Semifinals Analysis: Unics Kazan vs. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Mar 28, 2014 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Semifinals Analysis: Unics Kazan vs. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
Unics Kazan
RECORD
RS, 10-0, 1st
Last 32, 5-1, 1st
Eighthfinals 2-0
Quarterfinals 2-0
Semifinals 0-1

SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 @ Belgrade, April 2: Crvena Zvezda Telekom 63-52 Unics Kazan Read Report
Game 2 @ Kazan, April 9, 17:00 CET: Unics Kazan vs. Crvena Zvezda Telekom

Both teams have impressive credentials entering the semifinals. Unics not only boats the best record in the competition this season, but was the only side to sweep its Eurocup Quarterfinals. Crvena Zvezda started the season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, missed a spot in the Top 16 by one game and since joining the Eurocup for the Last 32, has eliminated two more teams that started their seasons in the Euroleague. Their respective home-court advantages are second to none. Unics is undefeated in its last 13 games in Kazan; Zvezda set a European basketball attendance record at Kombank Arena in the quarterfinals. Defense has been Kazan's calling card this season; Coach Andrea Trinchieri's men led the competition in multiple defensive categories, including fewest points allowed (64.4 ppg.), lowest opponents' true shooting percentage (44.3%) and lowest opponents' index (59.3) and has allowed the second fewest offensive rebounds (7.8 orpg.). Among teams that advanced past the Last 32, Zvezda is the best offensive (11.8 orpg.) and overall (36.7 rpg.) rebounding squad, second in two-point shooting (54.7%) and among the leaders in scoring (82.7 ppg.). On the floor Unics has more experience with four former Euroleague champs (Nikos Zisis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Ian Vougioukas and Nikita Kurbanov) and two former Eurocup winners (Chuck Eidson and Vladimir Veremeenko). For Zvezda, only Ivan Radenovic and Boban Marjanovic have been as far as the Eurocup semifinals before.
Crvena Zvezda Telekom
RECORD
RS Euroleague, 4-6
Last 32, 2-4, 2nd
Eighthfinals 1-1
Quarterfinals 1-1
Semifinals 1-0

Kostas Kaimakoglou - Unics Kazan - EC13 (photo unics.ru)
Kostas Kaimakoglou
TEAM PHOTO GALLERY
Statistics don't do a great job of defining Kaimakoglou's contributions, but victories do. A former Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion, Kaimakoglou is a classic do-it-all forward who looks to fill the team's needs on any given night. He can score from behind the arc or muscle up in the paint. Kaimakoglou is also Unics's top rebounder and blessed with quick feet and good size and strength, which allows him to successfully defend forwards of all shapes and sizes.
Andrea Trinchieri
Andrea Trinchieri
Unics Kazan
Head Coach
Dejan Radonjic - Crvena Zvezda Telekom - EB13
Dejan Radonjic
Crvena Zvezda
Head Coach
Charles Jenkins - Crvena Zvezda Telekom  - EC13 (photo kkcrvenazvezda.rs)
Charles Jenkins
TEAM PHOTO GALLERY
In his first European campaign, Jenkins has lived up to the billing as an electrifying guard that can fill up baskets in a hurry. A supreme game-changer, no Eurocup player has averaged more points off the bench this season than Jenkins. Prolific from behind the arc and at getting to the rim, he was the difference-maker in the quarterfinals against Budivelnik with 21 points over the final five minutes of regulation and overtime – including the series-tying and go-ahead baskets.
Unics Kazan
Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Blocks Fouls Rkg
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
Totals 4200:00 1686 430/800 172/443 310/399 185 530 715 341 165 227 45 43 436 439 1955
Average 200:00 80.28 53.8% 38.8% 77.7% 8.8 25.23 34.04 16.23 7.85 10.8 2.14 2.04 20.76 20.9 93.09
Totals 2225:00 890 242/450 79/221 169/239 131 279 410 156 67 137 31 18 258 250 971
Average 202:16 80.9 53.8% 35.7% 70.7% 11.9 25.36 37.27 14.18 6.09 12.45 2.81 1.63 23.45 22.72 88.27
Crvena Zvezda Telekom
STATS BY POSITION
POINT GUARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
6.2
2.6
3.2
0.6
Nikos Zisis
DeMarcus Nelson
13.5
4.4
4.7
1.2
7.9
1.4
2.0
0.9
Tywain McKee
Charles Jenkins
12.9
1.9
2.1
1.0
SHOOTING GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
19.2
2.0
3.2
0.9
Andrew Goudelock
Branko Lazic
4.2
1.7
0.7
0.7
3.4
3.8
0.6
0.8
Nikita Kurbanov
Jaka Blazic
8.5
2.9
1.7
0.5
8.0
3.8
2.7
1.0
Chuck Eidson
Marko Simonovic
6.9
4.6
0.8
0.5
7.4
4.4
0.9
0.6
Luke Harangody
Marko Tejic
1.4
1.4
0.1
0.1
POWER FORWARDS AND CENTERS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
7.8
4.6
1.7
1.0
Kostas Kaimakoglou
Ivan Radenovic
7.0
4.2
1.4
0.4
11.2
3.5
1.3
1.0
Ian Vougioukas
Boban Marjanovic
7.9
5.6
0.7
0.9
6.1
3.7
0.3
0.7
Vladimir Veremeenko
Rasko Katic
11.5
3.5
1.5
0.5
1.3
1.4
0.1
0.1
Dmitry Sokolov
Tadija Dragicevic
8.2
4.5
0.5
0.4