2010-11Final FourSemifinal
May 06, 2011 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 PALAU SANT JORDI

Team Stats

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78.3 Points 76.6
33.3 Rebounds 30.6
10.0 O. Rebounds 9.7
23.3 D. Rebounds 20.9
14.2 Assists 13.5
7.3 Steals 9.5
3.0 Blocks 1.8
13.2 Turnovers 13.0
52.5 % 2PT 51.3 %
37.5 % 3PT 35.9 %
76.6 % FT 76.3 %
88.2 Index 77.9

Player Stats

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12.9 / Batiste Points 12.2 / Kaukenas
5.3 / Batiste Rebounds 5.1 / Lavrinovic, K.
1.5 / Fotsis OR 1.8 / Hairston
3.9 / Batiste DR 3.6 / Lavrinovic, K.
6.0 / Diamantidis Assists 2.9 / Zisis
1.6 / Diamantidis Steals 2.0 / McCalebb
0.9 / Batiste Blocks 0.6 / Ress
3.1 / Diamantidis Turnovers 2.1 / Kaukenas
73.8 % / Fotsis 2PT 63.6 % / Ress
41.9 % / Nicholas 3PT 50.0 % / Aradori
89.3 % / Kaimakoglou FT 90.5 % / Kaukenas
18.1 / Diamantidis Index 13.6 / McCalebb


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
3-1 Playoffs 3-1
4-2 Top 16 4-2
7-3 Regular Season 8-2
14-6 Overall 15-5


Crew Chief

The Take

The 2011 Final Four starts with one of the best games any European basketball fan can see this season, as Panathinaikos and Montepaschi Siena face each other in the first semifinal on Friday at 18:00 CET. Despite combining for 9 apperances since 2000, Panathinaikos and Montepaschi had never been in the same Final Four, turning this game into an even more anticipated showdown. Moreover, both teams arrive to the game without major injury problems, so expect two deep, versatile teams battling for a spot in the Euroleague final. Panathinaikos looks for its sixth Euroleague title. Despite three previous Final Four appearances, Montepaschi will try to reach its first Euroleague title game. Bo McCalebb is back in shape and ready to offer speed, court sense and aggressivity at point guard. Montepaschi has many options as playmaker, such as experienced guard Nikos Zisis and tall swingman Marko Jaric, who may see extended playing time to guard Euroleague Best Defender Dimitris Diamantidis, who is having a career-best season. Diamantidis is the Greens' silent leader due to his clutch, court sense, on-the-ball defense and experience. Nick Calathes, who had a superb playoff series against dethroned champs Regal FC Barcelona, will give Panathinaikos driving skills and size as backup point guard. It will be a very special game for Panathinaikos forward Romain Sato, who played the 2008 Final Four and won four Italian League titles with Montepaschi. Sato offers athleticism and experience at small forward, but the Greens have other options at both wings, such as sharp shooter Drew Nicholas, reliable swingman Stratos Perperoglou or do-it-all off-guard Milenko Tepic. Nicholas is ready to test his scoring skills against veteran bomber Rimantas Kaukenas. Perperoglou and Sato must be ready for a demanding physical test against athletic forwards Malik Hairston and David Moss. Hairston was Montepaschi's X-factor in his team's playoff series against Olympiacos and wants to keep shining in the best possible scenario. Marco Carrareto will offer defense, intensity and winning mentality off the bench against Nicholas or even Diamantidis while Pietro Aradori will be ready to offer instant offense. The battle in the paint will be critical, as Montepaschi runs its offense through its big men. Shaun Stonerook and Ksistof Lavrinovic can open the floor with their three-pointers and Milovan Rakovic is set to play a critical role in his first-ever Final Four game due to his size, frame and intensity. Shot blocking ace Deji Akindele and mobile big man Tomas Ress round Montepaschi's frontcourt. Rakovic and Akindele have the tough mission to guard Mike Batiste and Aleks Maric, back in action at the right time. Batiste has the complete package - size, intensity, high basketball IQ, post skills and ability to read pick-and-roll situations - to make the difference in a game like this. Antonis Fotsis will try to spread the floor with his shots from downtown but Panathinaikos can improve its post game with Ian Vougioukas, play with experienced center Kostas Tsartsaris or be more versatile with forward Kostas Kaimakoglou. Montepaschi needs to be its usual self in defense, keep Rakovic out of foul trouble, lock the defensive board and dominate the game with its trademark ball circulation. Panathinaikos must play with high intensity, run its offense through Diamantidis and Batiste and make the most out of its longer bench. Expect a great tactic battle, as seven-time Euroleague winner Zeljko Obradovic and Simone Pianigiani will have some surprises to offer. In other words, it is nothing but the perfect start to a truly world-class event, offering drama, action, tradition, intensity and outstanding European club basketball.

REFEREES: Juan Carlos Mitjana (Spain), Grzegorz Ziemblicki (Poland), Robert Lottermoser (Germany)



Dimitris Diamantidis led the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in assists this season with an average of 5.7 per game.
Diamantidis already has one of the top 10 single-season assists marks in Euroleague history. Diamantidis has dished 113 assists so far this season, which ties him with Ed Cota (Zalgiris 2003-04) for the seventh most in a single Euroleague season. Next on the list for his to pass are Theo Papaloukas (114, Olympiacos 2008-09), Terell McIntyre (118, Montepaschi 2007-08) and Elmer Bennett (120, 2000-01).
Diamantidis was the Quarterfinal Playoffs leading scorer with 18 points per game.
Diamantidis has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.
Head coach Zeljko Obradovic has used 11 different players in the starting lineup this season. Not one Panathinaikos player has started every game.
Obradovic coached Montepaschi guard Marko Jaric on the Serbian national team at EuroBasket 2009.
Panathinaikos has made (366) and attempted (478) more free throws than any other Euroleague team this season.
Romain Sato played the bulk of his professional career with Montepaschi. He spent four seasons from 2006 through last summer and helped the club win four Italian League titles, three Italian Super Cups, two Italian Cups and reach the 2008 Euroleague Final Four.
He played under head coach Simone Pianigiani and alongside six current Montepaschi players.
Antonis Fotsis needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his Euroleague career.
Drew Nicholas was a teammate of Montepaschi guard Nikos Zisis during the 2005-06 season at Benetton Treviso. The team, coached by another 2011 Final Four participant, Maccabi Electra’s David Blatt, won the Italian League championship.

Montepaschi Siena

Nikos Zisis moved into the Euroleague’s career top 10 in assists in the last game of the Playoffs. He has dished 429 assists in his career. Zalgiris guard Marcus Brown is ninth with 457 career assists.
Zisis has been a regular on the Greek national team since 2004 and has played alongside as many as seven different Panathinaikos players on that team. In fact Zisis was a teammate of all seven – Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonis Fotsis,Kostas Tsartsaris, Stratos Perperoglou, Ian Vougioukas, Nick Calathes and Kostas Kaimakoglou – at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey last summer.
Zisis, Fotsis, Tsartsaris and Diamantidis were part of the core of the Greek national team and played together almost every summer between 2004 and 2008. Together they helped Greece win the gold medal at EuroBasket 2005 and claim silver at the 2006 World Championships.
Head coach Simone Pianigiani has used 12 different players in his starting lineup this season. Milovan Rakovic is the only player to start every game.
Montepaschi leads the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in steals this season with 9.4 per game.
Bo McCalebb teamed with Panathinaikos center Aleks Maric to lead Partizan Belgrade to the Final Four last season. The two also claimed the Serbian League, Serbian Cup and Adriatic League titles and were named to the All-Euroleague teams.
Marko Jaric made his professional debut in the Greek League playing for Peristeri between 1996 and 1998.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
“We feel very good because we will play once again in the Final Four and we will try to control the things and keep our concentration in every game. Coach Pianigiani has rotated his players rotation in the last few games, but in the Final Four he will use all of them. They are strong on the offensive boards and they play with a lot of defensive switches, something that sometimes cost them to miss of defensive rebounds, but this is normal in basketball. Everybody talks about my experience in the Final Four and this is a good way to take the pressure from the players and get it for myself. We are only thinking of Montepaschi Siena, this is the first target, not Maccabi Tel Aviv or Real Madrid. There are 40 minutes to win or lose and a semifinal or a final game is totally different than a play -off series. We respect a lot Pianigiani and his staff, they do a great job.”
Montepaschi Siena
“We thought we were ready to play right away against Olympiacos and lost by 48. Panathinaikos will be ready to play us and we need more than one option to force them to respond to different situations over 40 minutes. The teams that read their situations correctly will right away will make the difference. But stopping Diamantidis and Batiste on the pick-and-roll and the three great shooters they have will be very difficult. I see everything by our team, it is not about stopping a certain player or playing a certain kind of basketball. Confidence can decide a game like this. We have to think like a team and play defense as a team and this has been our strength this season. Any player can come up with a detail and impact our game. We see this game as Siena against Panathinaikos, not anything else.”


Panathinaikos Athens
"It is really exciting to be in the Final Four and I am very enthusiastic to play here. I respect Montepaschi Siena, but I think that we will show our best. I try hard in every practice and game to help my team and teammates. I am doing small things. I feel good and my confidence is growing up. Montepaschi is a tough, well-coached, hard-nosed defensive team. When you make it this far, every team is obviously very good. Nikos Zisis is a good player, I have played with him in the national team for the last two years. Bo McCalebb is a very good, explosive player. He will be ready to go and he is tough to match up with. We have to contain him getting fast break points and getting to the basket."
Montepaschi Siena
"I have never been in this situation before and am really excited to be in the Final Four. It is a great feeling. We have worked hard every day and given our best in practice. We survived a tough series against Olympiacos, but the semifinal against Panathinaikos will be even tougher. We have to go out there and show what we can do. We believe in ourselves and have confidence. Panathinaikos has good players like Mike Batiste, Aleks Maric and Kostas Tsartsaris under the baskets, with a lot of Final Four experience. I am ready to play against them. We need concentration, fight and passion to beat Panathinaikos."
Nick Calathes - Panathinaikos_32657

Panathinaikos started the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four with a hard-fought 77-69 victory over Montepaschi Siena at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona to reach the Euroleague title game for the third time in five seasons. Nick Calathes scored a career-high 17 points and Dimitris Diamantidis came within 1 of a semifinal record with 9 assists to lead Panathinaikos. Head coach Zeljko Obradovic, the winningest coach in Euroleague history, will go for his eighth crown and Panthinaikos’s sixth on Sunday against the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Real Madrid. Siena started strong and dominated the offensive glass to lead for the first quarter-and-a-half. But mounting foul trouble and poor outside shooting hurt the Italian champs and Panathinaikos battled its way back with Calathes, Antonis Fotsis and Mike Batiste all contributing key points for a 40-36 halftime edge. A 9-2 push to start the second half put the Greens in total control and although Montepaschi continued to fight, it never got closer than 5 again. Batiste added 16 points and 7 rebounds and Fotsis scored 14 for the Greens. Meanwhile Rimantas Kaukenas scored 12 for Siena, which is now 0-4 in the Euroleague semifinals. Malik Hairston scored 12 and Milovan Rakovic 10, while Shaun Stonerook amassed 14 rebounds in defeat.

The opening tip went to Panathinaikos and the game’s first action was Diamantidis drawing an off-the-ball foul from David Moss, who was head coach Simone Pianigiani’s choice to guard the star point guard, sjust 7 seconds in. Siena got on the scoreboard first through a Marko Jaric steal and Ksistof Lavrinovic layup, but a Diamantidis steal and pass to Calathes for a layup soon evened the score. The opening minutes saw the teams trading blow for blow. Moss got to the line for 2 free throws and Diamantidis fed Fotsis for an alley-oop slam at the other end. Lavrinovic broke free for an open three and Romain Sato equaled him for the Greens. Rakovic scored twice on the offensive glass to give Siena its first two-possession lead, but then picked up his second foul and was on the bench less than five minutes into the game. Moss soon followed him with his second foul, but the Italian champs stayed hot. Lavrinovic found perfect position for a basket inside and Kaukenas, who came in for Moss, nailed a jumper to make it 10-5. Batiste, who came off the bench, started to make in impact with 3 free throws over two possessions, to narrow the gap. Despite a picture-perfect jumper from Kaukenas, foul trouble continued to mount for Siena as Stonerook was whistled for his second. Fotsis and Calathes made free throws to close the gap to 17-19. A Montepaschi turnover gave the Greens a chance to go ahead, but a Diamantidis triple was cancelled out because of offensive interference on Batiste, who touched the rim before the ball dropped through. Siena quickly countered through Nikos Zisis, who beat the buzzer with a jumper to make it 17-21 after 10 minutes.

Marco Carraretto came on for the second quarter, meaning that Pianigiani had already used 11 players. Defenses continued to shine, with each team denying the other in transition. Montepaschi’s superior offensive rebounding gave it extra chances. Jeleel Akindele grabbed his team’s 10th before Panathinaikos had its first and got to the line for 2 free throws. Drew Nicholas buried a triple to make it 20-24, but an unsportsmanlike foul on Sato for elbowing Carraretto in the back allowed the latter to make free throws and keep his team ahead. Bo McCalebb joined the party, becoming the 12th Montepaschi man to see action all before the midway points of the second quarter. Calathes and Stonerook traded points from the line. Stratos Perperoglou darted through the Siena defense for a layup only to see McCalebb outdo him with a basket-and-foul to make it 24-30. Seconds later the momentum was with Panathinaikos as Ian Vougioukas scored underneath and drew a third foul from Rakovic. Then Diamantidis set Calathes up for a reverse layup-plus-foul from Akindele. After a Siena timeout, Calathes missed the free throw, but the Greens finally got their first offensive rebound. Akindele preserved the lead by blocking a Perperoglou shot, but it was short-lived. Fotsis and Perperoglou drained threes on successive trips down the court, first giving Panathinaikos its first lead on the night and then pushing the advantage to 32-35. Montepaschi did not falter, but Batiste took charge with a slam to lift the lead to 4. Akindele kept it close with a two-handed jam thanks to a fine dish from McCalebb. Fotsis got to the line to lift the Greens to 40-36 and McCalebb missed at the buzzer to signal halftime.

Panathinaikos kept the momentum it had earned before halftime as Fotsis started the second half with a long jumper. But Moss went inside for his first basket. The defenses clamped down at both ends and points were coming at a premium. Loose balls brought piles of bodies diving across the court as both teams made sure to leave nothing on the floor. Moss made a stand with a big block, but Zisis’s triple bounced in and out at the other end. With more than five minutes gone in the third quarter, each team had scored just once. Panathinaikos got an important advantage when Lavrinovic was called for his fourth foul while going for a rebound. Calathes’s fifth made free throw of the night put the Greens up 5. A Rakovic hook rolled around the rim and out and Calathes punished Siena with a transition layup. Batiste added to Siena’s misery with a jumper and after Montepaschi’s next miss, Rakovic was assessed his fourth foul while going for the offensive rebound. Batiste took his team’s lead to double figures, 49-38, with a pair of free throws. McCalebb got to the line to end Siena’s scoring drought, but its shots still weren’t falling. Instead Fotsis brought his team’s fans to their feet with a triple. Moss scored from the line and Hairston added a triple to bring their team back to life at 52-45. But with 4 fouls, Rakovic was soft on defense and Kostas Tsartsaris took advantage. And the rebound of a wide-open McCalebb missed three fell to Diamantidis who assisted Calathes to make it 56-47 at the end of the third quarter.

Hairston connected from downtown to fuel the spirits of the Siena faithful, however Calathes responded quickly with a layup. Diamantidis dropped in a three from the top of the circle and a Stonerook turnover followed to give Panathinaikos the momentum. However, after Batiste missed twice from the line, Stonerook nailed a triple and to make it a game again at 61-55. Panathinaikos suddenly went cold on the attack, but Montepaschi was unable to capitalize. Instead Vougioukas set up Calathes for a layup and soon Panathinaikos was back in total control. Lavrinovic took a seat with 5 fouls and Diamantidis made it 68-57 with four-and-a-half minutes to play. Kaukenas gave Siena hope with a triple-and-foul only to see Batiste answer on the offensive glass. Rakovic scored inside to make it 72-65 with two minutes remaining. A dribbling violation on Perperoglou opened a door for Siena and Rakovic narrowed the gap to 5 with 1:23 to play, but Batiste followed with a basket down low and Diamantidis slammed the door shut with 2 free throws with 36.1 seconds remaining to seal the win and set off the celebrations for the Panathinaikos fans.

Friday, May 6, 2011
Attendance: 15768
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Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TEPIC, MILENKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 MARIC, ALEKS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 19:08 5 1/7 1/2     2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 -1
8 BATISTE, MIKE 21:51 16 5/5 0/1 6/10 3 4 7 1 1 4     3 5 18
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 30:31 14 2/2 2/6 4/6   3 3     1     2 4 12
10 SATO, ROMAIN 16:35 6 1/5 1/3 1/2 1 4 5 1       1 1 3 6
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 22:28 3 0/2 1/3         2   2     2   -3
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 11:42 2 1/2       1 1           3   -1
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 32:02 8   1/3 5/6   4 4 9 2 1     3 6 22
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 15:56 6 1/2   4/5   3 3 2 1 1     2 6 13
15 CALATHES, NICK 29:47 17 6/7   5/7 1 5 6 2 2 3 1   3 5 24
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 17/32 6/18 25/36 5 28 33 18 7 13 2 3 21 30 92
        53.1% 33.3% 69.4%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 16:54 7 2/7 0/1 3/3       4   1   1 1 2 4
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 12:20 4 2/3 0/4   1   1 1 1 1     2 1  
7 HAIRSTON, MALIK 31:40 12 2/8 2/4 2/2 3 1 4 1   3   1 2 4 7
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 4:43 2     2/2                 2 1 1
11 RAKOVIC, MILOVAN 16:52 10 5/11     2 2 4           4   4
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 21:27 7 2/4 1/1 0/2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1   5 3 5
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 26:18 13 2/4 1/3 6/7 2 1 3 1   2     2 4 12
14 RESS, TOMAS 4:15           1 1           1    
18 AKINDELE, JELEEL 6:54 4 1/4   2/2 3 1 4     1 1   1 2 6
19 JARIC, MARKO 14:53     0/3         2 3 2     1   -1
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 29:44 4 0/1 1/4 1/2 1 13 14 3 1 3     5 2 11
34 MOSS, DAVID 14:00 6 1/5   4/4 1 1 2   1 1 1   4 2 3
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 69 17/47 5/20 20/24 18 25 43 13 7 16 3 2 30 21 59
        36.2% 25% 83.3%

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"It’s always difficult to play in a game like this against Siena, first because they are a good aggressive team. We tried to start without any pressure and we turned the ball over 5 times in the first five minutes. After that we played well. We also had a problem with the defensive rebounds. We talked about this and we talked about boxing out better and to run after the rebounds. We played better in third quarter, but we didn’t score well. We took the advantage and I had experienced players that knew to play in this situation. In the fourth we knew what to expect and handled their zone press. Congratulations to Siena. They are a very good team. They play aggressive defensively and I believe they deserved to be here.

"I am always excited about playing the final. If it’s against Real Madrid great, if it’s Maccabi Tel Aviv also great. I can’t forget the three wonderful years I spent in Madrid.

"For people who don’t know [Nick Calathes] maybe it was a surprise how well he played. For me and the coaches it was not. I told him before the game what I expect from him. He also played like this in the playoffs. He has quality, but he’s young. He played excellent, but at one point had a stupid play. This is natural. He knows me and we have our way to do things. We communicated. I am very happy because he played the way he knows to play.

"I wasn’t surprised [they played physically against Diamantidis] because that is how Siena plays. We knew they would try to stop Diamantidis. But Diamantidis is a player that knows what to do. He doesn’t care about scoring, but about playmaking and distributing balls to others. This is what he does. He’s our leader."
Montepaschi Siena
"I believe we did our best. We had a good approach and played good defense. It’s clear that to win you have to score easy shots. Not only three-point shots but also two-point shots and to rebound. The attack was good, but we made mistakes and we needed to have more confidence. I believe both teams played balanced, but we made more mistakes and we lost. Objectively, regarding basketball, the 17 fouls we committed I think was too many. As for free throws, we allowed to many. I believe that was a high figure and it led us to lose players that were important to us on both sides of the court. All my players did their best, but didn’t shoot great. This happens in games at this level.

"Panathinaikos didn’t score much, but we didn’t score. So I tried with McCalebb. We also needed rebounds with Stonerook. But again we didn’t; score. Lavrionvic made mistakes. The team didn’t sink from a mental perspective and the team did its best. We tried a zone, but it was difficult. If I look back and see 2 for 18 from three-point range, they should go in. What I really regret is that in the start we did well, until halftime, but the moment they scored more, we started with fouls. We did our best and I’m sorry. Both sides did their best and this is the result."


Panathinaikos Athens
"You never get used to winning a Final Four game. We're very excited to make it again to the Euroleague finals. When you work so hard all season and make it to the last game it gives you big satisfaction, but we're certainly not done yet. There's one more game to go, and we need to win whoever is going to face us. Montepaschi didn't need to prove they are a good and tough team. We knew that in advance and they made us work hard tonight to get this win. We're 40 minutes from another Euroleague title and I really hope we're going to make it. Our fans who came here in the thousands deserve it."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was coach's decision not to play me today, and I respect that. The most important thing is that my team won. Even from the bench it was easy to see the game was very physical. We fought back and showed we're not afraid. I believe in the second half we played smarter and executed our plays better and that's what gave us the win. Now we're just one game from another Euroleague title. It'll be the first one for me so I'm very excited about it, but we must stay focused if we want to go all the way and win the title."
Panathinaikos Athens
"I am happy because we won the game and we are in the Finals. The fans were behind us all game and carried us in a very important win. We had a rough start but we managed to improve on the defensive glass and limit turnovers, so we were able to impose the tempo that suits us better and we came out on top at the end."
Panathinaikos Athens
"This will be my first time in the Finals and I’m very excited about the chance to come away with the trophy. Being part of the Panathinaikos family has been a great thing for me and now I hope I can help them get another title. Our defense was key in the second half, because we forced them to do different things with or zones and matchups. We missed a lot of open shots, just like them, but we also forced them to take some tough ones, so we were able to get out on transition and get some easy dunks. I think we definitely turned things on in the third quarter, when we decided it was time to put them away, but they are a tough team, they have been there before and we knew they would not go away, so we took it one possession at a time, without forcing anything."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very tough match, especially for us at the beginning, when they were outrebounding us. They are a very good team and they started the game better than us, but we adjusted, toughed it out and were able to come back in the third period. We can’t say we won the game before the end of it, because they fought until the last minute and it was a very tough game for us. I don’t have a preferred rival in the Finals. It’s 50-50, so we will have to wait and see what happens tonight. I have a lot of friends in Madrid but Maccabi is also a very good team."
Montepaschi Siena
"It is a tough loss, of course. We had a lot of turnovers and picked up a lot of offensive fouls in this game. Those turnovers did not allow us to keep our lead in the second half. Panathinaikos is an experienced team that used our turnovers in the right away throughout the second quarter. They managed to get a six-point lead and managed to keep it until the end. Panathinaikos punished our defense in the right way and deserved to win tonight."
Montepaschi Siena
"Panathinaikos hit a lot of big shots tonight and they have a good team. It is not one player, it is the entire team. Three-point shooting, layups we missed and free throws they got cost us the game. If we had hit a couple of shots at the right time it would have been a different game. Unfortunately, we didn't make those shots and also missed layups. We kept playing hard defense despite our foul problems. This is what got us here and we were not going to go away from that."
Montepaschi Siena
"We didn't play well for all 40 minutes and in this kind of game, we have to be focused and accurate throughout the entire game. We had 5 minutes in this game in which we completely lost our rhythm on offense. We also made a lot of defensive mistakes and that led to Panathinaikos' easy baskets that cost us the game. Panathinaikos plays as a team and even when we focused on stopping Diamantidis, other players stepped up. I wouldn't say that none of their players had an outstanding game, but Panathinaikos is a solid team, without making major mistakes, playing focused for all 40 minutes."
Montepaschi Siena
"We lost a good chance tonight. We started the game very aggressive and with great intensity, rebounding very well at both ends and controlling the game tempo. We lost everything we built up until the 15th minute. We managed to regroup in the second half and made it a four-point game despite a so-so start. We lost the game rhythm and Panathinaikos found easy shots tonight. They managed to beat our zone defense and we had a lot of foul troubles. Panathinaikos did not play a great game and we managed to limit Diamantidis, but just didn't find our rhythm in the second half."
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Japan: J-SPORTS (Delayed)
Israel: SPORT 5 HD
United States of America: NBATV
Canada: NBATV
Austria: SPORT1 TV
China: CSPN
Germany: SPORT1 TV
China: CCTV
Russian Federation: NTV+