2021-22Regular SeasonRound 14
December 10, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
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Records

3-10 Regular Season 8-5
3-10 Overall 8-5

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Old rivals clash when CSKA travels to face Zalgiris

In a classic rivalry that goes back several decades, Zalgiris Kaunas hosts CSKA Moscow on Friday night in what is sure to be a packed Zalgirio Arena. After opening the season with nine straight losses, Zalgiris has won three of its last four games, and all of those wins have come at home. The last one was against Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz behind the playmaking duo of Lukas Lekavicius and Mantas Kalnietis who combined for 23 points and 14 assists. CSKA, on the other hand, is on a three-game winning streak, with the last one over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, 97-77, its first win by more than 10 points this season. CSKA enters the game having won the last five games against Zalgiris, and will look to continue the winning run to re-join the group of teams at the top of the standings.

Marquee matchup: Zalgiris's Strelnieks vs. CSKA's Grigonis

Marius Grigonis is in for a homecoming. The CSKA shooting guard returns to his hometown and the club where he grew up. Grigonis made his EuroLeague debut with Zalgiris in 2018 and last season was the team's top scorer. He is now finding his groove with the Russian powerhouse and EuroLeague contender that is CSKA and there is no place he knows better than Zalgirio Arena where he will face many of his teammates from seasons past.

One of the players Grigonis will go head-to-head against on Friday is Zalgiris sharpshooter Janis Strelnieks, who arrived in Kaunas this summer after spending the past two seasons with CSKA. Strelnieks is Zalgiris's top scorer so far this season with 9.0 points per game and this game will provide him with a bit extra of extra motivation to perform well against the guys he went to battle with the past two years.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris vs. CSKA

Zalgiris has taken good care of the basketball, averaging only 10.3 turnovers since picking up its first win, but what has made the difference for Zalgiris has been good ball movement. Zalgiris is averaging 20.0 assists in its three victories. Low turnovers and good ball movement is a recipe for success for any team, let alone one that does not have a double-digit scorer. But such a balanced effort has been working for Zalgiris and the team needs to continue to do what has worked.

CSKA will need to match the hosts' energy from the start of the game and try to avoid falling into an early deficit. CSKA has had to play from behind in five of its last eight clashes in which the team holds a 4-4 record and has scored more than 80 points only twice in those games. Taking control of the game in the early going would be of great importance for CSKA and its growing confidence.

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Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WEBSTER, TAI G 1.93 26
1 BLAZEVIC, MAREK C 2.11 20
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 27
7 NEBO, JOSH C 2.06 24
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS G 1.96 35
10 MINIOTAS, REGIMANTAS F 2.08 25
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 37
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS F 1.95 24
17 RUBSTAVICIUS, MANTAS G 1.98 19
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 35
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN G 1.96 32
32 STRELNIEKS, JANIS G 1.91 32
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER F 2.06 27
55 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 30
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY C 2.11 30
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 29
CSKA Moscow
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 LUNDBERG, IFFE G 1.93 27
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL F 2.04 27
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER G 1.92 22
7 UKHOV, IVAN G 1.93 26
8 IVLEV, VLADIMIR C 2.07 31
10 HACKETT, DANIEL G 1.96 33
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN F 2.02 32
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES F 2.11 29
21 CLYBURN, WILL F 2.01 31
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE F 2.06 30
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI F 2.08 23
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA C 2.13 26
35 FARIED, KENNETH F 2.03 32
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 27
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA F 2.02 35
91 SHVED, ALEXEY G 1.98 32

Player Stats

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
71.1 Points 80.6
31.9 Rebounds 32.8
9.5 O. Rebounds 11.5
22.4 D. Rebounds 21.2
16.2 Assists 16.1
4.9 Steals 6.4
1.8 Blocks 2.5
49.7% 2PT 52.2%
34.9% 3PT 36.5%
79.2% FT 80.2%
72.6 PIR 87.2

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.1 Points 80.2
34.7 Rebounds 33.4
10.4 O. Rebounds 10.6
24.3 D. Rebounds 22.8
18.5 Assists 15.5
6.2 Steals 6.2
1.8 Blocks 2.9
54.2% 2PT 56.7%
37.5% 3PT 36.3%
74.1% FT 74.7%
95.8 PIR 87.2
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Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow

· CSKA Moscow holds a 23-3 edge in head-to-head EuroLeague games against Zalgiris this century, including the last five. 

· CSKA has won all 13 games on its home floor against Zalgiris.

· Zalgiris and CSKA squared off in the third-place game at the 2018 Final Four. Zalgiris held off CSKA 79-77 behind 15 points from Paulius Jankunas.

· CSKA made a club-record 37 free throws in a 95-86 win against Zalgiris in November 2016.

· Zalgiris tied its club record by making 38 free throws in a 79-84 home loss in January 2019, which is tied for the most free throws made in a single EuroLeague game since 2007.

· Marius Grigonis joined CSKA this past summer after spending the last three years with Zalgiris.

· Janis Strelnieks joined Zalgiris this past summer after spending the last two years with CSKA.

· Centers Nikola Milutinov of CSKA and Joffrey Lauvergne of Zalgiris were teammates at Partizan Belgrade from 2012 to 2014.

· Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas set his career-high with 30 points against CSKA in November 2016.

· Lauvergne had a career-high 3 steals playing for Partizan Belgrade against CSKA in December 2013.

· CSKA forward Will Clyburn set his career-highs of 13 total rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds in a 99-97 overtime home win over Zalgiris in November 2018.

· Zalgiris forward Zoran Dragic posted had a career-high 9 rebounds playing for Unicaja Malaga against CSKA in March 2013.

· The last time they played, CSKA forward Nikita Kurbanov posted his career-high in assists with 7.

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Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Niels Giffey missed the last three games due to COVID-19 protocols.

Streaks
Janis Strelnieks has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 10 of his last 11 games.
Mantas Kalnietis has made his last 9 free throws.
Tyler Cavanaugh has made at least 1 three-point shot in eight straight games.
Marek Blazevic has made his last 15 free throws.

Rankings
Josh Nebo ranks eighth this season in rebounding with 6.1 per game and ranks ninth in offensive rebounding with 2.3 per game.
Mantas Kalnietis is tied for seventh this season in assists with 4.5 per game.
Arturas Milaknis is tied for 10th this season in three-point accuracy at 44.9%.

Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is the EuroLeague's all-time leader with 1,979 rebounds.
Jankunas is also the EuroLeague's all-time leader with 1,428 defensive rebounds.
Jankunas has played in more games (380) and has started more games (282) than any player in EuroLeague history.
Jankunas is ranked third all-time with 551 offensive rebounds. Kyle Hines of AX Armani Exchange Milan is second with 682 and counting.
Jankunas is ranked fifth all-time with 740 free throws made. Juan Carlos Navarro is fourth with 853.
Jankunas ranks seventh all-time with 3,191 points scored. Sergio Rodriguez of AX Armani Exchange Milan is sixth with 3,258 and counting.
Jankunas is in third place all-time with 4,009 index rating points. Vassilis Spanoulis is second with 4,183.
Jankunas is ranked fifth all-time with 1,002 two-point shots made. Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul is fourth with 1,109 and counting.
Arturas Milaknis is in ninth place all-time with 426 three-pointers made. Jaycee Carroll is eighth with 437 three-pointers.
Joffrey Lauvergne needs 21 points to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.
Lukas Lekavicius needs 1 steal to reach 100 for his career.
Lekavicius needs 8 assists to reach 500 for his career.

CSKA Moscow

Roster
Johannes Voigtmann and Tornike Shengelia did not play in Round 13.

Streaks
Johannes Voigtmann has made at least 1 three-point shot in nine of his last 10 games.
Voigtmann has recorded double-digit PIRs in 11 of his last 12 games.
Marius Grigonis has made at least 1 three-point shot in 13 of his last 14 games.
Tornike Shengelia has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games.
Shengelia has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven games.
Will Clyburn has made 12 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Tornike Shengelia ranks sixth this season in average PIR with 17.4 per game. Will Clyburn is seventh with 17.1 per game.
Will Clyburn ranks fourth this season in scoring with 16.0 per game. Tornike Shengelia ranks seventh in scoring with 15.1 per game.
Alexey Shved is tied for seventh this season in assists with 4.5 per game.

Records/Milestones
In Round 17 last season, Nikola Milutinov smashed the EuroLeague single-game record with 16 offensive rebounds in a road win over AX Armani Exchange Milan.
Milutinov ranks eighth on the all-time list with 475 offensive rebounds. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul is seventh with 478 and counting.
Alexey Shved holds the EuroLeague single-season records with 740 points and 107 three-pointers made, both set in the 2017-18 season.
Shved moved into seventh all-time with 438 three-point shots made for his career. Milos Teodosic is sixth with 471.
Shved ranks 10th all-time in scoring with 2,880 points. Mike James of AS Monaco is ninth with 2,889 and counting.
Shved is in 11th place all-time with 590 free throws made for his career. Mike James is 10th with 600 and counting.
Shved ranks 13th on the all-time charts with 840 assists. Nando De Colo is 12th with 842 and counting.
Marius Grigonis is ranked third all-time in free throw accuracy at 92.3%.
Shengelia needs 5 free throws to reach 500 for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 23
Zalgiris Kaunas CSKA Moscow
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. CSKA Moscow: 2-10
Away record vs. CSKA Moscow: 0-13
CSKA Moscow
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 13-0
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 10-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2020-21 13 January 2021 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 83 - 73 Zalgiris Kaunas
2020-21 17 November 2020 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 78 - 87 CSKA Moscow
2019-20 05 December 2019 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 85 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas
2018-19 04 January 2019 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 79 - 84 CSKA Moscow
2018-19 21 November 2018 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 99 - 97 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 20 May 2018 Final Four CSKA Moscow 77 - 79 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 30 March 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 85 - 73 CSKA Moscow
2017-18 03 November 2017 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 94 - 91 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 24 January 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 79 - 74 CSKA Moscow
2016-17 18 November 2016 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 95 - 86 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 01 April 2016 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 100 - 86 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 05 February 2016 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 59 - 94 CSKA Moscow
2013-14 06 March 2014 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 86 - 88 CSKA Moscow
2013-14 10 January 2014 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 77 - 62 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 15 March 2013 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 70 - 61 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 17 January 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 87 CSKA Moscow
2011-12 23 November 2011 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 95 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 17 October 2011 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 74 - 87 CSKA Moscow
2009-10 10 March 2010 Top 16 CSKA Moscow 84 - 71 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 03 February 2010 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 68 - 83 CSKA Moscow
2007-08 17 January 2008 Regular Season Zalgiris 60 - 88 CSKA Moscow
2007-08 21 November 2007 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 78 - 70 Zalgiris
2006-07 17 January 2007 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 88 - 72 Zalgiris
2006-07 23 November 2006 Regular Season Zalgiris 59 - 78 CSKA Moscow
2003-04 19 February 2004 Regular Season Zalgiris 75 - 78 CSKA Moscow
2003-04 17 December 2003 Regular Season CSKA Moscow 90 - 81 Zalgiris