Zalgiris with a chance to surprise Khimki

Coronavirus is affecting many teams in Europe. Both squads from Moscow, CSKA and Khimki have 3 players diagnosed with Covid-19 and their chances to win this round in Euroleague decreased substantially. Khimki will face Zalgiris in a tough duel where the Lithuanians are coming very motivated as usually. It will be a symbolical battle because:
  • Rimas Kurtinaintis, the head coach of Khimki Moscow is a very famous public figure in his home-country Lithuania, where he was an amazing player back in time, coach and Minister of Sports
  • Zalgiris always had an extra-motivation against CSKA and Khimki because Lithuania was in the past part of the Soviet Union and many legendary players from this country played for the Russian Empire “national” team forced by the circumstance. That’s why a win against CSKA and Khimki is sweeter than anything else for the Lithuanians.

Turning back to the real facts of the encounter, Khimki is with the roster very shortened by injuries and by Coronavirus. Yesterday, in the VTB League, against Kalev Cramo, the Russian powerhouse used only 3 foreigners, while Alexey Shved, Errick McCollum, Jordan Mickey, Janis Timma, Evgeny Voronov were sidelined. Greg Monroe and Stefan Jovic were probably rested for the upcoming Euroleague game, but the bench will be very short for Khimki against Zalgiris.

The Lithuanians are a brave team, that plays everywhere with the same strength as home. Last week, in the Euroleague opener they surprised Olympiacos in Piraeus, stealing the win with a minimum margin. Zalgiris is more dangerous than ever, even without their mentor Sarunas Jasikevicius.

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