about the situation with the team’s point guard Thomas Heurtel. Soler noted the club wants to solve this issue as quickly as possible. The Director of FC Barcelona also made it clear the player will not return to the team, due to the fact that he was in […]

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FC Barcelona Director addresses Thomas Heurtel situation

FC Barcelona Director, Albert Soler, opened up about the situation with the team’s point guard Thomas Heurtel.

Soler noted the club wants to solve this issue as quickly as possible.

The Director of FC Barcelona also made it clear the player will not return to the team, due to the fact that he was in talks with another Spanish team.

“When we were informed on the talks with another Spanish ACB team, we decided he will not return with the team. But he was not left helpless in Istanbul. The cost of the hotel and the plane ticket to return was covered by the team.

The approaching January 6 EuroLeague deadline forces a quick resolution. Thomas is no longer part of our team. We will facilitate his departure. If he signs with another Spanish team, Barca will not compensate him,” Soler said, via Eurohoops.net.

Even though the players of FC Barcelona want Heurtel to remain with the team, it is a matter of time until the French guard parts ways with the team.

FC Barcelona has until January 6 (EuroLeague transfer deadline) to make a decision on the future of Heurtel with the team.

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Real Madrid to sign Alex Tyus, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/116178-real-madrid-to-sign-alex-tyus-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/116178-real-madrid-to-sign-alex-tyus-per-report#respond Sun, 27 Dec 2020 16:56:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116178 Real Madrid is expected to sign the American center Alex Tyus, according to Eurohoops.net. Real will acquire Tyus in order to replace forward Anthony Randolph, who suffered an Achilles injury two weeks ago. Tyus spent the first part of the season with Galatasaray, averaging 8.3 points, four rebounds and 1.7 assists.

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Real Madrid to sign Alex Tyus, per report

Real Madrid is expected to sign the American center Alex Tyus, according to Eurohoops.net.

Real will acquire Tyus in order to replace forward Anthony Randolph, who suffered an Achilles injury two weeks ago.

Tyus spent the first part of the season with Galatasaray, averaging 8.3 points, four rebounds and 1.7 assists.

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Crvena Zvezda and Emanuel Terry part ways https://www.talkbasket.net/116092-crvena-zvezda-and-emanuel-terry-part-ways https://www.talkbasket.net/116092-crvena-zvezda-and-emanuel-terry-part-ways#respond Sat, 26 Dec 2020 16:49:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116092 Crvena Zvezda announced that the club and Emanuel Terry have mutually parted ways. The American center is free to search for the next stop in his career with the Serbian club thanking him for his contribution to the club and wishing him nothing but the best in his future career.

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Crvena Zvezda and Emanuel Terry part ways

Crvena Zvezda announced that the club and Emanuel Terry have mutually parted ways. The American center is free to search for the next stop in his career with the Serbian club thanking him for his contribution to the club and wishing him nothing but the best in his future career.

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FC Barcelona players vote for Thomas Heurtel to remain with the team, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/115881-fc-barcelona-players-vote-for-thomas-heurtel-to-remain-with-the-team-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/115881-fc-barcelona-players-vote-for-thomas-heurtel-to-remain-with-the-team-per-report#respond Fri, 25 Dec 2020 03:13:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115881 FC Barcelona players want Thomas Heurtel to remain with the team and return to the active roster. The players of FC Barcelona unanimously voted for Heurtel to stay with the squad (13-0), according to Eurohoops.net. Yet, the French guard’s future with the Catalans is still in question. GM Nacho Rodriguez and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius […]

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FC Barcelona players vote for Thomas Heurtel to remain with the team, per report

FC Barcelona players want Thomas Heurtel to remain with the team and return to the active roster.

The players of FC Barcelona unanimously voted for Heurtel to stay with the squad (13-0), according to Eurohoops.net. Yet, the French guard’s future with the Catalans is still in question.

GM Nacho Rodriguez and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius want Heurtel to part ways with the club, yet there is still no agreement between the two sides on contract termination.

FC Barcelona is expected to offer Heurtel a termination deal that will include a clause that will prevent him from joining another Spanish club (e.g Real Madrid).

If Heurtel accepts these terms, he will leave the team. Otherwise, it seems he will be playing for Barca B.

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CSKA Moscow star Will Clyburn to miss several games with foot injury https://www.talkbasket.net/115824-cska-moscow-star-will-clyburn-to-miss-several-games-with-foot-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/115824-cska-moscow-star-will-clyburn-to-miss-several-games-with-foot-injury#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2020 17:14:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115824 CSKA Moscow star Will Clyburn was forced to exit the game against ASVEL Villeurbanne on Tuesday with a foot injury. Clyburn underwent medical tests and was diagnosed with a left foot injury. Clyburn is expected to miss several EuroLeague games, as there is no timetable for his return. His return to action will be determined […]

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CSKA Moscow star Will Clyburn to miss several games with foot injury

CSKA Moscow star Will Clyburn was forced to exit the game against ASVEL Villeurbanne on Tuesday with a foot injury.

Clyburn underwent medical tests and was diagnosed with a left foot injury.

Clyburn is expected to miss several EuroLeague games, as there is no timetable for his return.

His return to action will be determined by how his recovery will progress in the coming weeks.

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Kostas Papanikolaou out for four weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/115819-kostas-papanikolaou-out-for-four-weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/115819-kostas-papanikolaou-out-for-four-weeks#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2020 15:13:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115819 With a demanding month coming up, Olympiacos saw one of their key players, Kostas Papanikolaou getting injured during the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul (23/12). The Greek forward suffered a back injury in the second half and he will stay out for a month. On the other hand, Octavius Ellis suffered an elbow injury in […]

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Kostas Papanikolaou out for four weeks

With a demanding month coming up, Olympiacos saw one of their key players, Kostas Papanikolaou getting injured during the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul (23/12). The Greek forward suffered a back injury in the second half and he will stay out for a month.

On the other hand, Octavius Ellis suffered an elbow injury in the same game, but his medical tests didn’t show a serious injury. We remind you that the team has seven Euroleague games in January including the suspended matches against ASVEL.

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FC Barcelona players and coach refuse to address Thomas Heurtel incident https://www.talkbasket.net/115793-fc-barcelona-players-and-coach-refuse-to-address-thomas-heurtel-incident https://www.talkbasket.net/115793-fc-barcelona-players-and-coach-refuse-to-address-thomas-heurtel-incident#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2020 07:00:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115793 FC Barcelona players and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius did not want to address the incident regarding Thomas Heurtel. Heurtel was forced to remain in Istanbul and the team did not let him board the plane and return to Spain. Upon their arrival at the airport, the players and head coach of FC Barcelona did not […]

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FC Barcelona players and coach refuse to address Thomas Heurtel incident

FC Barcelona players and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius did not want to address the incident regarding Thomas Heurtel.

Heurtel was forced to remain in Istanbul and the team did not let him board the plane and return to Spain.

Upon their arrival at the airport, the players and head coach of FC Barcelona did not answer reporters’ questions and refused to explain what happened.

For his part, Heurtel arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon and also avoided answering questions concerning the incident and his future with FC Barcelona.

Heurtel, who is negotiating the termination of his contract with the club, is expected to take legal action against FC Barcelona.

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Baskonia reaches EuroLeague milestone in victory over Armani Milano – Round 16: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115731-baskonia-reaches-euroleague-milestone-in-victory-over-armani-milano-round-16-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115731-baskonia-reaches-euroleague-milestone-in-victory-over-armani-milano-round-16-results-and-highlights#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2020 01:55:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115731 Baskonia rallied past Armani Milano on the road (79-84) and earned a big win in its 500th game in the EuroLeague. The Basques also snapped a three-game EuroLeague and defeated Armani Milano in Italy for the first time since 2012 (seven straight losses). Baskonia maintained a EuroLeague playoff push and improved to 7-8, whereas Armani […]

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Baskonia reaches EuroLeague milestone in victory over Armani Milano – Round 16: Results and Highlights

Baskonia rallied past Armani Milano on the road (79-84) and earned a big win in its 500th game in the EuroLeague.

The Basques also snapped a three-game EuroLeague and defeated Armani Milano in Italy for the first time since 2012 (seven straight losses).

Baskonia maintained a EuroLeague playoff push and improved to 7-8, whereas Armani dropped to 9-6.

In the other matches, Fenerbahce (6-10) survived a late thriller against Olympiacos (7-8) and won for the first time after three consecutive defeats (84-77).

Marius Grigonis hit the game-winner, with 0.6 seconds to go, and helped Zalgiris Kaunas edge Bayern Munich (74-73) and extend its winning streak to four games.

The Lithuanians improved to 9-7 in the standings. On the other hand, the Bavarians dropped to 10-6, yet they maintained a top four push in the EuroLeague.

Valencia saw Khimki come back from a 20-point deficit, but stood tall and claimed the 88-82 win over the Russians. The Spaniards recovered from the loss to Crvena Zvezda last week and now are at 10-6.

On the other hand, Khimki has now lost eight straight and remained on the bottom of the EuroLeague standings, at 2-14.

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Fenerbahce beats Olympiacos to secure sixth Euroleague win this season https://www.talkbasket.net/115680-fenerbahce-beats-olympiacos-to-secured-second-euroleague-win-this-season https://www.talkbasket.net/115680-fenerbahce-beats-olympiacos-to-secured-second-euroleague-win-this-season#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 19:37:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115680 With Jan Vesely returning from an injury and being crucial for his team, Fenerbahce secured their sixth win of the season, defeating Olympiacos, 84-77, on Wednesday night (23/12). Olympiacos lost Octavius Ellis and Kostas Papanikolaou with shoulder injuries and registered their third consecutive defeat. Jan Vesely was the top scorer for the hosts with 17 […]

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Fenerbahce beats Olympiacos to secure sixth Euroleague win this season

With Jan Vesely returning from an injury and being crucial for his team, Fenerbahce secured their sixth win of the season, defeating Olympiacos, 84-77, on Wednesday night (23/12). Olympiacos lost Octavius Ellis and Kostas Papanikolaou with shoulder injuries and registered their third consecutive defeat.

Jan Vesely was the top scorer for the hosts with 17 points while Dyshawn Pierre added another 14. For Olympiacos, Sasha Vezenkov tried his best from the perimeter with 5/7 three pointers and 17 points in total while Livio Jean-Charles added 12 more.

The Match

Livio Jean Charles opened the score in the first quarter for Olympiacos with Aaron Harrison and Kostas Papanikolaou adding two consecutive triples giving Olympiacos an early 6-point lead in the match (2-8). Fanerbahce managed to tied the game pretty quickly with De Colo and Guduric while Barthel gave them their first lead of the match (11-8). Harrison tied the game at 11 points while Jean Charles gave Olympiacos a three point lead with his second field goal of the match (11-14). Vesely took the difference down to two points but Harrison again scored for Olympiacos starting flaming hot in the first quarter (13-16). Mahmutoglou didn’t let the guests extend their lead and tied the game for Fenerbahce with the triple (16-16). Olympiacos had a three point lead in most of the times but Fenerbahce was always finding a way to tie things up and stay close to the score (20-21). Olympiacos extended their to five points with a triple from Sloukas, (22-27), with one minute until the end of the quarter remaining. The guests managed to close the first quarter in Istanbul leading by 5 points (22-27).

In the second quarter, Fenerbahce managed to take their lead back with a single point (30-29), after a two point shot from Lorenzo Brown. But not for long. Olympiacos got back in the lead (30-34) with a big three from Vassilis Spanoulis while Jarell added two more points for Fenerbahce (32-34). Brown tied the game a few seconds later for the hosts (34-34) while Vesely gave Fenerbahce a two point lead (36-34). Vassilis Spanoulis tied the game for Olympiacos with five minutes remaining on the clock until the end of the first half. Fenerbahce had a short two-point lead with Olympiacos tying it. Vesely completed a three point play with the two-pointer and the extra free throw, while Dyshawn scored another two points giving the hosts a 7-point lead (43-36). Vezenkov took the difference down to 4 points with the triple, while Ellis added two more with an impressive dunk, despite Olympiacos’ turnovers, to end the first half trailing by 4 points (45-41).

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Coming back from the locker rooms in the second half, De Colo got the chance to make three free throws extending his team’s lead to 7 points (48-41) with Velesy grabbing the offensive rebound and putting the ball into the basket to give Fenerbahce their largest lead of the match (50-41). Fenerbahce was playing exceptional defense on Olympiacos, making it hard for the guests to reach the opponent basket. Harrison with a much needed triple brought Olympiacos closer to the score (53-46) but the guests had to solve their issues in defense first. Brown with another triple gave Fenerbahce their first double digit of the match with Vesely extending it even more to 13 points (59-46). Martin scored two points for Olympiacos after the time out to bring the score down to ten points (59-49) with McKissic adding two more for the guests in the fast break (59-51). Olympiacos was losing the ball very easily which is something coach Bartzokas had to fix if he wanted his team to take the match. On the other hand Fenerbahce was doing the simple things right and ended the third quarter leading by 12 points (66-54).

In the fourth and final quarter, coach Kokoskov saw his players having a 14-point lead against Olympiacos while Vezenkov on the other hand was trying to keep his team close to the score with a three point shot (68-57). Olympiacos’ captain, Vassilis Spanoulis, took the difference down to ten points in his team’s last chance to come back on the game (70-61). With an eight-point gap and 4 minutes to play, Fenerbahce was close to the win while Olympiacos was desperate for a comeback (73-65). Sasha Vezenkov from deep brought Olympiacos back within five points (73-68) to make it a single point game later on with two more (75-74). Fenerbahce stayed concentrated and managed to close the game getting an important 84-77 win.

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EuroLeague Players Association addresses FC Barcelona – Thomas Heurtel incident https://www.talkbasket.net/115662-euroleague-players-association-addresses-fc-barcelona-thomas-heurtel-incident https://www.talkbasket.net/115662-euroleague-players-association-addresses-fc-barcelona-thomas-heurtel-incident#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:03:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115662 EuroLeague Players Association released a statement to address the incident between FC Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel. ELPA called out FC Barcelona for the way they treated Heurtel after the game against Anadolu Efes. The Catalans did not let the French guard board the plane and return to Spain with the team. “EuroLeague Players Association was […]

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EuroLeague Players Association addresses FC Barcelona – Thomas Heurtel incident

EuroLeague Players Association released a statement to address the incident between FC Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel.

ELPA called out FC Barcelona for the way they treated Heurtel after the game against Anadolu Efes. The Catalans did not let the French guard board the plane and return to Spain with the team.

“EuroLeague Players Association was shocked upon hearing the news from Istanbul, where after the game vs Anadolu Efes, FC Barcelona left Thomas Heurtel, its own player, without the possibility to return to his home city with the rest of the team.

ELPA has been in contact with Thomas and his representatives last night and today, offering him support in the process of coming back to Barcelona and taking any possible further steps.

In addition, ELPA has informed EuroLeague Basketball about the details surrounding the incident. While contract disputes remain a complicated matter, no player should ever find himself in such a situation, let alone in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people’s health and safety should be everyone’s priority.

ELPA remains in contact with Thomas and is already assisting in obtaining necessary information in order to help EuroLeague Basketball and its disciplinary bodies bring closure not only for Thomas, but to also ensure such future situations are eradicated,” ELPA said in a statement.

Heurtel is expected to take legal action against FC Barcelona.

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Players side with Thomas Heurtel in his conflict with FC Barcelona https://www.talkbasket.net/115628-players-side-with-thomas-heurtel-in-his-conflict-with-fc-barcelona https://www.talkbasket.net/115628-players-side-with-thomas-heurtel-in-his-conflict-with-fc-barcelona#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 10:38:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115628 The latest development in the conflict between point guard Thomas Heurtel and FC Barcelona was the team not permitting the player to board the plane to return to Spain after the game against Anadolu Efes in Instanbul. Current and former EuroLeague stars expressed support for Heurtel while, at the same time, calling out FC Barcelona […]

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Players side with Thomas Heurtel in his conflict with FC Barcelona

The latest development in the conflict between point guard Thomas Heurtel and FC Barcelona was the team not permitting the player to board the plane to return to Spain after the game against Anadolu Efes in Instanbul.

Current and former EuroLeague stars expressed support for Heurtel while, at the same time, calling out FC Barcelona for the way they treated their player even though both sides are looking for an agreement to terminate their cooperation.

Mike James, the star of CSKA Moscow, was one of the most vocal on the issue with several tweets.

The official statement by FC Barcelona did not change James’ views on the matter as he called the team’s behavior “laughable and embarrassing”.

Former EuroLeague champion Tyrese Rice hopes that Heurtel will eventually go to Barca’s arch rivals Real Madrid. Rice himself was a member of FC Barcelona and had to sit out one season due to not agreeing with the team on contract termination.

Kevin Seraphin, another former FC Barcelona player, tweeted that he is not surprised by what is happening.

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FC Barcelona clarifies situation of Thomas Heurtel https://www.talkbasket.net/115627-fc-barcelona-clarifies-situation-of-thomas-heurtel https://www.talkbasket.net/115627-fc-barcelona-clarifies-situation-of-thomas-heurtel#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 10:23:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115627 FC Barcelona released a clarification following the reports that Thomas Heurtel was left behind in Istanbul and did not travel back to Spain with the team after the EuroLeague game between Anadolu Efes and Barca. According to the statement, Heurtel was given a hotel accommodation and a return ticket for the next day as he […]

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FC Barcelona clarifies situation of Thomas Heurtel

FC Barcelona released a clarification following the reports that Thomas Heurtel was left behind in Istanbul and did not travel back to Spain with the team after the EuroLeague game between Anadolu Efes and Barca.

According to the statement, Heurtel was given a hotel accommodation and a return ticket for the next day as he was not practicing with the team. The French point guard and FC Barcelona continue their negotiations on mutual termination of the contract.

Per FC Barcelona:

1. On Sunday, the day the team faced Joventut de Badalona, with the club and the player deciding that he should not play the match to avoid a possible injury, in the face of an imminent mutual contract termination agreement.

2. On Monday, the club allowed the player, who was not called up for the match against Anadolu Efes, to travel with the team to Istanbul to solve his professional future, as he and his representative requested.

3. On Tuesday, the player asked the club for permission to work parallel to the team during this trip and to be able to resolve his professional future.

4. On Tuesday at noon, the club and the player’s agent break off negotiations and agree to continue talking. Given the situation generated by this breakdown of negotiations, and not being under the discipline of the team in this match, it was decided that the player wouldn’t return with the group. The player was not neglected in any case and was given all the facilities – hotel for the night, regular flight ticket and all the relevant documentation – to be able to travel and return to Barcelona the next day.

5. Finally, the club would like to announce that Thomas Heurtel still currently belongs to FC Barcelona, whilst waiting to be able to solve his future in the coming days.

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Real Madrid extends home winning streak to seven games – EuroLeague Round 16: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115524-real-madrid-extends-home-winning-streak-to-seven-games-euroleague-round-16-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115524-real-madrid-extends-home-winning-streak-to-seven-games-euroleague-round-16-results-and-highlights#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 23:11:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115524 Real Madrid decimated ALBA Berlin at Wizink Center (91-62) and earned its seventh straight home win in the EuroLeague. Real took over from the second quarter onwards and never looked back, cruising to its 10th win in the last 11 EuroLeague games. Thanks to this win, Real is tied with Barcelona for second in the […]

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Real Madrid extends home winning streak to seven games – EuroLeague Round 16: Results and Highlights

Real Madrid decimated ALBA Berlin at Wizink Center (91-62) and earned its seventh straight home win in the EuroLeague.

Real took over from the second quarter onwards and never looked back, cruising to its 10th win in the last 11 EuroLeague games.

Thanks to this win, Real is tied with Barcelona for second in the standings (11-5), whereas ALBA dropped to 6-9.

In Istanbul, Shane Larkn helped Anadolu Efes defeat Barcelona and snap a three-game EuroLeague losing streak (86-79).

The American guard had 23 points and handed the Catalans their second defeat in a row (for the first time in the EuroLeague this season).

Efes improved to 8-8, whereas Barcelona dropped to 11-5, tied with Real Madrid.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv rallied past Panathinaikos and claimed its second consecutive win in the EuroLeague. The Israelis endured the comeback of the “Greens” from a 16-point deficit and sealed the deal.

Maccabi improved to 7-9, whereas Panathinaikos dropped to 5-10. Nemanja Nedovic had a career night for the visitors (career-high 39 points), yet he could not prevent another loss for the Greeks.

In France, CSKA Moscow edged ASVEL Villeurbanne (78-87) and extended its winning streak to 11 games. The Muscovites remained on top (13-3), but saw Will Clyburn exit the game with a left leg injury and did not return.

For its part, ASVEL saw its two-game winning streak come to an end and dropped to 5-10.

Zenit Saint Petersburg dominated Crvena Zvezda at home (98-69), setting multiple records in the competition.

The Russians set new club records in the EuroLeague in winning margin (29), points (98), three-pointers (16) and PIR (115).

Zenit improved to 9-5. Meanwhile, Zvezda dropped to 5-11.

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FC Barcelona reportedly left Heurtel in Istanbul https://www.talkbasket.net/115520-barcelona-reportedly-left-heurtel-in-istanbul https://www.talkbasket.net/115520-barcelona-reportedly-left-heurtel-in-istanbul#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 22:21:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115520 In an unexpected move, Barcelona reportedly didn’t permit Thomas Heurtel to return to Spain after the team’s game in Istanbul against Anadolu Efes. As Jose Huguet first reported, the player stayed in Istanbul with Barcelona punishing Heurtel for something he did. Heurtel is towards the exit of the Spanish club with Fenerbahce being a potential […]

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FC Barcelona reportedly left Heurtel in Istanbul

In an unexpected move, Barcelona reportedly didn’t permit Thomas Heurtel to return to Spain after the team’s game in Istanbul against Anadolu Efes. As Jose Huguet first reported, the player stayed in Istanbul with Barcelona punishing Heurtel for something he did.

Heurtel is towards the exit of the Spanish club with Fenerbahce being a potential destination. What Barcelona didn’t know was that Fenerbahce is not Heurtel’s next team, after all. The player had reportedly secretly agreed to sign with Real Madrid while Barcelona thought that the player was leaving to join Fenerbahce. It seems that the player had even asked his coach to travel to Istanbul in order to reach an agreement with Fenerbahce.

The main issue is that both Heurtel’s transer and Westermann’s from Fenerbahce to Barcelona are now being in the air since both players are coming from the same agent and Fenerbahce is also thinking to stop the transfer.

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FC Barcelona feels ‘cheated’ by Thomas Heurtel and his agency, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/115508-fc-barcelona-feels-cheated-by-thomas-heurtel-and-his-agency-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/115508-fc-barcelona-feels-cheated-by-thomas-heurtel-and-his-agency-per-report#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 21:21:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115508 FC Barcelona may not let Thomas Heurtel leave the team, according to a report by Mundo Deportivo. Per the report, FC Barcelona feels ‘cheated’ by Heurtel and his agency, Beobasket, as the French guard is in talks with Real Madrid. “The operation is currently paralyzed, because Barcelona feels cheated by Heurtel and his representation agency, Beobasket,” […]

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FC Barcelona feels ‘cheated’ by Thomas Heurtel and his agency, per report

FC Barcelona may not let Thomas Heurtel leave the team, according to a report by Mundo Deportivo.

Per the report, FC Barcelona feels ‘cheated’ by Heurtel and his agency, Beobasket, as the French guard is in talks with Real Madrid.

“The operation is currently paralyzed, because Barcelona feels cheated by Heurtel and his representation agency, Beobasket,” Mundo Deportivo reports.

According to prior reports, Leo Westermann (who left Fenerbahce) would sign with Barcelona, whereas Heurtel would join the Turkish team.

For the time being, though, FC Barcelona may not proceed with signing Westermann, who is also represented by Beobasket, and the case is still pending.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv secures tough home win against Panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/115492-maccabi-tel-aviv-secures-tough-home-win-against-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/115492-maccabi-tel-aviv-secures-tough-home-win-against-panathinaikos#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 21:10:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115492 With Scottie Wilbekin safely leading his team to the win, Maccabi secures another tough win at home beating Panathinaikos, 89-81, on Tuesday night (22/12). Maccabi was leading the score for 40 minutes but Panathinaikos returned back on the game in the second half with Nedovic on fire. Scottie Wilbekin was the top scorer for the […]

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Maccabi Tel Aviv secures tough home win against Panathinaikos

With Scottie Wilbekin safely leading his team to the win, Maccabi secures another tough win at home beating Panathinaikos, 89-81, on Tuesday night (22/12). Maccabi was leading the score for 40 minutes but Panathinaikos returned back on the game in the second half with Nedovic on fire.

Scottie Wilbekin was the top scorer for the hosts with 22 points while Othelo Hunter added 13. Nemanja Nedovic had the match of his life for Panathinaikos but his 39 points were not enough for the guests to get the win in Israel.

The Match

After a sloppy start from both teams, Panathinaikos opened the score with two points from Papagiannis with Maccabi and Ante Zizic replying (2-2). Both teams were struggling to find their way to the opposite basket halfway the first quarter (4-4). Wilbekin with the jumper gave the first 2-point lead to his team (6-4) while Panathinaikos was unable to score. Zizic extended Maccabi’s lead a few minutes later (8-4) with Bryant having three free throws for Maccabi and making all three of them (11-4). Shelvin Mack with the triple brought Panathinaikos closer to the score but Zoosman with two points didn’t let the Greeks have the momentum. Vougioukas stepped on the court and brought some energy to Panathinaikos, scoring two points but missing the extra free throw (16-9). Five consecutive points from Othelo Hunter, extended Maccabi’s lead to end the first quarter (21-12).

Perfect start for Panathinaikos in the second quarter with Ben Bentil scoring the triple (21-15) with Jones replying with a two point shot (23-15). Panathinaikos’ defense started getting more solid against Maccabi but Casspi with the lucky basket scored two more points for the Israeli club (25-15). Coach Sfairopoulos saw his players extending their lead even more with Bryant (27-15), with 6 minutes until the end of the first half remaining. Nedovic with the big three took the difference down to single digits until Casspi brings it back to 13 points with two consecutive baskets (31-18), forcing coach Vovoras to a time out. Panathinaikos had to fight back before the end of the half something that Nedovic and White tried to do. Panathinaikos came back within nine points (35-24) but Maccabi stayed concentrated and ended the first half leading by 11 points (41-30).

Photo: Maccabi Tel Aviv

In the second half both teams started head-to-head with Panathinaikos trying to make their comeback and get better on both ends of the court (47-34). Mitoglou was the one who led Panathinaikos to the comeback against Maccabi but Scottie Wilbekin with the triple didn’t let the players of coach Vovoras come any closer (50-38). Nedovic replied with the triple and continued helping Panathinaikos offensively, bringing the difference back to single digits and forcing Maccabi to a time out early in the third quarter (50-41). Mitoglou scored two more points to bring the score to 50-43 with Marcus Foster knocking down the triple to bring Panathinaikos within four points (50-46). Bryant with the three pointer was the one who was preventing Panathinaikos from coming any closer (55-46) while Shelvin Mack added two free throws for Panathinaikos (55-48). Ioannis Papapetrou scored his first three points of the match to make the score 57-52, and bring Maccabi’s lead down to 5 points. Despite the fact that Panathinaikos had several chances to score, Maccabi ended the third quarter leading by seven points (59-52).

In the fourth and final quarter, Maccabi had a safe lead while Panathinaikos had 10 minutes to get back on the game and fight for the win. Nedovic was fighting alone for Panathinaikos trying to keep the difference close enough for Panathinaikos to make something good, while Papagiannis was adding two more points (65-61). Papagiannis helped the “greens” both offensively and defensively, blocking Othelo Hunter and giving Ben Bentil the chance to score (67-63). A much needed three pointer from Bender was what Maccabi needed, forcing Panathinaikos and coach Vovoras to a time out (70-63). Nedovic for once again scored three crucial points and got the extra shot to bring Panathinaikos back within three points, five minutes before the end of the match (70-67). Scottie Wilbekin was the one to stop Panathinaikos’ momentum but not for long, with Nedovic again doing the match of his life scoring consecutive threes and bringing the difference to a single possession (75-73). With Wilbekin keeping Maccabi alive against Nedovic, the hosts extended their lead to 6 points (79-73), but all that until Bentil pulls the trigger for another triple from the corner (79-76). Maccabi continued to show their composure against Panathinaikos, with Scottie Wilbekin again doing anything on his power to lead his team to the win (83-76). With Panathinaikos trailing by 7 and one minute on the clock, Maccabi was safely going towards another win (84-78). Wilbekin was again the one scoring for Maccabi leading his team to the end of the fourth quarter and the win against Panathinaikos (89-81).

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Fenerbahce and Leo Westermann parted ways https://www.talkbasket.net/115487-fenerbahce-and-leo-westermann-parted-ways https://www.talkbasket.net/115487-fenerbahce-and-leo-westermann-parted-ways#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 17:30:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115487 Fenerbahce Beko announced that the club and Leo Westermann will not continue their cooperation. The 28-year old point guard, after spending almost two years in Istanbul is free to look for a new team in his career. According to Ismail Senol of beln Sports, Barcelona is eyeing the guard from France and the player will […]

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Fenerbahce and Leo Westermann parted ways

Fenerbahce Beko announced that the club and Leo Westermann will not continue their cooperation. The 28-year old point guard, after spending almost two years in Istanbul is free to look for a new team in his career.

According to Ismail Senol of beln Sports, Barcelona is eyeing the guard from France and the player will probably reunite with coach Jasikevicius after the 2018-2019 Euroleague season with Zalgiris Kaunas.

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FC Barcelona targeting Leo Westermann, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/115453-fc-barcelona-targeting-leo-westermann-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/115453-fc-barcelona-targeting-leo-westermann-per-report#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 05:06:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115453 FC Barcelona is attempting to sign Fenerbahce point guard Leo Westermann, according to the Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas. As Urbonas reports, FC Barcelona is expected to make a trade with Fenerbahce, which will send Thomas Heurtel to the Turkish club in exchange for Westermann. FC Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius does not want Heurtel to […]

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FC Barcelona targeting Leo Westermann, per report

FC Barcelona is attempting to sign Fenerbahce point guard Leo Westermann, according to the Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas.

As Urbonas reports, FC Barcelona is expected to make a trade with Fenerbahce, which will send Thomas Heurtel to the Turkish club in exchange for Westermann.

FC Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius does not want Heurtel to remain with the team, therefore the deal is expected to be finalized in the coming days.

Leo Westermann played under Jasikevicius for one season in Zalgiris Kaunas (2018-19).

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Gustavo Ayon says he ‘would love’ to return to Real Madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/115451-gustavo-ayon-says-he-would-love-to-return-to-real-madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/115451-gustavo-ayon-says-he-would-love-to-return-to-real-madrid#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 04:53:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115451 Gustavo Ayon expressed his willingness to return to the EuroLeague and play for Real Madrid. Ayon, who spent five years with the “Whites” (2014-2019), said he ‘would love’ to return to Real Madrid. “It would be a good development. It is a place I have always felt very comfortable. The circumstances are troubling because of […]

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Gustavo Ayon says he ‘would love’ to return to Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon expressed his willingness to return to the EuroLeague and play for Real Madrid.

Ayon, who spent five years with the “Whites” (2014-2019), said he ‘would love’ to return to Real Madrid.

“It would be a good development. It is a place I have always felt very comfortable. The circumstances are troubling because of what happened but returning where I was very happy would be extremely pleasant.

Of course, I would love to come back and have another chance,” Ayon said during his appearance in the latest edition of Tirando a Fallar of esRadio, via Eurohoops.net.

Ayon won two EuroLeague titles with Real Madrid (2015, 2018).

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Panathinaikos to extend Shelvin Mack until the end of the season https://www.talkbasket.net/115336-panathinaikos-to-extend-shelvin-mack-until-the-end-of-the-season https://www.talkbasket.net/115336-panathinaikos-to-extend-shelvin-mack-until-the-end-of-the-season#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 13:13:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115336 Shelvin Mack and Panathinaikos are expected to extend their cooperation until the end of the season, as Onsports first reported. Mack who had signed his 2-month contract with the “greens” , will stay in Athens until the end of the season despite the rumours that wanted the American guard towards the exit of Panathinaikos. Mack’s […]

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Panathinaikos to extend Shelvin Mack until the end of the season

Shelvin Mack and Panathinaikos are expected to extend their cooperation until the end of the season, as Onsports first reported. Mack who had signed his 2-month contract with the “greens” , will stay in Athens until the end of the season despite the rumours that wanted the American guard towards the exit of Panathinaikos.

Mack’s contract with Panathinaikos is due to December 31st but the Greek club will soon announce his contract extension. Mack is averaging 9,1 points, 3,1 assists and 1,4 rebounds per game so far in this season’s Euroleague. We remind you that Shelvin Mack joined Panathinaikos to cover Pierre Jackson’s spot who left earlier this season.

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Fenerbahce reportedly interested in signing Frank Kaminsky https://www.talkbasket.net/115248-fenerbahce-reportedly-interested-in-signing-frank-kaminsky https://www.talkbasket.net/115248-fenerbahce-reportedly-interested-in-signing-frank-kaminsky#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2020 19:51:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115248 The Sacramento Kings waived Frank Kaminsky, Shams Charania reports. According to the Turkish reporter Ugur Ozan Sulak, Fenerbahce will try to convince Kaminsky to move to Europe. Last season, the big man out of Wisconsin registered averages of 9.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Phoenix Suns. After a successful career at collegiate […]

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Fenerbahce reportedly interested in signing Frank Kaminsky

The Sacramento Kings waived Frank Kaminsky, Shams Charania reports. According to the Turkish reporter Ugur Ozan Sulak, Fenerbahce will try to convince Kaminsky to move to Europe.

Last season, the big man out of Wisconsin registered averages of 9.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Phoenix Suns.

After a successful career at collegiate level, Kaminsky started his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. He then joined the Phoenix Suns as a free agent.

Fenerbahce head coach Igor Kokoskov had previously negotiated with Kaminsky, but he was still determined to play in the NBA.

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Real Madrid star Anthony Randolph suffers season-ending Achilles injury https://www.talkbasket.net/115166-real-madrid-star-anthony-randolph-suffers-season-ending-achilles-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/115166-real-madrid-star-anthony-randolph-suffers-season-ending-achilles-injury#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2020 16:57:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115166 Rea Madrid star Anthony Randolph will miss the remainder of the season, after suffering an Achilles injury in the game against Olympiacos. Randolph underwent medical tests and was diagnosed with a complete rupture of the left Achilles tendon. “After the tests carried out today on our player Anthony Randolph by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been […]

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Real Madrid star Anthony Randolph suffers season-ending Achilles injury

Rea Madrid star Anthony Randolph will miss the remainder of the season, after suffering an Achilles injury in the game against Olympiacos.

Randolph underwent medical tests and was diagnosed with a complete rupture of the left Achilles tendon.

“After the tests carried out today on our player Anthony Randolph by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a complete rupture of the left Achilles tendon. The player will undergo surgery in the next few days,” Real Madrid officially announced.

Olympiacos took to Twitter and wished Randolph a speedy recovery.

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Real Madrid forward Anthony Randolph exits game vs Olympiacos with serious leg injury https://www.talkbasket.net/115122-real-madrid-forward-anthony-randolph-exits-game-vs-olympiacos-with-serious-leg-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/115122-real-madrid-forward-anthony-randolph-exits-game-vs-olympiacos-with-serious-leg-injury#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2020 04:52:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115122 Real Madrid forward Anthony Randolph was forced to exit the game against Olympiacos with an apparent serious leg injury. Randolph got injured in the third quarter and was forced to leave the game and did not return. “Pablo Laso says Anthony Randolph’s injury ‘doesn’t look good’,” Antonis Stroggylakis of Eurohoops.net reports. Randolph will undergo medical […]

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Real Madrid forward Anthony Randolph exits game vs Olympiacos with serious leg injury

Real Madrid forward Anthony Randolph was forced to exit the game against Olympiacos with an apparent serious leg injury.

Randolph got injured in the third quarter and was forced to leave the game and did not return.

“Pablo Laso says Anthony Randolph’s injury ‘doesn’t look good’,” Antonis Stroggylakis of Eurohoops.net reports.

Randolph will undergo medical tests that will show for how long he will be sidelined.

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv earns first road win over FC Barcelona in 15 years – EuroLeague Round 15: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115078-maccabi-tel-aviv-earns-first-road-win-over-fc-barcelona-in-15-years-euroleague-round-15-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115078-maccabi-tel-aviv-earns-first-road-win-over-fc-barcelona-in-15-years-euroleague-round-15-results-and-highlights#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 23:32:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115078 Maccabi Tel-Aviv stood tall against fellow EuroLeague powerhouse FC Barcelona and earned a big road win (67-68). In a late thriller that was decided in the final seconds, Othello Hunter scored the go-ahead two-pointer, with 13.2 seconds to go. FC Barcelona had the chance to win the game, but Cory Higgins missed the three-pointer at […]

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv earns first road win over FC Barcelona in 15 years – EuroLeague Round 15: Results and Highlights

Maccabi Tel-Aviv stood tall against fellow EuroLeague powerhouse FC Barcelona and earned a big road win (67-68).

In a late thriller that was decided in the final seconds, Othello Hunter scored the go-ahead two-pointer, with 13.2 seconds to go.

FC Barcelona had the chance to win the game, but Cory Higgins missed the three-pointer at the buzzer and the Israelis claimed their first win at Palau Blaugrana in 15 years.

Maccabi remained close to the playoff zone, after improving to 6-9. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona dropped to second in the standings, with an 11-4 record.

In the other matches, Real Madrid (10-5) survived another overtime thriller in Athens, this time against Olympiacos (7-7) and defeated the “Reds” (82-86).

In Moscow, CSKA dominated Zenit Saint Petersburg (83-65) and extended its winning streak to 10 games to remain on top of the EuroLeague standings (12-3). Meanwhile, Zenit dropped to 8-5.

Bayern Munich (10-5) remained close to the top of the table, after rallying past Baskonia at home (77-66). For their part, the Basques lost their third in a row and dropped to 6-8.

ASVEL Villeurbanne came back from a 15-point deficit and edged Khimki (90-84) to remain perfect in EuroLeague two-game week.

The French now are at 5-9, whereas the Russians are still on the bottom, with a 2-13 record.

In Serbia, Crvena Zvezda snapped a five-game losing streak, thanks to its 76-73 victory over Valencia. The hosts improved to 5-10, whereas the Spaniards missed the chance to climb higher in the standings and dropped to 9-6.

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Laprovittola leads Real Madrid to OT win against Olympiacos https://www.talkbasket.net/115055-laprovittola-leads-real-madrid-to-ot-win-against-olympiacos https://www.talkbasket.net/115055-laprovittola-leads-real-madrid-to-ot-win-against-olympiacos#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 21:12:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115055 With Nicolas Laprovittola safely leading his team to the win in overtime, Real Madrid completes this double game week with an 82-86 win against Olympiacos in Piraeus on Friday night (18/12). Real Madrid missed Anthony Randolph at the beginning of the second half, but the players of Pablo Laso managed to get away with the […]

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Laprovittola leads Real Madrid to OT win against Olympiacos

With Nicolas Laprovittola safely leading his team to the win in overtime, Real Madrid completes this double game week with an 82-86 win against Olympiacos in Piraeus on Friday night (18/12). Real Madrid missed Anthony Randolph at the beginning of the second half, but the players of Pablo Laso managed to get away with the win. Olympiacos was close to the win but a few turnovers in the last minutes cost them a much needed win.

Nicolas Laprovittola was the top scorer for the guests with 19 points with Trey Thompkins adding 15. For Olympiacos, Hassan Martin and Shaquielle McKissic were the leading scorers with 18 points each, while Kostas Sloukas added 11.

The Match

In the first quarter, Real Madrid took the first lead of the match with two free throws from Randolph, with Jean Charles replying with his first field goal (2-2). Octavius Ellis gave Olympiacos their first lead a few minutes later (4-2) with Laprovittola firing his first triple of the game, putting Real back into the leader’s position (4-5). Despite Olympiacos’ missed scoring opportunities, Ellis on the defensive end forced Tavares to a turnover, giving the possession back to his team. Real Madrid got their first three-point lead of the match with Gabriel Deck with five minutes until the end of the quarter remaining (4-7). Shaquielle McKissic with an impressive effort completed a three-point play to tie things up to nine points (9-9). With the two teams missing numerous offensive efforts, the first quarter ends with Olympiacos and Real Madrid all squared (12-12).

With the second quarter underway, two free throws from Harrison gave Olympiacos their 2-point lead back with Real Madrid always finding a way to tie it and stay close (14-14). Sasha Vezenkov from the free throw line makes the score 16-14, for Olympiacos with Taylor adding two more for Real Madrid. Impressive offensive effort from Sasha Vezenkov made the score 19-16 for Olympiacos but Thompkins scored his own two pointer to come back within one point. Spanoulis with the floater gave Olympiacos a two point lead with Hassan Martin extending it a few seconds later with the offensive rebound and the easy basket, to give Olympiacos their largest lead of the match (23-19). Travelling violation on Thompkins led Olympiacos to a six-point lead with Aaron Harrison (25-19). The turnovers kept coming from Real Madrid giving the hosts the chance to extend their lead to 8 points with Aaron Harrison being the main offensive weapon 4 minutes until the end of the first half (27-19). Causeur with the corner three, brought Real Madrid closer to the score with Thompkins completing a 5-0 run for the guests (27-24). Rudy Fernandez with the triple put his team back ahead by one (27-28). Consecutive triples from Vezenkov and Llull brought the score to 30-31 at the end of the first half.

Photo: Real Madrid Basket

With a 6-0 run Real Madrid started the second half leading by 7 points (30-37) with Livio Jean-Charles creating score for his team in the third quarter (32-37). Excellent execution of the pick and roll for the hosts gets the score to 34-37 with two points from Hassan Martin. The American center with back-to-back baskets gets Olympiacos back on the game after Real’s early 6-0 run (36-37). With Real Madrid missing Anthony Randolph early in the second half and Olympiacos putting on a show on the defensive end of the court, Real kept their lead with a big basket from Abalde (36-39) with McKissic scoring for three to tie things up, midpoint the third quarter (39-39). Olympiacos’ defense led the hosts to another lead in the match with Hassan Martin and Vassilis Spanoulis cooperating perfectly (44-41). Spanoulis presence in the third quarter leads Olympiacos to a 7-point lead in the game (48-41) while Hassan Martin with 8 points in the quarter makes all the work on the scoring. Edy Tavares was the man who was keeping Real Madrid alive, but Livio Jean-Charles was the one who made sure his teams keeps their lead (51-43). Back-to-back triples from Real Madrid brings them back on the game, trailing by 2 points at the end of the third quarter (51-49).

Carroll gives Real Madrid the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter (51-52) but not for long, since Aaron Harrison scores two free throws few seconds later (53-52). Tavares with an impressive block and Thompkins with the triple brings Real Madrid up by 4 points, forcing coach Bartzokas to a time out (53-57). Hassan Martin with the offensive foul gives Real Madrid another possession which of course didn’t go to waste with Laprovittola scoring for three (53-60). Sensational creativity from McKissic leads Olympiacos to a three-point play opportunity and the score to 56-60. Sloukas hits for three a few seconds later bringing his team back within one point (59-60). Edy Tavares stops Olympiacos’ run (59-62) but Kostas Sloukas took advantage of the opportunity given and scored another field goal (61-62). Second triple for Sergio Llull brings Real Madrid to a 4-point lead (61-65) with Olympiacos making the shot clock violation. With four minutes until the end of the match remaining, Shaquielle McKissic keeps his team alive with another tough bucket (63-65) but Tavares was dominant on both the offensive and the defensive end (63-69). Kostas Sloukas with his second triple of the game brings his team within three points (66-69) with Ellis making one out of his two free throws (67-69). Olympiacos’ defense didn’t make it easy for Real Madrid to extend their lead further more, committing turnovers and giving the hosts the chance to tie things up one minute before the end of the match. Edy Tavares with his fifth block didn’t let Olympiacos score, but Real Madrid missed their chance too. With 38 seconds remaining, Olympiacos had the possession with Llull sending Sloukas to the free throw line (69-69). None of the teams could take the lead in the last seconds going to an overtime.

Overtime starts with Tavares’ dunk while Olympiacos’ players also committed the foul (69-72). McKissic for once more with the dunk gets his team back within one, not letting the guests get away with a larger lead (71-72). Four points in a row from Laprovittola, gives Real Madrid a 5-point lead (71-76) with McKissic taking it down back to two points (74-76). Olympiacos had the chance to get back in the leader’s position with Hassan Martin completing the alley-hoop and getting the extra free throw (77-76). Thompkins makes no mistake from the perimeter but Martin for once again, ties things up (79-79). Real Madrid committed the turnover with Laprovittola, Hassan Martin scored another bucket, Llull fired the triple getting the score to 81-82 with 14 seconds remaining. Olympiacos’ committed the turnover, giving Real Madrid the possession and Laprovittola scored two easy free throws (81-84). With 12 seconds on the clock, Sloukas heads to the free throw line where he made one out of two. Laprovittola on the other end made both leading his team to an 82-86 win.

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Fenerbahce Beko suffers seventh loss in last eight EuroLeague games – Round 15: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115030-fenerbahce-beko-suffers-seventh-loss-in-last-eight-euroleague-games-round-15-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/115030-fenerbahce-beko-suffers-seventh-loss-in-last-eight-euroleague-games-round-15-results-and-highlights#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 13:25:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115030 Fenerbahce Beko suffered another painful loss in the EuroLeague, the seventh in the last eight games. Zalgiris Kaunas dominated the Turks at home (99-62) and handed Fenerbahce Beko its third straight defeat. The Lithuanians now are on a three-game winning streak and improved to 8-7. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce Beko dropped to 5-10. In the other two […]

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Fenerbahce Beko suffers seventh loss in last eight EuroLeague games – Round 15: Results and Highlights

Fenerbahce Beko suffered another painful loss in the EuroLeague, the seventh in the last eight games.

Zalgiris Kaunas dominated the Turks at home (99-62) and handed Fenerbahce Beko its third straight defeat.

The Lithuanians now are on a three-game winning streak and improved to 8-7. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce Beko dropped to 5-10.

In the other two EuroLeague matches on Thursday, Armani Milano (9-5) remained perfect in two-game week, after surviving a late thriller over Anadolu Efes (7-8) and earning the 69-72 win.

In Athens, Panathinaikos recovered from the home loss to Real Madrid in double overtime on Tuesday and rallied past ALBA Berlin (6-8), thanks to a 16-0 run in the last four minutes of the game (92-69).

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Fenerbahce welcomes back Marko Guduric https://www.talkbasket.net/115018-fenerbahce-welcomes-back-marko-guduric https://www.talkbasket.net/115018-fenerbahce-welcomes-back-marko-guduric#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 11:57:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115018 After spending one season in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, Marko Guduric returns in Europe and the Euroleague for Fenerbahce Beko, as the team announced. The Serbian shooting guard who was a member of Fenerbahce from 2017 until 2019, signed a 3-year contract and will stay in Istanbul until the end of the 2022-23 […]

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Fenerbahce welcomes back Marko Guduric

After spending one season in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, Marko Guduric returns in Europe and the Euroleague for Fenerbahce Beko, as the team announced. The Serbian shooting guard who was a member of Fenerbahce from 2017 until 2019, signed a 3-year contract and will stay in Istanbul until the end of the 2022-23 season.

The player underwent all necessary medical tests and he is ready for his first practices with his new teammates and his Euroleague debut this season with Fenerbahce.

Guduric has participated in one Euroleague Final Four and he will definitely be a great addition in coach Kokoskov’s roster.

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FC Barcelona remains on top of the EuroLeague standings – Round 14: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114896-fc-barcelona-remains-on-top-of-the-euroleague-standings-round-14-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114896-fc-barcelona-remains-on-top-of-the-euroleague-standings-round-14-results-and-highlights#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 04:17:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114896 FC Barcelona earned another home win and remained on top of the EuroLeaugue standings after Round 14. At “Palau Blaugrana”, FC Barcelona dominated Khimki (87-74) and improved to 11-3, tied with CSKA Moscow on top of the table. For its part, Khimki lost its sixth straight and dropped to 2-12. In Piraeus, Valencia defeated Olympiacos […]

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FC Barcelona remains on top of the EuroLeague standings – Round 14: Results and Highlights

FC Barcelona earned another home win and remained on top of the EuroLeaugue standings after Round 14.

At “Palau Blaugrana”, FC Barcelona dominated Khimki (87-74) and improved to 11-3, tied with CSKA Moscow on top of the table. For its part, Khimki lost its sixth straight and dropped to 2-12.

In Piraeus, Valencia defeated Olympiacos for the first time since 2003 (85-96) and put an end to a nine-game losing streak against the “Reds”. The Spaniards improved to 9-5, whereas Olympiacos fell to 7-6.

Zenit Saint Petersburg came back from a double-digit deficit early in the third quarter (38-51) and edged Bayern Munich at home (79-75). The Russians improved to 8-4 and are one win behind the Bavarians, who dropped to 9-5.

ASVEL Villeurbanne set a new club record with 33 made two-pointers (33/49) and survived a late thriller against Maccabi tel-Aviv (84-81). The Israelis had the chance to tie the game and force an overtime, yet Scottie Wilbekin missed the three-pointer at the buzzer.

ASVEL snapped a three-game losing streak and now is at 4-9. Meanwhile, Maccabi dropped to 5-9.

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Dubljevic leads Valencia past Olympiacos in Piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/114849-dubljevic-leads-valencia-past-olympiacos-in-piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/114849-dubljevic-leads-valencia-past-olympiacos-in-piraeus#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 21:31:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114849 With Valencia controlling the match from the very first minute, Bojan Dubljevic safely leading his team to the win, the Spanish side got the win in Piraeus, 85-96, on Wednesday night (16/12). Olympiacos was missing Kostas Papanikolaou due to an illness but the players of coach Bartzokas tried their best against Valencia. Bojan Dubljevic was […]

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Dubljevic leads Valencia past Olympiacos in Piraeus

With Valencia controlling the match from the very first minute, Bojan Dubljevic safely leading his team to the win, the Spanish side got the win in Piraeus, 85-96, on Wednesday night (16/12). Olympiacos was missing Kostas Papanikolaou due to an illness but the players of coach Bartzokas tried their best against Valencia.

Bojan Dubljevic was the top scorer for the guest with 20 points with Derrick Williams adding 16. For Olympiacos, Kostas Sloukas was the leading scorer with 18 points while Shaquielle McKissic added 16.

The Match

With the “reds” playing great defense from the very first minutes of the game and controlling the rebounds, Olympiacos opened the score against Valencia (2-0) with Livio Jean-Charles. Valencia replied with a triple from San Emeterio but Livio Jean-Charles again, scored for three and registered all 5 points of Olympiacos (5-3). San Emeterio with the basket and the extra free throw, put his team by one point with all ten points in the game coming from two players (5-6). Dubljevic scored for Valencia (5-8) with Labeyrie rejecting Ellis’ offensive effort. Charalampopoulos with the jumper took the difference down to a single point but Valencia extended their lead to four points with a triple from Labeyrie (7-11). Tobey with the triple, gave Valencia their largest lead of the match (9-15) with Prepelic extending it to eight points after registering his first 2 points of the match (9-17). Labeyrie took Valencia’s lead to double digits, with Olympiacos struggling on the offensive end (9-19). Sloukas with two free throws took the difference down to eight points (11-19) but Kalinic restored the double digit lead for his team. The two teams ended the first quarter with Valencia leading by 9 points (16-25).

Spanoulis opened the second quarter with his first field goal of the night, but Tobey completed the 3-point play. With the difference going from 11 points to 9 and back, Williams grabbed the opportunity and extended his team’s lead to 13 points (22-35). Vezenkov with a terrific play took the difference down to 11 points with Valencia committing their first turnover of the match with Van Rossom. Back-to-back baskets from Vezenkov got his to 7 points and Olympiacos trailing by 9 (26-35). Hassan Martin registered two more free throws bringing Olympiacos closer to the score (28-35). Spanoulis drained the triple (31-37), Harrison forced Kalinic to the turnover and McKissic scored one point from the free throw line. Dubljevic ended Olympiacos run, Harrison missed the triple and Kalinic grabbed the opportunity and scored (32-41). Valencia got back to double digits with two more points from Kalinic forcing coach Bartzokas to a time out (32-43). Prepelic punished Olympiacos with a triple giving Valencia the largest lead of the game (14 points). Harrison got the three point play and both teams headed to the locker rooms with Olympiacos trailing by 13 points (39-52).

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Sloukas opened the score in the second half with a big triple, bringing Olympiacos closer to the score (42-52). Livio Jean-Charles added two more points for Olympiacos with the deposit down to 8 points and the Greeks starting the second half strong (44-52). Valencia reacted and seemed to have the control of the game. The Spanish club extended their lead (44-60) but Shaquielle McKissic was trying to keep Olympiacos alive (46-60). Dubljevic was dominant and with seven points in a row was safely leading Valencia. Sloukas on the other hand with his triples was also trying to help his team offensively with Livio-Jean Charles adding another triple and McKissic two more points (54-65). Dubljevic seemed unstoppable firing from all different angles, with Derrick Williams supporting his teammate with another triple (54-71). Big bucket from Sloukas, kept Olympiacos alive (59-71) with McKissic adding two more points leading his team to a comeback (61-71). Shaquielle McKissic with the highlight of the match and the reverse dunk, brought Olympiacos closer to the score, (65-74) and the difference to single digits. Valencia had the last possession of the quarter, scored two points and ended the third quarter leading by 11 points (65-76).

In the fourth quarter, Olympiacos had one last chance to return and get the most out of the match. A triple from McKissic was a great start for the Greeks but Tobey and Kalinic were safely leading Valencia to the win (68-80). Jean-Charles scored for two, Larentzakis missed the triple but Jean-Charles again stole the ball from Van Rossom. Back-to-back turnovers from both teams led Williams with a spectacular two point play (72-82). Turnover by Martin Hermannsson gave Olympiacos the possession. The “reds” missed the shot but Vezenkov was there with a big offensive foul. Vezenkov made one out of two free throws and Olympiacos was trailing by 8 (74-82). Mike Tobey scored for two for Valencia, Jean Charles replied but Williams registered another basket for the guests. (76-86). Sloukas fired the triple and got the difference down to 9 points with more that one minute remaining (81-90). Dubljevic scored two free throws (81-92) with Shaqielle McKissic adding two more for Olympiacos (83-92).

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CSKA Moscow extends winning streak to nine games to remain on top – EuroLeague Round 14: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114731-cska-moscow-extends-winning-streak-to-nine-games-to-remain-on-top-euroleague-round-14-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114731-cska-moscow-extends-winning-streak-to-nine-games-to-remain-on-top-euroleague-round-14-results-and-highlights#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 22:41:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114731 CSKA Moscow crushed Anadolu Efes at home (100-65) and claimed its ninth straight EuroLeague victory to remain on top (11-3). The Muscovites led from start to finish and handed Anadolu Efes its second straight loss. The Turks now are at 7-7. In Istanbul, Armani Milano returned to the winning track after rallying past Fenerbahce (71-79). […]

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CSKA Moscow extends winning streak to nine games to remain on top – EuroLeague Round 14: Results and Highlights

CSKA Moscow crushed Anadolu Efes at home (100-65) and claimed its ninth straight EuroLeague victory to remain on top (11-3).

The Muscovites led from start to finish and handed Anadolu Efes its second straight loss. The Turks now are at 7-7.

In Istanbul, Armani Milano returned to the winning track after rallying past Fenerbahce (71-79). The Italians outscored the Turks 23-42 between the second and the third quarter and sealed the deal.

Armani now is at 8-5, whereas Fenerbahce lost for the sixth time in the last seven EuroLeague games and dropped to 5-9.

ALBA Berlin came back from a 14-point deficit early in the game and defeated Crvena Zvezda on the road in overtime (84-90).

The Germans have now won four straight games and are at 6-7. Meanwhile, the Serbians have lost five EuroLeague games in a row and now have a 5-10 record.

In Kaunas, a 26-11 run in the third quarter was enough for Zalgiris to decimate Baskonia (92-73) and snap a five-game home losing streak in the EuroLeague.

The Lithuanians improved to 7-7, whereas the Basques dropped to 6-7.

Real Madrid survived a double overtime thriller in Athens and earned the 93-97 victory over Panathinaikos.

This was the 11th straight win for the “Whites” over the “Greens”, who also lost their second straight at home.

Real improved to 9-5, after its third consecutive EuroLeague victory. For their part, Panathinaikos now are at 4-9.

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Real Madrid survived the double OT thriller against Panathinaikos in OAKA https://www.talkbasket.net/114716-real-madrid-survived-the-double-ot-thriller-against-panathinaikos-in-oaka https://www.talkbasket.net/114716-real-madrid-survived-the-double-ot-thriller-against-panathinaikos-in-oaka#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 21:30:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114716 Real Madrid needed ten extra minutes in Athens to get passed Panathinaikos, 93-97 on Tuesday night (15/12). Panathinaikos returned on the match in the second half, tied the game, got the lead and was close to a huge win against one of the best teams in the Euroleague. Real Madrid survived, sent the match to […]

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Real Madrid survived the double OT thriller against Panathinaikos in OAKA

Real Madrid needed ten extra minutes in Athens to get passed Panathinaikos, 93-97 on Tuesday night (15/12). Panathinaikos returned on the match in the second half, tied the game, got the lead and was close to a huge win against one of the best teams in the Euroleague. Real Madrid survived, sent the match to two overtimes and got away with an impressive win.

Walter Tavares was the top scorer for the winners with 20 points while Alberto Abalde scored 19 points, becoming the man of the match. For Panathinaikos, Nemanja Nedovic did everything for his team with 27 points while Ioannis Papapetrou added 18 points.

The Match

After a sloppy start in the first quarter and almost 2 minutes without score for both teams, Real Madrid opened the scored (0-4), playing great defense on Panathinaikos. The Greeks found their firs basket of the game with Shelvin Mack with George Papagiannis tying the game few seconds later (4-4). Panathinaikos got their first lead of the game on the fast break with two points from Aaron White (6-4). Deck tied the game (6-6) but missed their chance to retain the lead with Abalde. Panathinaikos run a 5-0 score and extended their lead to 5 points halfway the first quarter (11-6), with Real Madrid closing the score to two (11-9). With the two teams scoring just nine points in total, Panathinaikos ended the first quarter leading by a single points (15-14).

In the second quarter, Real Madrid scored four points with Tavares and Randolph (15-18) to extend it a bit later with a triple from Thompkins (17-23). Panathinaikos took the score down to three points (20-23) and Bentil made it a single point match later on (22-23). With Causeur and Bentil scoring crucial baskets for their teams and the score to a three point lead for Real Madrid, (24-27), both teams were playing tough on defense. Papapetrou tied the game with a triple (29-29) and Panathinaikos’ first one on the game, with 2 minutes remaining until the end of the half. Tavares was always there helping his team under the basket scoring another two-pointer for Real Madrid (29-31). The two teams ended the first half and headed to the locker rooms with Panathinaikos trailing by 4 points, 29-33.

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Tavares opened the score in the third quarter for Real Madrid, with Panathinaikos missing their own lay up (29-35). Real Madrid extended their lead to double digits with Randolph (31-41) while Panathinaikos was unable to score easy baskets. Real got their largest lead of the match (31-43) forcing coach Vovoras to a time out. Papagiannis started shooting from distance trying to help his team offensively, while Real Madrid was finding score inside the paint with Tavares, Randolph and Deck (35-47). Panathinaikos’ unforced errors along with Real Madrid’s defense didn’t let them find their way to the opponent basket that easily keeping that 12 -point lead for Real Madrid. Consecutive triples from Carroll and Papapetrou brought the score to 41-52 with two minutes until the end of the quarter remaining. Panathinaikos improved their offense towards the end of the third quarter to end the quarter trailing by 8 points (48-56).

Panathinaikos opened the fourth quarter with a basket from Bentil to bring the difference to 6 points (50-56) with Real Madrid replying with Carroll (50-58). Panathinaikos found three points from Nemanja Nedovic (53-58) and Mitoglou scored his own two pointer to make it a single possession game (55-58). Nedovic was firing for three (58-60) increasing the intensity of the game seven minutes before the end. Papapetrou tied the game with 4 minutes remaining (60-60) forcing Real Madrid to call the time-out. Nedovic gave Panathinaikos their first lead of the match with two free throws (68-66), Llull grabbed the offensive rebound and tied the game with 14” remaining (68-68). Panathinaikos wanted the foul in their last possession, that didn’t happen and we headed to overtime.

Papapetrou opened OT with a big three and with their confidence up high scored another impressive alley-hoop basket after an impressive cooperation between Nedovic and Papagiannis (73-68). Tavares added two more points for Real Madrid, Abalde made one out of his two free throws and Bochoridis registered his first basket of the night for Panathinaikos at a very crucial moment (75-71). Thompkins fired the triple to bring down the differene to a single point (75-74) and Abalde gave the lead back to his team with a two pointer and the extra free throw (75-77). Nedovic scored two free throws, tied the game for once more but Real Madrid had the possession (77-77). Abalde seemed to be the man of the match, scored a very tough lay up with 20” remaining. Cold blooded Bochoridis made both free throws but Real Madrid didn’t manage to score and we headed to a second over time.

In the second overtime, Tavares made an impressive dunk, got the foul from Bochoridis but missed the free throw. Nemanja Nedovic continued his one-man show firing for three and tying the game (82-82). Abalde replied with his own triple to give Real Madrid back the lead (82-85). Papagiannis with a magical alley-hoop made the score 84-85, but Abalde made both free throws (84-87). Panathinaikos was complaining for a foul which was not given, Thompkins scored, Deck extended their lead and Real Madrid got away with a dramatic, 93-97 score.

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Nicolas Laprovittola talks role with Real Madrid, Campazzo’s departure, Greek teams, short NBA stint https://www.talkbasket.net/114667-nicolas-laprovittola-talks-role-with-real-madrid-campazzos-departure-greek-teams-short-nba-stint https://www.talkbasket.net/114667-nicolas-laprovittola-talks-role-with-real-madrid-campazzos-departure-greek-teams-short-nba-stint#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114667 As soon as it became known that Facundo Campazzo wants to make the leap to the NBA, things changed for Nicolas Laprovitola in Real Madrid. The 30-year-old Argentinean guard, who has been a long-time teammate of “Facu” on their country’s National Team having won silver at the latest FIBA World Cup, was the Spanish League’s […]

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Nicolas Laprovittola talks role with Real Madrid, Campazzo’s departure, Greek teams, short NBA stint

As soon as it became known that Facundo Campazzo wants to make the leap to the NBA, things changed for Nicolas Laprovitola in Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old Argentinean guard, who has been a long-time teammate of “Facu” on their country’s National Team having won silver at the latest FIBA World Cup, was the Spanish League’s MVP in 2019. He was playing for Joventut Badalona at the time and in what turned out to be a career-best season, he ended up with 17.1 points on 39.3% three-point shooting.

After the 2019 World Cup with Argentina, Laprovittola was a star player. On the other hand, Real Madrid had always been a star team in Europe and Spain, a powerhouse showcasing double-digit continental titles.

The 6’3” combo guard saw between 13 and 14 minutes of playing time in his first year with Madrid, as the team was steadily among the best in any competition. Facundo Campazzo, who recently moved to the Denver Nuggets, continued as the undisputed leader and Laprovittola had to settle for less.

In the summer of 2020, Panathinaikos OPAP came along and asked for his services. Real Madrid had been waiting on Campazzo’s decision on whether he would go to the NBA and after detecting his intentions, kept Laprovittola on the roster. Currently, Real Madrid have 14-0 in the Spanish League and stand at 8-5 in the EuroLeague, having won all but one of their last 8 games (a narrow 74-73 loss to CSKA Moscow on a “crazy” Mike James triple). Nevertheless, the Argentinean guard averages 4.3 points on 29% threes.

With Facundo Campazzo gone, will Laprovittola -once at the exit door- gain some more ground and space? It seems that the once San Antonio Spurs player, who had a very brief tenure in Texas with 18 games contested during the 2016-17 season, can perform better in the absence of his compatriot. He now spends more time on the floor, but in order to win coach Pablo Laso’s confidence he will also need consistency in his game.

In this interview with TalkBasket.net, Nicolas Laprovittola – just before traveling to Greece to face both Panathinaikos and Olympiacos back-to-back, readily answered all questions regarding this strange season, what transpired between him and the “Greens” last summer, the advice he gave to Campazzo on the NBA and his personal experience in the league.

Q: What do you think about this season so far? I mean every aspect of it: covid-19, travel, matches, competitions, empty gyms etc.

A: It seems like a strange season, an atypical season in which many teams, all teams, are adapting to this new normality, travel, protocols, etc. The important thing is that the competition continues, that it keeps being played, so that people can enjoy the best basketball in Europe. It’s always better to think about the good things than the negative ones.

Q: What has been the best and worst news you received during 2020 (apart from those related to covid-19)?

A: The most important news, which has made me happier, is that I am going to become a father, a big step in my life. With my partner, we are creating a family, which I hope will be beautiful and I have to be ready for parenthood in 2021.

Q: With the departure of Facundo Campazzo from Real Madrid, do you have the feeling that your role on the team is going to change? Do you think it is a challenge, an opportunity for you to become an important piece in the roster?

A: It is a great opportunity that I want to take advantage of, but the exit of Facu has changed the role of many players, not only mine. Facu was a very important player for us and we are trying to resolve the issue by getting every one of us involved. So, as long as the team functions properly and we get wins, everything will be fine.

Nicolas Laprovittola Real Madrid
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Q: Is it true that there was a verbal agreement between you and Panathinaikos last summer? What do you think of the messages that the Greek fans sent you on social media? Were you irritated or amused?

Q: I received many messages, really a lot, from the fans of Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos was the team that was most interested in me, but everything was resolved in a fairly simple way: the club saw that Facu could leave and decided that I could not go (there). I am happy to be on the team and the roster of Real Madrid because for me it’s an important opportunity.

Q: What do you think of the two Greek teams (Olympiacos and Panathinaikos) and in particular their guards (Sloukas, Spanoulis, Mack, Nedovic)?

A: I watch the EuroLeague because I like it. I try to focus on a lot of guards and Sloukas is one of them. He is a player of my generation, whom I have faced at some Junior National Team tournaments. He has always made progress. In my opinion, Nedovic is the most important player of Panathinaikos. He is capable of making decisions with the ball in his hands and he’s also a great scorer.

Q: What is the element or detail you did not expect or know about and surprised you in the Euroleague?

A: What’s different compared to other seasons is the players’ market. I mean the transfers made, even after the season started, as was the case with Facu. I think these circumstances keep popping up over the years and the teams are constantly adapting to them.

Q: In the conversations you had with Facundo Campazzo – before and after he announced that he was going to make the leap to the NBA – which piece of advice or information did you give him and what was that he wanted to know more than anything?

A: Facu is my friend. He is a very curious person and I really gave him my perspective, my view of what the NBA is. But he is prepared. I believe that he is the best player in Europe in order to get to the NBA and surprise everyone. So, the first thing I did was wish him all the success in the world. The fact that he pursues his dreams is an example to many people.

Nicolas Laprovittola #27 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on December 6, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

Q: Apart from the presence of Ginòbili, what was the mark that the NBA has left in you? To what extent has it been an experience that enriched you as a player?

A: Having been a teammate of Manu and Garino was a spectacular, unforgettable experience. My NBA stint put me on another level. Not many people expected it, but I really wanted to be in that league. I was looking forward to making my debut, playing in the best league, with the best players in the world. I would have liked to stay a little bit longer, but today I am in a great place, where I always wanted to be. So, the NBA was a step that I made and now I watch it on TV.

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Nigel Hayes: Playing in the EuroLeague has given me the self-confidence I lacked in the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/114460-nigel-hayes-playing-in-the-euroleague-has-given-me-the-self-confidence-i-lacked-in-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/114460-nigel-hayes-playing-in-the-euroleague-has-given-me-the-self-confidence-i-lacked-in-the-nba#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:09:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114460 On December 16, Nigel Hayes is going to celebrate his 26th birthday. On his third year in Europe, the 6’8” forward that plays for Zalgiris Kaunas is demonstrating his improvement all over the continent. Not only do his numbers look better than last season, his first on the EuroLeague level, but also his contribution to […]

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Nigel Hayes: Playing in the EuroLeague has given me the self-confidence I lacked in the NBA

On December 16, Nigel Hayes is going to celebrate his 26th birthday.

On his third year in Europe, the 6’8” forward that plays for Zalgiris Kaunas is demonstrating his improvement all over the continent. Not only do his numbers look better than last season, his first on the EuroLeague level, but also his contribution to the Lithuanian giants has increased significantly.

A Toledo, Ohio native, Hayes had an outstanding college career with the Wisconsin Badgers, where he played from 2013 to 2017. He was part of the team’s two Final Four runs in 2014 and 2015, ending up as the fourth leading scorer in school history (1,857 points).

His first professional season included no less than four teams: a G League stint with the New York Knicks affiliate plus a total of 9 games with the Lakers, the Raptors and the Kings. At that time, Hayes was offered mostly 10-day contracts and never got to play consistent minutes or have a definite role on any of those teams.

In Europe, he had a very good year with Galatasaray in Turkey and the EuroCup, before moving on to Zalgiris. Sarunas Jasikevicius, one of European basketball’s towering figures, and Martin Schiller (one of G League’s most prominent coaches) are as different as “Antarctica and Malaga” and Hayes cannot help but point out the obvious.

For a team that started with 4 wins in a row and then got a taste of its own medicine by losing six games in 45 days, bouncing back had been an imperative for a long time. In the same vein, for one of the athletes who supported the Black Lives Matter movement before it came into fashion, his 14-point performance on 3/3 three-point shooting at OAKA vs Panathinaikos OPAP was a reminder of the qualities he had displayed early on in his career.

After an important win (69-81) over the Greek team, Nigel Hayes took some time for TalkBasket.net to weigh in on team’s performances, past and present coaches, NBA time, Draft prospect teammate Rokas Jokubaitis and -of course- Tyler Herro’s choice of college.

Q: How big of a win was this, in terms of psychology?

A: It’s good for our psychology and it’s also frustrating for the objectivity of the game, how it went and how we played. We know what we are capable of when we play as hard as we can, execute the game plan and the rules-decisions our coach has put in for us. It’s good that we were able to do that, but it’s also like “Hey, we didn’t have to lose six in a row”.

Q: Why did you lose six in a row?

A: We were just not able to finish the job. In order to win a game, you have to do almost everything perfect. We were a lot closer to that today than we were in the last six games.

Q: How’s the season been so far for you and Zalgiris?

A: It’s been good. New system, new coaching style and coaching staff. It almost seemed like last year, when we lost 9 in a row and I was kind of “Shit, let’s not do that again!”. Luckily, we were able to stop the bleeding at six and hopefully take the recipe from this game – the way we played- and carry it over going forth in the rest of the season.

Q: What’s the main difference between Sarunas Jasikevicius and Martin Schiller?

A: It’s as different as living in Antarctica and living in Malaga or Ibiza. But both coaches are great in their own right. I’ve said in a previous interview that there’s more than one way to coach and to play basketball. Not one style is right or better than the other one. We don’t play any worse or better.

Nigel Hayes, during the 2020/2021 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 13 match between Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
and Zalgiris Kaunas at OAKA on December 11, 2020 in Athens (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Q: What’s the principle that has changed?

A: The first I would say is the obvious … you know. The demonstrative yelling and correcting in every game. Saras has Dixicon and I talked to him after our last game against Barcelona – he knows. That’s a style of coaching that you see a lot in Europe and it stems from his treaty of coaching with Obradovic. You see those who played for him and are now coaching, they all have the same style. It works, but there’s more than one way to win games. We’ve bought into coach Schiller’s style, but we have to play close to a 100 percent as well.

Q: Do you believe that if it hadn’t been for COVID, you would be playing in the NBA right now?

A: I felt like I was playing very well last year, towards the end of the season. It was around January-February. It was as if I hadn’t missed a shot in two months. Things were going great, exactly like in the game against Panathinaikos. But I can’t see the future. All I can do is be here where I’m at. My feet are in a Zalgiris jersey and I want to play as well as I can for myself and my family. I want them to be proud of me and help my team win games.

Q: In terms of your NBA experience, did you expect more than 10-day contracts?

A: No, looking back on it now, I’ve always worked hard. I just didn’t work right and I needed to have more confidence in myself and my abilities. That’s something I have gained now, playing in Euroleague. You see a lot of the guys that go from the Euroleague to the NBA talk about how much harder it is. Luka Doncic was saying that it’s easier to score in the NBA and it’s true. It’s very difficult here. I feel that the experience I’ve had will help me. If the opportunity presents itself, I will be much more prepared this summer.

Q: Is Rokas Jokubaitis NBA ready?

A: Absolutely. I talk to him all the time about trying to make sure that he does the right things. I’ve been there for a short period of time, but I was able to listen, see and learn a lot from other veterans. I’m trying to help him be prepared for that.

Q: Which was your best NBA experience?

A: Just meeting players and watching how people work, the way they go about business.

Q: Do you appreciate the NBA more after what happened in the summer, with players and the league expressing political views and even boycotting a game?

A: It’s always been the best league in the world and also the best job playing basketball. NBA players and the whole organization have always set the bar very high. I’m not at all surprised that those things happened.

Q: Did people at Wisconsin call you to say they’re mad at you for persuading Tyler Herro to try Kentucky?

A: No, it doesn’t matter if they did or not. I told him to do what’s best for him and at the end of the day, it worked. All the credit goes to him for his work ethic.

Q: Did you personally have a good time at Wisconsin?

A: Great time. It was the greatest college experience you could ask for. All I needed was a National Championship. I was very close, but … Fantastic time.

Q: Is your former teammate Ethan Happ Euroleague material?

A: Absolutely. He has one of the best motors you’ve ever seen; he’s very crafty, he can score in a million ways around the rim; he will hustle and never cheat you.

Ethan Happ #22 (L) and Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers cheer from the bench in the second half against the Prairie View A&M Panthers at
the Kohl Center on November 27, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Victor Claver out 8-10 weeks for Barcelona with foot injury https://www.talkbasket.net/114431-victor-claver-out-8-10-weeks-for-barcelona-with-foot-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/114431-victor-claver-out-8-10-weeks-for-barcelona-with-foot-injury#respond Sun, 13 Dec 2020 23:33:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114431 Victor Claver will be sidelined for the next eight to 10 weeks, Barcelona announced on Twitter. Claver is dealing with a foot injurty (plantar fascia) and underwent surgery on Friday. He is expected to return to action for Barcelona in mid or late February. Barcelona is also expected to part ways with Thomas Heurtel in […]

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Victor Claver out 8-10 weeks for Barcelona with foot injury

Victor Claver will be sidelined for the next eight to 10 weeks, Barcelona announced on Twitter.

Claver is dealing with a foot injurty (plantar fascia) and underwent surgery on Friday.

He is expected to return to action for Barcelona in mid or late February.

Barcelona is also expected to part ways with Thomas Heurtel in the coming days.

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Barcelona to part ways with Thomas Heurtel, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/114427-barcelona-to-part-ways-with-thomas-heurtel-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/114427-barcelona-to-part-ways-with-thomas-heurtel-per-report#respond Sun, 13 Dec 2020 23:21:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114427 Barcelona is expected to part ways with point guard Thomas Heurtel, according to the Spanish joiurnalist Chema de Lucas. Barcelona and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius are not satisfied with Heurtel’s performance this season and are expected to let him go. Per de Lucas, Fenerbahce will make an offer to sign Heurtel, who is considered one […]

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Barcelona to part ways with Thomas Heurtel, per report

Barcelona is expected to part ways with point guard Thomas Heurtel, according to the Spanish joiurnalist Chema de Lucas.

Barcelona and head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius are not satisfied with Heurtel’s performance this season and are expected to let him go.

Per de Lucas, Fenerbahce will make an offer to sign Heurtel, who is considered one of the top point guards in the EuroLeague.

Heurtel has played in 12 EuroLeague games for Barcelona this season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 assists.

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Mike James gets Euroleague Round 12 MVP award https://www.talkbasket.net/114276-mike-james-gets-euroleague-round-12-mvp-award https://www.talkbasket.net/114276-mike-james-gets-euroleague-round-12-mvp-award#respond Sat, 12 Dec 2020 13:49:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114276 After almost scoring a triple double against Khimki, Mike James was undoubtedly the Round 12 MVP. The EuroLeague’s MVP for November had an amazing performance on Friday (11/12), setting a new career high (36 points) and almost scoring a triple double, leading CSKA Moscow to the win against Khimki, 87-96. Along with his 36 points, […]

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Mike James gets Euroleague Round 12 MVP award

After almost scoring a triple double against Khimki, Mike James was undoubtedly the Round 12 MVP. The EuroLeague’s MVP for November had an amazing performance on Friday (11/12), setting a new career high (36 points) and almost scoring a triple double, leading CSKA Moscow to the win against Khimki, 87-96. Along with his 36 points, James’ PIR matched the sixth-highest in EuroLeague history. 

Nick Calathes of Barcelona, on the other hand, dished a club-record 14 assists to lead all passers this week in Barcelona’s game against Armani Milan on Friday (11/12).

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Mike James drops career-high 36 points vs Khimki – EuroLeague Round 13: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114216-mike-james-drops-career-high-36-points-vs-khimki-euroleague-round-13-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114216-mike-james-drops-career-high-36-points-vs-khimki-euroleague-round-13-results-and-highlights#respond Sat, 12 Dec 2020 02:55:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114216 Mike James was unstoppable and set a new career high in the EuroLeague, leading CSKA Moscow past Khimki (87-96). James flirted with the triple-double, with 36 points (10/14 shooting), nine rebounds, 10 assists and a PIR of 51, as the Muscovites won their eighth straight and improved to 10-3 in the EuroLeague standings. For its […]

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Mike James drops career-high 36 points vs Khimki – EuroLeague Round 13: Results and Highlights

Mike James was unstoppable and set a new career high in the EuroLeague, leading CSKA Moscow past Khimki (87-96).

James flirted with the triple-double, with 36 points (10/14 shooting), nine rebounds, 10 assists and a PIR of 51, as the Muscovites won their eighth straight and improved to 10-3 in the EuroLeague standings. For its part, Khimki lost its fourth in a row and dropped to 2-11.

In the other matches, Zalgiris Kaunas (6-7) rallied past Panathinaikos (4-8) on the road (69-81) and Bayern Munich maintained a top four push (9-4), after defeating ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-9) at home (76-62).

Last but not least, Barcelona used a 27-10 run in the fourth quarter and dominated Armani Milano (7-5) at “Palau Blaugrana” (87-71) to remain on top (10-3).

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Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris Kaunas past Panathinaikos in Athens https://www.talkbasket.net/114144-marius-grigonis-led-zalgiris-kaunas-past-panathinaikos-in-athens https://www.talkbasket.net/114144-marius-grigonis-led-zalgiris-kaunas-past-panathinaikos-in-athens#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 20:52:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114144 With Marius Grigonis leading his team, Zalgiris Kaunas took an impressive yet tough win on the road against Panathinaikos, 69-81, on Friday night (11/12). Panathinaikos fought back, returned on the game but that wasn’t enough for the players of coach Vovoras to get away with the win. Marius Grigonis was the top scorer for Zalgiris […]

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Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris Kaunas past Panathinaikos in Athens

With Marius Grigonis leading his team, Zalgiris Kaunas took an impressive yet tough win on the road against Panathinaikos, 69-81, on Friday night (11/12). Panathinaikos fought back, returned on the game but that wasn’t enough for the players of coach Vovoras to get away with the win.

Marius Grigonis was the top scorer for Zalgiris with 24 points with Nigel Hayes adding another 14 points. Nemanja Nedovic was the leading scorer for Panathinaikos with 12 points while Papapetrou, Papagiannis and Mack added 10 points each.

The Match

With both teams missing several opportunities to score, Zalgiris started the game with a slight 2-point lead (2-4) but Panathinaikos playing solid defense from the very first minutes. Two free throws from Aaron White tied the game (4-4) but a beautiful offensive play from Zalgiris brought their 2-point lead back (4-6). Zalgiris managed to get their first 4-point lead with Lauvergne with Grigonis firing the triple for the Lithuanians (6-11). Panathinaikos was, pretty quickly, trailing by 9 points (8-17) with coach Vovoras calling the time out. The time out seemed to be working for Panathinaikos with Mitoglou scoring 4 consecutive points, the team stealing the ball and fighting for every possession (12-17). Zalgiris run a 5-0 score, got their largest lead of the game and the difference to double digits (12-22). Despite a few turnovers from Zalgiris, the hosts didn’t take advantage of it and ended the first quarter trailing by 12 points (12-24).

In the second quarter, five points from Dinos Mitoglou were enough to help Panathinaikos start their comeback. Zalgiris committed a few turnovers giving the Greeks the chance to close the score, return on the game and gain confidence (18-24). Despite two missed free throws from Mitoglou, Zalgiris committed another unforced error, which didn’t cost this time, with Walkup scoring for three (18-27). Panathinaikos lost their momentum with Nigel Hayes scoring his second triple of the game (18-30). Every time Panathinaikos was trying to make a comeback and close the score, Zalgiris’ shots from the perimeter were enough to prevent a greek comeback. Marius Grigonis continued his perfect shooting percentages and Zalgiris headed to the locker rooms with a 10-point lead (33-43).

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In the third quarter, Panathinaikos played more aggressively on defense and in along with 8 points from White, Nedovic and Papapetrou, the score came down to a single possession lead for the guests (41-43), forcing coach Schiller to a time out. The Greeks used their fouls wisely, as coach Vovoras wanted and grabbed the offensive rebounds. On the other hand Zalgiris was missing their opportunities to score, made unnecessary fouls, but Grigonis was there to help them out with a triple (41-46). Panathinaikos seemed to having the momentum with Howard Sant-Roos stealing the ball and scoring two points on the fast break (45-46). Zalgiris showed some reaction and scored 4 consecutive points with Walkup and Hayes (45-50). Panathinaikos’ defense was very solid with Shelvin Mack doing his job on the offensive end, tying the game (50-50). Zalgiris immediately replied with a 5-0 run (50-55) without letting Panathinaikos gain too much confidence. Rubit scored for two, got the bonus free throw and scored a triple few seconds later, to bring his team to an 10-point lead (50-60). Panathinaikos had lost the momentum, turned the ball over, but sill their defense was what kept them alive to end the third quarter trailing by 10 points (50-60).

With their confidence high from the way the third quarter and Jokubaitis scoring the triple, Zalgiris was determined to leave Athens with the win (50-63). Panathinaikos had his last chance to return on the game, with Nemanja Nedovic scoring an easy layup (52-63). Panathinaikos took the score down to 7 points with Papagiannis scoring his sixth point of the night and rejecting Marius Grigonis on the other end (60-67). Youngster, Rokas Jokubaitis with a three-point opportunity extended the lead for Zalgiris to 10 points, but Shelvin Mack scored the triple (63-70). With almost 3 minutes left until the end of the game, Papagiannis was leading Panathinaikos to a comeback with consecutive baskets from the Greek big man (67-72), forcing the Lithuanian bench to a time out. Niges Hayes with the basket and the foul, gave Zalgiris three more points in a crucial moment of the game. Panathinaikos never managed to make another comeback with Zalgiris leaving OAKA with the win (69-81).

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Fenerbahce gave up. That is the truth https://www.talkbasket.net/114100-fenerbahce-gave-up-that-is-the-truth https://www.talkbasket.net/114100-fenerbahce-gave-up-that-is-the-truth#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 10:06:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114100 Alba Berlin coach Aito Garcia Reneses literally told it as it was following his side’s thumping 89-63 win over Fenerbahce on Thursday night. The German side made the EuroLeague giants a shell of their usual selves as they established an early lead throughout that only kept on growing. Fenerbahce coach Igor Kokoskov, previously a head […]

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Fenerbahce gave up. That is the truth

Alba Berlin coach Aito Garcia Reneses literally told it as it was following his side’s thumping 89-63 win over Fenerbahce on Thursday night.

The German side made the EuroLeague giants a shell of their usual selves as they established an early lead throughout that only kept on growing.

Fenerbahce coach Igor Kokoskov, previously a head coach with the Phoenix Suns looked on powerless. However, you don’t have to be powerless when getting a bonus code that makes betting that little exciting.

Garcia-Reneses was anything but powerless. The players did all the work on the floor to secure a third win in the last four games and move to 5-7 after a 1-5 start. 

“To play without pressure with the situation we have in the team is good,” Garcia-Reneses said.

“Also, we had a good advantage: Fenerbahce gave up. That is the truth. There are teams that have one player play 40 minutes and take most of the shots. But we have more balance among everyone. That is good too.”

“We began playing very good. In other times when we took the lead at the beginning of the game or by halftime, we had a lot of problems. I thought today was going to be similar. However, we didn’t have problems.

“We played with very good spirit and perhaps Fenerbahce thought they were not going to win the game and they gave up. But my players can be happy about themselves with their spirit and the way they wanted to play basketball.

“In this situation with so many games, this is very, very difficult to have the same attitude every day.”

Fenerbahce welcomed back Nando De Colo for the first time since round seven. But he was unable to contribute like he usually does as the Turkish side drops to 14th place in the EuroLeague standings. Unfamilar territory, it is, but Kokoskov is putting this result in the rear view mirror and focusing on the next game, against Milano who currently sit at 7-4 in the standings.

“As a coach, I am always taking full responsibility for not preparing my team mentally and physically just to play together,” he said.

“I didn’t hear voices, no voice, no reaction. We didn’t look like a team that played some good games this year. We have to focus on the next game. It’s a tough schedule. Obviously, games are coming and we have to regroup and focus on the next one.”

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Real Madrid ends Zenit’s six-game road winning streak – EuroLeague Round 13: Results and Highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114040-real-madrid-ends-zenits-six-game-road-winning-streak-euroleague-round-13-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/114040-real-madrid-ends-zenits-six-game-road-winning-streak-euroleague-round-13-results-and-highlights#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 01:06:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114040 Real Madrid defeated Zenit Saint Petesburg at home (79-72) and put an end to the Russians’ six-game road winning streak. A 20-3 run early in the third quarter was enough for the “Whites” to take a double-digit lead (56-34) and never look back. The visitors never came closer than seven points and suffered their first […]

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Real Madrid ends Zenit’s six-game road winning streak – EuroLeague Round 13: Results and Highlights

Real Madrid defeated Zenit Saint Petesburg at home (79-72) and put an end to the Russians’ six-game road winning streak.

A 20-3 run early in the third quarter was enough for the “Whites” to take a double-digit lead (56-34) and never look back. The visitors never came closer than seven points and suffered their first road loss this season.

Real remained undefeated at home (6-0) and improved to 8-5, whereas Zenit dropped to 7-4.

In the other matches, Olympiacos (7-5) survived a late thriller against Crvena Zvezda (4-9) in Belgrade, thanks to Giorgos Printezis’ game-winning two-pointer (79-81).

For its part, Maccabi Tel-Aviv (5-8) escaped from Vitoria with a big win over Baskonia (6-6), with Tyler Dorsey (15 points) sealing the deal from the free-throw line (63-67). The Israelis ended the Basques’ four-game winning streak.

In Valencia, Klemen Prepelic hit the game-winner at the buzzer and the hosts (8-5) edged Anadolu Efes (7-6) (76-74). Also, ALBA Berlin (5-7) decimated Fenerbahce (5-8) and earned its third straight win (89-63).

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ALBA beat Fenerbahce for the third win in a row https://www.talkbasket.net/114025-alba-beat-fenerbahce-for-the-third-win-in-a-row https://www.talkbasket.net/114025-alba-beat-fenerbahce-for-the-third-win-in-a-row#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:07:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114025 ALBA Berlin remained on the roll by beating Fenerbahce with a score of 89-63 in the Round 13 of the EuroLeague. After not so ambitious start with a 1-5 the German team moved to 5-7 (the game from the Round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January). Their latest victim was […]

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ALBA beat Fenerbahce for the third win in a row

ALBA Berlin remained on the roll by beating Fenerbahce with a score of 89-63 in the Round 13 of the EuroLeague.

After not so ambitious start with a 1-5 the German team moved to 5-7 (the game from the Round 5 against Baskonia will be played on the 5th of January). Their latest victim was Igor Kokoškov’s squad which now has 5 wins and 8 defeats.

Without all injured players (Marcus Eriksson, Lorenz Brenneke, Simone Fontecchio, and Ben Lammers), ALBA forced Fenerbahce to make 20 turnovers and to be successful in 6 of 22 three-point attempts. Also, using offensive rebounds the German squad scored 17 points in the second chance while stopping Fenerbahce at 6 after grabbing rebounds in the offense.

Niels Giffey collected 13 points and 8 assists for a PIR of 20. Peyton Siva added 11 points, while three players from ALBA Berlin scored 10 points each – Maodo Lo, Krešimir Nikić, and Johannes Thiemann.

On the other side, Tarik Biberović was the starter in the match for the second time in the season (the first time in the game against Barcelona). He used given minutes in the best possible way because the young forward was the only player with double-digit points. Biberović finished the match with 13. Leo Westerman was the only player in Fenerbahce with a double-digit PIR (12). The Frenchmen had 6 points and 4 assists.

Game recap

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The Spanoulis – Printezis duo leads Olympiacos to an impressive win against Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/113968-the-spanoulis-printezis-duo-leads-olympiacos-to-an-impressive-win-against-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/113968-the-spanoulis-printezis-duo-leads-olympiacos-to-an-impressive-win-against-crvena-zvezda#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:24:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113968 With their captain, Vassilis Spanoulis and co-captain, Giorgos Printezis leading the team, Olympiacos returned from 16 points down and got an impressive road win over Crvena Zvezda, 79-81 on Thursday night. Crvena Zvezda didn’t take advantage of Olympiacos’s 20 turnovers and lost a much needed game. The Greeks return in Piraeus with two important road […]

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The Spanoulis – Printezis duo leads Olympiacos to an impressive win against Crvena Zvezda

With their captain, Vassilis Spanoulis and co-captain, Giorgos Printezis leading the team, Olympiacos returned from 16 points down and got an impressive road win over Crvena Zvezda, 79-81 on Thursday night. Crvena Zvezda didn’t take advantage of Olympiacos’s 20 turnovers and lost a much needed game. The Greeks return in Piraeus with two important road wins against Barcelona, on Tuesday, and Crvena Zvezda.

Olympiacos’ had 5 players in double digits for a second consecutive game but Giorgos Printezis with 16 points and Vassilis Spanoulis with 15 were the top scorers for the Greeks. For Crvena Zvezda, Johnny O’Bryant had 16 points with Loyd and Walden adding 13 each.

The Match

In the first quarter both teams were focusing on their defense trying to make it difficult for the opponent to score. With only two successful field goals that seemed to work with both teams tied (5-5). Crvena Zvezda got their first six-point lead of the game with back to back triples from Corey Walden (11-5). The Serbians had a 4/5 in triples earning an early nine-point lead (14-5) with Olympiacos having three turnovers in just five minutes of play. Jean-Charles with the hook shot took the gap down to seven points after almost 4 minutes without score for Olympiacos. Crvena Zvezda got their first double digit lead three minutes before the end of the quarter with two free throws from Dobric (18-7). With Olympiacos committing too many turnovers in just 10 minutes of play (6 in total), Crvena Zvezda ended the first quarter leading by 14 points (30-16).

In the second quarter, Olympiacos got five quick points from Printezis and Harrison, played better defense and brought the difference down to 11 points (32-21). Lazic with the three pointer extended the lead for the Serbians (35-21), with George Printezis replying with his own two-pointer for Olympiacos (35-23). Four quick points from Vassilis Spanoulis closed the gap for Olympiacos to 10 points, forcing Crvena Zvezda to a time-out (37-27). Olympiacos strengthen their defense but was rushing in the offensive end committing unforced turnovers. Jean-Charles scored for two with an impressive dunk, (41-30) with Vassilis Spanoulis firing the triple right after taking the score to single digits, (41-33). Shaqielle McKissic missed an easy opportunity to score and the two teams headed to the locker rooms with the Serbian club leading by 8 points (45-37).

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In the third quarter, George Printezis and Olympiacos took the difference down to 6 points (45-39) determined to return to the game and claim the win. Crvena Zvezda put pressure on Olympiacos with their defense but Sloukas with an impressive jump shot made it a five-point game. Loyd with his three pointer extended his team’s lead to 8 points again (50-42), while Olympiacos committed another turnover. Despite playing excellent defense on Olympiacos, Crvena Zvezda missed a couple opportunities to score and extend their lead, with Aaron Harrison grabbing the opportunity and scoring for three (50-45). The American guard leaded his team to the comeback and with two more back-to-back triples made the game a single point one, forcing coach, Sasa Obradovic, to a time-out (52-51). The Greeks got their first lead, after their first points of the game, with Octavius Ellis, while Crvena Zvezda seemed unable to find solutions in both ends of the court (52-54). Jagodic-Kuridza gave his team the lead back from the perimeter, with Printezis tying the game, once more (55-55). Larentzakis gave Olympiacos the lead with his first triple of the game, to end the third quarter, 61-62.

The fourth quarter started with a tough jump shot from Vassilis Spanoulis (61-64) and an offensive foul on Kuzmic. The momentum had switched hands, with Olympiacos grabbing the offensive rebounds and the experienced players leading the team. Printezis with another triple, gave Olympiacos a six-point lead with Crvena Zvezda having to make their own comeback now (61-67). With Larentzakis firing another triple and the Serbians desperate to find score, the momentum of the match was clearly in Olympiacos’ hands (63-70). O’Bryant made the start with a two-pointer bringing the difference within 5 points (65-70), with Davidovac making it a one possession game (67-70). Loyd scored, the game was on fire but Larentzakis with another triple gave Olympiacos a breath of fresh air and a four point lead (69-73). Walden didn’t let Olympiacos extend their lead and got the chance for a 4-point play with the triple and the foul (72-74). With three minutes until the end of the match and the two teams fighting for every possession and every rebound, Crvena Zvezda tied the game to 76-76 with Jordan Loyd. Olympiacos committed their 18th turnover of the game giving the Serbians the chance to retain their lead. Walden committed the turnover, missing the chance to score but Olympiacos with a second consecutive offensive foul missed their own chance to score. Two free throws from O’Bryant got the score two 78-76 for the hosts but an offensive foul from Davidovac forced the bench of Crvena Zvezda to call the time out. Printezis tied the game, Jean-Charles grabbed the defensive rebound and Spanoulis went to the free throw line. Olympiacos’ captain missed the first one but made the second one with 8 seconds remaining (78-79). O’Bryant went to the free throw line missed the first one but made the second one tying the game at 79-79. Printezis scored for two, got the foul, missed the free throw but Olympiacos got away with the win, 79-81.

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Nando De Colo to return for Fenerbahce after a month https://www.talkbasket.net/113957-nando-de-colo-to-return-for-fenerbahce-after-a-month https://www.talkbasket.net/113957-nando-de-colo-to-return-for-fenerbahce-after-a-month#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 16:46:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113957 Nando De Colo is expected to return to action for Fenerbahce on Thursday, when the Turks play ALBA Berlin on the road. De Colo returned to practice this week and will be in the active roster for the match against the Germans. De Colo remained sidelined for about a month, due to a calf injury he […]

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Nando De Colo to return for Fenerbahce after a month

Nando De Colo is expected to return to action for Fenerbahce on Thursday, when the Turks play ALBA Berlin on the road.

De Colo returned to practice this week and will be in the active roster for the match against the Germans.

De Colo remained sidelined for about a month, due to a calf injury he suffered in early November. The French guard averaged 13 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists prior to his injury.

Fenerbahce struggled during De Colo’s absence and is currently having a 5-7 record in the EuroLeague.

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EuroLeague makeup games: Results and highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/113806-euroleague-makeup-games-results-and-highlights https://www.talkbasket.net/113806-euroleague-makeup-games-results-and-highlights#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2020 04:56:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113806 EuroLeague action continued on Tuesday, with four makeup games taking place and the visitors triumphing in three of the four. Olympiacos (6-5) rallied past Barcelona (9-3), handing the Catalans’ their first home loss in the EuroLeague this season (88-96) in a EuroLeague Round 9 game. Zenit (7-3) extended its road winning streak to six games, […]

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EuroLeague makeup games: Results and highlights

EuroLeague action continued on Tuesday, with four makeup games taking place and the visitors triumphing in three of the four.

Olympiacos (6-5) rallied past Barcelona (9-3), handing the Catalans’ their first home loss in the EuroLeague this season (88-96) in a EuroLeague Round 9 game.

Zenit (7-3) extended its road winning streak to six games, thanks to its 72-85 (EuroLeague Round 4) win over Valencia (7-5), who lost its second straight at home.

Anadolu Efes (7-5) edged ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-8) in a EuroLeague Round 5 game (72-68), while Armani Milano earned its fourth victory in the last five games, after defeating Khimki (2-10) in Moscow (93-102, EuroLeague Round 8 game).

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Olympiacos shocked Barcelona and got away with a tough win on the road https://www.talkbasket.net/113752-olympiacos-shocked-barcelona-and-got-away-with-a-tough-win-on-the-road https://www.talkbasket.net/113752-olympiacos-shocked-barcelona-and-got-away-with-a-tough-win-on-the-road#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:11:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113752 After a dominant performance in the first half and an impressive defensive effort in the second, Olympiacos got a tough yet needed win away from home defeating Barcelona, 88-96, for Round 9. With 5 players in double digits, Kostas Sloukas with a double-double and Aaron Harrison playing a crucial defensive role in the fourth quarter, […]

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Olympiacos shocked Barcelona and got away with a tough win on the road

After a dominant performance in the first half and an impressive defensive effort in the second, Olympiacos got a tough yet needed win away from home defeating Barcelona, 88-96, for Round 9. With 5 players in double digits, Kostas Sloukas with a double-double and Aaron Harrison playing a crucial defensive role in the fourth quarter, coach Bartzokas saw his players staying concentrated on their game plan forcing Barcelona to their third loss and first one at home.

Hassan Martin with 17 points was the top scorer for Olympiacos, with Shaquielle McKissic scoring 16 and Kostas Sloukas adding another 15 points and 10 assists. For Barcelona Nikola Mirotic had 16 points whilst Brandon Davies added another 15.

Olympiacos started the first quarter with a 5-0 point with Barcelona missing both of their three point efforts (0-5). Two consecutive baskets from Livio Jean-Charles extended Olympiacos lead to nine points (0-9) with Barcelona missing all of their field goals, forcing coach Jasikevicius to a time out. Barcelona had zero points (0/6 FG) in the first three minutes of the game, while Olympiacos had an outstanding performance in the first quarter (0-12). Mirotic was the man who created score for Barcelona with a triple (3-12) but Hassan Martin replied with the two-pointer and the foul (3-15). Charles Jenkins had an amazing start in the first quarter and scored another triple for Olympiacos, (4-18). Olympiacos seemed unstoppable from the perimeter while Kostas Papanikolaou scored another triple (6-21). Barcelona replied on that triple pretty quickly with the three pointer on the buzzer from Kuric (9-21). Barcelona improved their defense and scored some crucial points towards the end of the first quarter and ended it trailing by nine (17-26).

In the second quarter, Barcelona showed some shooting improvement but Olympiacos kept playing well and finding its way to the opponent basket pretty easily. Kyle Kuric with his sensational shooting brought the score to 31-37 with Adam Hanga adding another two to close the score even more (32-37). Barcelona had a chance to tie the game but McKissic with an impressive play took the score to 34-39. Youngster, Sergi Martinez made it a two point game for Olympiacos (38-40) but Martin was again the one who kept Olympiacos’ 4-point lead. McKissic with the triple stretched the lead back to 7 points for Olympiacos but Calathes had a reply for that with his own two point shot (40-45). Despite Barcelona’s effort to close the score and, maybe, get the lead, Olympiacos ended the first half leading by 4 points (47-51).

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Ιn the third quarter, despite two free throws from Ellis, both teams had no field goals. Octavius Ellis did all the scoring for Olympiacos in the first minutes of the third quarter and gave his team an 8-point lead (47-55). Hanga with the big three created score for Barcelona in the second half taking down Olympiacos’ lead to 5 points (50-55). With Kostas Sloukas showing some leadership and scoring Olympiacos’ last 5 points, the Greeks extended their lead to double digits (50-60) with six minutes until the end of the quarter remaining. With coach Bartzokas seeing his players playing great and tough defense on Barcelona and Kostas Papanikolaou scoring for three, Olympiacos had the momentum in this third quarter despite Barcelona’s improvement (50-63). Barcelona did great on defense but struggled on the offensive side, being unable to find their way to the basket as easy as they wished. Hanga brought the difference back to single digits but not for long, with Martin scoring for two (54-65). Abrines scored his first three of the night keeping Barcelona as close to the score as possible. Olympiacos stayed calm and concentrated and managed to end the third quarter leading by 9 points (63-72).

In the fourth and final quarter, Barcelona started fighting back and with an unsportsmanlike foul from Olympiacos, Barcelona took the score down to 5 points (69-74). Bolmaro with the steal and the basket brought some interest back on the game forcing coach Bartzokas to a time-out (71-74). With Shaqielle McKissic hitting a much needed triple, Olympiacos extended their lead back to 6 points with Mirotic replying with his own two pointer (73-77). With the referees giving two free throws on Brandon Davies, Barcelona took the game to a single possession game to tie it later on with two points from Nikola Mirotic (77-77). Aaron Harrison scored for two and got the bonus free throw for Olympiacos to retain the 5-point lead for his team (77-82). Abrines with the big three refused to let Olympiacos take a safe lead and got the game back to two points difference (80-82). Harrison with the steal and the unsportsmanlike foul extended Olympiacos’ lead (82-86) with 2:30 minutes remaining until the end of the match. McKissic continued scoring from three, putting Barcelona to the tough position to cover a 7-point difference in 2 minutes. Two free throws from Davies was a great start for Barcelona but Harrison again with his great defensive performance prevented Barcelona from scoring more points. Nick Calathes scored two consecutive baskets bringing the difference to two points, but Olympiacos managed to get away with a tough, 88-96 ,win.

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FC Barcelona’s Signings Make Immediate Impact in EuroLeague https://www.talkbasket.net/113725-fc-barcelonas-signings-make-immediate-impact-in-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/113725-fc-barcelonas-signings-make-immediate-impact-in-euroleague#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 14:39:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113725 The EuroLeague season is well underway and we already see a few teams escaping from the pack.  Barcelona is an impressive 8-1 to open the season and sits first in the league. Meanwhile, FC Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow are sitting pretty at 7-3.  Routinely one of the best teams in Spain, Barcelona is attempting […]

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FC Barcelona’s Signings Make Immediate Impact in EuroLeague

The EuroLeague season is well underway and we already see a few teams escaping from the pack. 

Barcelona is an impressive 8-1 to open the season and sits first in the league. Meanwhile, FC Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow are sitting pretty at 7-3. 

Routinely one of the best teams in Spain, Barcelona is attempting to reach the holy grail of the EuroLeague once again. With two titles to their name (and last coming in 2010), FC Barcelona fans are longing for another championship. 

Off to a hot start, one of the main reasons Barcelona is doing so well in the early going is their newest signings and their ability to extend talented players. The EuroLeague is savage in the fact that players will look for greener pastures elsewhere, much like the NBA and other professional leagues. So for teams to lock up tenured players as well as bring in new talent is a huge bonus. 

Nick Calathes signed a three-year deal with Barcelona. Fans of the EuroLeague are well versed in his talents. Calathes was named twice to the All-EuroLeague First Team in back-to-back seasons and has made an impressive impact with former teams like Panathinaikos. Calathes was also a former NBA Draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves and played at the University of Florida. Calathes has also led the EuroLeague in assists in each of the last three seasons, while also ranking second all-time in that category. 

Another name well known for Barcelona that jumped ship is Brandon Davies. In his young EuroLeague career, Davies extended his current contract with the team that will keep him donning the FC Barcelona crest until 2022. Davies played for BYU in college, while also playing for the 76ers and Nets in the NBA. Davies signed a two year deal with Barcelona in 2019 and has since re-upped his agreement with the organization. 

The basketball world is buzzing thanks to Leandro Bolmaro. The Argentinian began his pro career at the age of 16, signing in the top basketball league in Argentina. He has spent time between Barcelona’s reserve team and their senior team but is making an impact every time he touches the court. Bolmaro was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 2020 NBA Draft and has since been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

FC Barcelona has many talents that have proven themselves in either European in American Basketball, like Cory Higgins, Kyle Kuric, Pierre Oriola, and Nikola Mirotic. 

It isn’t a surprise that basketball betting sites have Barcelona as one of the favorites to win the EuroLeague. Barcelona can be found at 3.50 odds to win EuroLeague and are favorites across many betting sites. 

FC Barcelona is attempting to be the face of the EuroLeague once again. With their recent signings and ability to pen experienced names to new contracts, Barcelona will be a tough mountain to concur for the majority of teams in the EuroLeague.

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Yogi Ferrell could go to Europe as Barcelona shows interest https://www.talkbasket.net/113556-yogi-ferrell-could-go-to-europe-as-barcelona-shows-interest https://www.talkbasket.net/113556-yogi-ferrell-could-go-to-europe-as-barcelona-shows-interest#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 11:25:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113556 Euroleague regular season top team, after 12 rounds, FC Barcelona are still searching the market with the hope of adding strength to the team. According to Sportando, FC Barcelona are interested in signing the 27-year-old, free agent point guard Yogi Ferrell. He currently has no contract, as his two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings expired. […]

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Yogi Ferrell could go to Europe as Barcelona shows interest

Euroleague regular season top team, after 12 rounds, FC Barcelona are still searching the market with the hope of adding strength to the team.

According to Sportando, FC Barcelona are interested in signing the 27-year-old, free agent point guard Yogi Ferrell. He currently has no contract, as his two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings expired.

The current 31-year-old point guard Thomas Heurtel does not live up to Barca coach Sarunas Jasikevicius’ expectations and is not suitable for his coaching style.

Ferrell has played 249 games in the NBA with the Nets, Mavs, and Kings. Last season, he averaged 4.4 points (30 percent three-pointers), a rebound, and 1.4 assists in 11 minutes per game.

2018-19 Yogi Ferrell Top 10 Plays:

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Real Madrid’s Walter Tavares earns EuroLeague MVP of the Week honors https://www.talkbasket.net/113400-real-madrids-walter-tavares-earns-euroleague-mvp-of-the-week-honors https://www.talkbasket.net/113400-real-madrids-walter-tavares-earns-euroleague-mvp-of-the-week-honors#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 13:09:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113400 Walter Tavares played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s comeback win against ASVEL Friday. The veteran big recorded 19 points along with six rebounds and four blocks to earn MVP honors for EuroLeague’s round 12. His 29 performance index rating was the best of the week. Following him with a PIR of 26 was Maccabi […]

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Real Madrid’s Walter Tavares earns EuroLeague MVP of the Week honors

Walter Tavares played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s comeback win against ASVEL Friday. The veteran big recorded 19 points along with six rebounds and four blocks to earn MVP honors for EuroLeague’s round 12.

His 29 performance index rating was the best of the week. Following him with a PIR of 26 was Maccabi Tel Aviv point guard Scottie Wilbekin.

Real Madrid extended his winning streak to five, after Friday’s nights victory. The Spanish giant improved to 7-5 in regular season standings due to Tavares contribution.

He has a strong start in EuroLeague 2020/21 campaign as he averages 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 22.4 minutes per contest.

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Real Madrid extends home winning streak in the EuroLeague to five games https://www.talkbasket.net/113372-real-madrid-extends-home-winning-streak-in-the-euroleague-to-five-games https://www.talkbasket.net/113372-real-madrid-extends-home-winning-streak-in-the-euroleague-to-five-games#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 02:53:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113372 Real Madrid remained undefeated at home in the EuroLeague for a five straight game, following its victory over ASVEL-Villeurbanne (91-84). The “Whites” came back from a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter (58-70) and outscored their opponents 33-14 in the last part of the game to seal the deal. Walter Tavares and Sergio Llull […]

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Real Madrid extends home winning streak in the EuroLeague to five games

Real Madrid remained undefeated at home in the EuroLeague for a five straight game, following its victory over ASVEL-Villeurbanne (91-84).

The “Whites” came back from a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter (58-70) and outscored their opponents 33-14 in the last part of the game to seal the deal.

Walter Tavares and Sergio Llull led the winners with 19 points apiece, whereas Norris Cole had 21 points for the losing squad.

Real now is at 7-5 in the standings, whereas ASVEL dropped to 3-7.

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Baskonia’s defense secured victory in Sinan Erdem Sports Hall https://www.talkbasket.net/113351-baskonias-defense-secured-victory-in-sinan-erdem-sports-hall https://www.talkbasket.net/113351-baskonias-defense-secured-victory-in-sinan-erdem-sports-hall#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 01:12:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113351 Baskonia dominated defensively against Anadolu Efes and won with a score of 59-77 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall. After twelve rounds, both teams have identical records (6-5), and each team one game less. Anadolu Efes will host ASVEL on the 8th of December (Round 5), while Baskonia plays a game from the fifth round against […]

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Baskonia’s defense secured victory in Sinan Erdem Sports Hall

Baskonia dominated defensively against Anadolu Efes and won with a score of 59-77 at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall.

After twelve rounds, both teams have identical records (6-5), and each team one game less. Anadolu Efes will host ASVEL on the 8th of December (Round 5), while Baskonia plays a game from the fifth round against ALBA Berlin on the 5th of January in Germany.

Efes was only better in the first quarter (20-17), but Baskonia tightened up its defense after that, especially in the second half. The Spanish squad allowed Efes to score only 13 points in the third and nine in the fourth part of the game. Baskonia grabbed 44 rebounds against Efes’ 30.

An interesting fact is that Baskonia won all five games where Alec Peters scored 15 or more points, and he was unstoppable against his former squad. He finished the game with 18 points (4/7 for two-point, 3/7 for three-point, and 1/1 from the free-throw line). Peters added seven rebounds, three assists, and a block for a PIR of 20.

Besides Peters, three more players had more than 10 points. Both Achille Polonara and Youssoupha Fall scored 12 points, while Pierria Henry had one point less than these two.

On the other side, in Ergin Ataman‘s squad, no one made it to the double-digit score. The best scorer was Shane Larkin with eight points. The one with the best PIR (9) was Chris Singleton who ended the match with five points.

Game recap


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Bayern Munich survives vs. Khimki to put an end to a two-game losing streak https://www.talkbasket.net/113326-bayern-munich-survives-vs-khimki-to-put-an-end-to-a-two-game-losing-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/113326-bayern-munich-survives-vs-khimki-to-put-an-end-to-a-two-game-losing-streak#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 21:49:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113326 Bayern Munich survived a close-fought affair against Khimki (80-77) to put a stop to a two-game losing streak. In a contest that came to end on a dramatic note, Bayern’s Nick Weiler-Babb put four crucial free-throws to put the game away for the home team. These were they only points Babb scored in the contest […]

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Bayern Munich survives vs. Khimki to put an end to a two-game losing streak

Bayern Munich survived a close-fought affair against Khimki (80-77) to put a stop to a two-game losing streak. In a contest that came to end on a dramatic note, Bayern’s Nick Weiler-Babb put four crucial free-throws to put the game away for the home team.

These were they only points Babb scored in the contest finishing with three assists and three rebounds. Wade Baldwin had a team-high 19 points for Andrea Trinchieri’s squad with sharpshooter Paul Zipser adding 18.

Bayern improved to 8-4, while Khimki remained at the bottom of the regular season standings. For the Russians, Alexey Shved 20-point performance was not enough.

As a result, Khimki conceded its third loss in the last three EuroLeague outings dropping to 2-9.

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Barcelona survives Zalgiris’ pressure behind Jasikevicius’ return to Kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/113292-barcelona-survives-zalgiris-pressure-behind-jasikevicius-return-to-kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/113292-barcelona-survives-zalgiris-pressure-behind-jasikevicius-return-to-kaunas#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 19:51:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113292 Barcelona managed to get an impressive yet tough road win in Kaunas defeating Zalgiris, 62-73, on Friday night (4/12). Despite a comeback from the home side, the players of Saras Jasikevicius controlled the game, even though they committed several turnovers. Barcelona managed to keep Zalgiris very low in the perimeter with 2/18 3PT, something that […]

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Barcelona survives Zalgiris’ pressure behind Jasikevicius’ return to Kaunas

Barcelona managed to get an impressive yet tough road win in Kaunas defeating Zalgiris, 62-73, on Friday night (4/12). Despite a comeback from the home side, the players of Saras Jasikevicius controlled the game, even though they committed several turnovers. Barcelona managed to keep Zalgiris very low in the perimeter with 2/18 3PT, something that made their task a bit more easier.

Brandon Davies was the top scorer for Barcelona with 16 points with Kyle Kuric having a convincing performance with 15 points. Jokubaitis’ 15 points were not enough for Zalgiris with Hayes and Lauvergne adding 10 each.

The Match

From the very first minutes of the match, Barcelona showed their determination on defense, with Zalgiris missing both of their offensive opportunities. Barcelona got an early 4-0 lead with Nick Calathes going coast-to-coast and scoring with an easy layup (0-4). Zalgiris was desperate to find score in this first quarter, something that happened after six minutes of play and three turnovers (2-6). Despite the fact that Zalgiris was still unable to increase their field goal percentages, the Lithuanian club closed the score with three free throws from Hayes and a great effort from Jokubaitis (9-10). Rubit tied the game with a free throw and gave Zalgiris their first lead of the match (11-10). Brandon Davies with the offensive rebound and the two points came to end Zalgiris’ 7-0 run and give back the lead to the Spanish side (11-12). With both teams improving their performance, Barcelona ended the first quarter leading by 3 points (14-17).

In the second quarter, Kuric extended Barcelona’s lead with a triple (16-22) with Zalgiris replying with two free throws (18-22). Consecutive turnovers from Barcelona gave Zalgiris the chance to score and make it a one possession game (20-22) with seven minutes remaining until the end of the first half in the Zalgirio Arena. With seven points from Kuric just in the second quarter, Barcelona retained their four-point lead (20-24), but just for a moment until Jokubaitis replies. The one man show from Kyle Kuric continued with the long range shot and 10 points in 6 minutes in the second quarter (22-27). With Jokubaitis feeding his teammates exceptionally, Zalgiris started their comeback (26-31) and closed the score even more a few minutes later (30-32). With Barcelona finding the right answers to the pressure Zalgiris was putting, both teams headed to the locker rooms with the Spanish side leading by six points (33-39).

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Brandon Davies opened the score in the second half for Barcelona (33-41) with Higgins adding three more points after some terrific ball movement around the perimeter (33-43). Zalgiris Kaunas reminded us the team of the first quarter, committing turnovers and not finding their way to the opposite basket. Lekavicius scored for the hosts in the second half after 2 minutes of play but keeping the difference on double-digits (35-46). Barcelona seemed to do everything right, playing tough in defense forcing Zalgiris to a number of turnovers (37-48). Zalgiris tried to take advantage of the turnovers Barcelona was making, but all the effort seemed to go to waste with the one turnover following the other. Rokas Jokubaitis seemed to be the only one from which Zalgiris could find score (40-50) with Rubit trying his best on defense. Zalgiris managed to show some reaction and with a smart play from Milaknis ended the third quarter down by seven points (48-55).

In the fourth quarter, Hayes scored the first three pointer for Zalgiris forcing Barcelona to a shot clock violation and attempting to close the score even further (51-57). Walkup fired the triple, changing the momentum, with Zalgiris fighting for every possession and every play. Abrines’ triple was a breath of fresh air for Barcelona, extending their lead to nine points, despite Zalgiris’ defensive effort. Hanga scored another triple for the Spanish side securing a double-digit securing lead (56-68). Zalgiris didn’t seem to have the energy for another comeback with Barcelona closing the fourth quarter and the game, 62-73.

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Armani Milano star Sergio Rodriguez suffers muscle injury https://www.talkbasket.net/113217-armani-milano-star-sergio-rodriguez-suffers-muscle-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/113217-armani-milano-star-sergio-rodriguez-suffers-muscle-injury#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 01:50:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113217 The superstar of Armani Milano Sergio Rodriguez was forced to miss the game against Panathinaikos on Thursday, due to a muscle injury. The head coach of the Italians, Ettore Messina, revealed the news while speaking to reporters after the loss to the “Greens” (77-80). “He suffered a muscle injury, but at the moment we are […]

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Armani Milano star Sergio Rodriguez suffers muscle injury

The superstar of Armani Milano Sergio Rodriguez was forced to miss the game against Panathinaikos on Thursday, due to a muscle injury.

The head coach of the Italians, Ettore Messina, revealed the news while speaking to reporters after the loss to the “Greens” (77-80).

“He suffered a muscle injury, but at the moment we are not able to know the exact recovery time. He will be re-evaluated in the next few days,” Messina said, via Eurohoops.net.

Rodriguez leads Armani in points (12.8) and assists (4.8) in the EuroLeague this season.

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Panathinaikos earn much-needed EuroLeague victories https://www.talkbasket.net/113210-maccabi-tel-aviv-panathinaikos-earn-much-needed-euroleague-victories https://www.talkbasket.net/113210-maccabi-tel-aviv-panathinaikos-earn-much-needed-euroleague-victories#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:48:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113210 Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Panathinaikos earned much-needed victories in EuroLeague Round 12. Maccabi put an end to a three-game losing streak, after defeating Crvena Zvezda at home (81-76). The hosts built a 13-point lead early in the third quarter (52-39), but the Serbians turned things around and went on a 12-27 run to take the lead […]

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Panathinaikos earn much-needed EuroLeague victories

Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Panathinaikos earned much-needed victories in EuroLeague Round 12.

Maccabi put an end to a three-game losing streak, after defeating Crvena Zvezda at home (81-76).

The hosts built a 13-point lead early in the third quarter (52-39), but the Serbians turned things around and went on a 12-27 run to take the lead (64-66).

The Israelis, though, stood tall and sealed the deal, with Elijah Bryant exploding in the final minutes of the game (14 points).

Both teams now have identical records (4-8).

In Milano, Panathinaikos came back from a 15-point deficit and survived a late thriller over Armani (77-80).

The “Greens” were down by 12 at halftime (42-30), but went on an impressive 20-32 run to tie the game (62-62). It was a hard-fought battle after that, with the Italians missing crucial shots in crunch time and letting Panathinaikos claim a big road win.

Panathinaikos improved to 4-7, whereas Armani dropped to 6-4.

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ALBA Berlin sets three-pointer record to hold-off Valencia https://www.talkbasket.net/113182-alba-berlin-sets-three-pointer-record-to-hold-off-valencia https://www.talkbasket.net/113182-alba-berlin-sets-three-pointer-record-to-hold-off-valencia#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 22:41:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113182 ALBA Berlin close the week with an impressive 92-100 victory over Valencia to claim its fourth win in EuroLeague’s regular season. The German club took a double-digit lead in the third quarter, and preserved it almost until the end in a high-scoring affair. ALBA made a team-record 17 threes shooting an impressive 53.1% from three-point […]

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ALBA Berlin sets three-pointer record to hold-off Valencia

ALBA Berlin close the week with an impressive 92-100 victory over Valencia to claim its fourth win in EuroLeague’s regular season.

The German club took a double-digit lead in the third quarter, and preserved it almost until the end in a high-scoring affair.

ALBA made a team-record 17 threes shooting an impressive 53.1% from three-point range. EuroLeague’s veteran Jayson Granger was the best player on the court with 17 points, five assists and five made-threes.

Furthermore, Luke Sikma followed with 15 points and 12 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season. The Germans improved to 4-7, while Valencia concede just its second loss in the last six EuroLeague games dropping to 7-4.

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Fenerbahce snaps four-game EuroLeague losing streak https://www.talkbasket.net/113169-fenerbahce-snaps-four-game-euroleague-losing-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/113169-fenerbahce-snaps-four-game-euroleague-losing-streak#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 19:12:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113169 Fenerbahce put an end to a four-game losing streak, after rallying past Zenit Saint Petersburg on the road (65-73). The Turks outscored their opponents 12-20 in the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory. Fenerbahce led by 13 at halftime (32-45), yet the Russians turned things around and tied the game at the end of […]

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Fenerbahce snaps four-game EuroLeague losing streak

Fenerbahce put an end to a four-game losing streak, after rallying past Zenit Saint Petersburg on the road (65-73).

The Turks outscored their opponents 12-20 in the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory.

Fenerbahce led by 13 at halftime (32-45), yet the Russians turned things around and tied the game at the end of the third quarter (53-53). The visitors, though, took over in the final minutes and sealed the deal.

Fenerbahce improved to 5-7, whereas Zenit dropped to 6-3.

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CSKA Moscow outscored Olympiacos and continued their winning streak https://www.talkbasket.net/113137-cska-moscow-outscored-olympiacos-and-continued-their-winning-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/113137-cska-moscow-outscored-olympiacos-and-continued-their-winning-streak#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:46:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113137 CSKA Moscow dominated the match against Olympiacos this time avoiding the usual ending their games against the Greeks have. Coach Itoudis and his players played exceptionally after the first quarter on both offense and defense and managed to defeat Olympiacos Piraeus, 80-61, on Thursday night (3/12). Olympiacos blacked out after the first half and saw […]

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CSKA Moscow outscored Olympiacos and continued their winning streak

CSKA Moscow dominated the match against Olympiacos this time avoiding the usual ending their games against the Greeks have. Coach Itoudis and his players played exceptionally after the first quarter on both offense and defense and managed to defeat Olympiacos Piraeus, 80-61, on Thursday night (3/12). Olympiacos blacked out after the first half and saw their coach being banned at the end of the third quarter.

CSKA’s usual suspect, Mike James was the top scorer for the Russians with 16 points and 7 assists, with Tornike Shengelia adding another 10. For Olympiacos, George Printezis and Hassan Martin had 10 points respectively.

The Match

In the first quarter, Olympiacos started with a four point lead (2-6), moving around the ball and bringing energy on the defensive end. Both teams wanted to pass the ball inside the paint and score, something that seemed to work in the first minutes of the game (6-8). That’s when Kostas Sloukas and Nikita Kurbanov with a three pointer each started warming up the game from the perimeter (9-11). Livio Jean-Charles with the basket and the foul brought the score to 9-14 with Kostas Papanikolaou hitting the triple to make the 9-17 and putting CSKA into some early trouble. Shengelia replied with two triples in a row, stopping Olympiacos’ run (15-17) with Vassilis Spanoulis scoring for two (15-19). Mike James was the one who put CSKA into the leader’s position with a triple, to end the first quarter, 20-19.

In the second quarter, Olympiacos retained their lead with two free throws from Sasha Vezenkov (20-21) but both teams missed their first offensive efforts in this quarter. An unsportsmanlike foul from McKissic, gave CSKA the opportunity to create score in this second quarter with 2 free throws from Bolomboy and a two pointer from Hilliard (24-21). CSKA extended their lead (26-21) and with Mike James stretched their lead even further, 28-21. With Larentzakis stepping on the court and making the steal Olympiacos registered their first field goal in the second quarter (28-23) but missed the triple. With CSKA leading by 9 points and 3 minutes remaining until the end of the half, Olympiacos scored for two with Hassan Martin, but CSKA ended the first half leading by ten points (39-29).

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With CSKA Moscow having their largest lead of the match (12 points), the two teams couldn’t find their way to the basket after two minutes of play in the third quarter (41-29). Big shot on a big moment for Olympiacos and Kostas Papanikolaou who made the triple to create score for Olympiacos in the second half (41-32). CSKA’s great passing game led to a triple from Hackett (44-32) bringing their lead back to double digits. CSKA’s defense couldn’t let Olympiacos find its way to the Russian basket and gave the hosts the chance to fire from three with Hackett and get the largest lead of the night. Olympiacos seemed lost, saw their coach getting double technical foul, leaving the arena and ended the third quarter trailing by 18 points.

CSKA seemed unstoppable in the fourth and final quarter with Joel Bolomboy showing his range of angles (60-38). Olympiacos, without coach Bartzokas on their bench seemed lost, turning the ball over despite some individual efforts from Vassilis Spanoulis and George Printezis. CSKA Moscow never looked back, kept their lead close to 20 points and ended the game against Olympiacos, 80-61.

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Bayern Munich signs James Gist and DJ Seeley https://www.talkbasket.net/113131-bayern-munich-signs-james-gist-and-dj-seeley https://www.talkbasket.net/113131-bayern-munich-signs-james-gist-and-dj-seeley#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:44:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113131 Bayern Munich announced two arrivals; Euroleague veteran James Gist and DJ Seeley are joining the German powerhouse. Bayern Munich also announced two departures since Malcolm Thomas and TJ Bray are exiting the club. Gist is replacing Thomas, bringing experience to the team, having 11 trophies with Panathinaikos OPAP. DJ Seeley will be replacing TJ Bray […]

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Bayern Munich signs James Gist and DJ Seeley

Bayern Munich announced two arrivals; Euroleague veteran James Gist and DJ Seeley are joining the German powerhouse. Bayern Munich also announced two departures since Malcolm Thomas and TJ Bray are exiting the club. Gist is replacing Thomas, bringing experience to the team, having 11 trophies with Panathinaikos OPAP. DJ Seeley will be replacing TJ Bray and will soon make his Euroleague comeback after his previous experience with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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Armani Milano, ASVEL Villeurbanne earn impressive victories in EuroLeague makeup games https://www.talkbasket.net/112843-armani-milano-asvel-villeurbanne-earn-impressive-victories-in-euroleague-makeup-games https://www.talkbasket.net/112843-armani-milano-asvel-villeurbanne-earn-impressive-victories-in-euroleague-makeup-games#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 22:04:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112843 Armani Milano and ASVEL Villeurbanne were unstoppable and claimed impressive victories in two EuroLeague makeup games on Tuesday. In a game that was originally scheduled for Round 6, the Italians went on a 23-9 run in the second quarter and never looked back. They led by 20 at halftime (42-22) and cruised to the victory […]

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Armani Milano, ASVEL Villeurbanne earn impressive victories in EuroLeague makeup games

Armani Milano and ASVEL Villeurbanne were unstoppable and claimed impressive victories in two EuroLeague makeup games on Tuesday.

In a game that was originally scheduled for Round 6, the Italians went on a 23-9 run in the second quarter and never looked back. They led by 20 at halftime (42-22) and cruised to the victory (75-55), as the Germans never recovered after that.

Thanks to this victory, Armani improved to 6-3, whereas ALBA dropped to 3-7.

In France, in a EuroLeague Round 3 game, ASVEL crushed Panathinaikos (97-73) and claimed its second straight EuroLeague win.

The French beat the “Greens” in each of the four quarters and earned a 26-point victory, with Panathinaikos making another disappointing performance in the EuroLeague.

ASVEL now is at 3-6, whereas Panathinaikos has a 3-7 record.

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Elijah Bryant turns down Bucks’ offer to remain with Maccabi Tel Aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/112609-elijah-bryant-turns-down-bucks-offer-to-remain-with-maccabi-tel-aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/112609-elijah-bryant-turns-down-bucks-offer-to-remain-with-maccabi-tel-aviv#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:54:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112609 Elijah Bryant has decided to remain with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, after declining an offer by the Milwaukee Bucks. Bryant’s agent, Adam Pensack, told Eurohoops.net that his client turned down the offer of the Bucks and will keep playing for Maccabi, at least for the time being. Bryant, though, is expected to pursue a move to the […]

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Elijah Bryant turns down Bucks’ offer to remain with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Elijah Bryant has decided to remain with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, after declining an offer by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bryant’s agent, Adam Pensack, told Eurohoops.net that his client turned down the offer of the Bucks and will keep playing for Maccabi, at least for the time being.

Bryant, though, is expected to pursue a move to the NBA, most likely next season.

Bryant has been averaging 10.1 points for Maccabi in the EuroLeague this season.

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Mike James is the Euroleague MVP for November https://www.talkbasket.net/112633-mike-james-is-the-euroleague-mvp-for-november https://www.talkbasket.net/112633-mike-james-is-the-euroleague-mvp-for-november#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:22:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112633 The scoring machine of CSKA Moscow, Mike James, is the Euroleague MVP of the month. Despite CSKA’s rough start this season with a 3-3 record, James led his team back to winning streaks and close to the top of the standings. The American guard outscored most of the teams that came on CSKA’s way, ending […]

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Mike James is the Euroleague MVP for November

The scoring machine of CSKA Moscow, Mike James, is the Euroleague MVP of the month. Despite CSKA’s rough start this season with a 3-3 record, James led his team back to winning streaks and close to the top of the standings. The American guard outscored most of the teams that came on CSKA’s way, ending the month with several outstanding performances.

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Jalen Reynolds has learned some lessons, but he will not curtail his celebrations https://www.talkbasket.net/112631-jalen-reynolds-has-learned-some-lessons-but-he-will-not-curtail-his-celebrations https://www.talkbasket.net/112631-jalen-reynolds-has-learned-some-lessons-but-he-will-not-curtail-his-celebrations#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:58:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112631 Jalen Reynolds, currently on his second Euroleague season, looks in better shape than ever. The 6’10” center from Detroit has been playing overseas since 2016, but it is with FC Bayern Munich that his impact on team success has grown significantly compared to his rookie season with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Reynolds credits the Israeli giants […]

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Jalen Reynolds has learned some lessons, but he will not curtail his celebrations

Jalen Reynolds, currently on his second Euroleague season, looks in better shape than ever.

The 6’10” center from Detroit has been playing overseas since 2016, but it is with FC Bayern Munich that his impact on team success has grown significantly compared to his rookie season with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Reynolds credits the Israeli giants with giving him the first opportunity at the highest level of European basketball. However, in terms of playing time, true shooting percentages and points-rebounds averages, the 2020-21 campaign looks far more productive for him.

Jalen Reynolds played college ball at Xavier between 2012 and 2016 and then went straight to Italy, picked up by Recanati, a second division team. After four years and as many clubs, Italian coach Andrea Trinchieri welcomed him in Munich and the American center responded, assuming a starring role.

After a 83-76 loss to Panathinaikos OPAP in Athens, Reynolds had a quick chat with TalkBasket.net.

“Definitely, it was a tough game, but we knew it was not going to be easy. We kept fighting, but the better team won”, was his comment on PAO’s victory over Bayern.

Ben Bentil, the forward from Ghana, now with Panathinaikos, was one of four Big East players to have been selected in the 2016 NBA Draft and Reynolds knows it: “Definitely, I don’t take anything away from my brother. He’s a great player. I tip my hat to him and wish him all the best.”

Squaring off with Bentil was indeed something that he was looking forward to: “I played him in college. He’s very strong and athletic, a smart player. I love battling against my brother, but overall we will see them guys in Munich.”

Coming into that game, the Germans stood at 7-3, a tally unheard of in their recent history. However, self-complacency is not a feeling that holds sway in their locker-room: “Never be satisfied, always be hungry. Obviously, there’s a lot to be done. We have to stay together and climb this mountain”, Reynolds signals.

A real road warrior, Andrea Trinchieri’s team has registered lots of away victories: Fenerbahce, Anadolu Efes and Maccabi were some of the squads beaten by Reynolds and co. “Coach is always stressing defense. I think if we manage to do so, stopping easy plays, we can get the job done by any means necessary.”

For Jalen, this season is special. “It means everything to me”, he confirms. “It’s obviously difficult not having fans, but that’s my job. I have to make sure we win games and perform at the highest level.”

Jalen Reynolds played college ball at Xavier between 2012 and 2016 and then went straight to Italy, picked up by Recanati, a second division team. After four years and as many clubs, Italian coach Andrea Trinchieri welcomed him in Munich and the American center responded, assuming a starring role.

After a 83-76 loss to Panathinaikos OPAP in Athens, Reynolds had a quick chat with TalkBasket.net.

“Definitely, it was a tough game, but we knew it was not going to be easy. We kept fighting, but the better team won”, was his comment on PAO’s victory over Bayern.

Ben Bentil, the forward from Ghana, now with Panathinaikos, was one of four Big East players to have been selected in the 2016 NBA Draft and Reynolds knows it: “Definitely, I don’t take anything away from my brother. He’s a great player. I tip my hat to him and wish him all the best.”

Squaring off with Bentil was indeed something that he was looking forward to: “I played him in college. He’s very strong and athletic, a smart player. I love battling against my brother, but overall we will see them guys in Munich.”

Coming into that game, the Germans stood at 7-3, a tally unheard of in their recent history. However, self-complacency is not a feeling that holds sway in their locker-room: “Never be satisfied, always be hungry. Obviously, there’s a lot to be done. We have to stay together and climb this mountain”, Reynolds signals.

A real road warrior, Andrea Trinchieri’s team has registered lots of away victories: Fenerbahce, Anadolu Efes and Maccabi were some of the squads beaten by Reynolds and co. “Coach is always stressing defense. I think if we manage to do so, stopping easy plays, we can get the job done by any means necessary.”

For Jalen, this season is special. “It means everything to me”, he confirms. “It’s obviously difficult not having fans, but that’s my job. I have to make sure we win games and perform at the highest level.”

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Jalen Reynolds celebrates a home win of FC Bayern Munich against Olympiacos Piraeus. Photo: EuroLeague Basketball.

The Maccabi effect

If last year at Maccabi, the 27-year-old center had to fill Tarik Black’s shoes, this season he stood in for Greg Monroe.

“I just don’t think about it. I’m trying to focus on what I’m capable of. Greg Monroe is a really good player, but I care about what I can bring to the team. Being a starting center for the first time in my career feels good. It’s not about me. The situation is working for the team. Besides, I don’t only focus on starting. Whenever I come off the bench, I got to do my best.”

Last year, the Xavier standout had retired Euroleague legend and Maccabi Tel Aviv GM, Nikola Vujcic, show him the ropes at the low post.

I learned to stay solid, take my time and execute at the right time. He definitely helped me improve. Just to follow in his footsteps was important. He was a great player. I tip my hat to Maccabi, man. Shout out to the organization, staff and players. I thank them for allowing me to come in there and showcase my talent.”

His constant improvement over the years could open some NBA doors for him in the future. “Sky is the limit”, he comments. “I will never stop fighting and believing. As of now, I haven’t made any plans for next summer, in terms of camps and tryouts. I’m trying to get better here and now.”

Since graduation, Reynolds had been training in Texas. Although no NBA contract came along, the experience was well worth his while. “I had the chance to develop my body and stay healthy. That’s a big issue when the summer comes. A lot of people think that it’s time to relax, but for me it’s just to recover my body and prepare for next season.”

In college, he was whistled for nine technical fouls in one year, many of which were just for celebrating a basket or a good defensive stop. Now, on his fifth professional season, Reynolds says that if he was to curb his enthusiasm, that would lessen his desire for basketball.

“I still keep that chip on my shoulder, man. Playing hard and showing your emotions is a part of the game and that’s going to stick with me for the rest of my career.

It’s no secret that the Michigan native was named after Jalen Rose. However, the two of them haven’t even met. “I used to watch his games with my family when I was growing up. So, my mother named me after him”, Reynolds explains.

“We were training in the same facility because we’re both from Detroit, but I never got to talk to him. I texted him once, but he didn’t answer.

If the younger Jalen manages to build on his latest performances, who could bet against him getting an answer very soon?

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Gabriel Deck should pay Real Madrid $2M in order to move to the NBA, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/112518-gabriel-deck-should-pay-real-madrid-2m-in-order-to-move-to-the-nba-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/112518-gabriel-deck-should-pay-real-madrid-2m-in-order-to-move-to-the-nba-per-report#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 23:11:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112518 Gabriel Deck has to pay a significant amount of money to Real Madrid in order to move to the NBA, according to Marca. Per the report, Deck, who is under contract with Real for another two years, has a buyout of $2M. As Marca notes, the Argentinian forward can leave the club as soon as […]

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Gabriel Deck should pay Real Madrid $2M in order to move to the NBA, per report

Gabriel Deck has to pay a significant amount of money to Real Madrid in order to move to the NBA, according to Marca.

Per the report, Deck, who is under contract with Real for another two years, has a buyout of $2M.

As Marca notes, the Argentinian forward can leave the club as soon as next week and join an NBA team.

If Deck leaves Real, he will become the second player to do so after Facundo Campazzo, who signed with the Denver Nuggets.

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Deni Avdija leaves Maccabi Tel-Aviv to join the Wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/112484-deni-avdija-leaves-maccabi-tel-aviv-to-join-the-wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/112484-deni-avdija-leaves-maccabi-tel-aviv-to-join-the-wizards#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:34:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112484 Deni Avdija has officially left Maccabi Tel-Aviv to join the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Avdija was selected as the No.9 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Wizards. Avdija said he is looking forward to moving to the NBA and playing alongside Luka Doncic and Bradley Beal. For its part, Maccabi bid farewell […]

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Deni Avdija leaves Maccabi Tel-Aviv to join the Wizards

Deni Avdija has officially left Maccabi Tel-Aviv to join the Washington Wizards in the NBA.

Avdija was selected as the No.9 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Wizards.

Avdija said he is looking forward to moving to the NBA and playing alongside Luka Doncic and Bradley Beal.

For its part, Maccabi bid farewell to Avdija, who spent two seasons with the Israelis in the EuroLeague.

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Valencia hands Fenerbahce fourth straight defeat in the EuroLeague https://www.talkbasket.net/112400-valencia-hands-fenerbahce-fourth-straight-defeat-in-the-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/112400-valencia-hands-fenerbahce-fourth-straight-defeat-in-the-euroleague#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 21:08:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112400 Valencia stood tall in Istanbul and rallied past Fenerbahce (86-90), handing the Turks their fourth straight loss in the EuroLeague. The Spaniards came back from a 10-point deficit at halftime (43-33) and outscored their opponents 43-57 to cruise to the victory. Van Rossom scored eight of his 20 points in crunch time for the winners, […]

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Valencia hands Fenerbahce fourth straight defeat in the EuroLeague

Valencia stood tall in Istanbul and rallied past Fenerbahce (86-90), handing the Turks their fourth straight loss in the EuroLeague.

The Spaniards came back from a 10-point deficit at halftime (43-33) and outscored their opponents 43-57 to cruise to the victory.

Van Rossom scored eight of his 20 points in crunch time for the winners, while Klemen Prepelic went for 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Six players scored in double figures for the losing squad, with Dyshawn Pierre having a team-high 18 points.

Valencia improved to 6-3, whereas Fenerbahce dropped to 4-7.

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Panathinaikos secured another home win with a dominant performance against Bayern Munich https://www.talkbasket.net/112395-panathinaikos-secured-another-home-win-with-a-dominant-performance-against-bayern-munich https://www.talkbasket.net/112395-panathinaikos-secured-another-home-win-with-a-dominant-performance-against-bayern-munich#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 20:59:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112395 Panathinaikos secured another important win at home after defeating Bayern Munich, 83-76, on Friday night. The players of coach Vovoras performed very well in both ends of the court, dominating the rebounds and playing good defense on the Germans. Nemanja Noedovic was the top scorer for Panathinaikos with the Serbian registering 17 points while Sant-Roos […]

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Panathinaikos secured another home win with a dominant performance against Bayern Munich

Panathinaikos secured another important win at home after defeating Bayern Munich, 83-76, on Friday night. The players of coach Vovoras performed very well in both ends of the court, dominating the rebounds and playing good defense on the Germans.

Nemanja Noedovic was the top scorer for Panathinaikos with the Serbian registering 17 points while Sant-Roos scored 14 points. For the guests, Vladimir Lucic had another productive night with 20 points with Baldwin and Reynolds adding another 12 each.

The Match

The game started with Panathinaikos playing aggressively on defense but Bayern still able to avoid making too many mistakes. Bayern got their first 4-point lead on the game with 3 free throws from Vladimir Lucic (2-6). Panathinaikos’ reply came right away with a triple from Sant- Roos and the game back to a single point lead for Bayern Munich (5-6). Panathinaikos dominated the offensive rebounds, played great defense forcing Bayern to turnovers and got their first 3-point lead of the match (13-10). The “greens” extended their lead against Bayern Munich and ended the first quarter leading by 5 points (18-13).

With Aaron White opening the second quarter with a triple, Nemanja Nedovic getting the steal and Howard Sant-Roos scoring two easy points, Panathinaikos started the second quarter ideally, building a double digit lead (23-13). Panathinaikos was stealing one ball after the other from Bayern with the Germans unable to handle the pressure and committing turnovers. That of course was the perfect chance for Panathinaikos to take their lead to 13 points (26-13). Bayern Munich found a better rhythm in both offense and defense, but Panathinaikos was still dominant in all aspects of the game (33-22). Five consecutive points from Vladimir Lucic (10 points in the game) brought the difference down to 8 points forcing coach Vovoras to a time out (35-27). Despite Bayern’s comeback and Wade Baldwin finding his rhythm in offense, Panathinaikos stayed concentrated and headed to the locker rooms leading by 9, 44-35.

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In the third quarter, Bayern started strong determined to return on the game (46-39). The return of Giorgos Kalaitzakis brought energy back on the court for Panathinaikos keeping their lead to satisfactory numbers against the Germans. Bayern improved their offensive rebounds percentages, got more chances to score and took the difference down to 7 points (53-46). Sant-Roos with his second three pointer of the game brought the difference back to double digits with Vladimir Lucic trying to keep Bayern alive (56-48). Bayern Munich made the game a four point lead for Panathinaikos bringing some excitement and interest back on the game (58-54). Panathinaikos was moving around the ball ideally, creating opportunities inside the paint and increasing their efficiency percentages from the paint to end the third quarter, 60-54.

In the beginning of the fourth and final quarter, Bayern made the game a one-possession match (62-59) but Panathinaikos stopped Bayern’s momentum with a three from Howard Sant-Roos (65-59). Papagiannis was showing his range of shots and helped Panathinaikos keep their lead without letting Bayern come any closer. The difference was between 2-5 points but Panathinaikos was always able to keep their lead and make another step closer to the win (75-70). Nemanja Nedovic was the one who helped Panathinaikos even more, 77-70, forcing coach Trinchieri to a time out. Panathinaikos was determined to end the match with the players of coach Vovoras securing another win at home, 83-76.

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Leaving Real Madrid was not an easy decision, says Facundo Campazzo https://www.talkbasket.net/112378-leaving-real-madrid-was-not-an-easy-decision-says-facundo-campazzo https://www.talkbasket.net/112378-leaving-real-madrid-was-not-an-easy-decision-says-facundo-campazzo#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:46:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112378 Facundo Campazzo opened up about his decision to leave Real Madrid and move to the NBA. The Argentinian guard admitted it was not easy for him to part ways with the “Whites” after so many years. “Given all that Real Madrid means to me, it wasn’t an easy decision. I spent a lot of days and months […]

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Leaving Real Madrid was not an easy decision, says Facundo Campazzo

Facundo Campazzo opened up about his decision to leave Real Madrid and move to the NBA.

The Argentinian guard admitted it was not easy for him to part ways with the “Whites” after so many years.

“Given all that Real Madrid means to me, it wasn’t an easy decision. I spent a lot of days and months talking it over with my family and those that are close to me, with my wife.

Analyzing the different scenarios and everything else. I wanted to accomplish a dream and do everything I could to make it come true,” Campazzo said in an interview with the official website of Real Madrid.

Campazzo leaves Real Madrid and will join the Denver Nuggets.

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Gabriel Deck could leave Real Madrid and move to the NBA, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/112375-gabriel-deck-could-leave-real-madrid-and-move-to-the-nba-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/112375-gabriel-deck-could-leave-real-madrid-and-move-to-the-nba-per-report#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:05:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112375 Gabriel Deck could leave Real Madrid and join an NBA team as soon as next week, according to Marca. As Marca reports, Deck can use the exit clause in his contract with Real and part ways with the “Whites”, unless the club makes him an extension offer. If the Argentinian forward leaves the club, he […]

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Gabriel Deck could leave Real Madrid and move to the NBA, per report

Gabriel Deck could leave Real Madrid and join an NBA team as soon as next week, according to Marca.

As Marca reports, Deck can use the exit clause in his contract with Real and part ways with the “Whites”, unless the club makes him an extension offer.

If the Argentinian forward leaves the club, he will become the second player of Real Madrid that moves to the NBA after Facundo Campazzo.

Deck has been averaging 5.7 points, 3.1 rebounds this season in the EuroLeague.

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Mike James goes for 28 points vs Real Madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/112343-mike-james-goes-for-28-points-vs-real-madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/112343-mike-james-goes-for-28-points-vs-real-madrid#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 03:54:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112343 Mike James made another impressive performance in the EuroLeague, this time against Real Madrid. The American guard went for a game-high 28 points (11/19 shooting) and helped CSKA Moscow defeat Real at home (74-73). James also hit an impressive four-point play, with 2.5 seconds to go, handing the Muscovites the win. CSKA has been undefeated […]

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Mike James goes for 28 points vs Real Madrid

Mike James made another impressive performance in the EuroLeague, this time against Real Madrid.

The American guard went for a game-high 28 points (11/19 shooting) and helped CSKA Moscow defeat Real at home (74-73).

James also hit an impressive four-point play, with 2.5 seconds to go, handing the Muscovites the win.

CSKA has been undefeated for six games and now is at 8-3, whereas Real lost for the first time after five games and dropped to 6-5.

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Short-handed Anadolu Efes knocked off Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/112315-weakened-anadolu-efes-knocked-off-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/112315-weakened-anadolu-efes-knocked-off-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 02:04:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112315 Anadolu Efes, without Bryant Dunston, Rodrigue Beaubois, Tibor Pleiss, and Vasilije Micić knocked off Crvena Zvezda 64-75 in Belgrade, in Round 11 of the EuroLeague. Only Vasilije Micić came with the team to Belgrade and watchedt he match against Crvena Zvezda from the sideline. Shane Larkin had another stunning performance and was an excellent example […]

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Short-handed Anadolu Efes knocked off Crvena Zvezda

Anadolu Efes, without Bryant Dunston, Rodrigue Beaubois, Tibor Pleiss, and Vasilije Micić knocked off Crvena Zvezda 64-75 in Belgrade, in Round 11 of the EuroLeague.

Only Vasilije Micić came with the team to Belgrade and watchedt he match against Crvena Zvezda from the sideline.

Shane Larkin had another stunning performance and was an excellent example of how players should fight for the team. Anadolu Efes led the whole game, but that didn’t stop Larkin to play excellent defense. He was all over the court and fighting for every ball.

But another player was a pivotal performer for the Turkish club. Adrien Moerman did a great job against Crvena Zvezda. He hit 5 from 6 for threes while picking up 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

On the other side, Jordan Loyd again had a poor shooting night. After the same problem in the game against Barcelona in the previous round, Jordan Loyd could not score in his first nine attempts against Efes.

The home team scored only 5 from 20 attempts for three, while the guests were successful 15 of 28 times (53.6%). Also, Anadolu Efes had 8 turnovers and 7 steals in the match.

The best scorer for Efes was Shane Larkin with 18 points while, it was already mentioned that, the best performer was Adrien Moerman. The French forward scored 17 points (PIR of 27). Krunoslav Simon added 11.

Corey Walden scored 14 points on the other side. The American player was the best scorer, while together with Ognjen Kuzmić were the best performers for Crvena Zvezda in the duel against Efes. Kuzmić collected 8 rebounds (6 points) and both of them had a PIR of 14. Jordan Loyd managed to finish the game with 10 points.

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Malcolm Delaney pushes Milan over Maccabi Tel Aviv in OT battle https://www.talkbasket.net/112310-malcolm-delaney-push-milan-over-maccabi-tel-aviv-in-ot-battle https://www.talkbasket.net/112310-malcolm-delaney-push-milan-over-maccabi-tel-aviv-in-ot-battle#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:57:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112310 AX Armani Exchange Milan prevailed over Maccabi Tel Aviv in a close 85-86 OT win. Malcolm Delaney made the winning play for the visitors, leading his team to its second consecutive win. Kevin Punter was once again vital for Milan putting up 18 points including a 4-point play in the end of the regulation. At the […]

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Malcolm Delaney pushes Milan over Maccabi Tel Aviv in OT battle

AX Armani Exchange Milan prevailed over Maccabi Tel Aviv in a close 85-86 OT win. Malcolm Delaney made the winning play for the visitors, leading his team to its second consecutive win.

Kevin Punter was once again vital for Milan putting up 18 points including a 4-point play in the end of the regulation. At the same time, Delaney finished the contest with 16 points.

Scottie Wilbekin’s heroics were not enough for Maccabi, despite the veteran guard having 17 points. Also, Elijah Bryant came close to a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Israeli club.

For the winning side, Shavon Shields had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to push Milan to a 5-3 record. Maccabi dropped to 3-8, conceding its third consecutive loss in the EuroLeague.

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Baskonia survives Olympiacos’ pressure to get the win in Piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/112300-baskonia-survives-olympiacos-pressure-to-get-the-win-in-piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/112300-baskonia-survives-olympiacos-pressure-to-get-the-win-in-piraeus#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 20:53:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112300 Olympiacos’ fightback from 19 down was not enough for the players of coach Bartzokas to get the win against Baskonia. The players of coach Ivanovic got an important win on the road against the Greeks, 76-90, on Thursday night (26/11). Zoran Dragic was the leading scorer for the guests with points with Pierria Henry adding […]

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Baskonia survives Olympiacos’ pressure to get the win in Piraeus

Olympiacos’ fightback from 19 down was not enough for the players of coach Bartzokas to get the win against Baskonia. The players of coach Ivanovic got an important win on the road against the Greeks, 76-90, on Thursday night (26/11).

Zoran Dragic was the leading scorer for the guests with points with Pierria Henry adding another 17. Olympiacos got 15 points from George Printezis and Kostas Sloukas respectively, whilst Hassan Martin and Shaquielle McKissic added 12 points each.

The Match

With all points from George Printezis ( 5 points, 1/1 2PT, 1/1 3PT), Olympiacos started the first half with a short lead against Baskonia (5-2). The guests showed from the very first minutes that they stepped on the court to play tough in defense and not give Olympiacos the space to find easy baskets. Baskonia tied the game (5-5) with a three pointer from Rokas Giedraitis ending Olympiacos’ 5-0 run and retaining the lead with another triple from Luca Vildoza (5-8). A triple from Sloukas and and a two pointer from Vildoza brought the game to a two-point lead for Baskonia (8-10), with 5 minutes remaining until the end of the quarter. Alec Peters with the three gave Baskonia a 5-point lead (15-20), to end the quarter a minute later, leading by 8 points (15-23).

In the second quarter Baskonia built a double-digit lead (15-25) scoring from all over the court. The players of coach Ivanovic were extending their lead with Olympiacos unable to score or find solutions in defense (17-30). Baskonia got their largest lead in the first half (21-40) with Olympiacos looking unable to function or do anything that coach Bartzokas would like his players to do. The guests manage to end the first half leading by 16 points, (31-47).

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In the third quarter, Olympiacos started with a 6-0 run against Baskonia, trying to find rhythm and get back on the game (37-49), with George Printezis being again the one who’s safely leading his team to a comeback. Kostas Sloukas with a lovely layup made it a 10 point game (39-49) but Baskonia with Pierria Henry stopped the run Olympiacos had made (39-53). McKissic brought on the court the energy Olympiacos was missing in defense, stole the ball and run on the fast break. Hassan Martin was the one who brought the difference to single digits making the game interesting all over again (44-53). The third quarter ended with Olympiacos trailing by nine points, 58-67.

In the fourth and final quarter, both teams had one goal, to take the win. Olympiacos with their confidence up hight from the third quarter, stayed focus and brought the game to a 7-point lead for Baskonia (60-67). An unsportsmanlike foul on Vassilis Spanoulis gave Baskonia a two free-throw bonus and the possession, extending their lead to 11 points (60-71). A three pointer from Zoran Dragic was all Baskonia needed, with Kostas Papanikolaou unable to reply (60-74). Baskonia managed to extend their lead even more to 18 points but Olympiacos seemed ready to make their last effort to return on the game (67-81). With 2:30 minutes on the clock, Olympiacos brings the difference back to 10 points for Baskonia with Shaquielle McKissic encouraging his players that the game is not over yet (71-81). Two in a row triples from Baskonia made it difficult for Olympiacos to return, but didn’t gave up. Despite Olympiacos’ effort to return on the game Baskonia got a much needed win in Piraeus, 76-90.

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Real Madrid and Facundo Campazzo officially part ways https://www.talkbasket.net/112273-real-madrid-and-facundo-campazzo-officially-part-ways https://www.talkbasket.net/112273-real-madrid-and-facundo-campazzo-officially-part-ways#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:47:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112273 The NBA is around the corner for Facundo Campazzo who will soon join the Denver Nuggets. Real Madrid officially announced that the club and the Argentinian guard parted ways. Real Madrid wouldn’t prevent Campazzo from living his NBA dream and thanked the player for all 11 titles (including two Euroleague championships) that they won together.

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Real Madrid and Facundo Campazzo officially part ways

The NBA is around the corner for Facundo Campazzo who will soon join the Denver Nuggets. Real Madrid officially announced that the club and the Argentinian guard parted ways.

Real Madrid wouldn’t prevent Campazzo from living his NBA dream and thanked the player for all 11 titles (including two Euroleague championships) that they won together.

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Real Madrid has no plans to sign a replacement for Facundo Campazzo https://www.talkbasket.net/112071-real-madrid-has-no-plans-to-sign-a-replacement-for-facundo-campazzo https://www.talkbasket.net/112071-real-madrid-has-no-plans-to-sign-a-replacement-for-facundo-campazzo#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:50:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112071 Real Madrid is not expected to make an addition to its roster after the departure of Facundo Campazzo. As Eurohoops.net reports, the “Whites” have no plans to make changes to their roster, at least for the time being. Campazzo left Real Madrid and agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets. Real is expected to […]

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Real Madrid has no plans to sign a replacement for Facundo Campazzo

Real Madrid is not expected to make an addition to its roster after the departure of Facundo Campazzo.

As Eurohoops.net reports, the “Whites” have no plans to make changes to their roster, at least for the time being.

Campazzo left Real Madrid and agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Real is expected to receive a buyout of $6M in order to release the Argentinian guard.

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Facundo Campazzo bids farewell to Real Madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/111924-facundo-campazzo-bids-farewell-to-real-madrid https://www.talkbasket.net/111924-facundo-campazzo-bids-farewell-to-real-madrid#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:41:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111924 Facundo Campazzo bid farewell to Real Madrid and is now getting ready for his move to the NBA. The Argentinian guard leaves Real and will play for the Denver Nuggets for the next two years. “The time has come: Today was my last game at Real Madrid and the truth is that I have a […]

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Facundo Campazzo bids farewell to Real Madrid

Facundo Campazzo bid farewell to Real Madrid and is now getting ready for his move to the NBA.

The Argentinian guard leaves Real and will play for the Denver Nuggets for the next two years.

“The time has come: Today was my last game at Real Madrid and the truth is that I have a great mix of feelings. I have been nostalgic for several days now. In this club, I spent unique, unforgettable moments that mark my career and my life. May our paths meet again in the future.

I am leaving Spain as a completely different person from the one who arrived in 2014. Here I learned, I matured, I understood the value of work, I met beautiful places and incredible people.

I received affection and support in each of the steps that I took. It would be unfair not to mention the UCAM Murcia family: management, fans, and friends. They also occupy a central place in my heart.

A stage is finished. Of growth and permanent teachings. I was very happy in this country. But I must go to fulfill a dream. I was waiting for a lifetime to make it happen. Thanks a lot,” Campazzo wrote on Twitter, via Eurohoops.net.

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USA Basketball should look at EuroLeague players https://www.talkbasket.net/110626-usa-basketball-should-look-at-euroleague-players https://www.talkbasket.net/110626-usa-basketball-should-look-at-euroleague-players#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:18:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110626 Crvena Zvezda guard Jordan Loyd believes that USA Basketball should consider EuroLeague players for future international selection. In his first season with the Serbian powerhouse, the 24-year-old Chicago native has established himself as the team’s main offensive weapon and is averaging an impressive 21 points a game in the EuroLeague. But despite the high level […]

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USA Basketball should look at EuroLeague players

Crvena Zvezda guard Jordan Loyd believes that USA Basketball should consider EuroLeague players for future international selection.

In his first season with the Serbian powerhouse, the 24-year-old Chicago native has established himself as the team’s main offensive weapon and is averaging an impressive 21 points a game in the EuroLeague.

But despite the high level of Europe’s showpiece club league, the NBA is still the main destination for most players, with the majority of imports in Europe still keeping their hopes of a spot in the league alive.

And once in the NBA, your chances for an international call-up also become much greater.

To add to this, your chances for understanding American odds in sports will also become greater once you read the guide on how to read odds.

For Loyd – an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors in 2019 – he sees that the Americans in the EuroLeague deserve a shot at representing their country, including himself.

“It’d be a dream come true for me to play for USA Basketball,” Loyd said to Eurohoops.

“I mean, it’s everybody’s dream. And I agree with what those guys were saying. I think that if they really want a good chance of doing well, you got to use guys who play in Europe. That’s the highest level [outside the NBA].”

Despite the USA’s repeated success in international competition since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the rest of the world looks to have caught up. The Americans were forced to use NBA G-League players to qualify for last year’s FIBA World Cup and while they succeeded, the G-League select side were disposed of and quickly forgotten about ahead of the tournament.

However, with NBA superstars such as LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis not taking part in the World Cup to add with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving recovering from injury – USA struggled.

Adjusting to FIBA rules and playing a more methodical, physical style, USA were eventually eliminated by France in the quarter-finals and ultimately were placed seventh.

With a more European-style of basketball highlighted in international play as opposed to the fast paced, transition approach seen in the NBA, Loyd believes that the EuroLeague’s Americans can bring that type of experience to Team USA.

“We’re used to the game,” he states. “The game is so different. People don’t understand but it’s so different. There are a lot of little things that are so different from playing back home and playing here.

“I think that guys are used to it, especially those guys who are playing a long time over here so… of course give them a shot. They should be the first that they look at. They are used to the game, the rules, all different things.

“You saw what happened in the last World Cup. It was tough. Obviously, I have nothing against the NBA guys, they are the best players in the world for sure. I always tell that. But it’s just a different game. I’d love to play.

“I don’t know how you could make a merge. But some EuroLeague players? For sure. I think it would be great. It would help, for sure. They know the game. And, obviously, we can hoop.

“My friends back home don’t get a chance to see the game as much and certain things.”

But for Crvena Zvezda fans, forced to watch games from the comfort of their home due to the coronavirus pandemic instead of the cauldron of noise that they create at the Stark Arena, they have been lifted by Loyd’s recent performances.

Spending last season with Valencia, Loyd not only learned a different style of basketball, but also how to be a leader. A team player and a scorer. Something he is certainly excelling in with the Belgrade outfit.

“I have to give thanks to my teammates and my coaches,” Loyd said. “They just put me in the right positions, they look for me and it makes it easy for me. It’s easy for me just to finish the job.

“I’m in a great situation, great system, I got great coaches behind me. And teammates who are willing to share the ball. And I want to do the same. I know when the pressure is on me and everybody is locked in on me, I trust my teammates as well.”

And who knows, with USA Basketball looking to bounce back following the disappointment of the FIBA World Cup in China, mixed with an unpredictable year that has seen unprecedented measures put in place just for basketball to continue.

Could we see NBA players refusing to compete in next year’s Tokyo Olympics? Could that door open to EuroLeague stars?

Calling Jordan Loyd…

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Tarik Black teamed up with his mother to broaden the perspective of US youth https://www.talkbasket.net/111786-tarik-black-teamed-up-with-his-mother-to-broaden-the-perspective-of-us-youth https://www.talkbasket.net/111786-tarik-black-teamed-up-with-his-mother-to-broaden-the-perspective-of-us-youth#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 16:17:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111786 As the inaugural GLOBAL SPORTS TECH YOUTH CHALLENGE, Tarik Black Foundation’s annual Multicultural Event, is ready to kick off, TalkBasket.net caught up with Judith Black-Moore, the woman behind the project. Judith Black-Moore is the president and co-founder of the Tarik Black Foundation, an entity that aims to prepare the youth for the challenges of adult […]

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Tarik Black teamed up with his mother to broaden the perspective of US youth

As the inaugural GLOBAL SPORTS TECH YOUTH CHALLENGE, Tarik Black Foundation’s annual Multicultural Event, is ready to kick off, TalkBasket.net caught up with Judith Black-Moore, the woman behind the project.

Judith Black-Moore is the president and co-founder of the Tarik Black Foundation, an entity that aims to prepare the youth for the challenges of adult life.

Moore, mother of former Lakers center Tarik Black, helped launch the Foundation in 2017 fulfilling a commitment she made to her son, even before he signed his first NBA contract. Over the course of six years, the Memphis-born athlete did not only play in the world’s top league, but got to see the world outside the USA for one year and a half as a starting center for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Of course, he is still the founder and chief executive officer of the Foundation under his name.

An event for Memphis and Israeli youth

The upcoming (November 23-25) GLOBAL SPORTS TECH YOUTH CHALLENGE is a global sport tech development challenge for teens in Memphis and Tel Aviv. Memphis tech teams compete with their Tel Aviv counterparts in a sports tech innovation event.

Teenagers from the two cities will address social and business entrepreneurship challenges.​ Each team will comprise of up to five children. This virtual event for students aged 11-19 will assemble five teams in Memphis and as many in Tel Aviv, challenging each other to build businesses that bring together sports and technology.​ Students will participate in workshops on business modeling, prototyping, and pitching.

Each team will be scored by a panel of four judges, with winning teams being awarded prizes. However, the two winning teams will be given the opportunity to present their winning concepts at the International Sports Tech Nation Summit, held in Tel Aviv every year. This year it will take place on December 7. Children will get to meet global investors and people in the sport industry from around the world. Students will also engage in a number of cultural exchanges and learn about social issues in their respective countries.

In case one is not familiar with the term “sports technology”, Judith Black Moore is ready to provide a definition and one of the most recent examples: “Anything from the game board to performance technology which measures how well an athlete performs; even the fan experience itself. For instance, the NBA bubble used technology in play that gave players the feel that there were people in the stands. Everything now has a technical component. Our keynote speaker is the founder of PlayVision, which is an app that analyzes the performance of a player.”

There is a Tarik Black program called “From Israel to Memphis multicultural celebration”. In this regard, Israel was chosen because Tarik played for Maccabi Tel Aviv for two years. Maccabi’s Chief Technology Officer will also mentor challengers.

“Tarik played in Israel until the pandemic ended the season. When we started the Foundation in 2017, we would definitely do programming in Memphis and in any city that Tarik plays. So, we had activities in Los Angeles, in Houston and this event is part of the commitment to impact those cities”, Moore says.

Tarik Black dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 30, 2017 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images.

The initiative is based on global awareness, wealth creation, technology and healthy habits. However, Tarik’s role in the event will be limited this year because of fatherhood. The newest addition to the Black family, Kiya Naomi Black, was born on Saturday, November 14, in Dallas, where he currently resides. As chance would have it, just one day prior to the event, the former Memphis and Kansas standout celebrates his 29th birthday.

“He hasn’t been part of the planning to this point, but because of him we have a relationship with Colosseum Sport, Google Tel Aviv and other parties. His vision towards the Foundation has brought in some of the relationships that he built while in Israel in order to benefit our program. We have talked a lot long distance and in the off-season. He’s around to provide input because he’s very good in articulating his vision. Our model is to work with other dynamic people and organizations to create unique programs that have some impact on the next generations of sports entrepreneurs.”

Future will be the keyword also in the Foundations’ name. Black-Moore explains how Taking Back the Future came to the forefront as the new trademark: “That’s the name we’re moving towards. TBF is the acronym for Tarik Black Foundation. So, we were trying to come up with a meaningful name, but also when you look at it, the writing (TBF) is very much like Tarik Black. Now, with the pandemic, this logo means so much more to people who feel that the future has gotten away from them. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the grandparenting experience because of the distance from my grandchildren. My mother is in long-term care and I haven’t seen her since March. We will have to figure out a way to make up for the lost time.”

Tarik Black of Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv during the 2019/2020 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 6 match between Olympiacos Piraeus and Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv at Peace and Friendship Stadium on November 01, 2019 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

“Tarik is ready to play”

Amidst the 2019-20 campaign, the 29-year-old center parted ways with Maccabi to join his family in the States. Although he hasn’t signed with any team since then, Judith confirms that he’s willing to resume his career as soon as possible: “He’s ready to play and he’s been training. Free agency has started on November 20 and he would like to return to the NBA. To my knowledge, he’s not ruling out overseas options.”

Tarik Black moved from Memphis to Kansas in 2013, where he obtained his Masters degree three years later, while playing with the Lakers. Managing the Foundation and being away from her son for many years has been difficult at times, but Judith is positive that he will return to his hometown sooner or later. There is also another thing: Tarik Black has stated that by family, he means people of Memphis and not just his parents and siblings. Does this mean he’s going to return there at some point or even run for mayor? “I have heard that”, Judith replies after a short chuckle. “Time will tell. Memphis is home.”

Before joining the Lakers or even considering whether to pursue a hoop career, the young student got a glimpse of his own future. At age 15, it was a professional athlete that transformed his way of thinking about what success should mean. During an award acceptance speech, Tarik listened to former NBA player, Magic Johnson talk about using his NBA platform to serve humanity. It was at that moment he understood the power of professional athletes to influence young lives.

”Magic spoke and made a comment about how he was called for something more and bigger than basketball. Tarik was 15-16 and after the event he told me that he wanted to give back to young people and his hometown”, his mother recalls.

“So, the vision had started probably 5 years before 2017. He said: “I want basketball to be the hook to bring young people in, but I don’t want it to be focused on basketball. Players should recognize that they are more than that.” All of our programs throughout the years have focused on ways of building character. Our idea is to give kids real world experience, so that they are ready for the future”, she further adds.

A world traveler

Spending some time overseas turned out to be beneficial for the Black family. Not just for the main person involved, but also for his visiting mother who joined him on at least one occasion.

“He had the opportunity to play in so many different kinds of settings. At first, we were traveling around the country, which was eye-opening. But when he started traveling around the world, that changed his way of thinking. When you see a country for 15 seconds on a news report, your perspective is very narrow. Him going to Israel gave me the opportunity to travel there and my entire perspective of the country changed. I stayed there for five days, not necessarily as a tourist. We went to different countries and games. We stayed in Turkey for three days and then went to the Canary Islands in Spain. I’m so glad I made that journey”, Judith acknowledges.

As far as the basketball experience goes, Judith came to realize that in Europe “there is a different fanbase and energy in the game, in the way people cheer for the game. I imagine that for players who are in countries that don’t speak English at all, it will be an opportunity to learn a language or a way of thinking. You learn acceptance, to appreciate the other culture. Israel was where three major religions began. The NBA obviously is the pinnacle, but when it comes to life’s experience, being away gives you a broader point of view. Tarik was all over Europe and visited many countries. Because of this program, I had the opportunity to reach out to the Jewish community, so that we could take our programs to another level.”

Judith used to be marketing director at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Learning that her son decided to pick up a Masters program in African-American Studies at Kansas made her “very pleased. My father was an historian and made sure we all in the family knew history. I think that choosing African-American history was eye-opening for him and as he matured and got older, it has helped him with inter-cultural relationships.”

Choosing the basketball over the trumpet

Coming to terms with the realization that Tarik was not going to play the trumpet (the instrument he came to master at an early age in Middle School), but take up hooping instead looked like a bitter pill to swallow: “I didn’t come to terms right away”, Black-Moore admits.

If it hadn’t been for Tarik’s basketball prowess, his career could have taken a different path. Combining music and sports was a tricky task since the schedule didn’t provide much help.

“Because he started playing basketball so well, I accepted it. I wanted him to do both, but the school system wasn’t set up for him to be able to do that. He had to make a choice. The band was practising somewhere around the same time that basketball practices were taking place. Tarik told me that he felt like he wanted to play basketball because he hadn’t made his Middle-School team and wanted to try out again.”

However, it seems that the ex-Laker never really gave up on his other vocation: “In his first year in the NBA, he participated in the All-Star Challenge and actually played the trumpet in the talent competition. He came in third out of ten. A friend of his gave him a very nice trumpet for his 25th birthday and every once in a while he would pull it out. Now that he has kids, I’d say he will pull it out even more.”

Tarik has described his father Lawrence as a “freak athlete”, creating a strong contrast with his mother who “never really cared about sports”. Judith vehemently denies her son’s claims.

“I was very education-focused. I wanted Tarik to get his education and when he was at AAU camps, I made a deal with him”, she remembers.

“There was a science camp at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta that I wanted him to go to. Then, it turns out he signed off from that camp and received an invitation to join the NBA’s Top 100 High School basketball players camp. I was adamant in him going and we had a quarrel. In the end, we compromised. The basketball camp finished on Saturday and we drove back to Atlanta for him to attend the science camp. He may not understand why I forced him to do that, but he surely appreciates that I did. It was a meaningful experience because it allowed him to be more than a basketball player. I understood that sports was what he wanted to do and I would go along with that, but I wanted to make sure he got his education. I think the reason he finished his Masters was me wanting to instill in him the importance of education.”

The late Kobe Bryant with Tarik Black. Photo Source: Tarik Black Instagram profile.

Kobe, the financial counselor

Sports can provide a springboard to gaining valuable knowledge and insight. In that respect, sitting next to Kobe Bryant was also meaningful for Tarik, since the now deceased Lakers legend handed out free lessons on financial literacy to his teammate at the time.

“He told me about times they would go to dinner or lunch together”, Judith recounts.

“When Tarik became a Laker, he reached out to Kobe and asked him if he would mentor him – not about basketball, but life off the court: how to manage finance, family, fame etc. Kobe spent quite some time with him and called him his little brother. Kobe probably called a lot of people like that, but they really talked a lot about life beyond basketball.”

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Mike James named Round 9 MVP https://www.talkbasket.net/111638-mike-james-named-round-9-mvp https://www.talkbasket.net/111638-mike-james-named-round-9-mvp#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 12:45:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111638 Mike James of CSKA Moscow is the Euroleague Round 9 MVP. The American scoring machine had an outstanding performance against Zalgiris Kaunas, scoring total 27 points and having almost perfect shooting percentages making 3/5 two-pointers, 5/6 triples and 6/6 free throws. James also delivered 5 assists helping his team get to the win. Jame’s teammate, […]

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Mike James named Round 9 MVP

Mike James of CSKA Moscow is the Euroleague Round 9 MVP. The American scoring machine had an outstanding performance against Zalgiris Kaunas, scoring total 27 points and having almost perfect shooting percentages making 3/5 two-pointers, 5/6 triples and 6/6 free throws. James also delivered 5 assists helping his team get to the win.

Jame’s teammate, big man Nikola Milutinov reached an individual high of 12 rebounds against Bayern Munich, while Jordan Loyd of Crvena Zvezda remained for another round on top of the leading scorers board with 19.2 points per game. Facundo Campazzo on his last performances in the Euroleague, delivered 12 assists twice this week over Maccabi Tel Aviv and Fenerbahce.

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Valencia makes wild comeback to stun Maccabi Tel-Aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/111554-valencia-makes-wild-comeback-to-stun-maccabi-tel-aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/111554-valencia-makes-wild-comeback-to-stun-maccabi-tel-aviv#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 02:07:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111554 Valencia made an epic comeback and stunned Maccabi Tel-Aviv at home on Friday night (82-80). The Israelis led by seven with 2:21 to go (70-77), yet the Spaniards went on a 10-3 run to tie the game (80-80), with 7.4 seconds left. After the timeout, Maccabi tried to put the ball in Scottie Wilbekin’s hands, […]

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Valencia makes wild comeback to stun Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Valencia made an epic comeback and stunned Maccabi Tel-Aviv at home on Friday night (82-80).

The Israelis led by seven with 2:21 to go (70-77), yet the Spaniards went on a 10-3 run to tie the game (80-80), with 7.4 seconds left.

After the timeout, Maccabi tried to put the ball in Scottie Wilbekin’s hands, but Bojan Dubljevic made the steal and Sam Van Rossom hit the game-winning layup at the buzzer.

Klemen Prepelic led the winners with 22 points, whereas Wilbekin scored 25 for the losing squad.

Valencia now is at 6-3 in the standings, whereas Maccabi dropped to 3-7, losing for the fourth time in the last five games.

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Real Madrid to get $6M buyout from Facundo Campazzo’s move to the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/111537-real-madrid-to-get-6m-buyout-from-facundo-campazzos-move-to-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/111537-real-madrid-to-get-6m-buyout-from-facundo-campazzos-move-to-the-nba#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 01:38:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111537 Real Madrid will receive a significant amount of money in order to let Facundo Campazzo move to the NBA. The Argentinian guard is under contract with the “Whites”, therefore he has to pay a buyout in order to terminate his contract. The buyout is $6M and the Denver Nuggets, who will sign him, will pay […]

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Real Madrid to get $6M buyout from Facundo Campazzo’s move to the NBA

Real Madrid will receive a significant amount of money in order to let Facundo Campazzo move to the NBA.

The Argentinian guard is under contract with the “Whites”, therefore he has to pay a buyout in order to terminate his contract.

The buyout is $6M and the Denver Nuggets, who will sign him, will pay $725K. The rest will be paid by Campazzo himself.

Campazzo agreed to a two-year deal with the Nuggets and will move to the NBA in the coming days.

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Real Madrid extends winning streak to five games in Facundo Campazzo’s farewell game https://www.talkbasket.net/111533-real-madrid-extends-winning-streak-to-five-games-in-facundo-campazzos-farewell-game https://www.talkbasket.net/111533-real-madrid-extends-winning-streak-to-five-games-in-facundo-campazzos-farewell-game#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 01:24:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111533 Real Madrid extended its winning streak to five games in Facundo Campazzo’s farewell game with the “Whites”. Real dominated Fenerbahce (94-74) and earned its fourth victory in five home games in the EuroLeague. The hosts led from start to finish against the Turks, who played badly on both ends for another game. Real improved to […]

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Real Madrid extends winning streak to five games in Facundo Campazzo’s farewell game

Real Madrid extended its winning streak to five games in Facundo Campazzo’s farewell game with the “Whites”.

Real dominated Fenerbahce (94-74) and earned its fourth victory in five home games in the EuroLeague.

The hosts led from start to finish against the Turks, who played badly on both ends for another game.

Real improved to 6-4 in the EuroLeague standings, whereas Fenerbahce dropped to 4-6, losing its third straight.

This was the last game of Campazzo in Real uniform, as the Argentinian guard is moving to the NBA and will now play for the Denver Nuggets.

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Crvena Zvezda without a solution for Nikola Mirotić https://www.talkbasket.net/111493-crvena-zvezda-without-a-solution-for-nikola-mirotic https://www.talkbasket.net/111493-crvena-zvezda-without-a-solution-for-nikola-mirotic#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:32:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111493 Barcelona took the home win with a score of 76-65 against Crvena Zvezda, which couldn’t stop the extraordinary performance of Nikola Mirotić. The taste of victory for Barcelona was even tastier, because the Spanish squad played its jubilee game in the EuroLeague. Against Crvena Zvezda, Barca played its 500th match in the best European club […]

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Crvena Zvezda without a solution for Nikola Mirotić

Barcelona took the home win with a score of 76-65 against Crvena Zvezda, which couldn’t stop the extraordinary performance of Nikola Mirotić.

The taste of victory for Barcelona was even tastier, because the Spanish squad played its jubilee game in the EuroLeague. Against Crvena Zvezda, Barca played its 500th match in the best European club competition. After CSKA did it first last week, Barcelona was just the second club to join the Club 500.

Barcelona’s forward had an amazing shooting night. Nikola Mirotić didn’t miss two-point shots (4/4), missed one free throw (9/10), and only one shot for three (2/3).

The unstoppable Mirotić wasn’t the only thing that separated Crvena Zvezda from the second win of this week. The home team’s defense did a fantastic job in the first quarter, allowing Zvezda to score only six points. And what was even better, the team of Šarūnas Jasikevičius totally halted Jordan Loyd. The excellent American guard was only able to score two points from the free-throw line (0/4 for two, 0/4 for three, 2/2 from the free-throw line).

During the game, the home team was controlling the tempo. For the majority of the time, Barcelona was leading by double digits. Crvena Zvezda woke up late. And even it looked like the team from Serbia could prevail, the Spanish squad knew what it was doing.

The game’s star Nikola Mirotić scored 23 points in total (PIR of 31), Pierre Oriola added 12, and Nick Calathes 10 (with eight assists).

For Crvena Zvezda, only Dejan Davidovac scored more than ten points – 12.

Game recap

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Milan outscores Zalgiris to put an end to two-game losing streak https://www.talkbasket.net/111470-milan-outscores-zalgiris-to-put-an-end-to-two-game-losing-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/111470-milan-outscores-zalgiris-to-put-an-end-to-two-game-losing-streak#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 22:21:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111470 Milan put an end to a two-game losing streak, as they came on top at a high-scoring battle with Zalgiris Kaunas (98-92). Zalgiris returned from a nine-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and got close to make to an impressive comeback. However, Sergio Rodriguez and Malcolm Delaney made several huge plays in […]

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Milan outscores Zalgiris to put an end to two-game losing streak

Milan put an end to a two-game losing streak, as they came on top at a high-scoring battle with Zalgiris Kaunas (98-92).

Zalgiris returned from a nine-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and got close to make to an impressive comeback.

However, Sergio Rodriguez and Malcolm Delaney made several huge plays in the last 2:42 of regulation and help the Italian side remain in front.

Kevin Punter had a game-high 22 points, while Zach LeDay added 20 more to help Milan improve to a 4-3 record.

Young forward Rokas Jakubaitis scored a team-high 15 points for Zalgiris, who could not get back on track dropping their fourth consecutive game in the competition (5-5).

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Zenit withholds ALBA’s late comeback to claim victory https://www.talkbasket.net/111466-zenit-withholds-albas-late-comeback-to-claim-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/111466-zenit-withholds-albas-late-comeback-to-claim-victory#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:49:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111466 After Zenit conceded a loss to Khimki on Tuesday, the Russian team close the week on a positive note, as they were able to get past ALBA Berlin (66-73). Will Thomas help his team maintain the lead in the first half finishing the contest with 17 points and five rebounds. Furthermore, Arturas Gudaitis was also […]

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Zenit withholds ALBA’s late comeback to claim victory

After Zenit conceded a loss to Khimki on Tuesday, the Russian team close the week on a positive note, as they were able to get past ALBA Berlin (66-73).

Will Thomas help his team maintain the lead in the first half finishing the contest with 17 points and five rebounds.

Furthermore, Arturas Gudaitis was also vital for Pascual’s squad, as he had 16 points. At the same time, Mateusz Ponitka added 14 making four free throws to put the game out of reach in the last minute of regulation.

Zenit improved to 4-2 after tonight’s win, shooting an impressive 96.4 percent from the free-throw line (27/28 FT).

Ben Lammers’ double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) was not enough for ALBA. As a result, Aito Reneses’ team fell to a 2-6 record.

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CSKA Moscow extends winning streak to five games behind Nikola Milutinov’s season high https://www.talkbasket.net/111378-cska-moscow-extends-winning-streak-to-five-games-behind-nikola-milutinovs-season-high https://www.talkbasket.net/111378-cska-moscow-extends-winning-streak-to-five-games-behind-nikola-milutinovs-season-high#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 01:02:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111378 Nikola Milutinov made his best performance of the season and helped CSKA Moscow claim its fifth straight EuroLeague win (81-89). The Serbian big man went for a season-high 18 points (on 8/8 shooting), along with eight rebounds, for the winners, while Mike James added 25. Jalen Reynolds had a personal-best 18 points for the losing […]

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CSKA Moscow extends winning streak to five games behind Nikola Milutinov’s season high

Nikola Milutinov made his best performance of the season and helped CSKA Moscow claim its fifth straight EuroLeague win (81-89).

The Serbian big man went for a season-high 18 points (on 8/8 shooting), along with eight rebounds, for the winners, while Mike James added 25.

Jalen Reynolds had a personal-best 18 points for the losing squad and Wade Baldwin IV tied his career-high with 19 points.

The Bavarians led by three at halftime (39-36), yet the Muscovites took over in the second half, outscored their opponents 42-53 and sealed the deal.

Both teams now have identical records (7-3).

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The Peters-Vildoza duo gives Baskonia the win over Panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/111296-the-peters-vildoza-duo-gives-baskonia-the-win-over-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/111296-the-peters-vildoza-duo-gives-baskonia-the-win-over-panathinaikos#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:21:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111296 With Luca Vildoza and Alec Peters combining a total of 38 points, Baskonia defeated Panathinaikos, 93-72, on Thursday night (19/11). Panathinaikos was unable to find solutions in offense after the first half and will return back to Athens with zero wins. Alec Peters and Luca Vildoza with 19 points each were the leading scorers for […]

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The Peters-Vildoza duo gives Baskonia the win over Panathinaikos

With Luca Vildoza and Alec Peters combining a total of 38 points, Baskonia defeated Panathinaikos, 93-72, on Thursday night (19/11). Panathinaikos was unable to find solutions in offense after the first half and will return back to Athens with zero wins.

Alec Peters and Luca Vildoza with 19 points each were the leading scorers for Baskonia with Pierria Henry adding 14 points. George Papagiannis’ double-double was not enough for the Greeks (11 points, 10 rebounds). Ioannis Papapetrou was the leading scorer with 17 points whilst Nemanja Nedovic added another 15.

The Match

The perfect start for Panathinaikos in the first minutes of the first quarter, with Nemanja Nedovic hitting the three to make some score for the Greeks (0-3). Turnovers from both teams in the first minutes of the game gave Panathinaikos the chance to get a small 5-point lead after a great alley hoop pass to Papagiannis (2-7). Nedovic was dominant in those first minutes scoring for three and serving some great passes to his teammates (2-10). Baskonia replied with their own 6-0 run (6-10) with Panathinaikos counting turnovers. Baskonia got their first lead of the night with Luca Vildoza (11-10) but Ioannis Papapetrou gave back the lead to Panathinaikos. Both teams went head-to-head until the end of the quarter but Panathinaikos finished it with a 3-point lead (20-23).

In the second quarter, Baskonia run a 9-0 score and got back on the leading position with 5 points (27-23) but Kaselakis with a three pointer brought Panathinaikos back on the gam leading by a single point (31-32). Alec Peters scored for three and brought Baskonia to a 36-32 score, with 4 minutes remaining until the end of the first half. Three free throws from Peters brought the score to 39-33 and Baskonia in front by six. Diop extended the lead for Baskonia (42-34) forcing coach Vovoras to a time-out for Panathinaikos. The Spanish club was functioning just as their coach wanted and ended the first half leading by 7 (46-39).

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In the third quarter, Panathinaikos tried to play better defense and not let Baskonia work on what their coach had in mind. Papagiannis with the tip made the score 48-44 and brought Panathinaikos back on the game. With Baskonia playing full-court defense, Panathinaikos couldn’t avoid some turnovers that Baskonia didn’t take advantage of. Panathinaikos returned and brought the game back to a single point lead (50-49) forcing coach Ivanovic to a time-out. Pretty basketball by Baskonia on both ends of the court after the time out, with Panathinaikos being trapped and not able to function properly despite some individual efforts from Papapetrou (60-56). Baskonia managed to end the third quarter with an eight-point lead (66-58).

With Luca Vildoza firing for three in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Baskonia tried to extend the lead and secure the win (69-58). Panathinaikos couldn’t find the answers to Baskonia’s challenges and the players of coach Ivanovic kept extended their lead and keeping it to double digits (74-60). Baskonia kept doing their thing, never looked back and ended the fourth quarter and the game, 93-72.

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Efes moves past Khimki with Shane Larkin, Krunoslav Simon combining for 44 points https://www.talkbasket.net/111290-efes-moves-past-khimki-with-shane-larkin-krunoslav-simon-combining-for-44-points https://www.talkbasket.net/111290-efes-moves-past-khimki-with-shane-larkin-krunoslav-simon-combining-for-44-points#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:10:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111290 Anadolu Efes was unstoppable for three quarters to claim a 77-105 blowout win away from home versus Khimki. The two teams were close for most of the first half, but the visitors exploded to a 26-47 run in the last twenty minutes of the contest to get their fifth win in nine EuroLeague games. Krunoslav […]

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Efes moves past Khimki with Shane Larkin, Krunoslav Simon combining for 44 points

Anadolu Efes was unstoppable for three quarters to claim a 77-105 blowout win away from home versus Khimki.

The two teams were close for most of the first half, but the visitors exploded to a 26-47 run in the last twenty minutes of the contest to get their fifth win in nine EuroLeague games.

Krunoslav Simon and Shane Larkin combined for 44 points (Simon 24, Larkin 20) to blow past the Russian side.

Larkin also added seven assists, while Adrien Moerman had 14 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

Furthermore, Tibor Pleiss conquered the paint with 18 points on 7/9 shooting helping Efes improve to a 5-4 record.

Janis Tima (13 points, five rebounds) and Jordan Mickey’s performances (13 points, five boards) were not enough for Khimki, that conceded its seventh loss in its last nine EuroLeague games (2-7).

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Crvena Zvezda stopped a losing streak with a victory over AX Armani Exchange Milan https://www.talkbasket.net/111121-crvena-zvezda-stopped-a-losing-streak-with-a-victory-over-ax-armani-exchange-milan https://www.talkbasket.net/111121-crvena-zvezda-stopped-a-losing-streak-with-a-victory-over-ax-armani-exchange-milan#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 23:55:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111121 Crvena Zvezda celebrated in Milan (79-87) and stopped a three-game losing streak by using opportunity against uncomplete Armani. Ettore Mesina has a lot of problems this season with an incomplete roster. That was also the case in the match against Crvena Zvezda. Two players returned but one was out. Last week Vladimir Micov played his […]

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Crvena Zvezda stopped a losing streak with a victory over AX Armani Exchange Milan

Crvena Zvezda celebrated in Milan (79-87) and stopped a three-game losing streak by using opportunity against uncomplete Armani.

Ettore Mesina has a lot of problems this season with an incomplete roster. That was also the case in the match against Crvena Zvezda. Two players returned but one was out.

Last week Vladimir Micov played his first season game against Valencia. Against Crvena Zvezda, Kevin Punter played his first EuroLeague‘s game of the season and Malcolm Delaney returned after he didn’t play since Round 4. But, Luigi Datome was out against the squad from Belgrade.

Never the less, Crvena Zvezda outjumped the opponent. The guest had 32 rebounds (9 in the offense, 23 in the defense) against Armani‘s 22 (7 in the offense, 15 in the defense). Also, 53.3 longe-range shooting percentage had to be rewarded.

Jorda Loyd could finally become the MVP of the match. The excellent American guard had 17 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds (PIR of 24). He was followed by Corey Walden, who scored 15. Johnny O’Bryant stopped at 11 points.

For AX Armani Exchange Milan five players scored ten and more points. The one with the most points was Vladimir Micov with 13. Sergio Rodriguez and Zach Leday added 13 each, while both Kevin Punter and Michael Roll ended the match with 10.

Game recap

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Real Madrid continues winning streak against Maccabi Tel Aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/111059-real-madrid-continues-winning-streak-against-maccabi-tel-aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/111059-real-madrid-continues-winning-streak-against-maccabi-tel-aviv#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:15:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111059 Real Madrid had an easy afternoon against Maccabi Tel Aviv and managed to continue their winning streak by defeating the Israeli team,79-63, on Wednesday (18/11). Gabriel Deck was the leading scorer for Madrid with 16 points with Anthony Randolph adding another 15. For Maccabi, Scottie Wilbekin tried his best with 18 points while Ante Zizic […]

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Real Madrid continues winning streak against Maccabi Tel Aviv

Real Madrid had an easy afternoon against Maccabi Tel Aviv and managed to continue their winning streak by defeating the Israeli team,79-63, on Wednesday (18/11).

Gabriel Deck was the leading scorer for Madrid with 16 points with Anthony Randolph adding another 15. For Maccabi, Scottie Wilbekin tried his best with 18 points while Ante Zizic contributed 14 points.

The Match

In the first quarter, it was Maccabi Tel Aviv the team that opened the score (0-2) with two free throws from Scottie Wilbekin. Real Madrid got their first lead in the game with a three pointer from Randolph (7-4) and extended it later on with another one from the same player (10-6). Despite Real Madrid’s great defensive efforts, their offense was a bit sloppy at times, giving Maccabi the chance to take the game down to a two-point lead for Madrid. Campazzo and Deck extended the lead for Real Madrid for once more (15-8) and the players of Pablo Laso had started building a safe lead in the first quarter. Successful offensive efforts from Bender brought Maccabi back on the game, trailing by 5 (21-16), but Real Madrid ended the first quarter with an 11- point lead (29-18).

In the second quarter, Real Madrid played outstanding defense on Maccabi who didn’t manage to function properly on offense despite a big three pointer from Tyler Dorsey in the beginning of the quarter (29-21). Maccabi tried to do something and managed to run their own 5-0 (29-23) with Real Madrid quickly stopping their momentum and bringing back the difference to double digits, (33-23). Six minutes before the end of the first half, Real Madrid lost Rudy Fernandez due to a minor injury and that’s when Maccabi started building their own run little by little (35-28). Ante Zizic managed to take the difference down to nine points (39-30) but Real Madrid was dominant and ended the first half securing a 13-point lead (45-32).

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Maccabi Tel Aviv started the third quarter with two consecutive three pointers from Scottie Wilbekin knowing that they will have to find some score from the perimeter. Real Madrid had answers to Maccabi’s return keeping their lead to 8-10 points. Maccabi started finding their rhythm in both offense and defense despite the fact that they couldn’t see that on the score. Real Madrid saw Rudy Fernandez returning on the court after a minor injury in the second quarter, bringing some energy back and helping his team end the third quarter leading by 12 points (62-50).

In the fourth and final quarter, Maccabi had to play better defense and run on offense. Despite some missed shots from Real, Maccabi was still struggling to find score. Real Madrid stayed focuses and concentrated on their game plan and got another important win on their way back to the top seeds, 79-63.

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Alec Peters goes for a EuroLeague career high; helps Baskonia dominate Fenerbahce https://www.talkbasket.net/111003-alec-peters-goes-for-a-euroleague-career-high-helps-baskonia-dominate-fenerbahce https://www.talkbasket.net/111003-alec-peters-goes-for-a-euroleague-career-high-helps-baskonia-dominate-fenerbahce#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 01:26:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111003 Alec Peters was unstoppable and helped Baskonia earn a dominant home victory over Fenerbahce (86-68). Peters went for a career-high 25 points, on 10/12 shooting, seven rebounds and a PIR of 31. It was a close contested game for three quarters (64-59), yet Peters and the Basques outscored the Turks 22-9 in the fourth quarter […]

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Alec Peters goes for a EuroLeague career high; helps Baskonia dominate Fenerbahce

Alec Peters was unstoppable and helped Baskonia earn a dominant home victory over Fenerbahce (86-68).

Peters went for a career-high 25 points, on 10/12 shooting, seven rebounds and a PIR of 31.

It was a close contested game for three quarters (64-59), yet Peters and the Basques outscored the Turks 22-9 in the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory.

Baskonia improved to 3-4, whereas Fenerbahce now has a 4-5 record.

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Mike James returns to lead CSKA Moscow past Zalgiris Kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/110998-mike-james-returns-to-lead-cska-moscow-past-zalgiris-kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/110998-mike-james-returns-to-lead-cska-moscow-past-zalgiris-kaunas#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 01:16:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110998 Mike James returned to action after an one-game absence and led CSKA Moscow past Zalgiris Kaunas at the “Zalgirio Arena”. James finished the game with 27 points, on 8/11 shooting and 5/6 from beyond the arc, five assists and a PIR of 32. The Lithuanians came back from a double-digit deficit (78-79, with 69 seconds […]

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Mike James returns to lead CSKA Moscow past Zalgiris Kaunas

Mike James returned to action after an one-game absence and led CSKA Moscow past Zalgiris Kaunas at the “Zalgirio Arena”.

James finished the game with 27 points, on 8/11 shooting and 5/6 from beyond the arc, five assists and a PIR of 32.

The Lithuanians came back from a double-digit deficit (78-79, with 69 seconds to go), but James scored the last eight points of the game and sealed the deal for the Muscovites.

CSKA Moscow now is at 6-3 in the standings, after earning its fourth straight victory. For its part, Zalgiris dropped to 5-4, as they lost their third straight game.

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Prepelic leads Valencia past Panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/110925-prepelic-leads-valencia-past-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/110925-prepelic-leads-valencia-past-panathinaikos#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:51:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110925 With Bojan Dubljevic becoming Valencia’s all time leading scorer and his team improving all aspects of their game after the first half, the Spanish club got a tough yet impressive home win over Panathinaikos, 95-83, on Thursday night (17/11). Klemen Prepelic was the top scorer for the hosts with 18 points while Derrick Williams added […]

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Prepelic leads Valencia past Panathinaikos

With Bojan Dubljevic becoming Valencia’s all time leading scorer and his team improving all aspects of their game after the first half, the Spanish club got a tough yet impressive home win over Panathinaikos, 95-83, on Thursday night (17/11).

Klemen Prepelic was the top scorer for the hosts with 18 points while Derrick Williams added 14. For Panathinaikos newcomer Shelvin Mack was for another game the top scorer with 15 points, while Papapetrou, Mitoglou and Sant-Roos had 11 points each.

The Match

With Panathinaikos’ defense in imbalance, both teams started the first quarter going head-to-head (7-8). After a three point shot from Aaron White in Panathinaikos’ first possession, the Greeks had this single point lead for around 4 minutes. Valencia with Labeyrie managed to get the lead in the match (14-12) with Panathinaikos tying it with Marcus Foster. Ioannis Papapetrou with a two point shot, gave the lead back to his team (14-16) with 5 minutes, until the end of the first quarter, remaining. With both teams trying to find their balance in both offense and defense, Valencia ended the first quarter with a single point lead (22-21).

A couple of turnovers from Panathinaikos in the first minutes of the second quarter, didn’t let the Greeks retain their lead. Valencia grabbed the opportunity that was given and extended their lead to five points (26-21) with a two pointer from Mike Tobey. Panathinaikos covered the difference, tied the game (28-28) and got back in leading position with Aaron White (28-30). The lead was exchanging sides with both teams unable to build and secure the lead. After a great steal from Derrick Williams, the American guard was unable to make the windmill dunk and his team to grab two easy points in the fast break. Panathinaikos was the one who got benefited from that with a two point shot from Dinos Mitoglou (33-34) and three minutes until the end of the first half, remaining. Klemen Prepelic shot a big three pointer on the buzzer for Valencia, to end the first half leading by 4, (45-41).

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The third quarter started with Panathinaikos fighting back and covering that short lead that Valencia had built (45-45). George Papagiannis was efficient for another night and helped Panathinaikos return on the game. Prepelic on the other hand, was the one who ensured that Valencia had the lead and with a three pointer brought Valencia back to the leader’s position (50-49). Bochoridis replied for Panathinaikos with his own three pointer (50-52), with Vives and Valencia replying (53-52). The Spanish club managed to extend their lead with Bojan Dubljevic (60-54), forcing coach Vovoras to a time-out. Shelvin Mack replied after the time out with a three pointer keeping Panathinaikos close to the score and not letting Valencia extend it even more. A big three from Nemanja Nedovic, who also got the foul, brought the difference down to a two-point lead for Valencia. A smart play from Hermannsson ended the third quarter with Valencia leading by four, 70-66.

In the fourth and final quarter, Panathinaikos started with an impressive three point shot from Ben Bentil but Valencia always had an answer to all the challenges Panathinaikos was bringing on their game. Hermannsson was the one who helped Valencia secured their lead (77-70) with Derrick Williams extending it (79-70) to give Valencia a nine point lead. Some turnovers from the Greek side didn’t let them return on the game and so Valencia secured a 95-83 win.

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Bayern Munich achieve third straight win, after comeback win against Efes https://www.talkbasket.net/110917-bayern-munich-achieve-third-straight-win-after-comeback-win-against-efes https://www.talkbasket.net/110917-bayern-munich-achieve-third-straight-win-after-comeback-win-against-efes#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 19:56:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110917 Bayern Munich continued its impressive performances in the EuroLeague, after beating Efes 71-74 away from home. The German club came back from a double-digit lead (52-62) in the fourth quarter to claim their third straight win. Wade Baldwin led the offense of Bayern with 15 points and a career-high 11 assists. At the same time, […]

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Bayern Munich achieve third straight win, after comeback win against Efes

Bayern Munich continued its impressive performances in the EuroLeague, after beating Efes 71-74 away from home.

The German club came back from a double-digit lead (52-62) in the fourth quarter to claim their third straight win.

Wade Baldwin led the offense of Bayern with 15 points and a career-high 11 assists. At the same time, Jalen Reynolds scored 10 out of his 14 points in the last seven minutes to help Bayern get past the Turkish club.

Vasilje Micic missed the three-pointer to tie the game with six seconds on the clock, after Reynolds scored four consecutive points to put Munich in front (74-71).

Efes dropped to 4-3 despite Tibor Pleiss’ 19 points. Bayern improved to 7-2.

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Alexey Shved, Errick McCollum combine for 43 points to lead Khimki over Zenit https://www.talkbasket.net/110908-alexey-shved-errick-mccollum-combine-for-43-points-to-lead-khimki-over-zenit https://www.talkbasket.net/110908-alexey-shved-errick-mccollum-combine-for-43-points-to-lead-khimki-over-zenit#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 19:27:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110908 Khimki took over in the last quarter closing the game in a 9-20 run to claim an 83-88 win over fellow Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg. The visitors went down to a six-point hole (74-68), after Zenit’s Billy Baron buried his fifth three-pointer in the game. Khimki went on a vital run thanks to Alexey […]

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Alexey Shved, Errick McCollum combine for 43 points to lead Khimki over Zenit

Khimki took over in the last quarter closing the game in a 9-20 run to claim an 83-88 win over fellow Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg.

The visitors went down to a six-point hole (74-68), after Zenit’s Billy Baron buried his fifth three-pointer in the game.

Khimki went on a vital run thanks to Alexey Shved and Errick McCollum, who attacked relentlessly in the second half to propel the visiting squad to the victory.

Shved finished the contest with 24 points, while Errick McCollum had 19 points making five consecutive clutch free throws in the last 30 seconds of the contest.

Baron’s team-high 24 points were not enough for Zenit, which dropped to 3-2 record. Khimki improved to 2-6.

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EuroLeague suspends another two games due to the coronavirus pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/110843-euroleague-suspends-another-two-games-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/110843-euroleague-suspends-another-two-games-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 04:51:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110843 EuroLeague Basketball has announced the suspension of another two games, due to the coronavirus pandemic. More specifically, Olympiacos’ games against Barcelona (18/11) and ASVEL Villeurbanne (20/11), respectively, will not be played as the “Reds” are dealing with several positive coronavirus cases. Olympiacos’ players have been isolated and, therefore, cannot travel to Spain and France. The […]

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EuroLeague suspends another two games due to the coronavirus pandemic

EuroLeague Basketball has announced the suspension of another two games, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More specifically, Olympiacos’ games against Barcelona (18/11) and ASVEL Villeurbanne (20/11), respectively, will not be played as the “Reds” are dealing with several positive coronavirus cases.

Olympiacos’ players have been isolated and, therefore, cannot travel to Spain and France.

The EuroLeague will reschedule the games to a later date.

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Vasilije Micic: “It’s not a dream to go to the NBA. I want to be on a team with a good system” https://www.talkbasket.net/110628-vasilije-micic-its-not-a-dream-to-go-to-the-nba-i-want-to-be-on-a-team-with-a-good-system https://www.talkbasket.net/110628-vasilije-micic-its-not-a-dream-to-go-to-the-nba-i-want-to-be-on-a-team-with-a-good-system#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2020 13:52:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110628 Vasilije Micic has become a Euroleague star in his own right. At 26, he is considered as one of the best combo guards in Europe. What’s more, his performances over the last three years are vividly reflected on his teams’ results: Lithuanian giants Zalgiris Kaunas reached their first Euroleague Final Four in 19 years in […]

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Vasilije Micic: “It’s not a dream to go to the NBA. I want to be on a team with a good system”

Vasilije Micic has become a Euroleague star in his own right.

At 26, he is considered as one of the best combo guards in Europe. What’s more, his performances over the last three years are vividly reflected on his teams’ results: Lithuanian giants Zalgiris Kaunas reached their first Euroleague Final Four in 19 years in 2018 and the same can be said of his current team, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, which were competition finalists the following year.

Micic is used to breaking new ground, although he doesn’t seem to be at the apex of his career. A second-round NBA Draft pick in 2014, the Serbian guard has been a sleeper for the most part of his journey. A breakthrough season with Zalgiris (7.7 points, 4.4 assists on average) brought him to the forefront, while the 2018-19 campagin turned out as a stunning token of his potential. An All-Euroleague Second Team selection, Micic saw his numbers increase to 12.4 points, 5.5 assists in 2019 and 14.5 points, 5.8 assists on top of an incredible 96.4 percent from the free-throw line last season .

Although it’s impossible for his accomplishments to go unnoticed, a few years ago not many would have seen a future European star in him. When the Philadelphia 76ers selected the 6’6” guard with the 52nd overall pick, he was hardly known even across his own continent.

Over the last two years, Micic has been under extensive scrutiny in order to join the ranks of the 76ers, but his star presence with Efes and the pandemic, which impacted basketball on both sides of the ocean, have pushed back all discussions.

After an astonishing 33-point turnup at the game against Panathinaikos OPAP in Athens, which naturally resulted in both a career-high for him and another win for Anadolu Efes (77-80, their first in Athens after 14 years!), Vasilije Micic spoke to TalkBasket.net about the pandemic, his alter ego Shane Larkin and his future plans regarding the NBA.

Q: What did it take for Anadolu Efes to win the game against Panathinaikos?

A: First of all, we missed so many players. Although we have a very talented team, we can look a little bit different without them. The good thing is that we showed character even after we missed Rodrigue Beaubois. During the game, I was not even aware of the fact that he was not going to play any more. He is a very important player for us, but somehow we found the way to win. We struggled in the beginning and I am very happy for this victory.

Q: Did you have last year’s personal and also team’s performance in mind?

A: I don’t want to talk about that because I don’t care about what’s in the past. Many times, you can have a bad game and you just have to go on. It’s the same with life. I was ready to play this game and it was my day. Hopefully, tomorrow it will be also, but I don’t mind. I’m ready to do everything for the team. We have been together for three years and know everything about each other. I hope we can be more dangerous in the future.

Q: How are you dealing with the pandemic? How has the season been for you?

A: Honestly, I don’t think about it. It may sound a little bit strange, but that’s the way it is. I’m aware of everything, I know what’s going on; especially in my country. Turkey is different for me because I don’t understand Turkish and I can’t follow the news. We have a very good organization in the club because we all practice personal responsibility. We’ve had some cases in the team and probably there will be some more in the future, but we’re trying to go through the situation as positive as we can. We don’t talk too much about that and I don’t feel that currently something big is going on around us, but I know what’s happening in the world. It’s a very dangerous situation and I’m trying to stay focused.

Q: Shane Larkin has been absent for most of the time, save a couple of games. How is your chemistry this season?

A: Yes, but it’s ok. I like him so much because we click. Hopefully, we will click until the end of the year. We have found a rhythm together and I like playing with him. When he’s healthy and ready, we’ll be a better team. I am very happy that he stayed with us. This season, we’re still trying to find our rhythm because we didn’t start well and he also missed some games. He is the only player for whom I can guarantee that he will be in great shape quickly because he has that killer mindset. So, I’m not too worried about him.

Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic celebrate after scoring during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game between FC Barcelona Lassa and Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Barcelona, Spain on April 24, 2019. (Photo by Lola Bou/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Q: Do you feel that not concluding last season was unfair for Efes?

A: No, I don’t feel like that. The virus was all over the place. Even if we missed a championship, looking at what was going on in the world, I can accept it. I would be happy if we could continue, but who knows? There’s so many “ifs” in the air. We just have to focus on this year.

Q: Did you have any discussions with the Sixers last summer?

A: We had some kind of discussions, but in the end it was really impossible to meet because the dates didn’t stay as we had agreed before. I had an option in my contract with Efes and I couldn’t get out of it after a certain point. I feel ok with that because I’m happy at Efes. We’ll see what happens in the future.

Q: Have you made up your mind on where you will be playing next year?

A: No, it’s still too early. I don’t think about that because in my career, especially in the last four years, everything has happened too fast. People didn’t even believe that I would get to a level where I am now, not to mention playing in the NBA. I want to go slowly.

Q: Last year, during the Acropolis Tournament with Serbia, you told me that you want a guaranteed role on an NBA team.

A: It sounds like I’m a little bit arrogant, but I’m not. I feel really well being a part of a good team and being able to play. At this point, we’re playing really high-level basketball in Europe and I’m not missing anything. It’s not a dream [to go to the NBA] and if I go there, I want to be a part of a team that has a good system. I don’t want to just say: “I’m in the NBA!”.

Q: Do you consider it a risk, leaving a pretty much safe situation and going overseas to an unknown environment?

A: Nothing is safe. I don’t think like that. Every year, since I came to Efes and also the year before at Zalgiris, people have doubted my abilities. I don’t listen to that kind of stuff. If it happens, I will go 100% with that decision and I will believe in it.

Q: You have gone a long way, from being a role player off the bench to becoming a starter and a star. How are you experiencing your transition?

A: I don’t look at it as something special. At an early age, I remember people talking about me that I would become a talented player with a good career. Then, suddenly, it didn’t work out that way. That’s when I realized how important it is to be in your own world, besides all the stuff going on around us. I don’t listen to what others think about me. I work really hard and that’s something nobody can take away from me. I will probably have ups and downs, but if you believe in yourself and have a good attitude, everything is possible.

Q: Do you believe that this season is or can be decided by luck to a large extent? I mean, players getting infected, games being postponed or held without fans etc.

A: We all have fallen victims to everything that’s happened. So, nothing can surprise us. Hopefully, they will find a way to finish the season. I am optimistic that it can happen.

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Bayern’s Vladimir Lucic claims second MVP of the week award in November https://www.talkbasket.net/110550-bayerns-vladimir-lucic-claims-second-mvp-of-the-week-award-in-november https://www.talkbasket.net/110550-bayerns-vladimir-lucic-claims-second-mvp-of-the-week-award-in-november#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 12:51:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110550 After an outstanding performance against Valencia, Vladimir Lucic claims his second MVP award this month. The Serbian international was the leading scorer for Bayern with 22 points helping his team get the win over Valencia, 90-79, on Friday (13/11). With just 3 missed shots out of 16 in total, Lucic had a career-high performance index […]

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Bayern’s Vladimir Lucic claims second MVP of the week award in November

After an outstanding performance against Valencia, Vladimir Lucic claims his second MVP award this month. The Serbian international was the leading scorer for Bayern with 22 points helping his team get the win over Valencia, 90-79, on Friday (13/11). With just 3 missed shots out of 16 in total, Lucic had a career-high performance index rating in his 107th game in the Euroleague.

Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes, also had a remarkable performance, scoring a career-hight of 33 points against Panathinaikos OPAP, last night in Athens. In his 131 Euroleague games, that was Micic’s best performance so far showing his wide range of shots and helping his team return on the game and steal the win from the Greeks.

Jordan Loyd of Crvena Zvezda continues leading the top scorer rankings with 21.6 per game after 8 rounds in this season’s Euroleague. Loyd had another convincing performance last night (13/11) with 22 points despite his team’s loss against Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid suffered, but finally sealed the deal over Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/110503-real-madrid-was-suffering-but-finally-sealed-the-deal-against-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/110503-real-madrid-was-suffering-but-finally-sealed-the-deal-against-crvena-zvezda#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:02:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110503 After recovering from a 13-point first-quarter deficit, Real Madrid outlasted Crvena Zvezda (67-73) in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall. This was the fourth victory for Real Madrid after eight rounds, while denying the same for the home team (three wins, five defeats). Crvena Zvezda was leading in the first quarter by 13 points, while Real Madrid […]

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Real Madrid suffered, but finally sealed the deal over Crvena Zvezda

After recovering from a 13-point first-quarter deficit, Real Madrid outlasted Crvena Zvezda (67-73) in “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall.

This was the fourth victory for Real Madrid after eight rounds, while denying the same for the home team (three wins, five defeats).

Crvena Zvezda was leading in the first quarter by 13 points, while Real Madrid had a furious comeback in the third and led by eight (46-54). That advantage of Real was lost in the last part of the match. The hosts regained their lead (65-64), four minutes before the end. Then, Trey Thompkins nailed two threes, while Facundo Campazzo assisted both times. Real Madrid’s defense did the rest.

Zvezda had 5/21 from the three-point range, and only two players scored all those threes – Jordan Loyd (3) and Corey Walden (2). On the other hand, Real Madrid had 20 turnovers, while the home team had 15.

Of 11 players on the court for Real Madrid, 10 scored the points, while only two had more than 10 – Trey Thompkins (14) and Anthony Randolph (13).

Loyd again had his shooting night. The American guard finished the match with 22 points, but. unfortunately for his team, it wasn’t enough. Walden added 16 points.

Game recap

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Zenit prevails over ASVEL in a defensive showdown https://www.talkbasket.net/110487-zenit-prevails-over-asvel-in-a-defensive-showdown https://www.talkbasket.net/110487-zenit-prevails-over-asvel-in-a-defensive-showdown#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 22:48:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110487 Zenit Saint-Petersburg emerged victorious as they prevailed over LDLC ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne on a low-scoring battle (66-53). In the last 2:46 of regulation, Zenit finished the contest on a 10-0 run to get their third win in EuroLeague’s regular season. Will Thomas was the leading scorer for the winning side with 14 points and seven rebounds. […]

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Zenit prevails over ASVEL in a defensive showdown

Zenit Saint-Petersburg emerged victorious as they prevailed over LDLC ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne on a low-scoring battle (66-53).

In the last 2:46 of regulation, Zenit finished the contest on a 10-0 run to get their third win in EuroLeague’s regular season.

Will Thomas was the leading scorer for the winning side with 14 points and seven rebounds. Alex Poythress added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Charles Kahudi’s 14 points were not enough for the French club, which dropped to 1-5. Zenit improved to 3-1.

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Bayern Munich claims victory over Valencia behind Vladimir Lucic’s big night https://www.talkbasket.net/110477-bayern-munich-claims-victory-over-valencia-behind-vladimir-lucics-big-night https://www.talkbasket.net/110477-bayern-munich-claims-victory-over-valencia-behind-vladimir-lucics-big-night#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 22:15:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110477 Bayern Munich continued its impressive run in the EuroLeague, as the German side claimed the 90-79 home victory over Valencia Basket. Vladimir Lucic took over with seven huge points in the last two minutes of the contest. The Serbian finished the game with 22 points, seven rebounds and a career-high PIR of 35. Paul Zipser […]

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Bayern Munich claims victory over Valencia behind Vladimir Lucic’s big night

Bayern Munich continued its impressive run in the EuroLeague, as the German side claimed the 90-79 home victory over Valencia Basket.

Vladimir Lucic took over with seven huge points in the last two minutes of the contest. The Serbian finished the game with 22 points, seven rebounds and a career-high PIR of 35.

Paul Zipser followed with 20 points and JaJuan Johnson added 17 points and eight boards. Valencia managed to tie the score (74-74) with five minutes to go in regulation.

However, Andrea Trinchieri’s squad made a 16-5 run to end the contest and claim a vital home win.

Klemen Prepelic helped the Spanish club climb back into the game with 18 points and five assists.

Bayern improved to 6-2, while the visiting team dropped to 4-3.

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Anadolu Efes steals the win from Panathinaikos behind Micic’s career-high https://www.talkbasket.net/110454-anadolu-efes-steals-the-win-from-panathinaikos-behind-micic-career-high https://www.talkbasket.net/110454-anadolu-efes-steals-the-win-from-panathinaikos-behind-micic-career-high#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:54:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110454 In Shelvin Mack’s first appearance with Panathinaikos, Anadolu Efes stole the win from the “Greens” after an outstanding performance from Vasilije Micic, who scored a new career high of 33 points. The Turkish club added another road win in their collection this year, defeating Panathinaikos, 77-80, in Athens on Friday night (13/11). Along with the […]

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Anadolu Efes steals the win from Panathinaikos behind Micic’s career-high

In Shelvin Mack’s first appearance with Panathinaikos, Anadolu Efes stole the win from the “Greens” after an outstanding performance from Vasilije Micic, who scored a new career high of 33 points. The Turkish club added another road win in their collection this year, defeating Panathinaikos, 77-80, in Athens on Friday night (13/11).

Along with the 33 points from Vasilije Micic, Krunoslav Simon added another solid 12 points. Newcomer, Shelvin Mack was the top scorer for Panathinaikos with 18 points, with George Papagiannis posting 16.

The Match

With Giorgos Papagiannis making an impressive start in the game, with one block and a three-point play, Panathinaikos entered the game determined to fight from the very first minute (7-4). The “Greens” managed to take control of the rebounds and renew their possessions, but Anadolu Efes was taking all the opportunities Panathinaikos was giving them, scoring from the free-throw line, having Vasilije Micic at a great night (nine points in the first quarter). Papapetrou’s passing and scoring ability (eight points in the first 10 minutes of play), helped Panathinaikos end the first quarter leading by a single point (22-21).

Panathinaikos entered the second quarter running a 5-0 score with a two-point shot from Dinos Mitoglou and a three-pointer from the newcomer, Shelvin Mack (27-21). With Panathinaikos grabbing the offensive rebounds and renewing their possessions, the players of coach Vovoras got a seven-point lead (33-26), with Anadolu Efes trying to respond with Tuncher (33-31). With Papagiannis being unstoppable and showing his range of shots, Panathinaikos finished the first half leading by four points (40-36).

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Vasilije Micic led Anadolu Efes in the third quarter, trying to bring his team back on the game and with consecutive points from him made the game a single point one for Panathinaikos (44-43). Vasilije Micic, with his fourth three-pointer of the night, gave the lead to Anadolu Efes (48-50), but Shelvin Mack tied the game for Panathinaikos with consecutive baskets (52-52) and two minutes remaining until the end of the third quarter. That didn’t seem like a problem for Micic, who, with 15 points just in the second half, gave back the lead to his team (52-55). Efes got their biggest lead in the game a couple of second later (52-57) with Moerman and ended the third quarter, 54-59.

The fourth and final quarter, found Anadolu Efes having their largest lead in the game (54-63) with an unstoppable Micic safely leading his team to the win. Panathinaikos tried to return on the game (61-67) and got even closer on the score (66-70) with two free throws from Shelvin Mack. Consecutive baskets from Shelvin Mack and Adrien Moerman brought the game to six (71-77) with 1:30 minutes to go until the end of the match. A big three from Papagiannis brought the score to 74-79, but Efes managed to get the win in OAKA, 77-80.

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Barcelona crushes Fenerbahce for its sixth straight win in the EuroLeague https://www.talkbasket.net/110369-barcelona-crushes-fenerbahce-for-its-sixth-straight-win-in-the-euroleague https://www.talkbasket.net/110369-barcelona-crushes-fenerbahce-for-its-sixth-straight-win-in-the-euroleague#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 23:37:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110369 Barcelona made a stellar performance on both ends of the floor and decimated Fenerbahce at home (97-55). The Catalans took control from the opening tip, led by 11 at the end of the first quarter (28-17) and 22 at halftime (51-29) and never looked back. The Turks never recovered after that and suffered one of […]

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Barcelona crushes Fenerbahce for its sixth straight win in the EuroLeague

Barcelona made a stellar performance on both ends of the floor and decimated Fenerbahce at home (97-55).

The Catalans took control from the opening tip, led by 11 at the end of the first quarter (28-17) and 22 at halftime (51-29) and never looked back.

The Turks never recovered after that and suffered one of the most heavy defeats in franchise history in the EuroLeague.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Kyle Kuric having a game-high 25 points, on 7/8 from the three-point range. Lorenzo Brown was the best player of the losing squad, with 10 points.

Barcelona earned its sixth straight win and improved to 7-1, whereas Fenerbahce dropped to 4-4.

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Maccabi blows past Zalgiris; puts an end to two-game losing streak https://www.talkbasket.net/110353-maccabi-blows-past-zalgiris-puts-an-end-to-two-game-losing-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/110353-maccabi-blows-past-zalgiris-puts-an-end-to-two-game-losing-streak#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 21:08:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110353 Maccabi Tel-Aviv was dominant against Zalgiris Kaunas to claim an easy 85-57 win over Martin Schiller’s team. The Israelis put an end to a two-game losing streak to improve their record to 3-5. The second quarter was pivotal for the winning side, as they made a 29-9 run to finish the first half with a […]

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Maccabi blows past Zalgiris; puts an end to two-game losing streak

Maccabi Tel-Aviv was dominant against Zalgiris Kaunas to claim an easy 85-57 win over Martin Schiller’s team. The Israelis put an end to a two-game losing streak to improve their record to 3-5.

The second quarter was pivotal for the winning side, as they made a 29-9 run to finish the first half with a 30-point lead (53-23).

The EuroLeague powerhouse had five players in double-digits with Tyler Dorsey scoring a game-high 16 points.

Chris Jones followed with 15, while Dragan Bender added 11. Thomas Walkup led the effort for Zalgiris with 11 points.

The Lithuanians dropped to 5-3 with their third loss in the last four games.

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Olympiacos returns from 15 down to defeat Alba Berlin in Piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/110337-olympiacos-returns-from-14-down-to-defeat-alba-berlin-in-piraeus https://www.talkbasket.net/110337-olympiacos-returns-from-14-down-to-defeat-alba-berlin-in-piraeus#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:50:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110337 Despite a sloppy first half with many turnovers and nerves, Olympiacos made an impressive comeback from 15 down to get the win against ALBA Berlin, 75-71, on Thursday night (12/11). The Germans had an ideal first half, controlling the rebounds, playing great defense and putting pressure to the Greek side. Shaquielle McKissic, Livio Jean-Charles and […]

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Olympiacos returns from 15 down to defeat Alba Berlin in Piraeus

Despite a sloppy first half with many turnovers and nerves, Olympiacos made an impressive comeback from 15 down to get the win against ALBA Berlin, 75-71, on Thursday night (12/11). The Germans had an ideal first half, controlling the rebounds, playing great defense and putting pressure to the Greek side. Shaquielle McKissic, Livio Jean-Charles and captain Vassilis Spanoulis led the way and pushed Olympiacos to an impressive win.

Shaquielle McKissic was the top scorer for Olympiacos with 14 points, whilst Livio Jean-Charles added 13 and Sasha Vezenkov 11. For ALBA Berlin, Niels Giffey was the leading scorer with 13 points with Johannes Thiemann and Maodo Lo following with 10 points each.

The Match

In the first quarter, and after three minutes with both teams unable to score, ALBA didn’t take advantage of Olympiacos’ four turnovers as much as they could. With six minutes remaining for the end of the first quarter, ALBA was leading 0-4 despite Olympiacos’ inability to score. With a three-point shot from Marcus Eriksson, ALBA extended their lead to seven points (0-7) forcing coach Bartzokas to his first time out. With Kostas Papanikolaou creating score for the hosts right after the time out, Olympiacos ended the first quarter trailing by 12 points (10-22) and having eight turnovers in just one quarter.

In the second quarter, Shaquielle McKissic was the one trying to tie things up and help Olympiacos become more competitive. More turnovers and ALBA’s great defense didn’t let that happen with the Greek club unable to become competitive against the Germans. ALBA did their part very well, played great defense and didn’t let Olympiacos find its way to the basket. They secured their lead and ended the first half leading by 11 (24-35), keeping Olympiacos to 24 points.

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Olympiacos came back from the locker rooms determined to perform better, protect the ball, grab the rebounds and find score. Coach Bartzokas saw his players returning on the game and with a three-point play from Kostas Sloukas got the score to 33-37. ALBA started committing some unforced errors that gave Olympiacos the opportunity to play the basketball they wanted and put extra pressure on the guests. After two free throws from Livio Jean-Charles, we got a two-point game for ALBA, which became a single-point game after Olympiacos’ great passing ability and McKissic’s big three (38-39). The team from Piraeus got the lead for the first time in the match (45-44) with a two-point shot from Livio Jean-Charles. Spanoulis extended the lead for Olympiacos to four points (48-44), started a completely new game with high intensity and ended the third quarter leading by seven (51-44) with another three-pointer from Spanoulis.

With four consecutive points from ALBA Berlin, the fourth quarter started with both teams fighting for the win (51-48). ALBA made it a single point game, but with a three-point play from Livio Jean-Charles, Olympiacos got back a short four-point lead (56-52) with seven minutes remaining. With their confidence up high, Olympiacos never looked back with it’s players scoring one after the other and ALBA Berlin unable to find any solutions (66-54). Olympiacos was determined to take the game and managed to get away with the win, 75-71.

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CSKA Moscow holds off Baskonia behind Darrun Hilliard’s career-high https://www.talkbasket.net/110338-cska-moscow-holds-off-baskonia-behind-darrun-hilliards-career-high https://www.talkbasket.net/110338-cska-moscow-holds-off-baskonia-behind-darrun-hilliards-career-high#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:51:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110338 CSKA Moscow controlled the game against Baskonia for three quarters, before the EuroLeague giant survived an epic fourth-quarter comeback by the Spaniards to claim an 89-86 victory. The highlight of the game certainly was Darrun Hilliard, who put up a monster performance taking the role of Mike James, who was absent from the game. Hilliard […]

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CSKA Moscow holds off Baskonia behind Darrun Hilliard’s career-high

CSKA Moscow controlled the game against Baskonia for three quarters, before the EuroLeague giant survived an epic fourth-quarter comeback by the Spaniards to claim an 89-86 victory.

The highlight of the game certainly was Darrun Hilliard, who put up a monster performance taking the role of Mike James, who was absent from the game.

Hilliard scored a career-high 31 points shooting an incredible 13-16 from the field. Itoudis’ team took a 12-point (47-35) lead in the half mainly because of Hilliard’s heroics.

Baskonia came back in the fourth quarter, but could not close out the game, as Hilliard hit an important three with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to put CSKA in front (87-84).

Daniel Hackett added 16 for the winning side, while Will Clyburn had 12 including a very important basket in the final minute.

Youssoupha Fall had a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds for Baskonia, who dropped to 2-4 record.

CSKA improved to a 5-3 record.

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Panathinaikos star Nemanja Nedovic a game-time decision vs Anadolu Efes https://www.talkbasket.net/110330-panathinaikos-star-nemanja-nedovic-a-game-time-decision-vs-anadolu-efes https://www.talkbasket.net/110330-panathinaikos-star-nemanja-nedovic-a-game-time-decision-vs-anadolu-efes#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:40:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110330 Nemanja Nedovic may not be available for the game against Anadolu Efes on Friday (13/11) due to an injury. The Serbian guard is dealing with a foot injury and his participation will be a game-time decision. The head coach of Panathinaikos, Giorgos Vovoras, confirmed Nedovic’s status, while speaking to reporters on Thursday, via Eurohoops.net. Nedovic […]

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Panathinaikos star Nemanja Nedovic a game-time decision vs Anadolu Efes

Nemanja Nedovic may not be available for the game against Anadolu Efes on Friday (13/11) due to an injury.

The Serbian guard is dealing with a foot injury and his participation will be a game-time decision.

The head coach of Panathinaikos, Giorgos Vovoras, confirmed Nedovic’s status, while speaking to reporters on Thursday, via Eurohoops.net.

Nedovic is the top scorer of the “Greens” in the EuroLeague, with 15.6 points per game.

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Mike James out against Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/110308-mike-james-out-against-baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/110308-mike-james-out-against-baskonia#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:01:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110308 CSKA Moscow will be missing their scoring machine for their Euroleague game against Baskonia, as the team announced. Mike James will not be the only player CSKA will be missing since Janis Strelnieks and Ivan Ukhov are also unavailable for tonight’s game.

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Mike James out against Baskonia

CSKA Moscow will be missing their scoring machine for their Euroleague game against Baskonia, as the team announced. Mike James will not be the only player CSKA will be missing since Janis Strelnieks and Ivan Ukhov are also unavailable for tonight’s game.

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Janis Strelnieks out with hip injury https://www.talkbasket.net/110178-janis-strelnieks-out-with-hip-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/110178-janis-strelnieks-out-with-hip-injury#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:32:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110178 The Latvian guard of CSKA Moscow will be missing the upcoming games of the Russian club due to a hip injury. Strelnieks got injured in the third quarter against Khimki for the Russian League and after taking all necessary medical tests and scans CSKA’s point guard injured the muscle of his right hip.

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Janis Strelnieks out with hip injury

The Latvian guard of CSKA Moscow will be missing the upcoming games of the Russian club due to a hip injury. Strelnieks got injured in the third quarter against Khimki for the Russian League and after taking all necessary medical tests and scans CSKA’s point guard injured the muscle of his right hip.

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EuroLeague suspends Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Armani Milano game for a second time https://www.talkbasket.net/110138-euroleague-suspends-zenit-saint-petersburg-vs-armani-milano-game-for-a-second-time https://www.talkbasket.net/110138-euroleague-suspends-zenit-saint-petersburg-vs-armani-milano-game-for-a-second-time#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 00:18:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110138 EuroLeague Basketball announced that the game between Zenit Saint Petersburg and Armani Milano has been suspended for a second time. The competition had rescheduled the game for Wednesday, November 11, but Armani is dealing with several positive coronavirus cases and is unable to play. Therefore, the EuroLeague will now reschedule the match to a later […]

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EuroLeague suspends Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Armani Milano game for a second time

EuroLeague Basketball announced that the game between Zenit Saint Petersburg and Armani Milano has been suspended for a second time.

The competition had rescheduled the game for Wednesday, November 11, but Armani is dealing with several positive coronavirus cases and is unable to play.

Therefore, the EuroLeague will now reschedule the match to a later date, which will fit both teams.

According to the Special Regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic, each game can be rescheduled up to three times, if there are available dates.

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Anadolu Efes star Shane Larkin to play vs Panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/110100-anadolu-efes-star-shane-larkin-to-play-vs-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/110100-anadolu-efes-star-shane-larkin-to-play-vs-panathinaikos#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:15:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110100 Shane Larkin is expected to play in the road game against Panathinaikos on Friday night. The American guard returned to practice on Tuesday and will be ready for the clash with the “Greens”, as announced by Anadolu Efes on Twitter. Larkin made his season debut 10 days ago (October 30), but missed last week’s game […]

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Anadolu Efes star Shane Larkin to play vs Panathinaikos

Shane Larkin is expected to play in the road game against Panathinaikos on Friday night.

The American guard returned to practice on Tuesday and will be ready for the clash with the “Greens”, as announced by Anadolu Efes on Twitter.

Larkin made his season debut 10 days ago (October 30), but missed last week’s game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Efes has a 3-3 record in the EuroLeague, whereas Panathinaikos is at 2-3.

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv big man Othello Hunter reportedly questionable vs Zalgiris Kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/110097-maccabi-tel-aviv-big-man-othello-hunter-reportedly-questionable-vs-zalgiris-kaunas https://www.talkbasket.net/110097-maccabi-tel-aviv-big-man-othello-hunter-reportedly-questionable-vs-zalgiris-kaunas#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:07:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110097 Othello Hunter may not be available for the home game of Maccabi Tel-Aviv against Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday (12/11), per Gazzetta.gr. The American big man suffered a head injury in last week’s game against Anadolu Efes and has not practiced since then. Hunter will attempt to practice with his teammates, yet it seems his participation […]

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv big man Othello Hunter reportedly questionable vs Zalgiris Kaunas

Othello Hunter may not be available for the home game of Maccabi Tel-Aviv against Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday (12/11), per Gazzetta.gr.

The American big man suffered a head injury in last week’s game against Anadolu Efes and has not practiced since then.

Hunter will attempt to practice with his teammates, yet it seems his participation will be a game-time decision.

Maccabi currently has a 2-5 record in the EuroLeague. whereas Zalgiris is at 5-2.

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Facundo Campazzo to reportedly leave Real Madrid when NBA free agency opens https://www.talkbasket.net/110095-facundo-campazzo-to-reportedly-leave-real-madrid-when-nba-free-agency-opens https://www.talkbasket.net/110095-facundo-campazzo-to-reportedly-leave-real-madrid-when-nba-free-agency-opens#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:58:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110095 Facundo Campazzo is expected to leave Real Madrid when the NBA free agency opens, according to Marca. Per the report, Campazzo is expected to move to the NBA when free agency opens on November 22. It is still unknown whether the Argentinian guard has agreed to a deal with an NBA team. Campazzo, who is […]

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Facundo Campazzo to reportedly leave Real Madrid when NBA free agency opens

Facundo Campazzo is expected to leave Real Madrid when the NBA free agency opens, according to Marca.

Per the report, Campazzo is expected to move to the NBA when free agency opens on November 22.

It is still unknown whether the Argentinian guard has agreed to a deal with an NBA team.

Campazzo, who is considered one of the best EuroLeague players, has a buy-out in his contract with Real, worth 6M euros.

The new season in the NBA will tip off on December 22, while training camps will start on December 1st.

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EuroLeague COO to reportedly step down from his position in late December https://www.talkbasket.net/110093-euroleague-coo-to-reportedly-step-down-from-his-position-in-late-december https://www.talkbasket.net/110093-euroleague-coo-to-reportedly-step-down-from-his-position-in-late-december#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:46:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110093 EuroLeague Chief Operations Officer Eduard Scott will step down from his current position in late December, per Aris Barkas of Eurohoops.net. Scott has already announced his decision to the EuroLeague clubs. The COO of the EuroLeague leaves his position for personal reasons. The competition has found his replacement and the official announcement is expected soon. […]

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EuroLeague COO to reportedly step down from his position in late December

EuroLeague Chief Operations Officer Eduard Scott will step down from his current position in late December, per Aris Barkas of Eurohoops.net.

Scott has already announced his decision to the EuroLeague clubs. The COO of the EuroLeague leaves his position for personal reasons.

The competition has found his replacement and the official announcement is expected soon.

Scott spent the past 14 years with the EuroLeague (2006-2020).

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Euroleague assigns Bayern Munich and LDLC ASVEL with long-term contracts https://www.talkbasket.net/110086-euroleague-assigns-bayern-munich-and-ldlc-asvel-with-long-term-contracts https://www.talkbasket.net/110086-euroleague-assigns-bayern-munich-and-ldlc-asvel-with-long-term-contracts#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:55:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110086 In their recent meeting, the Euroleague Commercial Assets Executive Board members shared their upcoming steps of the strategic roadmap. That plan includes increasing the total number of long-term licenses from 11 to 13. Euroleague decided to offer a long-term contract (by June 2021) to FC Bayern Munich and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Following their growth in […]

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Euroleague assigns Bayern Munich and LDLC ASVEL with long-term contracts

In their recent meeting, the Euroleague Commercial Assets Executive Board members shared their upcoming steps of the strategic roadmap. That plan includes increasing the total number of long-term licenses from 11 to 13. Euroleague decided to offer a long-term contract (by June 2021) to FC Bayern Munich and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Following their growth in recent years, the two clubs will have a wild card for two seasons.

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Olimpia Milano suspends team’s activity due to COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/110014-olimpia-milano-suspends-teams-activity-due-to-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/110014-olimpia-milano-suspends-teams-activity-due-to-covid-19#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:25:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110014 Following their latest COVID-19 tests on Sunday (8/11), Olimpia Milano announced that several positive cases have been found within the team. For that reason, the Italian club announced that all team’s activities will be suspended until at least their next verification test on November 10th. Olimpia Milan informed that all the cases are asymptomatic and […]

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Olimpia Milano suspends team’s activity due to COVID-19

Following their latest COVID-19 tests on Sunday (8/11), Olimpia Milano announced that several positive cases have been found within the team. For that reason, the Italian club announced that all team’s activities will be suspended until at least their next verification test on November 10th.

Olimpia Milan informed that all the cases are asymptomatic and isolated and that the local health authorities have been immediately informed.

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Mike James says he has no plans to return to the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/109984-mike-james-says-he-has-no-plans-to-return-to-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/109984-mike-james-says-he-has-no-plans-to-return-to-the-nba#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 00:42:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109984 Mike James has no plans to return to the NBA and prefers to remain in Europe and keep playing in the EuroLeague. James spent part of the 2017/18 season in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans. “I was already there. I don’t care no more. Talks didn’t really get far […]

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Mike James says he has no plans to return to the NBA

Mike James has no plans to return to the NBA and prefers to remain in Europe and keep playing in the EuroLeague.

James spent part of the 2017/18 season in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans.

“I was already there. I don’t care no more. Talks didn’t really get far enough for me to turn down offers. I definitely had a lot of interest from multiple teams.

But, you know how cap space works. It saves fish for last. There was interest, I didn’t really turn down a concrete offer, but if I would’ve waited, I probably would’ve gotten multiple offers,” James said in an interview with Eurohoops.net.

James is under contract with CSKA Moscow until the end of the 2022/23 season.

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Quincy Acy reportedly close to returning to Maccabi Tel-Aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/109978-quincy-acy-reportedly-close-to-returning-to-maccabi-tel-aviv https://www.talkbasket.net/109978-quincy-acy-reportedly-close-to-returning-to-maccabi-tel-aviv#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 00:09:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109978 Quincy Acy could return to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the short-term future, according to the Israeli journalist Moses Barda. Acy spent the previous season with the Israeli powerhouse and it seems he is now on his way to play again for Maccabi. Acy, who averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in the EuroLeague last season, is […]

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Quincy Acy reportedly close to returning to Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Quincy Acy could return to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the short-term future, according to the Israeli journalist Moses Barda.

Acy spent the previous season with the Israeli powerhouse and it seems he is now on his way to play again for Maccabi.

Acy, who averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in the EuroLeague last season, is now a free agent.

Maccabi has made a poor start to the EuroLeague, having a 2-5 record after the first seven rounds.

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Nando De Colo sidelined with leg injury https://www.talkbasket.net/109896-nando-de-colo-sidelined-with-leg-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/109896-nando-de-colo-sidelined-with-leg-injury#respond Sat, 07 Nov 2020 13:49:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109896 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul learned on Saturday that its star guard Nando De Colo will be sidelined for the next three to four weeks due to a calf muscle injury. De Colo suffered his injury in the first quarter of Friday’s Round 7 win over Khimki Moscow Region, leaving the game and never returning to the court. “Nando […]

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Nando De Colo sidelined with leg injury

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul learned on Saturday that its star guard Nando De Colo will be sidelined for the next three to four weeks due to a calf muscle injury.

De Colo suffered his injury in the first quarter of Friday’s Round 7 win over Khimki Moscow Region, leaving the game and never returning to the court. “Nando De Colo’s treatment has begun due to a muscle injury in the right calf.

‘We anticipate that our player will return to practice in 3-4 weeks,” Fenerbahce doctor said in a release issued by the club.

All-EuroLeague guard and former MVP, De Colo is Fenerbahce top scorer, and has averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game going into Round 7.

Via EuroLeague.net

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Panathinaikos signs Shelvin Mack for two months https://www.talkbasket.net/109890-panathinaikos-signs-shelvin-mack-for-two-months https://www.talkbasket.net/109890-panathinaikos-signs-shelvin-mack-for-two-months#respond Sat, 07 Nov 2020 11:38:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109890 After their loss last night (6/11) to CSKA Moscow in Athens, Panathinaikos announced the signing of American guard, Shelvin Mack, for the next two months. The 30-year-old guard will be a helpful solution for coach Vovoras in the guards position after the departure of Pierre Jackson (injury issues) and Keifer Sykes (contract expired). Mack, who […]

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Panathinaikos signs Shelvin Mack for two months

After their loss last night (6/11) to CSKA Moscow in Athens, Panathinaikos announced the signing of American guard, Shelvin Mack, for the next two months. The 30-year-old guard will be a helpful solution for coach Vovoras in the guards position after the departure of Pierre Jackson (injury issues) and Keifer Sykes (contract expired).

Mack, who last played for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League and the FIBA Champions League, has also played for Armani Milan and the Euroleague until the two sides parted ways on January 16, 2020 to join Hapoel.

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Real Madrid, Fenerbahce extend winning streaks – EuroLeague Round 7 roundup https://www.talkbasket.net/109873-real-madrid-fenerbahce-extend-winning-streaks-euroleague-round-7-roundup https://www.talkbasket.net/109873-real-madrid-fenerbahce-extend-winning-streaks-euroleague-round-7-roundup#respond Sat, 07 Nov 2020 01:53:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109873 Real Madrid and Fenerbahce claimed big victories in Round 7 and extending their winning streaks in the EuroLeague. The “Whites” came back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter (66-55) and defeated Zalgiris Kaunas on the road (90-93). Walter Tavares posted a monster double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Facundo Campazzo added […]

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Real Madrid, Fenerbahce extend winning streaks – EuroLeague Round 7 roundup

Real Madrid and Fenerbahce claimed big victories in Round 7 and extending their winning streaks in the EuroLeague.

The “Whites” came back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter (66-55) and defeated Zalgiris Kaunas on the road (90-93).

Walter Tavares posted a monster double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Facundo Campazzo added 19 points and 10 assists. Five players scored in double figures for the Lithuanians, with Thomas Walkup having a team-high 18 points.

Real earned its second straight victory and now is at 3-4, whereas Zalgiris dropped to 4-3.

In Istanbul, Fenerbahce claimed its second straight win after rallying past Khimki (83-71). The Turks led from start to finish and claimed the victory, despite the Russians’ multiple attempts to turn things around.

DyShawn Pierre and Jarell Eddie led the winners with 16 points apiece. Jordan Mickey had a game-high 19 points for the losing squad.

Fenerbahce improved to 4-3, whereas Khimki dropped to 1-6.

In a hard-fought battle at La Fonteta, Valencia edged Armani Milano (86-81) and remained close to the top of the standings.

The Spaniards led by nine early in the second quarter (32-23), but the Italians tied the game late in the fourth quarter (76-76). The hosts, though, closed the game on a 10-5 run and sealed the deal.

Sam Van Rossom led the winners with 21 points, whereas Shavon Shield had 17 points for the losing squad.

Valencia now has a 4-2 record, whereas Armani dropped to 3-2.

In Athens, CSKA Moscow endured the comeback of Panathinaikos and defeated the “Greens” 83-89, while Bayern Munich conceded just 59 points and dominated Crvena Zvezda at home (74-59).

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Bayern saves home court by conceding just 59 points against Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109852-bayern-saved-home-court-by-allowing-crvena-zvezda-to-score-only-59-points https://www.talkbasket.net/109852-bayern-saved-home-court-by-allowing-crvena-zvezda-to-score-only-59-points#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:45:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109852 FC Bayern Munich, with a strong defense, limited Crvena Zvezda and won by 15 points (74-59) in the Audi Dome on Friday. This was the fifth victory for the German squad after seven rounds in the EuroLeague, while the guests, with one game less, have two wins and four defeats. Andrea Trinchieri did his homework […]

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Bayern saves home court by conceding just 59 points against Crvena Zvezda

FC Bayern Munich, with a strong defense, limited Crvena Zvezda and won by 15 points (74-59) in the Audi Dome on Friday.

This was the fifth victory for the German squad after seven rounds in the EuroLeague, while the guests, with one game less, have two wins and four defeats.

Andrea Trinchieri did his homework perfectly. He prepared the squad defensively and the result was to limit Crvena Zvezda to just 39.4% for two and 28.6% for three points. Also, Bayern‘s defense did a great job with Jordan Loyd, letting him score nine points (1/5 for two, 1/9 for three).

Bayern wasn’t shining at all, but the team used Zvezda‘s weaknesses, especially in the fourth quarter, when they left their opponent scoreless in the final four minutes. That way, the German team secured the victory.

The best PIR (17) for Bayern belonged to Vladimir Lučić. The Serbian small/power forward scored 12 points, while his teammates Nick Weiler-Babb and Wade Baldwin IV added 15 each.

Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Walden were the only players in Crvena Zvezda with more than 10 points. The former had 17, while Walden scored 12.

Game recap

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Will Clyburn hands CSKA Moscow the win over Panathinaikos in Athens https://www.talkbasket.net/109828-will-clyburn-hands-cska-moscow-the-win-over-panathinaikos-in-athens https://www.talkbasket.net/109828-will-clyburn-hands-cska-moscow-the-win-over-panathinaikos-in-athens#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 21:37:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109828 With Will Clyburn reaching 1500 points in Euroleague, CSKA Moscow left Athens with the win over Panathinaikos, 83-89, on Friday night (6/11). Panathinaikos wanted that game and fought for it but that was not enough to steal the win from CSKA who had a great offensive night, especially from the three-point line, in Mike James’ […]

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Will Clyburn hands CSKA Moscow the win over  Panathinaikos in Athens

With Will Clyburn reaching 1500 points in Euroleague, CSKA Moscow left Athens with the win over Panathinaikos, 83-89, on Friday night (6/11). Panathinaikos wanted that game and fought for it but that was not enough to steal the win from CSKA who had a great offensive night, especially from the three-point line, in Mike James’ return at OAKA.

Nemanja Nedovic was the top scorer for the hosts with 19 points with Ioannis Papapetrou adding 13. For CSKA, Will Clyburn was the top scorer with 15 points with Darrun Hilliard adding 14.

The Match

CSKA started the first quarter pretty strong with a three-point shot from Hilliard and two free throws from Shengelia (0-5) to show Panathinaikos they travelled to Athens having nothing but the win in mind. Panathinaikos’ zone defense in the first minutes didn’t seem to put much pressure to the Russians, with Shengelia doing the job for CSKA. Coach Itoudis saw his players getting a double-digit lead (3-15) with Darrun Hilliard firing for three. Panathinaikos was really struggling in the offensive end, but some big shots from White and Bochoridis, got the “Greens” back on the game to end the first quarter with both teams tied (24-24).

In the second quarter, CSKA retained their lead with a big shot from Strelnieks from deep and an impressive cooperation between Mike James and Johannes Voigtmann (26-33), forcing Panathinaikos to a time-out. Mike James kept firing from all over the court against his former club, putting extra pressure on the “Green” side (26-36). The Russians managed to keep their league until the end of the quarter and head to the locker rooms leading by nine points, (42-51).

Photo: Panathinaikos BC

Panathinaikos came back from the locker rooms determined to fight for the game and steal the win from CSKA. The “Greens” managed to make it a single point game (52-53) despite the fact that the team was trailing by nine in the end of the first half. CSKA played good defense, fought for every ball and every rebound and retained a short six-point lead (52-58) and ended the third quarter in the leading position, 58-65.

In the fourth and final quarter, CSKA played great defense against Panathinaikos, dominated the offensive rebounds and opened up a confident 13-point lead. Panathinaikos was struggling defensively giving the Russians the chance to score on the other end of the court and secure the road win, 83-89.

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Aaron Harrison out for at least three weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/109811-aaron-harrison-out-for-at-least-three-weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/109811-aaron-harrison-out-for-at-least-three-weeks#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:36:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109811 Olympiacos got the win last night (5/11) against Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia but lost one of their players, Aaron Harrison, due to an injury in the second quarter. Harrison suffered a medial collateral distension on his right knee and he will be out for at least three weeks. That means the American guard will […]

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Aaron Harrison out for at least three weeks

Olympiacos got the win last night (5/11) against Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia but lost one of their players, Aaron Harrison, due to an injury in the second quarter. Harrison suffered a medial collateral distension on his right knee and he will be out for at least three weeks.

That means the American guard will definitely be missing the upcoming Euroleague games against Alba Berlin (12/11), Barcelona (18/11) and LDLC ASVEL (20/11).

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Bryant Dunston out for a month with an eye injury https://www.talkbasket.net/109798-bryant-dunston-out-for-a-month-with-an-eye-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/109798-bryant-dunston-out-for-a-month-with-an-eye-injury#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 03:43:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109798 Bryant Dunston will be out action for one month due to an eye injury, as revealed by the head coach of Anadolu Efes Ergin Ataman. The big man of Efes got injured last week, but it seems his injury is serious and is expected to return to action in early December. Even without Dunston, Efes […]

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Bryant Dunston out for a month with an eye injury

Bryant Dunston will be out action for one month due to an eye injury, as revealed by the head coach of Anadolu Efes Ergin Ataman.

The big man of Efes got injured last week, but it seems his injury is serious and is expected to return to action in early December.

Even without Dunston, Efes earned its second straight victory in the EuroLeague.

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Anadolu Efes, Barcelona extend EuroLeague winning streaks https://www.talkbasket.net/109788-anadolu-efes-barcelona-extend-euroleague-winning-streaks https://www.talkbasket.net/109788-anadolu-efes-barcelona-extend-euroleague-winning-streaks#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 00:44:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109788 Anadolu Efes and Barcelona earned big victories on Thursday night and extended their winning streaks in the EuroLeague. The Turks survived Maccabi Tel-Aviv at home (91-89), thanks to Rodrigue Beaubois’ stellar performance. The French guard finished the game with 23 points, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and a personal-best PIR of 36. Beaubois made […]

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Anadolu Efes, Barcelona extend EuroLeague winning streaks

Anadolu Efes and Barcelona earned big victories on Thursday night and extended their winning streaks in the EuroLeague.

The Turks survived Maccabi Tel-Aviv at home (91-89), thanks to Rodrigue Beaubois’ stellar performance. The French guard finished the game with 23 points, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and a personal-best PIR of 36.

Beaubois made the layup to give his team the lead (91-89) and then blocked Scottie Wilbekin’s game-winning three-pointer, sealing the deal for the hosts.

Anadolu Efes won its second straight game and improved to 3-3. On the other hand, Maccabi, which saw Elijah Bryant have a team-high 22 points, dropped to 2-5.

In Berlin, Barcelona decimated ALBA (67-103) and extended its winning streak to five games.

The Catalans took over from the first quarter, led by 20 at halftime (36-56) and cruised to an easy road victory.

Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Nikola Mirotic leading the way with 18 points. Nick Calathes scored just two points for the “Blaugrana”, but dished 12 assists in just 18 minutes of action.

Simone Fontecchio had 17 points for ALBA, which dropped to 1-4. On the other hand, Barcelona remained on top of the standings with a 6-1 record.

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ASVEL grabs first win in thriller ending against Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/109785-asvel-grabbed-the-first-win-in-the-thriller-ending-against-baskona https://www.talkbasket.net/109785-asvel-grabbed-the-first-win-in-the-thriller-ending-against-baskona#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 00:08:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109785 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne grabbed its first win of the EuroLeague season by beating Baskonia 86-88 in a thriller ending. This was the first win of a French team in Vitoria-Gasteiz after 35 years. Also, this was the first victory of ASVEL in this EuroLeague season. ASVEL had a better opening at the Buesa Arena on […]

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ASVEL grabs first win in thriller ending against Baskonia

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne grabbed its first win of the EuroLeague season by beating Baskonia 86-88 in a thriller ending.

This was the first win of a French team in Vitoria-Gasteiz after 35 years. Also, this was the first victory of ASVEL in this EuroLeague season.

ASVEL had a better opening at the Buesa Arena on Thursday and won the first quarter. But, the home team never gave up, and after 20 minutes the two teams were tied at 43. No one was leading and the winner was decided in the last 12 seconds of the match. Charles Kahudi from ASVEL made both free throws for a score of 85-88.

The home team had 12 seconds on the clock to continue to fight in OT, but Luca Vildoza didn’t score under fault and was only able to set the final result (86-88).

Moustapha Fall, with 19 points and five rebounds (PIR of 28), was the MVP of the match. His teammates Antoine Diot and Charles Kahudi followed with 15 points each. Antoine Diot also had five boards and seven assists (PIR of 23), while Kahudi grabbed six boards. Norris Cole finished the game with 10 points.

For Baskonia, Tonye Jekiri scored 21 (seven rebounds, PIR of 31), Pierria Henry 20 (six assists, PIR of 31), Luca Vildoza 13, and Zoran Dragić 12.

Game recap

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Olympiacos sweeps Zenit St. Petersburg to return to winning ways https://www.talkbasket.net/109753-olympiacos-sweeps-zenit-st-petersburg-to-return-to-winning-ways https://www.talkbasket.net/109753-olympiacos-sweeps-zenit-st-petersburg-to-return-to-winning-ways#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2020 18:59:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109753 With their defense putting a lot of pressure to Zenit, Olympiacos got a much-needed win in Russia, 66-75, after two consecutive losses to Anadolu Efes and Bayern Munich. Zenit St. Petersburg returned back on the game in the fourth quarter, stunning Olympiacos and getting some extra boost from their fans. Coach Bartzokas saw his players […]

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Olympiacos sweeps Zenit St. Petersburg to return to winning ways

With their defense putting a lot of pressure to Zenit, Olympiacos got a much-needed win in Russia, 66-75, after two consecutive losses to Anadolu Efes and Bayern Munich. Zenit St. Petersburg returned back on the game in the fourth quarter, stunning Olympiacos and getting some extra boost from their fans. Coach Bartzokas saw his players following their initial game plan, playing tough defense, fighting for every rebound and every possession, scoring some tough baskets and getting the win.

Hassan Martin was the top scorer for Olympiacos with 16 points and 7/7 2-point FG, with Shaquielle McKissic adding 10 points and Sasha Vezenkov nine. For Zenit, Billy Baron scored 13 points, with Austin Hollins adding another 12.

The Match

Olympiacos had a pretty strong start in the first quarter, playing tough defense, passing the ball and fighting for every possession. For Zenit, Austin Hollins was the main offensive weapon, starting the game with 3/3 three-pointers. With two free throws from Jean Charles, Olympiacos managed to get an early five-point lead (9-14) with five minutes remaining for the end of the first quarter. With Austin Hollins firing for three and Zenit playing great defense, the Russian club got the lead for the first time in the game (20-19) to end the first quarter.

Despite the fact that both coaches refreshed their starting lineup in the second quarter, none of the teams could find their way to the opponent’s basket. Gudaitis and Ellis scored two points each for their teams to make score in the second quarter (22-21). With their captain Vassilis Spanoulis on the court leading the team, Olympiacos managed to tie the game (25-25) and retain the lead with Vezenkov and five minutes remaining until the end of the first half in Russia. Two free throws from Shaquielle McKissic and an offensive foul from Gudaitis gave Olympiacos the chance to extend their lead (25-31) and bring some trouble to the Russian side. With a three-point play from Vassilis Spanoulis (27-35), Olympiacos forced Zenit to a time-out with coach Pascual seeing his players not functioning properly against a great defensive team. With a 5-20 score from the Greeks, both teams headed to the locker rooms with Olympiacos leading by 14 points (27-41).

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At the beginning of the third quarter, both teams returned on the court scoring for three with Kevin Pangos for Zenit and Kostas Papanikolaou for Olympiacos (30-44). Zenit showed from the very first minutes that they will definitely fight for the game putting some extra pressure on Olympiacos by playing strong defense. The game became more physical, with both teams fighting for every rebound and every possession and Zenit bringing the game to a single digit difference for Olympiacos (36-44). Livio Jean-Charles and Hassan Martin were the players who managed to create score again for Olympiacos and give back the double-digit advantage to the Greeks (36-49). The Russians tried to come back on the game, but, with their confidence up high, Olympiacos ended the third quarter in front by 15, 43-58.

In the fourth and final quarter, Zenit fought back and made the game a single-digit game (53-60), putting pressure on the guests that seemed to be into much confusion. The home side brought the difference to a three-point lead for Olympiacos (60-63) with the game on the line and four minutes remaining. Sasha Vezenkov, with a big three-pointer, extended the lead for Olympiacos (60-66), forcing Zenit and coach Pascual to a time-out with three minutes remaining. A massive dunk from McKissic gave Olympiacos a safe eight-point lead (60-68). Zenit never managed to return back on the game and Olympiacos finished the quarter and got the win, 66-75.

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Anadolu Efes announced positive COVID-19 case; Larkin and Dunston out against Maccabi https://www.talkbasket.net/109688-anadolu-efes-announced-positive-covid-19-case-larkin-and-dunston-out-against-maccabi https://www.talkbasket.net/109688-anadolu-efes-announced-positive-covid-19-case-larkin-and-dunston-out-against-maccabi#respond Wed, 04 Nov 2020 13:18:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109688 One day before their game against Maccabi Tel Aviv for the Round 7 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Anadolu Efes announced a positive for COVID-19 case within the team. The club did not mention the name of the player but stated that the person is well, staying in isolation. For their game against Maccabi, Efes […]

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Anadolu Efes announced positive COVID-19 case; Larkin and Dunston out against Maccabi

One day before their game against Maccabi Tel Aviv for the Round 7 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Anadolu Efes announced a positive for COVID-19 case within the team. The club did not mention the name of the player but stated that the person is well, staying in isolation.

For their game against Maccabi, Efes will be missing Bryant Dunston, Shane Larkin and Sertac Sanli, per Ismail Senol. On the contrary, the presence of Tibor Pleiss will be decided at the very last moment.

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Ettore Messina, Sergio Rodriguez suggest the EuroLeague should suspend play due to the coronavirus pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/109544-ettore-messina-sergio-rodriguez-suggest-the-euroleague-should-suspend-play-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/109544-ettore-messina-sergio-rodriguez-suggest-the-euroleague-should-suspend-play-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2020 15:43:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109544 Ettore Messina and Sergio Rodriguez believe the best solution for the EuroLeague is to suspend play due to the coronavirus pandemic. The head coach of Armani Milano and the Spanish star are concerned about the several positive coronavirus cases in many EuroLeague teams. For its part, the EuroLeague will have a teleconference with the European […]

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Ettore Messina, Sergio Rodriguez suggest the EuroLeague should suspend play due to the coronavirus pandemic

Ettore Messina and Sergio Rodriguez believe the best solution for the EuroLeague is to suspend play due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The head coach of Armani Milano and the Spanish star are concerned about the several positive coronavirus cases in many EuroLeague teams.

For its part, the EuroLeague will have a teleconference with the European domestic leagues on Thursday (November 5) to discuss the current situation.

It seems, though, the competition has no plans whatsoever to propose alternative formats.

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Marius Grigonis named Euroleague MVP of the month https://www.talkbasket.net/109539-marius-grigonis-named-euroleague-mvp-of-the-month https://www.talkbasket.net/109539-marius-grigonis-named-euroleague-mvp-of-the-month#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2020 14:32:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109539 Marius Grigonis has become a go-to leader for Zalgiris Kaunas, and at the age of 26 he has a key role in helping Zalgiris achieve their goals. in his six October games with the Lithuanian club, Grigonis averaged 15.5 games, the seventh-best record among all Euroleague scorers. Grigonis also had an impressive shooting percentage with […]

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Marius Grigonis named Euroleague MVP of the month

Marius Grigonis has become a go-to leader for Zalgiris Kaunas, and at the age of 26 he has a key role in helping Zalgiris achieve their goals.

in his six October games with the Lithuanian club, Grigonis averaged 15.5 games, the seventh-best record among all Euroleague scorers. Grigonis also had an impressive shooting percentage with 58.1% on two pointers, 44.4% on threes and 100% success behind the free throw line. This is the first Euroleague MVP of the month Grigonis is receiving in his three seasons in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

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CJ McCollum tweets about Errick McCollum’s outstanding performance against Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109378-cj-mccollum-tweets-about-errick-mccollum-outstanding-performance-against-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109378-cj-mccollum-tweets-about-errick-mccollum-outstanding-performance-against-zvezda#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 00:13:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109378 Errick McCollum had an amazing night with his team Khimki against Crvena Zvezda and his brother CJ McCollum proudly tweeted about it. Khimki grabbed a home victory against Crvena Zvezda (83-77) and the first one in the Euroleague this season, so the performance of Errick McCollum was even more appreciated. The American guard scored 23 […]

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CJ McCollum tweets about Errick McCollum’s outstanding performance against Zvezda

Errick McCollum had an amazing night with his team Khimki against Crvena Zvezda and his brother CJ McCollum proudly tweeted about it.

Khimki grabbed a home victory against Crvena Zvezda (83-77) and the first one in the Euroleague this season, so the performance of Errick McCollum was even more appreciated. The American guard scored 23 points and 22 of those were in the second half.

His sparkling night made his brother CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers‘ player, take to Twitter and post a video of one excellent move of Errick McCollum.

Portland’s guard also wrote: “Welcome back” when sharing this video.

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Errick McCollum, Khimki earned first win by beating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109370-errick-mccollum-and-khimki-scored-their-first-win-by-beating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/109370-errick-mccollum-and-khimki-scored-their-first-win-by-beating-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 23:46:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109370 Khimki managed to score their first win in the EuroLeague this season by outlasting Crvena Zvezda (83-77) in Moscow. Six rounds needed to pass for Khimki to grab the first victory and all thanks to Errick McCollum. The American guard was in charge in the fourth quarter when the match could get either way. It […]

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Errick McCollum, Khimki earned first win by beating Crvena Zvezda

Khimki managed to score their first win in the EuroLeague this season by outlasting Crvena Zvezda (83-77) in Moscow.

Six rounds needed to pass for Khimki to grab the first victory and all thanks to Errick McCollum. The American guard was in charge in the fourth quarter when the match could get either way.

It was a tough game, because both teams didn’t allow each other to score easily. Khimki was struggling with Zvezda‘s defense during the third quarter, while Crvena Zvezda had problems in the last quarter against the home team’s defense.

Errick McCollum shined in his debut for Khimki, but he wasn’t the only newcomer. Johnny O’Bryant of Crvena Zvezda was also impressive, but his solid performance was outshined by McCollum.

The MVP of the match was Errick McCollum with 23 points a PIR of 25, but two players in Khimki had a double-double performance. Alexey Shved didn’t start as himself but in the end, grabbed 15 points and 12 assists (PIR of 24). Besides him, Jordan Mickey added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Jordan Loyd was again the leader of the away team. He scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards, while the debutant Johnny O’Bryant added 14 points. Torrian Walden finished the match with 11.

Game recap

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Barcelona makes an epic comeback to claim victory over Baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/109366-barcelona-makes-an-epic-comeback-to-claim-victory-over-baskonia https://www.talkbasket.net/109366-barcelona-makes-an-epic-comeback-to-claim-victory-over-baskonia#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 22:48:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109366 Baskonia was four minutes away from an impressive win in Buesa Arena, after Tonye Jekiri put them ahead by 10 (71-61). However, Barcelona made an incredible run in the last three minutes of the regulation to claim an important 71-72 win over their ACB rivals. Kyle Kuric made two big threes during Barcelona’s 10-0 run […]

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Barcelona makes an epic comeback to claim victory over Baskonia

Baskonia was four minutes away from an impressive win in Buesa Arena, after Tonye Jekiri put them ahead by 10 (71-61). However, Barcelona made an incredible run in the last three minutes of the regulation to claim an important 71-72 win over their ACB rivals.

Kyle Kuric made two big threes during Barcelona’s 10-0 run in the last three minutes of the game with Alex Abrines pushing his team to the win with a two-pointer 52 second before the end of the regulation.

However, the hero of the moment was Nikola Mirotic, who made the winning block on Alec Peters at the end of the game, while he had a game-high 18 points.

For Jasikevicius’ team, Brandon Davies and Alex Abrines was also in double-digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively. On the other hand, the Basques missed a huge chance to win, after their going cold in the 3:30 of the game.

For the visitors, Zoran Dragic scored a team-high 15 points, while Achille Polonara added 14 along with six rebounds. Barcelona improved to 5-1, while Baskonia suffered the second defeat in the competition dropping to 2-2 record.

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