04-28-2012, 12:29 AM
Its surely been a while since they were challenged this much domestically though? Cantu can challenge Siena (even though with all their injuries they probably dont have quite enough in playoff situation) and Milano could give them a real scare. Scarilo's sniping about how Pianigiani shouldn't be coaching the NT added a little bit more intrigue too. But yeah, they still have to be favourites.
04-29-2012, 11:02 AM
Injuries have been the story of the season for Siena and that's the main reason why even though I still consider them as favourites I wouldn't be that sure they will win again. They have Kaukenas back and we all know how much he brings to the team, but he also comes from a very serious injury so...Moss, Thornton and Michelori are out indefinitely, Maciulis just came and will need to adjust, Lavrinovic and Stonerook constantly battling with injuries that prevent them from practicing during the week.
Unfortunately Cantý is facing similar issues with key players like Micov, Basile and Shermadini (out for the season). Scekic would be very useful now but he's out for the season too.
Milano is on a hot streak. We all knew they needed time to put all things together, this season they only managed to reach top 16 in Euroleague, but looking at their roster it's clear they have a deep and talented team that could've made it to the quarterfinals, but at those levels they still depended too much on Hairston who was injured during all that phase. Most players, especially Cook and Bouroussis, are in great shape since a couple of months or so, unfortunately they lost Bremer who had a huge impact since his arrival, but they seem to have found chemistry at last. They're also adding a new player to strengthen the roster, probably Justin Dentmon. I think they have chances to finally challenge Siena this time.
05-03-2012, 10:22 AM
Siena lost at home again yesterday (69-78) to Virtus Bologna and the final score is not even fair as Virtus managed to keep a wide lead throughout the 2nd half. Milano won at Treviso and it's their 7th in a row, I'm definitely convinced they have serious chances to stop Siena's dominance this time. I'd say the same for Cantý, but the loss of Shermadini and Micov might be just too much for them.
05-06-2012, 10:55 PM