Head-to-Head matchups: CSKA Moscow vs. Gescrap BB

Mar 07, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow vs. Gescrap BB
Head-to-Head matchups
Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket
Guards
Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow
Milos Teodosic
CSKA relies on former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic to push the tempo on offense. Alexey Shved has proved to be a great slasher who thrives in transition game. Teodosic and Shved rank second and fourth, respectively, in assists among players still alive in the competition. It is no surprise that CSKA leads the league in assists at 19.9 per game. Jamont Gordon offers great explosiveness and athleticism, but CSKA also counts on Anton Ponkrahsov to provide size and court sense off the bench. In his first Euroleague season, Aaron Jackson leads Gescrap in both assists and steals. He has made the most of his great quickness and ball-handling. Jackson's perfect complement has been Raul Lopez, whose late-game heroics have been key to Gescrap's march to the playoffs. Lopez is much more than a clutch player, as his court sense is essential to Gescrap's success. Streak shooters Janis Blums and Kostas Vasiliadis provide the fireworks from deep range. If either of them finds his scoring rhythm, CSKA could definitely be in trouble. Aaron Jackson - Gescrap BB
Aaron Jackson

Forwards
Andrei Kirilenko - CSKA Moscow
Andrei Kirilenko
A natural mismatch at small forward, Euroleague October MVP Andrei Kirilenko not only leads the Euroleague in performance index rating and blocked shots, but offers intangibles such as intensity, energy, experience and a winning mentality. A former All-Euroleague and Best Defender trophy winner, Viktor Khryapa adds even more intensity and all-around skill at the other forward spot. Former Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas provides his legendary one-on-one skills and Andrey Vorontsevich offers rebounding, outside shooting and versatility. Small forward Alex Mumbru is Gescrap's most unguardable player to his combination of size, ball handling, post skills and experience. Gescrap's top scorer is former Eurocup MVP Marko Banic, who is set to make the most of his ability to roll off picks to find open mid-range shots and backdoor layups. Former Euroleague champion Roger Grimau helps Gescrap as a glue guy and defensive stopper, while Axel Hervelle is always ready to rock the boards, open the floor with his deep shooting and simply outplay anyone with great hustle. Kostas Vasiliadis - Gescrap BB
Kostas Vasiliadis

Centers
Nenad Krstic - CSKA Moscow
Nenad Krstic
CSKA is really deep at center but its main reference is Nenad Krstic, the Euroleague's November MVP. Krstic leads CSKA in scoring and offensive rebounding. His post moves, know-how and high basketball IQ could make the difference in this series. In his third season with CSKA, Sasha Kaun offers energy, great hands and mobility. He leads the Euroleague in two-point shooting percentage (73.2%). Darjus Lavrinovic can open the floor with his three-point shooting, rebounds well at both ends and gives CSKA more power under the boards. Gescrap's main frontcourt pillar is defensive center D'or Fischer, whose intimidation, timing and rebounding skills have taken his team to a new level on defense. Fischer can knock down the mid-range shot and is an effective scorer (65.3% 2FG). Dimitrios Mavroeidis is an outstanding offensive rebounder with great hands and body control. His efficient work in the paint at both ends turn Mavroeidis into a key blue-collar player. D'Or Fischer - Gescrap BB
D'Or Fischer

Coaches
Jonas Kazlauskas - CSKA Moscow
Jonas Kazlauskas
In his first Euroleague season since 2006, Jonas Kazlauskas is working hard to get CSKA back to its glory days. Not only does CSKA have a 15-1 record heading into the playoffs, but is playing attractive basketball that is equally loved by fans and experts alike. Kazlauskas led Zalgiris to the 1999 Euroleague title with the same run-and-gun style that CSKA is displaying today. At age 57, Kazlauskas is a reference in modern European basketball and wants to make history with CSKA. Already a veteran coach at the early age of 44, Fotis Katsikaris has taken Gescrap to its biggest successes by reaching the Eurocup semifinals, the Spanish League title series and now the Euroleague playoffs in three consecutive seasons. Katsikaris knows what it takes to lead a Euroleague team beyond  expectations. He did just that with AEK in 2004-05, when the team climbed within one win of what would have been a historic Final Four berth. Katsikaris has put together a team able to compete at any level or game rhythm, with great mental toughness and always ready to fight. Fotios Katsikaris - Gescrap BB
Fotis Katsikaris