C. Moneke will not play against Virtus Bologna.

C. Moneke will not play against Virtus Bologna.

At the worst possible time for Baskonia, who are set to face Virtus Bologna on April 19, 2024, at 18:30 (UTC) for the EuroLeague play-in, comes the worst possible news: they will be without Chima Moneke. The American forward stands as one of the team’s finest players and among the top forwards in this year’s Euroleague.

Chima Moneke averages 13.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks, per game, and an 18.3 Performance Index Rating (PIR).

How was Chima Moneke injured against Maccabi Tel Aviv?

As we reported in our recap of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s game against Baskonia in play-in round 1, C. Moneke sustained an injury in the 2nd quarter, specifically during the 6th minute after a drive attempt, leading to an awkward fall to the floor. Initially, it was believed to be a hip or knee injury, but he will ultimately miss the game against Virtus Bologna due to a diagnosed left ankle injury.

How significant is C. Moneke’s absence against Virtus Bologna?

In the regular season game against Virtus Bologna, which occurred in the 34th and final round of the Euroleague, C. Moneke tallied 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Meanwhile, M. Howard emerged as the standout player for Baskonia with 34 points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists, contributing to their 91-95 victory that propelled them to 8th place in the rankings at the close of the regular season. Undoubtedly, Moneke’s absence against Virtus Bologna will rob Dusko Ivanovic of a significant portion of his team’s frontline momentum, placing added responsibility on T. Sedekerskis and M. Costello. Despite his offensive prowess, Moneke also excels defensively, leaving Baskonia to devise strategies to contain Virtus Bologna’s formidable T. Shengelia, who has shown a surge in form in recent matches.

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