The charmingly pudgy Khalid El-Amin rose up from 30 feet and put Caja Laboral to bed. For now, at least. A heartbreaking home loss to a team of Rytas’ caliber would usually be enough to put the losers in my doghouse. But something’s different with Caja. No matter how hard you try to shake them, they come knocking on your door and you find yourself saying yes. It’s frustrating, but we’re powerless in the face of their Vitorian seduction.
A minute-by-minute breakdown of the show follows. It’s a long one. Take small bites and chew carefully.
0 – 2: Maccabi electrifies Roma. Can they be champions?
3 – 4: Panathinaikos dumps Unicaja.
5 – 11: JC Navarro catches fire and Barcelona squeaks past Union Olimpija. Could he make an MVP run?
12 – 17: Marko Tomas and Omer Anan lead Fenerbahçe Ülker over Valencia at home. Just how good are the Turks?
18 – 26: Conspiracy theories abound in Kaunas as Zalgiris goes down to Olympiacos.
27 – 32: Khalid El-Amin is the EL’s charmingly pudgy star. Caja Laboral is the psycho ex-girlfriend that you hate to love.
33 – 36: Efes Pilsen shakes the road monkey off its back and crashes the Pionir party.
37 – 43: Nikola Mirotic leads a crazy comeback against a Bo-less Montepaschi.
44 – 45: DeJuan Collins and Darius Washington get called out in Stars and Stripes
46 – 53: We’ve got five 2-0 teams. Will any of them blow it? And can any of the 0-2 teams dig themselves out and advance?
54 – 56: We run through the impulse picks for next week. Any surprises? I don’t know. Maybe.
And that’s all we’ve got. Sure do hope your ears had some fun with this one.