The playoff hopes of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan suffered a serious jolt on Saturday, when it was announced that center Arturas Gudaitis would miss the rest of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with a knee injury. Gudaitis, the fifth-rated performer in the competition through 21 games, landed awkwardly after attempting a blocked shot in Milan's 104-106 double-overtime road win against Herbalife Gran Canaria on Friday and was wheeled off the court on a stretcher. After returning to Milan on Saturday, the team announced that Gudaitis had injured the anterior cruciate ligament of the joint capsule and the proximal tibia of the left knee and will be out for the rest of the season.
Gudaitis, in his second season with Milan, had a performance index rating average of 18.7 in 21 games, 17 of which he began on the bench. He ranks first among all EuroLeague players in free throws attempted (133) and made (107), second in average offensive rebounds (3.3), third in total rebounds (7.1), fourth in fouls drawn (4.8), fifth in blocks (1.0) and 15th in points (12.5). His injury coincides with that of Milan's starting center, Kaleb Tarczewski, who is due to return from thumb surgery in February. Milan started the season with a 6-2 record before starting guard Nemanja Nedovic was injured; he has played just three games since. The team currently has a 10-11 record and is tied for the eighth and final playoffs spot with nine regular season games remaining.