Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia travelled to Krasnodar, Russia for Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series against Lokomotiv Kuban without star guard Amedeo Della Valle, who will miss the game due to a back problem. Della Valle is undergoing therapy and is not discarded for Game 2, scheduled at PalaBigi on Friday. Della Valle leads the 7DAYS EuroCup in scoring (17.8 ppg.) and performance index rating (20.8). As such, both teams will be without their leading scorer, as Lokomotiv forward Ryan Broekhoff (12.3 ppg.) has been out since the end of the Top 16 due to a hand injury.