2012-13PlayoffsGame 2
April 12, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES DE LA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 78.7
36.6 Rebounds 32.6
12.2 O. Rebounds 9.7
24.4 D. Rebounds 22.9
15.3 Assists 15.3
6.8 Steals 7.4
3.5 Blocks 4.3
11.6 Turnovers 11.7
52.2 % 2PT 53.1 %
32.7 % 3PT 38.4 %
75.3 % FT 73.8 %
88.6 Index 88.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / Fernandez Points 13.8 / Hickman
5.4 / Mirotic Rebounds 6.5 / James
1.9 / Reyes OR 2.3 / James
3.7 / Mirotic DR 4.2 / James
3.7 / Rodriguez Assists 3.8 / Ohayon
1.4 / Fernandez Steals 1.5 / Hickman
0.8 / Mirotic Blocks 1.9 / James
1.8 / Llull Turnovers 1.8 / Hickman
63.1 % / Slaughter 2PT 66.7 % / Landesberg
41.7 % / Carroll 3PT 42.4 % / Logan
87.5 % / Rodriguez FT 85.7 % / Landesberg
17.0 / Fernandez Index 16.6 / James

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
1-0 Playoffs 0-1
10-4 Top 16 8-6
7-3 Regular Season 8-2
18-7 Overall 16-9

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Umpire
VOJINOVIC, MILIJA, Serbia

The Take

In what will likely be a very different battle than on Tuesday, Real Madrid hosts Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in Game 2 of their best-of-five series on Thursday. Madrid rallied from an early deficit to thrash Maccabi 79-53 behind 15 points from Rudy Fernandez and a double-double - 10 points, 10 assists - from Sergio Rodriguez. Nobody in Maccabi scored in double digits. It was Maccabi's worst scoring performance this century in the Euroleague and the second-widest margin of victory in the 45th game of this 45-year-old rivalry. Maccabi rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win a playoff before, against Caja Laboral in 2011. Madrid never lost a series after winning Game 1.

Obviously, Maccabi needs to find a way to slow down Fernandez to increase its chances of winning . Fernandez is a natural-born mismatch who has played a pivotal role in most of Madrid's most pivotal games, whether on the offensive or defensive ends. He will get plenty of help at both wings from scoring ace Jaycee Carroll and small forward Carlos Suarez. With Marty Pocius still sidelined, Madrid can opt to have twin playmakers - using Sergio Llull at shooting guard - at some point during the game. Carroll will match his shooting skills against Maccabi's scoring guard David Logan. Meanwhile, Suarez must use his size to impede bwin March MVP Devin Smith, who must be ready to bounce back from an underwhelming performance in Game 1. Yogev Ohayon and Sylven Landesberg give Maccabi depth and deep range at both wings. With Llull at off-guard, Sergio Rodriguez and Dontaye Draper can run the point. Rodriguez will again test use his creativity and passing skills against Ricky Hickman in one of the game's critical matchups. Draper and Llull need to use their experience over Maccabi backup Moran Roth. The battle in the paint will be another key to this game, as both teams have deep frontcourts. Maccabi relies on Shawn James and Darko Planinic for size in the paint, allowing Nik Caner-Medley and Lior Eliyahu to make the most out of their quickness, athleticism and shooting range at power forward. James and Planinic must be ready for a physical, intense battle against Rafael Hettsheimeir, Mirza Begic and legendary rebounder Felipe Reyes, who always steps up in crunch time. Caner-Medley and Eliyahu have the tough mission to stop Nikola Mirotic, whose size, quickness and talent make him a key player for Madrid head coach Pablo Laso, and athletic big man Marcus Slaughter, always a quick-strike option for Los Blancos.

Madrid needs to use its extra depth, especially in the paint, to keep up the pressure on Maccabi with the offensive rebounding of Slaughter, Reyes and Hettsheimeir. At the same time, with anything close to the same defensive intensity as it had in Game 1 will give Madrid the opportunity for easy points in transition. Maccabi needs to move the ball better and find better shots on offense, and be ready to dictate rather than react. The visitors especially need a good game from Smith and Hickman on the perimeter to increase their chances of tying the series.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"The series just started. A best-of-five playoff series is very long. We just won one game. If we think we already achieved something we will be very wrong. It's good to start on the right foot, of course, playing at home and in a game where we went from less tom ore. We ended up well, the team made a good effort and I am happy about that, but the series is not yet sealed. There's a lot to be played still.

"I only worry about Game 2 for now. We have to analyze what happened in the opener. See what we did well and what we did wrong and then forget about Game 1 so we can focus only on the next game. We know tha we will have the best Maccabi in front of us for Game 2, and we must be ready for that."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We need to get back to playing our kind of basketball and to play for our own goals. We need to use the keys we have to play against Real, and to bring just a bit more – something that’s not connected to basketball. I believe we can win tonight. My players know very well that there’s no time for looking backwards – and not much time for making corrections and preparing for the next game."

Players

RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"The series is not won yet. We played a good game on Wednesday but we have another game ahead of us to keep the homecourt advantage on our side, and I am sure that Maccabi will play better than in Game 1.

"For us, defense and rebounds are the keys. When we do both well we have half of the work done because we can play in transition and with more freedom. That's what we have to go for in Game 2.

"David Blatt is a great coach and I am sure that Maccabi will prepare for this game thoroughly, just like us. It will be a different game in which we will have to offer a different game plan to have our options for the win."
JAMES, SHAWN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Mentally, the loss on Wednesday doesn’t affect us; we know what we’re capable of. We have a lot of corrections to make. We’re going to try to come out more focused and prepared tonight. Our starting five needs to set the tone. We need to do a better job of coming from the bench and having guys ready mentally and physically."

Real Madrid overwhelms Maccabi to assume control of series

Real Madrid took a 2-0 lead in its Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series with Maccabi Tel Aviv by collecting a 75-63 victory at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace in Game 2 on Friday. Sergio Llull nailed 6 three-pointers en route to scoring a career high 26 points to lead Madrid, while Jaycee Carroll added 3 triples for 14 points and Nikola Mirotic chipped in with 10 points in the win. David Logan came off the bench for 19 points for Maccabi, which will look to stay alive as it hosts Game 3 in Israel on Tuesday. Shawn James collected 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks while Ricky Hickman and Nik Caner-Medley both scored 10 points in the defeat. Madrid never trailed, racing out to a 16-6 start and never letting up. Maccabi managed to keep the deficit in a respectable range much of the night, but was never able to mount a threatening run.

First quarter: Red-hot Logan keeps Maccabi in the picture

Neither coach changed his starting lineup with Madrid boss Pablo Laso sending out Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Carlos Suarez, Mirotic and Mirza Begic, while Maccabi’s David Blatt went with Yogev Ohayon, Hickman, Devin Smith, Caner-Medley and James. Llull started the scoring with a driving layup and Mirotic followed for a 4-0 Madrid lead. Maccabi missed its first five shots and pulled within 4-3 on Caner-Medley’s triple to put the guests on the board. Lllull nailed a triple and the advantage was 9-3 after two Mirotic foul shots. Both teams were on high alert defensively with James coming up with a great block and then Fernandez rejected back-to-back shots by Smith. The second block landed at Logan who nailed a triple to cut the deficit to 9-6. Llull answered with a triple of his own and a fastbreak layup from Mirotic pushed the margin to double-digits 16-6. It was 18-8 after Mirotic hit a driving layup over James, though Logan responded with a triple and Slyven Landesberg finished the scoring in the quarter with a layup just before the buzzer as Madrid led 18-13 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Slaughter comes off bench to help Madrid pull away

Carroll started the quarter with a triple for Real but Logan nailed two straight three-pointers to get Maccabi within 21-19. Marcus Slaughter sandwiched a jumper and three-point play around a three-pointer from Felipe Reyes as Madrid regained its double-digit lead 29-19. Logan and Caner-Medley scored to twice make it an eight-point game before Llull’s next long ball made it an 11-point advantage 34-23. Maccabi fought back to within 34-28 thanks to a Lior Eliyahu basket and two Hickman free throws after an unsportsmanlike foul on Llull. But the final basket went to Madrid and was a highlight with Sergio Rodriguez finding Fernandez for an alley-oop dunk for a 36-28 Real lead at the break.

Third quarter: Madrid answers Maccabi run

Begic started the second half with a dunk and then both sides heated up from outside with four straight triples – Smith and Caner-Medley for Maccabi and Llull and Fernandez for Madrid, which still led by 10 points when Llull snapped the long-distance barrage with a driving layup for Real’s biggest lead 46-34. Two Smith free throws started a 0-6 Maccabi run with Hickman bringing the deficit to 46-40. Madrid once again found an answer though with Fernandez hitting two free throws to stop the run and Mirotic and Llull continuing their fine nights with another basket each and Carroll’s triple to make it 56-44. James cut it to 56-46 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Llull caps career night with more big threes

James opened the fourth with a dunk but Madrid did not let Maccabi get back into the game with Carroll and Llull both scoring baskets to re-establish the 12-point gap. Hickman nailed a triple but Llull and Carroll went back-to-back from long range for a 66-51 margin. Carroll’s three-point play followed by Slaughter’s dunk extended the advantage to 71-53 with just more than three minutes left. A James three-point play and another basket had Maccabi within 71-60 with 1:43 remaining, but Llull put the nail in the coffin for good with his sixth three to make it 74-60.

Sergio Llull celebrates - Real Madrid - EB12
Friday, April 12, 2013
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 10793
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Real Madrid18182019
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv13151817
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv13284663
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 0:29     0/1                       -1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 28:42 9 1/2 1/8 4/6 1 2 3 2 1 1 2     3 9
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 16:04 2 0/1 0/3 2/2 2 5 7             2 7
9 REYES, FELIPE 17:57 3 0/3 1/3   3 4 7 2 2   2   2 2 11
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 26:42 10 4/8 0/2 2/2 4 3 7 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 14
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 19:30   0/1 0/4     2 2 8   1     3 2 3
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 15:16 2 1/5   0/2 3 6 9     1 2 3 3 2 2
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 21:30 14 2/3 3/4 1/1 1 1 2     1 1 1 2 1 12
23 LLULL, SERGIO 33:45 26 4/5 6/8     3 3 1   1     4 2 24
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 20:05 9 4/6   1/1         2 1 1 1 3 1 6
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 75 16/34 11/33 10/14 15 26 41 15 7 9 9 6 19 18 87
        47.1% 33.3% 71.4%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOGAN, DAVID 30:28 19 3/5 4/7 1/2 1   1 2 3 1     4 4 18
5 JAMES, SHAWN 28:37 13 6/11   1/2 3 4 7   1 3 2 3 2 4 13
6 SMITH, DEVIN 30:06 5 0/4 1/6 2/2   3 3 2   1 4 2 5 1 -2
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 28:56 10 2/4 1/4 3/3   5 5 6 2 5   1 1 4 15
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 11:44 2 1/5     3 2 5     2       1 2
9 ROTH, MORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 29:40 10 2/4 2/2   1 3 4 2       1 2 1 12
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 24:00   0/2 0/1 0/2 1 5 6 4   1   2 2 2 2
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 5:55 2 1/1   0/2   1 1           1 2 2
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 10:34 2 1/2 0/1                   1   -1
22 ZALMANSON, IDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 63 16/38 8/21 7/13 12 24 36 16 6 15 6 9 18 19 63
        42.1% 38.1% 53.8%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"I congratulate the team for the victory. We knew that it was going to be a tough game; Maccabi showed that they don’t give up even in the same game. They played different options in defense and in offensive issues. We led the game very well and Maccabi showed a better level than the other day. I am happy for the victory. One of the key was the support of our fans, especially in the second game, and it was crucial in such a good game. We still have long way to walk, though we have one game left to win to get to the Final Four."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Congratulations to Real Madrid and Coach Pablo Laso. We played a better game than the other day, but not good enough to beat such a strong team. We have to find more possibilities in our offense. I think we played pretty good defense, but they did a very good offensive job and we didn’t. In the game coming up, we need to improve our level and continue with this level in defense."

Players

LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"We did a very good job this week. We worked out very hard and we prepared the game very well. We knew in each moment what we had to do. We started strong, better than the first game. Maccabi played better as well, but again our rebounding and defensive job was the most important key to get the victory. In such an important game, we have to play good defense. For me, this performance is good, but the important is always to be working for the team. We have great offensive talent so here, everybody can score. We are so close to getting to the Final Four. We need to prepare for Tuesday’s game and take a rest before. We know the responsibility that comes with wearing this shirt and we are ready to keep on fighting to be in the Final Four...and to win it."
CARROLL, JAYCEE
Real Madrid
"We were excited to play two games at home. We took the home-court advantage and did what we needed. Now we go to Tel Aviv to win one game more to go to London and make the dream come true. I am very, very excited about it."
SMITH, DEVIN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We have to do a better job next game if we want to beat Real Madrid. Defensively tonight we did a better job, rebounding we worked in a good way. Now we have to win the game on Tuesday. They did the things were supposed to do. They had the home-court advantage and now we are in a tough position after losing two games in a row away. "
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