‘The Wisemen Know’ feature has proven to be a great success – both from the feedback I’ve got and also from the number of visitors, who read the post last week. However, off the court success didn’t exactly translate on the court as the experts themselves were blown away with the Zalgiris’ win on the road in Baskonia – only Christophe chose the Greens to win, but comically enough… he did it by mistake. Anyway, the final word is the one that matters!
Anyway, this week promises to be just as interesting for those of you, who follow Lithuanian hoops – according to our all-knowing panel of experts, Rytas should take its first W of the season in Euroleague, while Zalgiris will be involved in a thriller of a game against Khimki – this one will come down to the wire! Enough talking: check out what our Wisemen had to say – like always, with a bit of humor, with a bit of sarcasm – just the way we like it!
The title tells it all – basketball experts are going to tell you what they think of the Lithuanian team chances in the upcoming Euroleague games as well as a weekly question about European hoops in general. The panel will consist of well-respected coaches (Luka Bassin and Tane Spasev), scouts (Alejandro Gonzalez and Rafael Uehara) and many different basketball writers (Arkadios Chasirides, Christophe Ney, Nick Gibson, Sebastian Komianos, Simon Jatsch) and even a pro basketball player Milan Prodanovic. I can assure you that these clever minds will all surely have something interesting to share.
To make it even more interesting, there’s a catch involved as each of the experts had only one limitation in the process – the thoughts had to fit in a tweet (140 characters).
RYTAS TO OPEN VICTORY TALLY AT HOME
Alejandro Gonzalez: I think Lietuvos will pick its first European win vs. Cibona. Kind of now or never! Some great prospects to watch here, interesting game.
Arkadios Chasirides: Rytas. If there is a team worse than them in Euroleague, it’s Cibona. Valanciunas and Radosevic will let each other score at will.
Christophe Ney: Rytas will win.
Luka Bassin: Both teams struggle. But Cibona is in worse position and Bogdanović is slowly losing his edge. Home court advantage will decide – Rytas!
Milan Prodanovic: Rytas vs. Cibona – Cibona looking lost and confused after getting destroyed by a winless Red Star.
Nick Gibson: What do you get when you pit ‘hopelessly desperate’ against ‘incredibly desperate’? A 1-4 record and a collective exhale in Vilnius.
Rafael Uehara: Rytas. Cibona has lost games by an average of 13.75 PPG. I believe Rytas’s misfortunes are a result of the tough group they are in.
Sebastian Komianos: Rytas vs Cibona is do or die for both teams but Rytas has a more experienced squad and plays at home so they should get these two points.
Simon Jatsch: Rytas for their first win of the season. The addition of Saras is a major boost. Valanciunas facing Radosevic will be interesting.
Tane Spasev: Cibona is a real mess right now, they’ll have to wait for their first win of the season. Not happening at LR. Lithuanians by 12 pts at least.
ZALGIRIS TO EDGE THE RUSSIANS
Alejandro Gonzalez: Hard one, but I got the feeling Khimki is gonna win. Not sure why, and I would really like Zalgiris to win this one but…I hope I’m wrong!
Arkadios Chasirides: Zalgiris. This team is built for such games and facing a Moscovite club is a special challenge which reminds us of 80s.
Christophe Ney: Zalgiris will win.
Luka Bassin: After success in regional league for both teams, it will be close game – Khimki in over-time.
Milan Prodanovic: Zalgiris takes a loss against Langford and Lopez, who combine for 40 points.
Nick Gibson: Khimki’s margins: +6, -4, +4 and -2. We’re either on pace for a 2-point Khimki win or…a tie. Math’s not my strong suit, so I say ZAL +5.
Rafael Uehara: Zalgiris. Group A featured 3 road wins last week. Don’t think the same will happen again this week. Trust in the Lithuanian atmosphere.
Sebastian Komianos: Zalgiris playing with the morale boost from last week’s triumph, Khimki lost at home against Maccabi..hard one but I don’t trust Khimki away.
Simon Jatsch: Khimki seems to have the trees to contain Begic but so did Baskonia (Barac). I think, at home, Zalgiris cannot lose this game.
Tane Spasev: It will be a great game! I am watching that one. It will go down to the wire but I think Khimki will win it. Experienced players and coach.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Alejandro Gonzalez: Not the kind of star we’re used to but Rubio is a special, unique player. European (NT&Club) champion, Olympic silver medal….and he’s 20!
Arkadios Chasirides: Ricky who?
Christophe Ney: Of course, do you know any better player born in 1990 in a EL title favorite team?
Luka Bassin: Yes.Ricky won almost everything and still he is only 20. Maybe his progress stoped for a moment, but he is special and he has a lot to offer
Milan Prodanovic: Rubio is an unseen talent. The team situation with the T’Wolves & his buyout created a wave of negative publicity, but he will be a megastar.
Nick Gibson: This weekend, ESPN aired an 8-minute feature on Ricardo. But they followed with 10 minutes on Asian carp invading our fishing waters, so…
Rafael Uehara: Like I’ve written two weeks ago, Rubio is a 20 year-old prospect displaying the highs and lows any 20 year-old does. We have to wait.
Sebastian Komianos: Do you mean “NBA big” or “Euroleague big”? If he stays in Europe him and Teodosic are the two best prospects in PG, if he goes to NBA..nah..
Simon Jatsch: Yes. His role at Barca doesn’t really play into his strengths, but he’ll be back to form. Young players are inconsistent.
Tane Spasev: You cannot be “big thing” forever. He had a bad WC and I am not on his bandwagon any more. It’s time for him to show more than flair passes.