The May 1 Labor Day holiday and the Orthodox Easter celebrations meant a day off for Final Four host CSKA Moscow yesterday. Dusan Ivkovic's team will be back in training today, however, with the focus on Friday's semifinal against TAU Vitoria.
The Spanish side meanwhile has injury worries with Brazilian center Tiago Splitter suffering from a muscle sprain. Splitter missed Vitoria's Spanish league tie with Girona Saturday, but said: "No worries, I'll be in Moscow and I'll be playing."
Yesterday, CSKA made a winning start to the Final Four week, winning the VIP section in the VIP Euroleague 3x3 Streetball tournament. A total of 96 teams played in various categories, including 12 women's teams, while several young slammers entertained the crowd at Festivalniy Park in a dunk contest.
CSKA general manager Sergey Kushchenko, assistant coach Evgeniy Pashutin, legend Sergei Bazarevich and ex-player Andrei Spiridonov won four games en route to the final against a team formed by the Russian Basketball Federation and directed by national coach Sergey Babkov, with national under-21 coach Dimitri Shakulin, plus ex-internationals Mikhail Mikhailov and Andrei Maltsev. CSKA won 14-10.
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