On Wednesday, Maccabi Tel Aviv flew to Serbia for a long weekend in Belgrade, during which it will face Partizan in a Euroleague match tonight and Red Star on Saturday. Jordan Farmar will play in his farewell appearance in the wake of intense pressure from the team to help it earn one of the top two spots in its group in order to qualify for the Top 16.
Farmar said on Wednesday that he was excited about playing his last game for Maccabi. He noted that he had heard the Pioneer Arena in Belgrade has a great atmosphere and is enjoyable to play in. He added that he wanted to finish on a positive note, and that he was glad to have the opportunity to help the team with one more game.
Farmar is expected to fly back to his home in Los Angeles on Saturday ahead of his return to the New Jersey Nets.
Lior Eliyahu is also slated to return to Maccabi tonight. He missed the game on Monday in Haifa due to illness. Coach David Blatt effectively will have his entire roster to use.
"Over the last three years we have had several games in Pioneer, and we all know what the atmosphere there is like," said Maccabi's Guy Pnini. "I personally love these games. We need to come and play 40 minutes of good basketball to win. The most important thing, really, in basketball is consistency. Both from the perspective of the team and from a personal perspective, I need and we need to do this."
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