Fully-healthy Granger ready to lead Baskonia

Oct 13, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print
Fully-healthy Granger ready to lead Baskonia

It is a special season for KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, with the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four taking place in its own court, Fernando Buesa Arena. None of its players is more motivated than Jayson Granger and he proved it right away with a great performance against Zalgiris Kaunas. Granger, who battled injuries throughout last season, is fully healthy now and ready to play his best basketball. He finished Friday’s opener with 15 points, hitting 5-of-7 shots from downtown. Most importantly, Granger shined in the most decisive moment of the game, breaking it open with a couple of tough three-point shots. First, he hit a turnaround shot while being double-teamed in the right corner and straight after that, he buried a shot from way downtown that sealed the outcome, 59-76. It was Baskonia's third consecutive win at Zalgirio Arena, proving that the team gives its best in front of extraordinary basketball atmospheres – more than 15,000 people were in attendance. It is a perfect fit for a great environment as the Final Four but Coach Pedro Martinez cannot think that far, but prepare his team for a big home opener against Olympiacos Piraeus. "We are not worried about the Final Four. We know it is going to be difficult and after one game, thinking about the Final Four is absolutely absurd, totally crazy," Martinez said. "We don't think much about this."