2019-20Regular SeasonRound 9
November 19, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 ZALGIRIO ARENA
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Records

3-5 Regular Season 4-4
3-5 Overall 4-4

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL
Umpire 1
NEDOVIC, MILAN
Umpire 2
TRAWICKI, TOMASZ

The Take

Two proud teams in the bottom half of the standings aim to stay in touch with the top half when Zalgiris (3-5) hosts Panathinaikos (4-4) in the very first game of an action-packed double-round week on Tuesday. Panathinaikos dominates their series this century, having won 16 of the 22 games, however Zalgiris has prevailed in four of the last five and only lost the fifth one by a point in Athens. Panathinaikos, on the other hand, actually owns the better record between them in Kaunas, 6-5.

The Panathinaikos bench

After a 105-106 double-overtime home loss to undermanned ALBA Berlin last week, Panathinaikos let go of head coach Argyris Pedoulakis. Going into this double-round week, assistant Giorgios Vovoras is slated to coach the Greens. He has been on Panathinaikos bench since 2016 as an assistant, but was there from 2012 to 2014, as well, and helped the Greens win Greek League titles in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Back at you

Zalgiris guard Lukas Lekavicius spent the last two seasons as an apprentice to Panathinaikos superstar Nick Calathes as his backup point guard with the Greens. Lekavicius returned home this summer to Zalgiris, where he had played his first three EuroLeague seasons. He has been more effective coming off the bench than in his three starts so far, but there is little doubt that Jasikevicius will rely on Lekavicius to apply some of what he learned in hundreds of practices against Calathes to help Zalgiris on Tuesday.

Marquee matchup

Panathinaikos small forward DeShaun Thomas is where his Zalgiris counterpart, Nigel Hayes, wants to be soon. Though only three years older, Thomas is in his sixth EuroLeague season, and his best yet, putting up 14.4 points for the Greens. Hayes is getting the lay of the land as a EuroLeague rookie, but earning more than 25 minutes per night from coach Sarunas Jasikevicius is a sign of his potential. In games like this one, such potential is earned, as Thomas knows, but the veteran will plan to use all his hard-won experience to show his younger opponent how it's done.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Zalgiris would like to improve in almost all offensive metrics, but the key to all that is what Panathinaikos does much better: assists. From better passing comes better shots, higher percentages and more points. Zalgiris's top four passers average just 10.8 assists as compared the 9.3 by Calathes alone on Panathinaikos. The defense on him, but also those Zalgiris passers creating better for their teammates, is essential for the hosts. Zalgiris needs to be careful of the fifth-ranked Panathinaikos shot-bockers, too, while working overtime to protect the rim itself, because the visitors are the best EuroLeague team at making two-point shots.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos may lead the EuroLeague in performance index rating, but three one-point defeats have brought change to the bench because its defense couldn't do the job. The Greens, who give up a league-high 13.1 offensive rebounds, must find a way to finish defensive possessions better on Tuesday, especially since Zalgiris grabs the second-most of any team, 11.9 per game. The hosts are masters at drawing fouls, getting to the foul line and making free throws, too. Extra possessions and free throws win close games, and with more of both, Panathinaikos could be 7-1.

Monday, November 18, 2019
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Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 26
2 PEREZ, ALEX G 1.91 26
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 25
10 HAYES, NIGEL F 2.03 24
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS C 2.05 19
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 35
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS F 1.95 22
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 33
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS C 2.08 25
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.93 19
32 LEDAY, ZACH F 2.02 25
34 LANDALE, JOCK C 2.11 24
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 25
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 27
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 28
5 RICE, TYRESE G 1.85 32
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 22
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 25
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.96 29
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.11 34
23 PAPADAKIS, KONSTANTINOS G 1.91 21
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY F 2.01 32
25 BROWN, RION F 1.97 28
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER G 1.87 30
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 30
35 WILEY, JACOB F 2.02 25
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 23
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN F 2.06 24

Player Stats

Leday, Z. / 12.4 Grigonis, M. / 11.9 Landale, J. / 10.0
Thomas, D. / 14.4 Fredette, J. / 14.1 Calathes, N. / 13.6
Leday, Z. / 5.6
Thomas, D. / 5.4
Calathes, N. / 9.3 Rice, T. / 2.6
Walkup, T. / 1.3
Thomas, D. / 1.5 Calathes, N. / 1.4 Wiley, J. / 1.4
Leday, Z. / 0.5
2PT
Landale, J. / 72.7 % Lekavicius, L. / 51.5 % Leday, Z. / 51.5 %
Wiley, J. / 63.8 % Papapetrou, I. / 62.5 % Thomas, D. / 55.1 %
3PT
Grigonis, M. / 47.1 % Milaknis, A. / 42.3 % Hayes, N. / 34.6 %
Rice, T. / 45.0 % Fredette, J. / 40.0 % Papapetrou, I. / 39.3 %
PIR
Walkup, T. / 12.5 Leday, Z. / 12.4 Grigonis, M. / 11.4
Calathes, N. / 18.8 Thomas, D. / 14.9 Fredette, J. / 13.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
75.5 Points 87.5
33.5 Rebounds 34.4
11.9 O. Rebounds 9.9
21.6 D. Rebounds 24.5
15.1 Assists 18.6
5.4 Steals 7.3
0.9 Blocks 3.1
50.2 % 2PT 57.2 %
35.1 % 3PT 35.4 %
85.6 % FT 70.9 %
76.4 PIR 100.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.3 Points 84.8
31.1 Rebounds 37.6
10.9 O. Rebounds 13.1
20.3 D. Rebounds 24.5
16.3 Assists 18.4
6.8 Steals 6.0
4.0 Blocks 2.5
54.8 % 2PT 52.0 %
33.1 % 3PT 37.7 %
77.3 % FT 74.8 %
87.1 PIR 89.6

Head Coaches

VOVORAS, GIORGOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We come from two very bad defeats. Going into a very difficult game against a team that comes from two defeats and will definitely make a lot of energy. Anyway, Zalgiris plays very aggressively on the court. If we want to have real hope, we need to check for turnovers and rebounds. There are two areas that will judge the game. " We have lost a lot of games in the details. If we had won any of the games that were judged on points, things would have been different. The most important thing is to be 40 minutes focused on your plan, not to be affected by the aggressive defense of Zalgiris. If we remain faithful, we can achieve win."

Players

WILEY, JACOB
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We are looking forward to these two games, It will be nice to be away and go for wins in those other arenas. We were all a bit suprised at coach's leaving, but George has been our assistsnt coach all season and we all konw him. We trust him. We have to go out there and execute."

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

· Panathinaikos has dominated its fellow men in green, owning a 16-6 advantage in games between them this century. However, Zalgiris swept the series last season including its first-ever win in Athens, an 83-87 overtime triumph last October.

· Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons for Panathinaikos from 2007 through 2010 and again in 2011-12. In that time he helped the Greens to the 2009 EuroLeague title and three Greek League and Greek Cup crowns. He was a teammate there of current Panathinaikos players Nick Calathes and Ian Vougioukas.

· Panathinaikos center Ian Vougioukas played for Zalgiris during the 2015-16 season, when he was a teammate of current Zalgiris players Paulius Jankunas and Edgaras Ulanovas and played under Coach Jasikevicius.

· Zalgiris guard Lukas Lekavicius played with Panathinaikos in the last two seasons. He has been a teammate of the majority of the current Panathinaikos roster.

· Edgaras Ulanovas posted his career-high in rebounds with 11 in an 80-74 home win over Panathinaikos in December 2017.

· Ioannis Papapetrou set a career-high with 3 blocks playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Zalgiris in December 2016.

· Lukas Lekavicius posted his career-high in steals with 4 for Zalgiris Kaunas against Panathinaikos Athens n November 2015.

· Panathinaikos playmaker Tyrese Rice posted his career-high in index rating with 35 playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Zalgiris in January 2016. He had 20 points and 11 assists in a 111-80 win and earned MVP of the Round honors.

Monday, November 18, 2019
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Zalgiris has registered 14 players for the EuroLeague season, so at least two players must sit every week.

Streaks
Thomas Walkup has made all 15 free throws this season.
Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-pointer in four of his last five games.
Marius Grigonis has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight games.
Grigonis has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games.

Rankings
Jock Landale ranks fourth this season in two-point accuracy at 72.7%.

Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas ranks second all-time with 1,752 rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is first with 1,782.
Jankunas is the EuroLeague all-time leader with 1,250 defensive rebounds.
Jankunas is third with 502 offensive rebounds for his career; CSKA Moscow's Kyle Hines is second with 520 and counting.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 2,996 points. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes enter this round in fourth place with 2,998 points.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 3,652 index rating points.
Jankunas is tied with Mike Batiste for fourth place all-time with 949 two-pointers made; Felipe Reyes is third with 961.
Jankunas ranks sixth all-time with 687 free throws made. Former teammate Marcus Brown is fifth with 690.
Jankunas is 4 blocked shots away from 100 for his career.
No player has started more games than Jankunas, who has 260 career starts.
Edgaras Ulanovas needs 3 offensive rebounds to reach 200 for his career.
Arturas Milaknis is in 13th place on the all-time list with 331 three-point shots made. Trajan Langdon is 12th with 339 triples for his career.
Marius Grigonis ranks third all-time in free throw accuracy at 91.96%.
Grigonis ranks 14th all-time in three-point accuracy at 45.1%.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Panathinaikos parted ways with coach Argyris Pedoulakis and the team announced assistant coach Giorgos Vovoras would direct the team on an interim basis.
Jimmer Fredette did not play in Round 8.
Kostas Papadakis is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Panathinaikos is carrying 14 players on its active roster, so at least two players must sit out every game.
Nick Calathes has started 118 consecutive games in which he appeared. The last time he came off the bench was in January 2016.

Streaks
Tyrese Rice has made at least 1 three-pointer in four of his last five games.
Rice has made 11 consecutive free throws.
Jimmer Fredette has made 19 consecutive free throws.
Fredette has scored in double digits in six of his seven appearances this season.
Nick Calathes has posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Ioannis Papapetrou has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight games.

Rankings
DeShaun Thomas is tied for fourth in offensive rebounds with 2.4 per game.
Nick Calathes leads the league this season with 9.3 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Last season in Round 30, Nick Calathes became the second player this century – and first since Nikola Vujcic more than a decade prior – to record a triple-double. He tallied 11 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds in a win over Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.
Calathes set single-season records last season with 286 total assists and with an average of 8.7 assists per game.
Calathes ranks fourth all-time time with 277 steals; Pablo Prigioni is third with 322.
Calathes ranks in sixth place all-time with 1,079 assists; Milos Teodosic is fourth with 1,126.
Georgios Papagiannis ranks 12th all-time in two-point accuracy at 64.6%.

Monday, November 18, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
6 - 16
Zalgiris Kaunas Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 5-6
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 1-10
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 10-1
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 6-5

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 18 January 2019 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 82 - 69 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2018-19 26 October 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 83 - 87 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 25 January 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 94 - 93 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 07 December 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 80 - 74 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 09 March 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 64 - 58 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 14 October 2016 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 84 - 76 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 17 December 2015 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 72 - 75 Panathinaikos Athens
2015-16 13 November 2015 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 91 - 56 Zalgiris Kaunas
2014-15 13 March 2015 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 76 - 70 Panathinaikos Athens
2014-15 16 January 2015 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 77 - 58 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 21 February 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 28 December 2012 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 67 - 66 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 07 December 2011 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 59 - 94 Panathinaikos Athens
2011-12 04 November 2011 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 92 - 75 Zalgiris Kaunas
2008-09 04 December 2008 Regular Season Zalgiris 69 - 80 Panathinaikos
2008-09 22 October 2008 Regular Season Panathinaikos 78 - 51 Zalgiris
2004-05 17 March 2005 Top 16 Panathinaikos 83 - 78 Zalgiris
2004-05 24 February 2005 Top 16 Zalgiris 73 - 84 Panathinaikos
2003-04 08 January 2004 Regular Season Panathinaikos 91 - 80 Zalgiris
2003-04 06 November 2003 Regular Season Zalgiris 80 - 74 Panathinaikos
2002-03 18 December 2002 Regular Season Panathinaikos 98 - 84 Zalgiris
2002-03 17 October 2002 Regular Season Zalgiris 79 - 94 Panathinaikos