Maccabi vs Khimki (By: Miyagi)
Maccabi has shown signs of improvement ever since coach Sfairopoulos (ex-Olympiacos) was hired despite their record in EL with him on the bench which is at 2-3. Sfairopoulos is of the belief that defense wins games and everything should start from that. With the only exception his very first game as Maccabi's coach that 90-77 loss to Efes, which cannot be credited to him, Maccabi has improved their defense ever since as they allowed just about 74 points on average in their last 4 EL games.
Maccabi suffered a bitter loss to Baskonia in their last EL game, which worsened their already poor record (3-9) and it is now imperative that they win today's match against another playoff contender, Khimki, before a playoff spot is completely out of reach for them.
Maccabi is still missing Pargo but life goes on without him for quite a while now and he cannot be considered an absence for Sfairopoulos. Khimki on the other side is still missing their leader and top scorer Shved (25.3p, 7.4a) but also another very important player, Gil(11.8p); in the absence of Shved, during their last 3 EL games, they average a very low 71 points per game.
Maccabi has a great chance to bounce back against a banged up team with lots of problems and things to solve, there is no doubt that this is a must win for them and they should be able to take early control of this game through their solid defense and get the much-needed win.
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