As many as four CSKA players - three of them regular starters - did not make the 6,000-kilometer trip with the team on Tuesday for a Russian League game against Spartak Primorie in Vladivostok. Ramunas Siskauskas continues to recover in Moscow from a damaged soleus muscle of the right leg. Center Nenad Krstic is sidelined due to a toe injury in his left foot. He will work individually all week until he is ready to rejoin the team. Jamont Gordon sprained his left ankle in pratice on Sunday and will undergo medical tests this week. Finally, Andrei Kirilenko is sidelined due to back problems and is following a conservative therapy. CSKA was able to win anyway on Tuesday morning, 66-90, despite a travel itinerary that few teams in the world can imagine. Vladivostok is CSKA’s longest trip of the season, a 13.5-hour trip by air including a refueling stop in Krasnoyarsk. During transit, the team crosses six time zones. Darjus Lavrinovic led the winners with 18 points in 15 minutes. Alexey Shved added 17 while Milos Teodosic had 15 and 13 assists for CSKA.
"I know that it is a challenge for many teams to play in Vladivostok. We have to make the most out of our experience as a club and plan our trip to get to the game in the best condition," head coach Jonas Kazlauskas said before the game. "We are facing several injuries and were forced to leave Siskauskas, Krstic, Kirilenko and Gordon in Moscow. Their absence doesn't have anything to do with resting. It is very important, especially now, to take care of our players' health."