Monaco (5-6) returns home after the Devil Week. In its home, where they transform from a soft team (on the road) into a… wolf. They lost both games last week (in Tel Aviv and in Turkey), but aim is to return to wins. The Principality team was competitive only for one half in the matches with Maccabi and Efes was competitive. They lost the plot during the second half of both games and almost collapsed.
In the game against Efes, the Montenegrin coach of Monaco, Zvezdan Mitrovic, had a small verbal episode with American guard Mike James, who went to the locker room at the beginning of the 4th period. However, in his statements, Mitrovic considered the issue over.
Villeurbanne (6-5) goes to tonight’s derby from consecutive defeats (both in the French league and in the Euroleague). Still, the truth is that things would have been different for T.J. Parker’s team if it had not faced so many necessary absences: out of action are the newly arrived American scorer Marcos Knight (former Monaco player) and the tall American Osetkowski (due to covid). Also out are the experienced guard/forward Lacombe, who has joined into the French National Team (for the 2023 World Cup qualifiers), the veteran playmaker Diot and the talented tall Wembanyama.
The most critical problem is that the 33-year-old American forward David Lighty (10.0 p., 3.3 rb., 1.5 as.) will return in 2 months, consistently out from the start of the season center Raymar Morgan.
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