10.11.2021
Our team suffered five defeats in a row and now it will face one of the hottest rivals - Maccabi Tel Aviv...
At the poles

PRE-GAME BREAKDOWN

CSKA have already lost three consecutive times in the Euroleague, and five in a row, taking into account the VTB League. Maccabi is in the opposite situation. The Tel Aviv side has won five previous games in the Euroleague alone.

CSKA currently occupies two opposite first places in the statistical tables. The Red-Blues are the most productive team of the tournament (80.9 points), while having the worst defense that allows 82.9 points with 59.8% of two-pointers.

Upon their return from Kazan, the Army Team started working immediately: on Monday morning the team was busy with physical training in Krylatskoye. Today the players have already stepped on the Megasport floor.

Ivan Ukhov (ankle) stays out for CSKA. Nikola Milutinov (knee) played in the previous game and is fully working with the team. The condition of the rest of the basketball players who were worried about injuries - Marius Grigonis (back), Alexey Shved (shoulder), Dani Hackett (ankle), Alexander Khomenko (knee) and Johannes Voigtmann (illness) - will be evaluated by the coaches and the medical staff on the day of the game.

PRE-GAME QUOTES

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:

We continue our journey and we play against a very serious opponent, Maccabi established much better game lately. During the last month they play all together, they practice all together and they show very good and competitive basketball, especially on the road but also at home. They have a streak of wins and they do rely a lot on physicality, well-organized game and the quality that they have in each and every possession when they can provide things from every player, on different spots, individually they can create shots for themselves and teammates. That’s a team that we respect a lot. Regarding us we are in the process, as I said, of bringing back injured players and giving them minutes, to get our chemistry back. Unfortunately, we have missing players again and again, but that’s a fact that’s happening all around. It hurts us but we are not going to use it as excuse, we gonna go there and play our heart out to bounce back in front of our fans.

Kenneth Faried, CSKA center:

We are ready. We’ve lost five in a row [including VTB League game]. We are getting guys back, coach is excited, the guys are excited to come back and we are excited as a team. We are just ready to focus, to lock in and finally get one.

“RELATIVITY” CONNECTIONS

Will Clyburn, Maccabi’s Scottie Wilbekin and Ante Zizic were teammates at Darussafaka Istanbul during the 2016-17 season. They helped the team reach the EuroLeague Playoffs.

Nikola Milutinov played under current Maccabi head coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos during his tenure with Olympiacos, for three seasons from 2015 to 2018. They reached the 2017 championship game together.

Daniel Hackett played under current Sfairopoulos at Olympiacos Piraeus for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Johannes Voigtmann has made at least 1 three-point shot in six of his last seven games.

Voigtmann has recorded double-digit PIRs in eight of his last nine games.

Marius Grigonis made at least 1 three-point shot in eight of his last nine games.

Marius Grigonis is ranked second all-time in free throw accuracy at 92.5%.

Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in 24 of his last 25 appearances. He ranks eighth all-time with 430 three-point shots made for his career. Jaycee Carroll is seventh with 437.

Shved ranks ninth all-time in scoring with 2,829 points. Felipe Reyes is eighth with 3,029.

Shved ranks 10th all-time with 589 free throws made for his career. Kostas Sloukas of Olympiacos Piraeus is ninth with 598 and counting.

Shved enters Round 9 in 14th place on the all-time charts with 807 assists. Nando De Colo of Fenerbahce is 13th with 824 and counting.

Will Clyburn has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games. He ranks second this season in scoring with 17.8 per game and fifth in average PIR with 18.6 per game.

Tornike Shengelia has scored in double figures in five of his last six games.

Shengelia has made at least 1 three-point shot in four of his last five games.

Milutinov ranks eighth on the all-time list with 464 offensive rebounds. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul is seventh with 474 and counting.

PAST MATCHUPS

Taking into account three technical defeats suffered in 70s due to political situation, CSKA prevailed in 27 games out of 47.

1974-75 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: CSKA – Maccabi: (CSKA technical defeat)
1974-75 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: Maccabi – CSKA: (CSKA technical defeat)
1976-77 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: CSKA – Maccabi: 79-91 (-12)
1976-77 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: Maccabi – CSKA: (CSKA technical defeat)
1980-81 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: CSKA – Maccabi: 83-81 (+2)
1980-81 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: Maccabi – CSKA: 85-74 (-11)
1982-83 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: CSKA – Maccabi: 80-84 (-4)
1982-83 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: Maccabi – CSKA: 69-78 (+9)
1984-85 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: CSKA – Maccabi: 81-87 (-6)
1984-85 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: Maccabi – CSKA: 67-79 (+12)
1988-89 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: CSKA – Maccabi: 92-97 (-5)
1988-89 – European Champions’ Cup. Group stage: Maccabi – CSKA: 94-90 (-4)
1994-95 – European Championship for Club Teams. Semifinal Round: CSKA – Maccabi: 87-78 (+9)
1994-95 – European Championship for Club Teams. Semifinal Round: Maccabi – CSKA: 92-89 ОТ (-3)
1996-97 – Euroleague. Qualification Round: CSKA – Maccabi: 89-80 (+9)
1996-97 – Euroleague. Qualification Round: Maccabi – CSKA: 77-78 (+1)
1997-98 – Euroleague. Preliminary Round: CSKA – Maccabi: 71-63 (+8)
1997-98 – Euroleague. Preliminary Round: Maccabi – CSKA: 87-69 (-18)
2000-01 – Suproleague. Semifinal: Maccabi – CSKA: 86-80 (-6)
2001-02 – Euroleague. Top 16: Maccabi – CSKA: 69-68 (-1)
2001-02 – Euroleague. Top 16: CSKA – Maccabi: 81-77 (+4)
2003-04 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 84-87 (+3)
2003-04 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 80-83 (-3)
2003-04 – Euroleague. Semifinal: Maccabi – CSKA: 93-85 (-8)
2005-06 – Euroleague. Final: CSKA – Maccabi: 73-69 (+4)
2006-07 – Euroleague. Quarterfinals: CSKA – Maccabi: 80-58 (+22)
2006-07 – Euroleague. Quarterfinals: Maccabi – CSKA: 68-56 (-12)
2006-07 – Euroleague. Quarterfinals: CSKA – Maccabi: 92-71 (+21)
2007-08 – Euroleague. Final: Maccabi – CSKA: 77-91 (+14)
2009-10 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 71-54 (-17)
2009-10 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 77-72 (+5)
2013-14 – Euroleague. Top 16: CSKA – Maccabi: 100-65 (+35)
2013-14 – Euroleague. Top 16: Maccabi – CSKA: 76-81 (+5)
2013-14 – Euroleague. Semifinal: CSKA – Maccabi: 67-68 (-1)
2014-15 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 99-80 (+18)
2014-15 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 61-84 (+23)
2015-16 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 100-69 (+31)
2015-16 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 82-88 (+6)
2016-17 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 76-80 (+4)
2016-17 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 93-81 (+12)
2017-18 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 101-86 (+15)
2017-18 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 73-93 (+20)
2018-19 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 86-89 (+3)
2018-19 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 76-93 (-17)
2019-20 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 90-80 (-10)
2020-21 – Euroleague. Regular season: CSKA – Maccabi: 76-72 (+4)
2020-21 – Euroleague. Regular season: Maccabi – CSKA: 80-84 (+4)

SHORT DOSSIER

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel
Founded: 1932
Colors: yellow, blue
Home court: Menora Mivtachim Arena (11,000)
President: Shimon Mizrahi
Head coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos
Website: www.maccabi.co.il
Trophy case: 5-time Euroleague champion (1977, 81, 2004, 05, 14), Suproleague champion (2001), Adriatic League champion (2012), Intercontinental Cup winner (1980), Israeli champion (1954, 55, 57-59, 62-64, 67, 68, 70-92, 94-2007, 09, 11, 12, 14, 18-21), Israeli Cup winner (1956, 58, 59, 61, 63-66, 70-73, 75, 77-83, 85-87, 89-91, 94, 98-2006, 10-17, 21)

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