Samsung, which escaped from the swamp of 5 consecutive losses, is aiming for a rebound. But the opponent is not formidable.
The Seoul Samsung Thunders will play the 3rd round of the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball Regular League against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus at Ulsan Dongchun Gymnasium on the 19th.
Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok said, “Actually, our players are too busy with the opponent’s activity. Still, in the last two rounds, we played with the opponent in range. We gave up the game because we couldn’t overcome the hurdle, but the players are well aware of this.” said.
He explained the preparations for the game that day, saying, “In terms of physical strength, Kim Si-rae is better than Lee Jung-hyun. I plan to raise the energy level in the beginning by taking the first half mainly with young players such as Kim Gwang-cheol and Shin Dong-hyuk.”
Samsung first introduced Jonathan Alledge, who was hired as a temporary substitute for Marcus Derrickson in the last game. It didn’t live up to expectations. Alledge, who failed to fill the 2 minutes, committed 4 fouls with 2 turnovers.
Coach Eun Hee-seok said, “I think I’m still in the adaptation phase. Even in the last game, I said I didn’t expect much, but I hoped for about 10 points in attack, but I think it takes time. Some say that the referee’s call is too sensitive, but I slightly underestimated the league. I wonder if it’s not. That’s why I’m going to start today. It means to try it once.”
In Samsung, where many key players are missing due to injuries, their return is scheduled gradually. While Kim Jin-young, whose suspension is lifted, is set to return on Christmas Day, Lee Won-seok and Lee Dong-yeop’s injury recovery prognosis is good. They are also expected to return around Christmas or the end of the year. 토토
Coach Eun said, “Because Kim Jin-young can play basketball, it is helpful for offense. However, he is a player with many points to improve in defense. “If possible, I would like to be able to return during Christmas rather than New Year’s,” he said.