2017-18Regular SeasonRound 9
November 23, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
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Records

4-4 Regular Season 2-6
4-4 Overall 2-6

Officials

Crew Chief
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain
Umpire 1
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Umpire 2
HALLIKO, AARE, Estonia

The Take

Two teams looking to recapture their momentum meet on Thursday in the basketball hotbed of Lithuania when Zalgiris Kaunas and Anadolu Efes Istanbul clash. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Efes stretch-four Brock Motum, who played the past two seasons for Zalgiris and made his EuroLeague debut with the club. Both teams saw two-game winning streaks snapped in Round 8; Zalgiris was routed at home by Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz and Efes was edged by Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens. Both teams rely on depth and versatility more than one or two signature stars. Zalgiris is second in the league in three-point shooting (42.1%) behind the efforts of point guards Kevin Pangos (12.1 ppg.) and Vasilije Micic (5.5 apg.) and forward Arturas Milaknis. Efes has been less successful from long range, but when they heat up, guards Errick McCollum (15.4 ppg.), Ricky Ledo (11.0 ppg.) and Krunoslav Simon (9.9 ppg.) plus Motum are lethal from outside. Efes ranks second in the league in rebounding with 37.1 per game thanks to Vladimir Stimac (14.6 ppg., 7.0 rpg.) and Bryant Dunston (6.1 rpg.), but they must be ready for Paulius Jankunas (12.3 ppg.), Aaron White and Brandon Davies in the paint. Unsung heroes like swingman Edgaras Ulanovas for the home team and guard Josh Adams from the visitors can also emerge as difference makers. Interestingly, the winning team has won the last four times these teams have met.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Euroleague.net
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 26
1 BOST, DEE G 1.88 28
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.88 24
6 TOUPANE, AXEL F 2.01 25
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 33
19 SAJUS, MARTYNAS C 2.08 21
20 MASIULIS, GYTIS F 2.06 19
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 31
22 MICIC, VASILIJE G 1.95 23
24 ARLAUSKAS, MARTYNAS G 1.99 17
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 25
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 33
66 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS G 1.91 21
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.98 25
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 LEDO, RICKY G 1.97 25
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK G 1.88 29
4 BALBAY, DOGUS G 1.85 28
5 BROWN, DERRICK F 2.03 30
6 SAYBIR, YIGITCAN F 1.98 18
8 BATUK, BIRKAN F 1.96 27
10 BITIM, ONURALP G 1.96 18
11 DEMIR, BERK F 2.04 22
12 MOTUM, BROCK F 2.08 27
14 ADAMS, JOSH G 1.88 24
15 STIMAC, VLADIMIR C 2.10 30
22 MUSTAFA, MUHAYMIN G 1.96 18
24 MURIC, EDO F 2.02 25
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN F 1.96 28
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 31
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV F 1.97 32

Player Stats

Jankunas, P. / 12.3 Pangos, K. / 12.1 White, A. / 8.6
McCollum, E. / 15.4 Stimac, V. / 14.6 Ledo, R. / 11.0
Jankunas, P. / 4.8
Stimac, V. / 7.0 Dunston, B. / 6.1 Ledo, R. / 5.8
Micic, V. / 5.5 Pangos, K. / 4.8
Simon, K. / 3.1
Davies, B. / 1.1 Micic, V. / 1.0
Balbay, D. / 1.0
Ulanovas, E. / 0.5
Dunston, B. / 1.4
2PT
White, A. / 62.2 % Micic, V. / 60.0 % Davies, B. / 60.0 %
Dunston, B. / 66.7 % Stimac, V. / 66.2 % Motum, B. / 57.1 %
3PT
Pangos, K. / 50.0 % Milaknis, A. / 34.4 % Micic, V. / 22.2 %
McCollum, E. / 41.2 % Motum, B. / 41.2 % Simon, K. / 37.5 %
FT
Jankunas, P. / 86.1 %
McCollum, E. / 80.6 % Dunston, B. / 73.3 % Stimac, V. / 63.3 %
PIR
Jankunas, P. / 15.1 Pangos, K. / 11.3 Micic, V. / 10.5
Stimac, V. / 20.1 Dunston, B. / 16.1 McCollum, E. / 12.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
81.1 Points 78.9
32.3 Rebounds 37.1
8.6 O. Rebounds 13.4
23.6 D. Rebounds 23.8
19.1 Assists 14.1
5.6 Steals 5.3
1.6 Blocks 2.6
55.4 % 2PT 50.0 %
42.1 % 3PT 32.7 %
76.3 % FT 74.3 %
88.3 PIR 81.1

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.4 Points 82.9
32.3 Rebounds 32.1
11.6 O. Rebounds 8.3
20.6 D. Rebounds 23.9
19.0 Assists 17.6
6.8 Steals 7.0
3.3 Blocks 4.0
51.2 % 2PT 56.8 %
36.6 % 3PT 36.5 %
76.9 % FT 80.5 %
92.3 PIR 95.6

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Anadolu Efes is another team full of talent. Their game is driven by the guard lineup and is supported by solid big men. Adams, McCollum, Simon, Ledo are controlling the game and Brock Motum with Vladimir Stimac and Bryant Dunston are perfect in their roles. They are also very good in offensive rebounding. Anadolu Efes has really balanced squad. We are not looking at their record. It is always tough to get a win in this EuroLeague."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Zalgiris Kaunas is an excellent team. They are having a great EuroeLague season. They are more dangerous at their own court with their supporters. We need to play a great game in both parts of the court to have the possibility to win the game."

Players

VALINSKAS, PAULIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Anadolu Efes had two big wins recently and both of them were on the road. I think they are finding their rhythm and have very good roster, which is starting to click. They are very dangerous. We need to stop their guards who are creating for all the team. Erick McCollum is in really great shape, so I’ll have a lot of work on my hands on Thursday."
ADAMS, JOSH
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Obviously it will be a tough game. Also all our Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games are tough, especially on the road. They have good guards and athletic bigs like Aaron White and Brandon Davies. We have been playing better in EuroLeague and are looking to get our third win on the road. May the force be with us."

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

· There have been 10 meetings between these sides over the last five seasons. Zalgiris holds a 6-4 edge, but the last four games have all been won by the away team.

· Last season,  Kevin Pangos hit 5 triples in a 71-84 victory for Zalgiris in December, but three months later 25 points from Jayson Granger - now with Baskonia - gave Efes revenge with a 78-86 road win.

· Efes forward Brock Motum played at Zalgiris the last two seasons. He played under head coach Sarunas Jasikevicus and was a teammate of much of the current Zalgiris team.

· Efes center Vladimir Stimac played for Zalgiris Kanuas during the 2006-07 season; he was a teammate with long-time Zalgiris players Arturas Milaknis and Paulius Jankunas.

· Stimac and Zalgiris guard Vasilije Micic were teammates at FC Bayern Munich during the 2014-15 season and again at Zvezda in the second part of the 2015-16 season. They also teamed up on the Serbian national team last summer with which they won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2017.

· Efes swingman Krunoslav Simon accumulated a career high index rating of 35 playing for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar against Zalgiris in January of 2014.

Monday, November 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Axel Toupane will be a game-time decision due to a muscle strain.
Paulius Jankunas has not missed a game for Zalgiris since March 2014. That is a streak of 89 straight EuroLeague appearances.
Edgaras Ulanovas has not missed a game for Zalgiris since he joined the club in the summer of 2014. That is a streak of 86 straight EuroLeague appearances.
Streaks
Kevin Pangos has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Vasilije Micic is ranked fifth in the EuroLeague with 5.5 assists per game.
Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is ranked second on the EuroLeague all-time charts with 454 offensive boards.
Jankunas is third on the all-time rebounding charts with 1,549 rebounds.
Jankunas is ranked sixth on the all-time scoring list with 2,563 points.
Jankunas is in sixth place on the all-time list with 270 EuroLeague appearances.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster
Derrick Brown has not yet played this season.
Justin Doellman was unregistered from EuroLeague action.
Efes has added Zoran Dragic this week to the team.
Berk Demir is poised to make his EuroLeague debut.
Streaks
Vladimir Stimac has scored in double figures in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Krunoslav Simon has hit at least 1 three-point shot in each of his last six games.
Krunoslav Simon has made 11 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Brock Motum has made 11 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Rankings
Vladimir Stimac is ranked third among qualified EuroLeague players this season in average performance index rating with 20.1 per game.
Stimac is ranked third among qualified EuroLeague players this season in rebounds with 7.0 per game.
Stimac is tied for third among qualified EuroLeague players this season in offensive rebounds with 3.0 per game.
Stimac is ranked fourth among qualified EuroLeague players this season in true shooting percentage at 64.6%.
Bryant Dunston is tied for second among EuroLeague players this season in blocks with 1.4 per game.
Records/Milestones
Derrick Brown is 16 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point milestone for his EuroLeague career.
Bryant Dunston is ranked eighth on the EuroLeague career lists for blocked shots with 147. Alex Tyus of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv is seventh with 154, and counting.

Monday, November 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
6 - 4
Zalgiris Kaunas Anadolu Efes Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 3-2
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 3-2
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 2-3
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 2-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 21 March 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 68 - 76 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2016-17 20 December 2016 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71 - 84 Zalgiris Kaunas
2014-15 04 December 2014 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 57 - 66 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2014-15 30 October 2014 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 62 - 65 Zalgiris Kaunas
2013-14 12 December 2013 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 65 - 63 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2013-14 07 November 2013 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 72 - 61 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 21 March 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 79 - 71 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 25 January 2013 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 56 - 52 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 14 December 2012 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 71 - 53 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 09 November 2012 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 64 - 77 Zalgiris Kaunas