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Weekly European Basketball Update - 11/21/11


Good hair helps with playing for Spurs, yes? Or perhaps I sparkle?

It's that time again. Time to remember that basketball still goes on without the NBA. Come on in for your weekly Euro-ball update.


Group A

Fenerbahce Ulker 85, Bennet Cantu 83

Ulker has now won 3 in a row after dropping its first two matches, but this one didn't happen because of the contributions of Spurs products Curtis Jerrells(1 point, 1 rebound, 1 steal) and James Gist(3 points, 2 rebounds). Thabo Sefolosha did most of the damage in this one, but hopefully our guys will play better this week.

Caja Laboral 84, Bizkaia Bilbao 89

One of Tiago Splitter's former Caja Laboral teammates, Mirza Teletovic, has been an unstoppable scoring machine over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the current team can't buy a rebound, and it did them in.

Olympiacos 91, SLUC Nancy 78

Finally, an impressive win for the traditional Greek powerhouse. Vasillis Spanoulis' 26 points, 6 assists, 2 boards and a steal almost made me not notice the 9(!) turnovers. Almost.

Group B

CSKA Moscow 77, Unicaja 66

Curious stat for this game(and part of the reason why he won weekly MVP honors): Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points on 3 shots. Not kidding. CSKA continues to roll, and look like one of the early favorites.

KK Zagreb 80, Zalgiris Kaunas 78

There are no words for this. Zalgiris lost to one of the worst teams to ever qualify for Euroleague. Spurs draft pick Robertas Javtokas had 7 boards and 6 points, which made him about 10 times more effective than teammates Sonny Weems and Ty Lawson.

Brose Baskets 79, Panathinaikos 76

Here we have our upset of the week. Defending champs Pana, knocked off by a team from Germany, which isn't exactly known for its great basketball teams. Former Spur Romain Sato filled up the stat sheet for Pana with 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists.

Group C

Maccabi Electra 69, Belgacom Spirou 59

Maccabi is a perrenial EL favorite, and Belgacom had to win a play-in tournament just to qualify for the league. Nothing to see here, move along.

Real Madrid 104, Anadolu Efes 84

Real Madrid is starting to look like Real Madrid. Barca may have some competition back in Spain this year after all.

EA7 Emporio Armani 65, Partizan mt:s Belgrade 69

This was a bad, bad loss for Armani. They controlled the game and built a big lead during the second and third quarters, then got outscored 30-9 in the 4th. At home. Former Spur Malik Hairston scored 12 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Ioannis Bourousis scored 10 points to go with 4 boards. When a guard(Hairston) is your leading rebounder, that's not a good thing, and rebounding was the difference in this one, especially down the stretch.

Group D

Unics Kazan 81, Union Olimpija 51

Yikes. Danny Green and Davis Bertans were on the receiving end of this week's biggest beatdown, at the hands of a team who should not be delivering beatdowns. Green finished with 8 points, 4 boards and 3 assists, but 4 turnovers. I was following the game online, and he didn't make a single shot in the second half. Bertans grabbed 4 boards to go with 3 points, but commited 3 fouls in 12 minutes. Maybe he just needs to get used to Euroleague play.

Galatasaray 66, Regal Barcelona 70

This was easily the closest game Barca has played so far in EL. Spurs prospect Erazem Lorbek, in what has become a routine, led the scoring effort for Barca with 14. And in true Spurs fashion, he missed his only 2 free throws.

Montepaschi Siena 84, Asseco Prokom 73

Siena continues to look good, but we'll have to see if they can get better results than they did last year after a hot start.



Group A Wins Losses Point Differential
Caja Laboral 3 2 +7
Bennet Cantu 3 2 +7
Fenerbahce Ulker 3 2 -1
Olympiacos 2 3 +2
Bizkaia Bilbao 2 3 -6
SLUC Nancy 2 3 -9
Group B Wins Losses Point Differential
CSKA Moscow 5 0 +88
Panathinaikos 3 2 +52
Unicaja Malaga 3 2 -10
Brose Baskets 2 3 +2
Zalgiris Kaunas 1 4 -28
KK Zagreb 1 4 -104
Group C Wins Losses Point Differential
Maccabi Electra 4 1 +20
Real Madrid 3 2 +44
Partizan mt:s Belgrade 3 2 0
EA7 Emporio Armani 2 3 -7
Anadolu Efes 2 3 -9
Belgacom Spirou 1 4 -48
Group D Wins Losses Point Differential
Regal Barcelona 5 0 +98
Montepaschi Siena 4 1 +50
Unics Kazan 3 2 +2
Galatasaray 2 3 -21
Union Olimpija 1 4 -75
Asseco Prokom 0 5 -54
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Upcoming Schedule

All times Spurs time



Teams with Spurs players in italics

Wednesday 11/23/11

10:15AM - Zalgiris Kaunas @ CSKA Moscow (read: massacre)

11:00AM - Bizkaia Bilbao @ Olympiacos

12:00PM - Patizan mt:s @ Anadolu Efes

1:45PM - Unics Kazan @ Montepaschi Siena

Thursday 11/24/11 (Thanksgiving)

12:00PM - Belgacom Spirou @ Real Madrid

12:00PM - Asseco Prokom @ Galatasaray

1:00 PM - EA7 Emporio Armani @ Maccabi Electra

1:45PM - Bennet Cantu @ SLUC Nancy

1:45PM - Fenerbahce Ulker @ Caja Laboral

1:45PM - Panathinaikos @ Unicaja Malaga

1:45PM - Union Olimpija @ Regal Barcelona (another massacre)

2:00PM - Brose Baskets @ KK Zagreb


The next competition level below Euroleague got underway last week. Let's get to the results.


ASVEL Basket 87, Power Electronics Valencia 78

Tony Parker was a monster in this game, scoring 34 points on 11-19 shooting to go with 5 boards, 5 assists and a steal. His performance led Eurocup to name him the week 1 MVP. Nando De Colo, on the other hand, struggled a bit, with 7 points on 3-9 shooting, 3 boards and an assist. Tiago Splitter had not yet joined Valencia when this game was played, but will play the rematch in Spain a few weeks from now, so that should be fun.

Cholet basket 63, Khimki Moscow 75

Chris Quinn's Moscow squad took care of business on the road, led by Nuggets big man Timofey Mozgov. Quinn logged 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 23 minutes.


Europe's second-tier basketball league plays all their games on Tuesday, but we're only going to focus on 3 of the 32 teams, due to the Spurs players taking part.

All times Spurs time

ASVEL Basket @ Lukoil Academic - Tuesday 10AM

Telenet Oostende @ Power Electronics Valencia - Tuesday 1:30PM

VEF Riga @ Khimki Moscow - Tuesday 9AM

- Just an additional note on that last game: VEF Riga has signed Da'Sean Butler to a temporary contract, but he will not be with the team in time for this game. Too bad.

TV Schedule


ACB (Spain)

I'm going to add a section for the ACB, because (1) it's the best domestic league in Europe, and (2) three of the teams include Spurs players or draft picks. Just like with Eurocup, we're going to zero in on those teams.


Regal Barcelona 77, Blancos de Rueda Valladolid 67

On a team full of good players that dominates almost everyone they play, Spurs PF prospect Erazem Lorbek stands out as Barca's best player so far this season. He kept that trend going in this week's domestic matchup, with 17 points on 6-10 shooting to go with 5 boards and 2 assists. I somewhat expect the Spurs to bring him into the fold next summer, provided the lockout is over by then.

Assignia Manresa 74, CAI Zaragosa 81

After a hot start to the season, Manresa has fallen back down to .500. Spurs draft pick Adam Hanga shot poorly(1-5), but finished with 4 points, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 rebounds. I like that he can find other ways to contribute when his shot isn't falling, but it wasn't enough to help his team get the W.

PE Valencia 86, UCAM Murcia 83

Spurs center Tiago Splitter logged a double-double in his first game with his new club, with 12 points and 10 boards to lead Valencia to the win. Nando De Colo also had a quality performace with 13 points and 5 assists.



Assignia Manresa @ PE Valencia - Saturday 12:30PM

Splitter and De Colo vs. Hanga - this sounds like a game to watch, and it's even on at a reasonable hour! Check ACBTV at game time, but I may have some other links on Saturday if it's not there.

Regal Barcelona @ Blusens Santiago de Compostela - Sunday 5:30AM

Yeah, this one's too early for me(3:30AM here on the west coast). It's also not likely to be much of a game, given that Blusens is currently tied for last place and en route to relegation.


Still waiting for Manu to decide where he wants to play...