2012-13Top 16Round 6
January 31, 2013 CET: 20:45

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.7 Points 80.4
36.6 Rebounds 32.3
12.7 O. Rebounds 8.1
23.9 D. Rebounds 24.2
15.6 Assists 17.3
7.0 Steals 6.7
3.6 Blocks 3.8
12.1 Turnovers 14.1
53.3 % 2PT 56.9 %
32.6 % 3PT 41.3 %
74.2 % FT 74.9 %
89.0 Index 93.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / Fernandez Points 15.2 / Weems
5.0 / Reyes Rebounds 7.0 / Khryapa
2.1 / Slaughter OR 1.5 / Kaun
3.2 / Mirotic DR 6.1 / Khryapa
3.7 / Llull Assists 5.1 / Teodosic
1.2 / Draper Steals 1.7 / Khryapa
1.1 / Slaughter Blocks 1.1 / Khryapa
1.9 / Rodriguez Turnovers 2.8 / Teodosic
60.7 % / Slaughter 2PT 67.9 % / Kaun
40.0 % / Reyes 3PT 100.0 % / Krstic
100.0 % / Pocius FT 92.9 % / Khryapa
14.1 / Fernandez Index 18.0 / Krstic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-0 Top 16 4-1
7-3 Regular Season 9-1
12-3 Overall 13-2


Crew Chief

The Take

In a highly-anticipated Game of the Week for first place in Top 16 Group E, Real Madrid hosts CSKA Moscow in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid is undefeated after five Top 16 games, with CSKA right behind at 4-1. This will be both clubs' 36th matchup in European competitions. Madrid and CSKA faced each other in the 1963, 1965 and 1969 Euroleague finals. They have not faced each other since the 2008-09 season. The game is CSKA coach Ettore Messina’s first time back to coach against Real Madrid since leaving the team in 2011.

Madrid needs to stop CSKA's frontcourt in order to improve its chances to win the game. Viktor Khryapa has been unstoppable at both ends with his defensive stops, three-pointers and all-around game. Nenad Krstic leads the Russian champs in the paint and Sasha Kaun in question with an injury, Dmitry Sokolov could be called upon for defense off the bench. In one of the most exciting matchups in this game, Khryapa faces Nikola Mirotic at power forward. Mirotic must use his size, ball handling, high basketball IQ and unlimited range against a former Euroleague Best Defender Award winner at the prime of his career. Rebounding machine Felipe Reyes and big men Marcus Slaughter and center Mirza Begic and Rafael Hettsheimeir, who comes off a solid game against Panathinaikos, make up the Madrid frontcourt. Stopping Krstic down low will be critical for the hosts. CSKA is deep at point guard, but its main floor general is Milos Teodosic, whose creativity, court vision and talent make him unguardable at times. Aaron Jackson boasts quickness and athleticism and Theo Papaloukas provides know-how and passing skills. Both Jackson and Papaloukas have beaten Madrid several times in the past. Jackson must use his physical skills against Sergio Llull, whose explosiveness and intensity can change any game. Teodosic faces an intriguing matchup against Sergio Rodriguez, who has been in great shape recently. Dontaye Draper provides instant offense off the Whites' bench. Rudy Fernandez and Jaycee Carroll are set to lead Madrid at the wings, providing their quickness and elite scoring skills. Carlos Suarez is another option at small forward to due his size and aggressiveness. Carroll will test his scoring skills against sharp shooter Dionte Christmas. Suarez and Fernandez must do their best to stop Sonny Weems, a force of nature at small forward due to his size, power and talent. Versatile forward Vladimir Micov and combo guard Anton Ponkrashov are ready to contribute in many ways off the guests' bench.

CSKA must run its offense through Weems and Krstic, expect Khryapa to stop Mirotic, set the right game tempo through Teodosic and Papaloukas, as well as keep using its outstanding ball circulation to keep finding open shots for its many shooters. Madrid must play up-tempo, being its usual self on offense. It must use its many big men to slow Krstic, expect Fernandez and Carroll to make the difference at both wings and find easy baskets in transition through Llull, Mirotic and Rodriguez. Above all, sit back, relax and enjoy an intense, exciting, pivotal Euroleague showdown.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Game Notes


Real Madrid has won eight consecutive Euroleague home games dating back to the opener of last season’s Top 16.

Madrid boasts the longest active winning streak in the Euroleague at six games.

Real Madrid leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 36.6 rebounds per game and in offensive rebounding with 12.7 per game.

Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Fernandez needs 8 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his career.

Jaycee Carroll’s streak of games with at least 1 three-pointer made came to an end last week at 13.

Mirza Begic moved into the top 10 on the Euroleague career shot-blocking charts last week. With 108 rejections, he is tied with Montepaschi Siena center Benjamin Eze for ninth place. Next on the list is D’Or Fischer with 112.

Felipe Reyes needs 27 more rebounds to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career. He will become the fifth player in competition history to accomplish that feat.

Sergio Llull has recorded at least 1 steal in six consecutive Euroleague appearances.

Marcus Slaughter scored a Euroleague career-high 21 points in a 78-81 loss to CSKA Moscow when he played for Brose Baskets Bamberg in November of last season.

Rafael Hettsheimeir recorded his best game in a Madrid uniform yet with 11 points – with just 1 missed shot – and 5 rebounds for a season-high performance index rating of 14. He had accumulated a 12 index in his previous six games combined.  


CSKA has won eight consecutive Euroleague road games dating back to last season.

CSKA leads the league in performance index rating with an average of 93.8 per game and in three-point accuracy (41.3%).

Ettore Messina spent a season-and-a-half as head coach at Real Madrid between 2009 and March 2011. Among the current Madrid players he coached are Sergio Llull, Nikola Mirotic, Felipe Reyes, Mirza Begic, Carlos Suarez and Sergio Rodriguez.

Viktor Khryapa has scored in double figures in nine straight games and has a performance index rating of at least 10 in all 16 games this season.

Khryapa has at least 1 steal in seven straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Khryapa leads the league among active Top 16 players in rebounding with 7.0 per game. He is tied for the Top 16 lead along with Maciej Lampe of Caja Laboral at 8.0 rebounds per game.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Teodosic is the Top 16 leader in three-pointers made with 16.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Theodoros Papaloukas needs 3 more three-pointers to reach 100 for his Euroleague career.

Dionte Christmas has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games. He is 20 for 33 (60.6%) from downtown during that stretch and leads the league at 57.1% for the season.

Nenad Krstic comes off his best game of the season with a season-high 25 points and a career-best performance index rating of 35 in a loss to Unicaja. He also drew a career-high 12 fouls.

Aaron Jackson recorded the best game of his Euroleague career last season against Real Madrid. Jackson scored 15 points and dished 10 assists in recorded in performance index rating of 28 to lead his then team, Gescrap Bilbao, to a 93-69 victory over Madrid.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"I am under the impression that CSKA Moscow feels more comfortable playing on the road than at home. I think they showed that in Barcelona, at Anadolu Efes and at Zalgiris. On the road it is playing better, with more patience and with more solid play. But in the end it's all relative because when you face such a powerful team as CSKA, you know that even with a bad day of theirs, you can lose the game. What ism ore important about this team is the quality of its players.

"Last season CSKA had referent players like Shved or Kirilenko. They have also changed the head coach, but the main block remains with Teodosic, Khryapa and Krstic. They are the main pillar and the new players who arrived this year must adapt to a new system. I think that their level will even increase as the season advances and they are a clear candidate for the title.

"We will play a game in which any detail can be important. Not necessarily the offense or the defense. Maybe it is turnovers or rebounds. There are many details that can be decisive."
CSKA Moscow
"We play an excellent team which is having an excellent Euroleague season and, what is most important, due to many young players who are leading the team, Real Madrid has an even brighter future ahead. So the task is very difficult; we know we have to play a great game to be at the level of opponents and to try to win this game. We hope that with our ball movement, with our defense and good concentration we will be able to compete until the very end of this game. As for me this will be not an easy game. I am extremely thankful to Mr. Florentino Perez and Real Madrid for the opportunity to coach such a great club and I am sorry it did not work. At the same time I am happy to see all the young guys I was coaching two years ago performing on such a great level in this Euroleague season."


Real Madrid
"We will try to make our host condition prevail and try to be strong in a home game against CSKA Moscow that is very important. We count on our fans for the support we need to win a game which, in case of victory, would put us in a good position in order to advance to the Playoffs. At home we feel comfortable in front of our fans. We have a high level of confidence and we want to use that. I hope the fans are on top of us and that they cheer for the whole 40 minutes.

"Last week in Greece we showed that we are a team that also knows how to defend. In Athens we were not well offensively, but we defended well and that gave us the win. Against CSKA we will have to show that we are solid both in offense and defense. It will be a hard game for us but beatiful for the fan.

"CSKA is one of the favorites for the title and they have a quality roster. The club has played a big bet and they are one of the top favorites. I would highlight Khryapa, with great physical potential. He runs, jumps and shoots well. he is hard to guard but I hope we can stop him playing team defense."
CSKA Moscow
"Obviously we expect a difficult game in Madrid against the team which is still undefeated in the Top 16. They are very dangerous on a perimeter with Llull and Rudy and they also have very good big men. Hopefully we will be able to stay healthy and fit and to show much better team game in comparison to the one we demonstrated against Unicaja at home."

Real Madrid remains unbeaten with overtime win over CSKA

Real Madrid kept its unbeaten streak in the Top 16 alive by beating CSKA Moscow 86-78 in overtime at home. It was the first meeting between the two since 2009, and was every bit worth the wait. Madrid improved to 6-0, while CSKA dropped to 4-2 in a key result. Jaycee Carroll was immense for Madrid with a career-high 31 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting. Rudy Fernandez amassed 20 points, a personal-best 13 rebounds plus 5 assists, while Sergio Llull and Nikola Mirotic both scored 10 points for the hosts. Milos Teodosic and Zoran Erceg – the latter in a long-awaited return from injury – paced six CSKA scorers in double figures with 13 points apiece. Vladimir Micov added 12, Sasha Kaun and Nenad Krstic each scored 11 and Sonny Weems had 10 in what proved to be an unhappy return for CSKA coach Ettore Messina to his former home court. CSKA had a chance to win it with the ball and the score tied 66-66 in the closing seconds of regulation, but Teodosic missed from downtown and Madrid pulled away in the final minute of the overtime session.

First quarter: Defense defines the early action

Weems opened the action with an assist to Teodosic, a two-pointer of his own and a defensive rebound. For Madrid, Carlos Suarez sank a deep three-pointer that finally got the home team off the mark, 3-6. Rafael Hettsheimer singlehandedly put Real Madrid in front for the first time in the game when he hit two close two-pointers and also did a sterling job of hustling Krstic into missing two hook shots under the basket. As Messina switched things up with the introduction of Erceg, Madrid's Llull matched the new man on court as they traded triples. Likewise, the lead changed hands frequently until CSKA rounded out a defensive quarter up 14-15.

Second quarter: Carroll heats up as Madrid pulls out a lead

Felipe Reyes's first basket got Madrid level, 22-22, and there was nothing between the two teams midway through the quarter. Tight defense in the paint from both sides meant that the shot clock was a frequent foe, resulting in lower shooting percentages than normal from two of the best offenses in the Euroleague. Going outside for variety, Madrid’s Jaycee Carroll pulled up for a fade-away triple with Dionte Christmas all over him. Carroll had the ball in the basket from a similar position just seconds later, but play was called back for a foul and he would have to wait to extend his hot streak. Sergio Rodriguez decided to take over and, from almost exactly the same position on the court, sank a triple to give Madrid a 6-point lead. CSKA was getting little joy from downtown, and the best three-point shooting team in the Top 16 was converting a lowly 1 of 11 from outside until Erceg hit a shot from beyond the arc in the final seconds. That wasn’t the last word, however, as Lull sank an audacious off-balance buzzer-beater from the touchline to make it 33-27 going into halftime.

Third quarter: CSKA steps up through Kaun

To kick off the third quarter Teodosic pulled out a spin move layup and then sank the resulting free throw that cut the Madrid lead in half, followed by Kaun blocking 3 shots and putting in a basket of his own to make it 33-32. It was Kaun –scoreless in the first half- who drew CSKA back level with his second basket. From there, Madrid stepped up a gear and Rudy scored 7 uninterrupted points, establishing his team’s biggest lead of the game. CSKA would not allow things to get out of hand and used its regular weapons of Kaun’s blocks and inside shots to get back in front, 41-42. From 6 and 7-point deficits, the road team had made two comebacks as it snuck out 43-44 in front heading into the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter: Big game players make two sides inseparable

Carroll rectified things for Madrid right away with a three-pointer, only to see his personal battle with Erceg resume as the CSKA player responded with a triple of his own. Eagerness to stop Carroll from outside allowed him to hit a succession of free throws, and he stepped up again to shoot two huge perimeter shots at the midway point. That had come after CSKA had established a slim lead, and neither side was going to go down without a fight. Weems leveled it up 59-59 from the foul line, as the crowd settled in for the prospect of overtime. Twice fouled on approaches to the basket, ‘Air Weems’ finally took off with a one-handed slam that got CSKA ahead 65-66 on the turn of the final minute. Madrid leveled through Rudy at the charity stripe. Carroll and Teodosic both missed from outside on their team’s final possessions, which sent the game to overtime.

Overtime: Carroll and Llull seal the deal for Madrid

Fernandez was the man to open the scoring in overtime with a three-pointer. CSKA found itself chasing the game once again, but made yet another comeback, until Carroll stuck in his fifth triple of the night. Madrid held a single-point lead going into the final 30 seconds, then Llull kept his cool from the free throw line to make things more comfortable. The home team put the finishing touches on the victory with a late steal and a buzzer-beating three from Carroll.

Jaycee Carroll - Real Madrid - EB12
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Attendance: 12888
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Real Madrid1419102320
CSKA Moscow1512172212
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Real Madrid1433436686
CSKA Moscow1527446678
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 6:40   0/1 0/1     1 1 1           1 1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 34:19 20 5/6 2/7 4/6 4 9 13 5 3 1   1 2 5 34
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 14:50 3 0/1 1/5     3 3   1     1 2 3 2
9 REYES, FELIPE 21:47 4 2/5 0/1   2 3 5           4 3 4
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 24:37 10 4/6 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 1 1 1 1   5 1 10
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 17:29 3 0/3 1/6     1 1 1   1   1 3   -8
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 15:46 5 2/5   1/2 2   2 1         3 2 3
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 6:25   0/4   0/2 3 2 5         1 1 1 -2
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 28:20 31 3/6 6/8 7/7   5 5 2   3     3 3 30
23 LLULL, SERGIO 33:28 10 1/5 2/7 2/2 2 1 3 4 2 3     1 2 8
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 21:19   0/1       2 2   2   1 1 1   2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 225:00 86 17/43 12/36 16/21 14 32 46 15 9 9 2 5 25 21 85
        39.5% 33.3% 76.2%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 35:52 13 4/5 0/6 5/5 1 4 5 4 1 3     3 4 14
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 28:45 12 4/4 1/3 1/2   2 2 3 1 1     3 2 13
7 JACKSON, AARON 17:45 4 1/3   2/2 1 3 4 1 2 1   1 1 1 7
11 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 21:58 11 3/5   5/7 1 5 6 1   1 1   2 5 17
13 WEEMS, SONNY 31:20 10 3/9 0/1 4/4 1 3 4 2   3     1 3 8
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY 8:39                         3   -3
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 11:21 13 1/1 3/6 2/2   2 2     2     1 1 10
22 CHRISTMAS, DIONTE 2:27           1 1           1    
24 KAUN, SASHA 30:12 11 4/8   3/6   2 2       4 1   4 13
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 25:26 4 1/4 0/3 2/2 1 8 9 2 1 3     4 4 7
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 11:15     0/1     3 3 3 1 1     2 1 4
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 225:00 78 21/39 4/20 24/30 6 36 42 16 6 15 5 2 21 25 94
        53.8% 20% 80%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"I usually start the press conference with congratulations to my team, but today I would like to say thankyou to our fans. It was amazing to see the gym crowded, with everybody supporting our team. It was so helpful for Real Madrid. I would like to highlight also how focused we were all game, defensively and offensively. They forced us to make a strong effort on defense. We got an important victory, but there is still a long way to go."
CSKA Moscow
"We played a good game, but Real Madrid played a very good game, especially scoring in the important moments. The keys of the game were Carroll’s performance and the great atmosphere. Some offensive rebounds that we missed were relevant in the final score. I hope we can find Real Madrid in the final games."


Real Madrid
"We are learning how to play different kinds of games, different styles. Today, we tried to run and play fast, but we could not the whole game. The good point is that we could change our system and in this context we got the game. In extra time we were aggressive, but at the same time we were clever to pass the ball. It was a very funny game. I enjoyed playing it a lot. We knew that it was going to be a very hard game. Now, we must continue being focus at home games because would be a pity after this amazing Top 16 beginning to not finish it in a good way. So, we have to continue working this way."
Real Madrid
"Thanks to the fans, they gave us indispensable support and created a great atmosphere that helped us on our way to victory. I played a good game, but the important player was for Jaycee Carroll, who finally could score a lot of points. Moreover, I wanted to highlight the defensive work of Mirotic and Reyes, who stopped a dangerous player, Khryapa."
CSKA Moscow
"We played against a very good team. We did not think that we could lose here before the game, because we know that we can beat any team. It's still a long season, we are playing good basketball and I think we can be in the top positions when the Top 16 ends."
CSKA Moscow
"We played a very good game against a very good team. Jaycee Carroll destroyed us with an amazing game. Unfortunately we could not get the win today; we did good things, but bad things as well...and the atmosphere, I am sure it helped Real Madrid. We can beat Real Madrid somewhere and somehow."
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