2012-13PlayoffsGame 3
April 16, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 O.A.K.A.

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.5 Points 79.3
34.3 Rebounds 35.0
9.2 O. Rebounds 8.7
25.2 D. Rebounds 26.3
15.8 Assists 16.7
5.3 Steals 5.9
3.3 Blocks 3.3
14.4 Turnovers 13.0
53.4 % 2PT 57.0 %
36.4 % 3PT 37.1 %
66.7 % FT 75.5 %
78.1 Index 93.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.3 / Maciulis Points 12.8 / Navarro
5.8 / Lasme Rebounds 6.2 / Tomic
2.2 / Lasme OR 1.7 / Jawai
3.6 / Lasme DR 4.8 / Tomic
6.0 / Diamantidis Assists 3.5 / Huertas
1.4 / Diamantidis Steals 1.1 / Mickeal
1.9 / Lasme Blocks 1.2 / Tomic
3.0 / Diamantidis Turnovers 1.7 / Huertas
66.0 % / Bramos 2PT 80.0 % / Rabaseda
44.2 % / Banks 3PT 50.0 % / Lorbek
75.6 % / Lasme FT 97.1 % / Huertas
13.7 / Diamantidis Index 16.1 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
1-1 Playoffs 1-1
9-5 Top 16 13-1
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
16-10 Overall 23-3


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

In a modern classic of European club basketball, Panathinaikos Athens and FC Barcelona Regal resume their fight to make it to the 2013 Final Four with Game 3 of their already-dramatic best-of-five series in the Greek capital on Tuesday. The series is tied at 1-1 after Barcelona won Game 1 in overtime and former Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis stole the show in Game 2 with a three-pointer to win Game 2 at the finish. Two years ago, the same teams arrived with the same series balance to Athens, where Panathinaikos won the next two games to dethrone Barcelona as champion. A sellout crowd is expected in O.A.K.A in what promises to be a great rematch on Thursday.

Panathinaikos may be without forward James Gist, the top scorer in this series (14 ppg.), who has missed practice due to an ankle problem. If Gist stays sidelined, Stephane Lasme and Kostas Tsartsaris will see extended playing time at power forward, playing alongside Sofoklis Schorsanitis at center. Schortsanitis, who played less than 7 minutes in Game 2, could see more playing time anyway, to guard Nate Jawai of Barcelona in a big-man battle. Lasme has used his athletic skills and great timing to counter Barcelona’s tallest player, Ante Tomic, whose post skills and determination can still be decisive in this series. Tsartsaris, a three-time Euroleague champion, faces a critical showdown against Erazem Lorbek, a three-time All-Euroleague power forward who has been limited to 7 points in 38 minutes of this series. Of course, stopping Diamantidis will be Barcelona's top priority in this game, as Panathinaikos runs its entire offense through him. Diamantidis not only offers unmatched leadership of the Panathinaikos offense, but is also a six-time winner of the Euroleague Best Defender trophy, which says enough about his impact at the other end of the court. Former Barcelona player Roko Ukic and Marcus Banks will help Diamantidis with the point guard duties, all of them going against Victor Sada, an on-the-ball defensive ace who helped save a Barcelona victory in Game 1. Banks and Ukic must also prevent creative point guard Marcelinho Huertas from controlling the game tempo. Vasilis Xanthopoulos, a surprise starter in Game 2, may be back to pressure Barcelona superstar Juan Carlos Navarro - the Euroleague's all-time top scorer. Pete Mickeal and Xavi Rabaseda are out in this series, and Barcelona’s starting small forward in the series, Joe Ingles is now questionable, too, with a hip injury, so Navarro and teenage sensation Alex Abrines will see most playing time at both wings. Sarunas Jasikevicius, whose last of four Euroleague titles came with Panathinaikos, will play a key role for Barcelona to organize its attack on the road. Abrines and Navarro will not have it easy against Mike Bramos and Jonas Maciulis, who will see plenty of playing time at both wings for the Greens.

Barcelona needs a good game from Lorbek and Tomic around the baskets - especially if Gist remains sidelined - to keep Navarro involved and to have Huertas and Sada to set the right game tempo. Panathinaikos will run its offense through Diamantidis to get both Lasme and Schortsanitis involved in the low post for easy points in the paint. The Greens will likely look to generate one-on-one opportunities for Ukic and Maciulis, too. Expect a great crowd at O.A.K.A. to offer the Greens positive energy in a truly pivotal showdown.
Monday, April 15, 2013

Game Notes

Panathinaikos Athens

Panathinaikos edged Barcelona 67-66 in the 1996 Euroleague title game in Paris to win its first European championship.

Panathinaikos knocked Barcelona out in the 2011 playoffs 3-1. Barcelona won Game 1 at home by 1 point, but the Greens won the next three to advance to the Final Four in Barcelona, where they eventually captured the title.

Panathinaikos had the Top 16’s premier defense, allowing just 69.1 points per game.

Panathinaikos was the Top 16 leader in three-pointers made with 129.

Jonas Maciulis is the only Panathinaikos player to start every Euroleague game this season. Maciulis and Mike Bramos are the only players to appear in every game. Coach Argiris Padoulakis has used a total of 14 different players in his starting lineups this season. 

Dimitris Diamantidis is closing in on second place on the Euroleague’s list of career assists. Diamantidis has 797 career assists – 1 fewer than Pablo Prigioni. 

Diamantidis needs 1 more blocked shot to become the first guard in competition history to reject 100 shots.

Diamantidis has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Kostas Tsartsaris needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Mike Bramos has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

James Gist was a teammate of Barcelona center Nate Jawai at Partizan Belgrade in the 2010-11 season. They helped the club win the Adriatic League and the Serbian League and Cup double that season.

FC Barcelona Regal

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67.6 points allowed and 60.7 performance index rating allowed per game.

Marcelinho Huertas is the Euroleague leader in free-throw shooting this season at 97.06%. Huertas has made 19 straight free throws in Euroleague action and 33 of 34 attempts this season.

Ante Tomic streak of 15 scoring in double figures for 15 straight Euroleague games came to an end when he netted just 6 points in Game 2 on Thursday.

Juan Carlos Navarro has scored in double figures in four straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games. He has made 28 of 58 three-pointers (48.3%) during that stretch.

Alex Abrines has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games dating back to last season, when he played for Unicaja Malaga.

Sarunas Jasikevicius played a total of four seasons for Panathinaikos between 2007 and 2010 and again last season. During his time with the Greens, Saras won the 2009 Euroleague as well as three Greek League championships and three Greek Cups. He was a teammate of current Panathinaikos players Dimitris Diamantidis and Kostas Tsartsaris.

Jasikevicius is 1 point behind David Andersen for ninth place on the Euroleague’s all-time scoring charts. Saras has 2,177 points.

Erazem Lorbek was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Roko Ukic during the 2007-08 season with Lottomatica Roma.

Erazem Lorbek is due to play in his 200th career Euroleague game.

C.J. Walalce was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Mike Bramos at Spanish side Gran Canaria during the 2010-11 season.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"The first two games in Spain proved that the encounters of this series are encounters of defense and rhythm. Now both teams know each other much better. We know that now we have the home advantage and we have to handle this fact too, we have to be smart, since we know that OAKA will be full. Barcelona is a really good, experienced and full of quality team, so we have to be ready. It will be very important for us to see if James Gist will be able to help us, since he was injured in the second game. It’s something that we won’t know almost till the last minute."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We believe in our possibilities. We go to Greece with every intention in the world to win. I have a lot of confidence about Tuesday's game, about playing well and rising to the moment and finishing with a win. There's a lot of talk about what happened two years ago, and it seems that since we lost at home, now we don't have options to win away. We know how difficult it is, but we are going there to win a basketball game, and no matter how many fans and atmosphere they have, on the court we need to be capable of having the character and aggressiveness that a game of this magnitude requires."


Panathinaikos Athens
"We are moving on... We got one important win in Barcelona, we tied the series 1-1 and now we are playing home. We saw the video and we saw the mistakes we made. We have to avoid the mistakes; we have to attack their weaknesses, to read any situation on the court faster. We are facing a really good team. We have nothing but respect for our opponent. We respect Barcelona, but we are not afraid. You can’t be afraid stepping on the court. And these games will be different for us, since we are playing home. We know that OAKA will be full and we know that the fans will create an amazing atmosphere with their voice and presence."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We have to go to Athens and win one game, it's what it is. We must play with more concentration and with more confidence, trying to defend possession to the maximum. We can only win in OAKA if we play that way. We have to get better and commit less mistakes."

Panathinaikos edges Barcelona, takes a 2-1 lead in its playoffs series

The most dramatic Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoff series once again lived up to the expectations in Game 3, as Panathinaikos Athens edged FC Barcelona Regal 65-63 in front of a packed O.A.K.A on Tuesday night. Dimitris Diamantidis hit two triples in the final 4 minutes to be once again the hero for Panathinaikos, which now holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series and is one win away from sealing its fourth Final Four berth in five years. Panathinaikos hosts Game 4 in the Greek capital on Thursday night, while a potential Game 5 would be played in Barcelona. The Greens made a 21-6 run bridging the first and second quarters to build a 29-14 lead, but Sarunas Jasikevicius and Juan Carlos Navarro led Barcelona back into the game. A 3-13 run at the start of the third quarter gave the visitors 41-42 lead, and the game was headed for another thrilling ending as teams traded leads. However, after Barcelona went up 59-63, the hosts finished the game with a 6-0 run, that included a triple off the glass from Dimitris Diamantidis that put Panathinaikos up for good. Diamantidis finished with 12 points, while Michael Bramos scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half. Stephane Lasme had 11 points plus 8 rebounds, while James Gist scored 9. For Barcelona, which lost its second straight game after winning 13 in a row, Navarro finished with 17, Jasikevicius netted 13 while Ante Tomic had 12 points ans 9 rebounds but missed a couple of crucial free throws in the final minute.

First quarter: a 12-2 run puts the Greens in front

C.J. Wallace, Marcelinho Huertas and Nate Jawai got their first playoff start, but it was Barca's usual suspect, Navarro, who opened the game with a three-pointer. Jonas Maciulis hit a long jumper and James Gist nailed a triple to get the hosts going, but Navarro hit another triple for 5-6. After Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Erazem Lorbek traded buckets in the paint, Maciulis hit a triple and Diamantidis scored a layup making it 13-8. Tomic briefly snapped the run with a basket inside, but Panathinaikos finished the quarter on a 7-0 run in which Diamantidis hit a jump shot and Lasme made a last-second put-back over Tomic for 20-10 after the first quarter.

Second quarter: margin reaches 15 points before Barcelona rallies

Jasikevicius nailed a long jumper to start the second quarter, but on the other end, Diamantidis drove through the crowd for a tough layup. After a Jawai tip-in, Roko Ukic sunk a triple and Diamantidis threw a half-court pass for Lasme’s reverse alley-oop slam and 29-14. After a timeout, Barcelona went three possessions in a row to Tomic and Lorbek who cut it to 31-20. The Greens kept the lead in the double figures with Bramos driving the baseline for a floater, but Jasikevicius answered with a baseline jumper from the right side and a triple from the left corner as the visitors got within 33-27. Bramos snapped a 2-11 run, sinking a shot from way downtown, and added a driving floater to the tally to help Panathinaikos to take a 38-29 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Saras, Tomic and Navarro help Barcelona catch up

Wallace hit a baseline jumper to open the third quarter, but Ukic collected a couple of steals and made a fastbreak layup, scoring the first second-half points for Panathinaikos. However, the visitors cut it to 40-36 after a three-pointer from Jasikevicius and a ‘Bomba’ from Navarro. With Barcelona playing zone defense, Kostas Tsartsaris found enough room in the crowded paint for a layup, but Barcelona scored on its next three possessions - first Navarro nailed his third triple, then Abrines made a floater off the glass, and finally Tomic scored inside – to take a 41-42 advantage. After that, teams proceeded to trade leads, with Tsartsaris and Lasme scoring inside for the Greens, while ‘La Bomba’ and Tomic increased the visitors’ tally. A triple from Bramos made it 49-47, but Tomic continued dominating the paint and also assisted Abrines from the high post, as Barcelona took 50-51 lead into the final quarter.

Fourth quarter: Diamantidis comes through once again

Tomic started the fourth quarter with a hook shot, staying perfect - 6-of-6 - from the floor, and 2 free throws from Lorbek made it 50-55. Panathinaikos remained in the game thanks to a couple of close-range buckets from James Gist, and after the hosts put big men Tomic and Jawai into foul trouble midway through the final quarter, Diamantidis sunk a wide-open three for 59-57. But the drama was just starting. After a timeout, Wallace and Jasikevicius sunk back-to-back three-pointers that put Barcelona back in front, 59-63, but Panathinaikos came up with a huge dunk from Lasme before Diamantidis made a triple off the glass, for 64-63 entering the final minute. After Tomic missed two free throw attempts, Lasme committed a turnover on the other end, giving Barcelona a chance to go in front. However, Jasikevicius missed a baseline jumper and Gist secured a rebound. He hit 1 of 2 from the foul line, giving the visitors 5.6 seconds for their final possession, but Navarro stumbled going coast-to-coast, and was forced into an impossible three-point attempt that hit the front rim and started celebrations of the home fans.

Dimitris Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Athens - EB12
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Attendance: 17800
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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
6 BRAMOS, MICHAEL 28:29 14 3/4 2/5 2/2   2 2 1 1     1 1 1 13
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 20:33 5 1/1 1/3     2 2 2 1 1     3 1 5
10 UKIC, ROKO 30:41 6 1/3 1/3 1/2   5 5 1 3 1     2 3 10
11 LASME, STEPHANE 25:20 11 4/9   3/4 4 4 8 1 1 3 1   4 4 13
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 24:05 4 2/2     1   1     5     2   -2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 32:13 12 3/4 2/6     2 2 2 2 2     3 4 12
14 GIST, JAMES 17:02 9 2/3 1/2 2/4 1 3 4       1   3 3 10
15 BANKS, MARCUS 2:23   0/1                         -1
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 4:34           1 1     1          
17 GIANNOPOULOS, CHARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 14:40 4 1/3   2/4   3 3 3 2 1 1   2 4 10
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 65 17/30 7/19 10/16 7 22 29 10 10 14 3 1 20 20 71
        56.7% 36.8% 62.5%
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 5:34   0/2 0/3                       -5
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 24:28   0/2 0/1         1   1   1 1 2 -3
10 ABRINES, ALEX 17:22 6 3/3       2 2 2   4     1   5
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 35:24 17 2/3 3/9 4/4   2 2   1 1   1 1 8 18
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 23:35 13 2/3 3/4         1 1 3     2 2 10
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 15:33 5 1/1 1/3     4 4 1 1       3   6
20 INGLES, JOE 13:37     0/2     2 2 1 1       1   1
22 RABASEDA, XAVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 24:27 8 3/9 0/2 2/2   1 1 2       1 3 3 2
32 JAWAI, NATE 13:39 2 1/2     2   2     1     4   -2
44 TOMIC, ANTE 26:21 12 6/6   0/2 2 7 9 2 2 2 1   4 5 23
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 63 18/31 7/24 6/8 7 21 28 10 6 13 1 3 20 20 60
        58.1% 29.2% 75%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
“We watched a deja vu from both previous games tonight. We were waiting for Lorbek to improve his game both in creation and execution. We also worked in the last two practices on offense against a zone defense, but we didn’t read it well and tried to play our own basketball. Barcelona is an outstanding and experienced team which accumulated a 22-2 record before this series and played its game in the third quarter. Thanks to our defense, we managed to break down their offensive routines and damage their low post game. Now we are leading 2-1, but Game 4 is the most difficult step we have to take. The atmosphere was fantastic tonight. I think that Panathinaikos is the only team in Europe that can have more than 20.000 fans with such an enthusiastic mood.”
FC Barcelona Regal
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos for its win. We had our chances at the beginning of the game but missed too many shots. When we managed to improve our defensive pressure, the momentum changed, but in the last moments we have been unlucky. We committed a turnover, then missed two free throws, one shot and another shot. Pete Mickeal is a very important player for us and unfortunately he is injued but we keep fighting. I am not in my players' mind. We had a lot of confidence before tipoff but there is a lot of pressure, too."


Panathinaikos Athens
"We are trying to keep our composure in every game and control the rhythm. The key for us is to be focused for 40 minutes. I think that composure is the main key to this victory, because we came back despite trailing by 5 points. I am very happy for this success and now we have to play the best we can on Thursday to make it to the Final Four”
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was another big game, in front of a sensational atmosphere, which was decided in the last play. We had some good offensive plays, put the ball inside and played good defense. We have to watch the tape and get prepared for Game 4 on Thursday. It would be a big mistake to start thinking on being in London. We are only thinking on the next game and if we win on Thursday, then we will be there”
FC Barcelona Regal
"We had it but could not get the win in the end. We had more options than in the previous game and played well. We have one more game and I hope we can win it. It is very difficult but I think that our game has been good. We have to fix some mistakes but I think we can win it. We all have to give a little bit more - Panathinaikos is a very good team with a lot of experience. All games in this series will be balanced."
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