By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Fenerbahce Beko will look to get into the EuroLeague Final Four for the fifth straight season on Thursday. Up 2-1 in the best-of-five series versus Zalgiris Kaunas, the Turkish team will be in action at Lithuania for the second time this week and can clinch a Final Four spot with a “W”. In the event of a defeat on the road, the EuroLeague Playoffs series will return to Turkey for a fifth and deciding contest.
Zeljko Obradovic surely prefers his team to end the series in four games. “One more step to go for the Final Four” he mentioned and added: “We need to understand this is another final for us, and understand the way we need to play. We have to fight from the first to the last second and adjust a few things that it’s obvious we need to do. We talk about a very aggressive team, and as always, a game between Zalgiris and Fenerbahce is very interesting.”
On his part, Sinan Guler said: “We will play in a very tough atmosphere again and I believe it will be even more tense than Game 3. We have an important 40 minutes ahead of us and we have to focus on what we can do right on court. We must stand together to try to win this game.”
Nikola Kalinic is considered questionable due to the left shoulder injury he picked up in Game 3. Tyler Ennis and Joffrey Lauvergne are out.