Regular season winner CSKA Moscow may have to start the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs without a key to their success with the announcement on Friday that starting center Kyle Hines will miss "upcoming games" due to a calf injury. Hines, a three-time EuroLeague champion, suffered a calf injury and left CSKA's home win against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in the second quarter on Thursday.
The club issued the following statement on Friday: "Center Kyle Hines will not be able to help our team in the upcoming games due to right calf injury...Rehabilitation terms will be estimated after intermediate tests in the GMS Clinic of Moscow."
Hines had not missed a EuroLeague game between January of 2014 and this February, appearing in 132 consecutive games for CSKA before a one-game absence in Round 22. This season, Hines is averaging 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in almost 22 minutes per game and ranks among the EuroLeague's top 10 players in total steals (32) and blocks (22) this season.