2012-13Top 16Round 13
March 28, 2013 CET: 17:45
Local time: 20:45 USH CSKA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.5 Points 80.0
33.5 Rebounds 36.4
8.1 O. Rebounds 12.2
25.4 D. Rebounds 24.2
17.5 Assists 14.9
6.5 Steals 6.9
3.8 Blocks 3.3
13.7 Turnovers 11.5
55.2 % 2PT 52.5 %
40.6 % 3PT 31.5 %
74.6 % FT 76.5 %
92.7 Index 87.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.9 / Weems Points 13.4 / Fernandez
7.2 / Khryapa Rebounds 5.4 / Mirotic
1.5 / Kaun OR 1.9 / Reyes
6.3 / Khryapa DR 3.7 / Mirotic
5.0 / Teodosic Assists 3.4 / Llull
1.7 / Khryapa Steals 1.5 / Fernandez
1.3 / Kaun Blocks 0.9 / Slaughter
3.0 / Teodosic Turnovers 1.8 / Llull
69.7 % / Kaun 2PT 59.5 % / Mirotic
100.0 % / Krstic 3PT 41.0 % / Carroll
93.8 % / Khryapa FT 100.0 % / Pocius
17.4 / Krstic Index 15.6 / Fernandez


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
9-3 Top 16 9-3
9-1 Regular Season 7-3
18-4 Overall 16-6


Crew Chief

The Take

A high-profile showdown atop Top 16 Group E takes place in the Russian capital, where CSKA Moscow welcomes Real Madrid in a heavyweight battle on Thursday. The two teams combine for 14 top continental titles and their rivalry has been ongoing since the 1963 Euroleague finals. CSKA, Madrid and Anadolu Efes share first place in Group E with 9-3 records. CSKA wins Group E if it wins by at least 9 points, Unicaja Malaga beats Efes and Brose Baskets beats Panathinaikos. Madrid beat CSKA 86-78 in overtime in Top 16 Game 6 behind 31 points from Jaycee Carroll. Three of the teams' last seven showdowns have gone to overtime.

CSKA needs to stop Madrid's wing players, who were decisive in Top 16 Game 6. Carroll is instant offense off the bench and Rudy Fernandez can do a little bit of everything to lead Madrid due to his ball-handling ability, athleticism and high basketball IQ. Carlos Suarez starts at small forward to add more firepower and help on the boards. With Marty Pocius sidelined, Sergio Llull is expected to see playing time at both guards. Llull must use his explosiveness and talent against lightning quick playmaker Aaron Jackson. Fernandez and Suarez will not have it easy against Sonny Weems, who has the shooting range, quickness and size to give any defender a lot of trouble. Carroll must use his shooting skills against hard-nosed defender and do-it-all swingman Vladimir Micov. CSKA needs to control the game tempo, as Madrid loves to run the floor and play in transition. Coach Ettore Messina relies on former Euroleague MVPs Milos Teodosic and Theo Papaloukas to set the right game tempo and get everyone involved. Teodosic must use his experience and court vision against another creative playmaker, Sergio Rodriguez, who has improved his outside shooting to become a bigger threat. Papaloukas must use his size advantage and know-how against Llull and Dontaye Draper. The battle in the paint will be the biggest key to this game, as both teams are really deep around the baskets. Madrid expects Nikola Mirotic to make the difference at power forward, but CSKA relies on Viktor Khryapa to stop him and give him trouble at the other end. It is arguably a pivotal matchup in this crucial game. Mirotic will get a lot of help under the baskets from rebounders Felipe Reyes, Rafael Hettsheimeir and Marcus Slaughter, as well as from big center Mirza Begic. Reyes and Slaughter face a physical battle against Sasha Kaun and Andrey Vorontsevich. Meanwhile, Hettsheimeir and Begic must be aggressive against star center Nenad Krstic, whose post skills and mid-range jumper could be decisive for CSKA.

Madrid needs to run the floor to make the most out of Carroll and Fernandez, power the defensive boards to play in transition and expect a good game from Rodriguez and Llull in the battle to control the game tempo. CSKA needs Khryapa to stop Mirotic, Krstic and Kaun to be solid in the low post, use its ball circulation to generate open shots - especially from downtown - and expect Teodosic and Papaloukas to use their experience and passing skills to balance their team's offense. One way or another, expect nothing but a great game in Moscow.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Game Notes


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.

Only four CSKA players – Aaron Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Vladimir Micov and Milos Teodosic – have appeared in every game this season. Coach Ettore Messina has used a total of 11 different players in his starting lineups and 17 players overall this season.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games. 

Viktor Khryapa has at least 1 steal in 10 straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Khryapa needs 36 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Zoran Erceg has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Vladimir Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 straight Euroleague games; he is shooting 19 for 38 (50%) from downtown over that stretch.

Nenad Krstic has blocked at least 1 shot in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Theo Papaloukas needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his career.

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.


Real Madrid leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 36.4 rebounds per game and in offensive rebounding with 12.2 per game.

Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Fernandez has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Fernandez was the Top 16 Game 6 bwin MVP after erupting for 20 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a performance index rating of 34 in an overtime victory over CSKA. 

Mirza Begic is ranked 10th on the all-time shots blocked list with 110. Former teammate D’Or Fischer sits in ninth place with 112 blocks. 

Jaycee Carroll scored a Euroleague career-high 31 points against CSKA earlier this season. He made 6 of 8 three-pointers and compiled a performance index rating of 30.

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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"It will be another tough game against a very strong opponent. We have to defend their screens, make a good effort on the rebounding and pay attention to the details. Hopefully we will be able to avoid mistakes, move the ball well and to show good basketball which we demonstrate recently. We prepare well, we are having good practices so I hope to continue with the same effort during the game."
Real Madrid
"Having advanced mathematically to the playoffs with two games to go is important and shows that we are on the right track. That was teh first goal. Now we'll go for the homecourt advantage knowing that we only depend on ourselves to do so. We know we have to focus on the CSKA Moscow game. We will play against on of the better, if not the best, rosters in Europe regarding size, physique, talent... CSKA is one of the main favorites to win the Euroleague. It's a new challenge for us, and we know that if we want to compete we have to win games like these giving our best shot. We played good games in difficult places so far, so I am confident about our chances.

"Teodosic is a player who has a big influence on their game and he controls the tempo of the game. He can also score in clutch time and can aslo find his teammates. Papaloukas is also a player of that style. In other positions, CSKA has a little bit of everything: fast players, athletic players like Jackson or Wee,s. Good shooters like Micov, Khryapa or Erceg. They also have talent in the paint with Kaun or Krstic. They are probably the most physical team in the league and we will have to put together a big effort in order to beat them."


CSKA Moscow
"The game is very important for us because the win will strengthen our position in the top two, where we want to finish the group stage. We have to take care of Carroll and Fernandez who hurt us a lot playing off the screens in Madrid, box their big men out and try to run and look for easy baskets. We also understand that Real will take this game very seriously because they lost three times in a row. But we play on our court and I hope that can play to our advantage."
Real Madrid
"When you play against CSKA Moscow, one of the best teams in Europe, and on the road you know you're in for a big challenge. Also, it is a game in which there is a lot at stake since the first two places of the group are still open, so anything can happen. I am not going to discover CSKA here. They are a team with a deluxe roster with great players who will make it hard on us. What I do know is that to face a game like this with options you need to be concentrated and stay like that until the final buzzer. We must show focus and intensity, do a good defensive job as a team and, in offense, look for the better option trying not to rush it. We have to be smart."

CSKA blasts Madrid for 10th win

CSKA Moscow re-established itself as the team to beat in Top 16 Group E with an 81-72 victory over Real Madrid at Alexander Gomelskiy Universal Sports Hall in the Russian capital. Sonny Weems scored 21 points and Milos Teodosic added 17 points and 7 assists to pace CSKA, which improved to 10-3 in Group E and can finish atop the group if it beats Panathinaikos next week. Madrid slipped to 9-4, but remains in the hunt for home-court advantage in the playoffs. CSKA led from start to finish, taking control with aggressive defense and easy fast break baskets in the first quarter and never looking back. The lead peaked at 18 in the second and third quarters. Rudy Fernandez heated up in the third and helped Los Blancos trim the deficit to single figures. Though Madrid to make a serious challenge for the win, a late charge put the tiebreak into play; Madrid beat CSKA by 8 earlier in the Top 16. However the hosts managed to snatch that too in the closing seconds. Nenad Krstic finished with 16 points and Viktor Khryapa hauled in 11 rebounds for the winners. Fernandez was the man for Madrid in defeat with 24 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting plus 6 rebounds and 3 assists – all team highs. Felipe Reyes added 10 points in defeat.

First quarter: Big lineup, great defense, fast breaks = CSKA control

CSKA used a new-look, big lineup from the start with Weems at shooting guard, Khryapa at small forward and Zoran Erceg starting at power forward. The hosts’ big guards, Teodosic and Weems, combined for 6 points on the first three possessions. In between Carlos Suarez broke the ice for Madrid with a three-pointer. CSKA continued to roll as Erceg nailed a triple before Madrid star Nikola Mirotic took a seat with his second foul just three minutes into the game. Suarez remained Madrid’s only scorer in the early minutes with a second three. After a Khyrapa basket on the break, all five CSKA starters had scored and the scoreboard showed 13-6 midway through the first quarter. Even after a timeout, CSKA’s defense suffocated Madrid, while the Khryapa/Teodosic duo teamed up to extend the lead to 11. Fernandez looked to revive the visitors with a three, though CSKA remained in control with more fast break points. Mirza Begic scored Madrid’s first two-point basket, Fernandez added free throws and Reyes netted a hook shot to trim the gap before Weems beat the first-quarter buzzer with a jumper that made it 24-15.

Second quarter: Hosts refuse to let up as lead hits 18

Marcus Slaughter scored inside to open the second quarter, but a pair of Weems scores restored a double-digit CSKA margin. Slaughter remained a nuisance as he took a lob from Sergio Rodriguez for a high-flying alley-oop slam. Krstic scored inside on consecutive possessions and then – after a TV timeout – added free throws to make it 34-19. Aaron Jackson extended the advantage to 17 before Rudy nailed a three-pointer. However two more easy baskets for Krstic inflated the lead to 40-22. Rodriguez’s first basket was matched by Jackson on the offensive glass. Rodriguez helped trim the gap some more with free throws and an alley-oop assist to Slaughter. Theo Papaloukas free throws left CSKA in control, 44-28, at halftime.

Third quarter: Rudy revives Madrid with 0-9 run

Weems found space in the corner for a three-pointer to open the second half, though Rudy soon matched him. Mirotic got involved with a block of Sasha Kaun on defense and an alley-oop layup off a Fernandez pass to trim the gap to 47-34. Rudy beat the shot-clock buzzer with a long three to complete a 0-9 run and get his team within 10. Kaun scored over Begic to revive the home team. Rudy’s third three of the quarter made it 51-42. Weems responded immediately with a layup-plus-foul and Khryapa followed with a driving layup as CSKA regained control. Mirotic answered with a three-point play, only for Krstic to do the same at the other end. A technical foul on Rodriguez allowed Weems to score 4 more points – 2 on free throws and 2 from a jumper – to make it 61-45. A Fernandez runner was cancelled out by Papaloukas as CSKA coasted into the fourth quarter ahead 63-47.

Fourth quarter: CSKA hangs on as final minute revolves around tiebreaker

Slaughter soared on the offensive glass for a slam, however with Jaycee Carroll struggling to complement the Madrid attack, the hosts had trouble making a run. Krstic sank a long jumper before Rudy and Teodosic traded threes. Carroll finally got his first points, a triple to make it 68-56. Fernandez scored an acrobatic layup to keep Madrid alive. Vladimir Micov fed Kaun for a slam to leave CSKA ahead by 14 midway through the quarter. Reyes gave Madrid hope with 5 points. Carroll followed with a pair of baskets – the second from a steal – to claw within 74-67. Weems hit back with a clutch jumper with a minute and a half to go. A Rodriguez layup flipped the lead to 7 again. Teodosic dished to a cutting Jackson. Rudy missed a pair of free throws, Teodosic split 2 and Reyes made 2 to make it 79-71. In the end Krstic free throws helped give Moscow the needed difference and an 81-72 victory.

Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - EB12
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Attendance: 5234
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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 32:54 17 6/10 1/4 2/4   4 4 7 1 2   2 2 5 19
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 17:54   0/3 0/2     1 1 2   1   1 1 1 -4
7 JACKSON, AARON 15:30 8 4/4 0/1   1 1 2 1         3 1 8
11 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 23:35 16 6/9   4/5 2 2 4   1 1     1 3 18
13 WEEMS, SONNY 33:50 21 7/11 1/5 4/5   3 3 4   1   1 3 4 18
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 12:18 3 0/2 1/2     1 1   1 1     2   -1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 2:51                   1     2   -3
24 KAUN, SASHA 20:33 6 3/4     1 3 4 1 1 2   1 4 1 5
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 31:30 6 3/3 0/1   2 9 11 3   3 1   4 5 18
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 9:05 4 1/1   2/2 1 2 3 1     1     1 10
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 81 30/47 3/15 12/16 8 28 36 19 4 12 2 5 22 21 91
        63.8% 20% 75%
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
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 3:46   0/1           1   1   1 2   -4
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 30:48 24 2/3 6/8 2/4 1 5 6 3   1 1   3 5 30
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 23:39 6   2/4   1 2 3 2           1 10
9 REYES, FELIPE 22:37 10 3/4 0/1 4/7 2 2 4   2 4     5 5 7
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 15:55 5 2/4 0/1 1/1 1 4 5 2 1 3 2   3 2 8
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 20:21 7 2/5 0/3 3/4   4 4 3   1     2 3 7
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 6:08   0/1 0/1   1   1           1   -2
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 16:18 5 2/5   1/2 1 3 4   1   2 1 1 3 9
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 20:01 7 2/8 1/3   2 2 4 2 1       1 2 7
23 LLULL, SERGIO 21:12   0/2 0/3     1 1 2   1     2 1 -4
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 19:15 8 4/4     1   1 1 1 1     2   8
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 72 17/37 9/24 11/18 11 24 35 16 6 13 5 2 22 22 77
        45.9% 37.5% 61.1%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"It was an important win obviously. Congratulations to my players – they prepared well, with good poise and patience, we had unbelievable atmosphere in the team for past two weeks. Now we have to focus on the game against Panathinaikos. As for this game, we played great in the first half. We had 11 more possessions than the opponents thanks to steals, a small number of turnovers and good rebounding. And you should remember that we did it against great team which usually scores a lot. In the second half we defended not so well, but we managed to control all crucial situations and won with the difference we needed."
Real Madrid
"Congratulations to CSKA, they won the game due to the great first half in which they were point blank better than us, played better defense, rebounded the ball. We weren’t able to control the game. But in the second half we contested most of their shots, rebounded better and were able to compete against a great team as CSKA. Unfortunately, we could not make some important free throws in the end, which would have let us come closer, but we know - this is basketball. CSKA deserved to win, they were better than us. We knew that we are in the tough group and we will do our best to improve the situation in the last game."


CSKA Moscow
"We came to win this game and wanted to get first place. We played as a team, especially in defense – very well in the first half. We jumped on them quick and they lost their balance a little bit. In second half they made a few shots as a good team may do. It’s a team of shooters, so they made three-point shots. The main thing is we stopped them with good defense, rebounds. Fortunately we won, for sure it’s an important victory for us. "
CSKA Moscow
"We played really good as a team. It's easy to make 7 assists when you have teammates like I have. It's all because of them. What’s important is that we won by 9 points and are very close to taking first place in the group. We never stopped believing in ourselves."
Real Madrid
"It was a difficult game for us. CSKA played a high-quality game in the first half. Now we need to be together. It depends on us to win our next game with Efes and take the place in the playoffs. Congratulations to CSKA."
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