After battling admirably through an injury-plagued season all the way to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, Galatasaray Liv Hospital now needs to find a way to overcome an injury to its leader. Point guard Carlos Arroyo, who leads the team in points, assists, performance index rating, three-pointers and minutes played, injured his left ankle in 88-61 Game 1 loss against FC Barcelona on Tuesday. After he underwent an MRI in Barcelona early Wednesday, Galatasaray announced that Arroyo will not be available for Game 2 of their best-of-five playoff series on Thursday in Palau Blaugrana. Galatasaray lost Arroyo in the final minute of the first half, after he missed a baseline jumper and landed on the foot of Barcelona center Joey Dorsey. Before leaving Game 1, Arroyo had Galatasaray leading for 19 minutes, with 14 points, 2 three-pointers, 3 rebounds and 2assists. Without playing at all in the second half, he remained Galatasaray's scoring leader for the game.
Arroyo, 34 years old, came into the series as the key player for his team, having accumulated the most points of any Euroleague player during the Top 16, with 211. He also ranked first in the Top 16 with 6.77 assists and 34.41 minutes played per game while guiding Galatasaray into the playoffs with four wins in its last five Top 16 games. But he is merely the latest of many Galatasaray players injured in the last seven months. Within the first four Euroleague regular season games, Jamont Gordon and Nate Jawai suffered season-ending injuries, while Manuchar Markoishvili and Erwin Dudley spent most of their season sidelined after surgeries, missing 37 games between them. Big men Pops Menash-Bonsu and Furkan Aldemir also missed significant number of games. Only Henry Domercant participated in all of Galatasaray's 25 games in the Euroleague so far this season.