2012-13PlayoffsGame 3
April 16, 2013 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.1 Points 79.7
32.7 Rebounds 36.8
9.8 O. Rebounds 12.3
22.9 D. Rebounds 24.5
15.3 Assists 15.3
7.4 Steals 6.8
4.4 Blocks 3.7
11.8 Turnovers 11.5
52.7 % 2PT 52.0 %
38.4 % 3PT 32.7 %
73.2 % FT 75.2 %
87.7 Index 88.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.6 / Hickman Points 13.8 / Fernandez
6.5 / James Rebounds 5.5 / Mirotic
2.3 / James OR 1.9 / Reyes
4.2 / James DR 3.7 / Mirotic
3.8 / Ohayon Assists 3.8 / Rodriguez
1.5 / Hickman Steals 1.4 / Fernandez
1.9 / James Blocks 0.8 / Mirotic
1.9 / Hickman Turnovers 1.8 / Llull
65.9 % / Landesberg 2PT 63.3 % / Slaughter
45.5 % / Caner-Medley 3PT 42.9 % / Carroll
85.7 % / Landesberg FT 87.5 % / Rodriguez
16.5 / James Index 16.6 / Fernandez


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-2 Playoffs 2-0
8-6 Top 16 10-4
8-2 Regular Season 7-3
16-10 Overall 19-7


Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

The Take

Two classic Euroleague powerhouses resume their fight to reach the 2013 Final Four in Game 3 of their best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs series, as Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv welcomes Real Madrid in the Game of the Week on Tuesday. Madrid has a 2-0 lead in the series but Maccabi can rely on 11,000 devoted fans to help make the difference in this game. Maccabi won its last three Euroleague home games but Madrid limited the Israeli powerhouse to 53 and 63 points, respectively, in Games 1 and 2 in the Spanish capital. With another victory, Madrid would eliminate Maccabi and become the first team to reach the Final Four in London.

Controlling the game tempo will be the biggest key to this game. So far, Sergio Rodriguez has been sensational for Madrid, dishing 18 assists in 2 games and making sure Madrid could play its trademark run-and-gun, fun-to-watch basketball. Rodriguez will continue to offer creativity and court sense but Madrid has other playmaker options, such as combo guard Sergio Llull, who led Madrid in Game 2 with 26 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting. Rodriguez will not have it easy against a good on-the-ball defender like Ricky Hickman, whose driving skills and athleticism are essential to Maccabi's success in this game. Llull will again test his explosiveness and deep range against talented combo guard Yogev Oyahon of Maccabi, who might be slowed by a knee problem he suffered over the weekend. David Logan, Sylven Landesberg and small forward Devin Smith will be ready at both wings as Maccabi looks to find the right mix of players to stop Jaycee Carroll from getting hot and Madrid’s leader, small forward Rudy Fernandez, from taking control, like he did in Game 1 of the series. Guy Pnini offers deep range and experience to use against Fernandez, too. Maccabi has well-defined frontcourt roles, with Nik Caner-Medley and Lior Eliyahu splitting playing time at power forward while Shawn James and Darko Planinic power the hosts at center. Caner-Medley and Eliyahu need to find a way to rebound more against Nikola Mirotic and Felipe Reyes to overcome Madrid’s huge rebounding edge in this series. Planinic and James will battle on the same score against Madrid's aggressive center trio of Marcus Slaughter, Mirza Begic and Rafael Hettsheimeir.

Madrid needs to run the floor as much as possible, get Fernandez and Carroll involved, control the game tempo through Rodriguez and Llull, and expect Mirotic and Reyes to make the difference under the baskets. Maccabi will need good games from both Hickman and Smith, to circulate the ball well to find open shots for its many scorers, to use Eliyahu to get easy points in transition, all of that predicated on James and Caner-Medley competing under the baskets. Expect a supercharged atmosphere for a truly pivotal game between two Euroleague classics.
Monday, April 15, 2013

Game Notes

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

Maccabi is 9-1 this season when it has scored at least 80 points.

Shawn James leads the Euroleague in blocked shots with 1.92 per game.

Maccabi leads the league in blocked shots with 4.4 per game and in steals with 7.4 per game.

Maccabi beat Real Madrid 82-63 in the semifinal of the 2011 Final Four in Barcelona. Lior Eliyahu and Guy Pnini are the lone remaining Maccabi players from that squad.

Yogev Ohayon and Ricky Hickman are the only two Maccabi players to have started every Euroleague game this season.

David Logan’s streak of games made with at least 1 three-pointer made came to an end in Game 1 at 17.

Logan has made at least 1 steal in five straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Nik Caner-Medley has made 7 of his last 10 attempted three-pointers.

Derrick Sharp scored the last basket in his Euroleague career in the 2011 Euroleague semifinals against Real Madrid. Sharp retired that summer and today is an assistant coach with Maccabi.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid beat Maccabi 89-85 in the 1980 title game in Berlin to win the Euroleague. Rafa Rullan scored 27 points to lead Madrid to victory.

Carlos Suarez, Felipe Reyes, Nikola Mirotic, Sergio Rodriguez, Mirza Begic and Sergio Llull were on the team that faced Maccabi in the 2011 Final Four and are still playing for Los Blancos.

Real Madrid leads the Euroleague in rebounding with 36.8 per game and in offensive rebounding with 12.3 per game.

Madrid committed the fewest turnovers of any team in the Top 16 with just 10.7 per game.

Felipe Reyes needs 6 more offensive rebounds to tie Mirsad Turkcan as the competition’s all-time leader in that category. Reyes has 379 offensive rebounds in his career.

Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Rudy has blocked at least 1 shot in five straight Euroleague games.

Mirza Begic is tied with Ioannis Bourousis for seventh place on the all-time shots blocked list with 117 career blocks.  Marcus Goree is sixth with 120 career rejections.

Begis has blocked at least 1 shot in five straight games.

Nikola Mirotic has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Sergio Llull established a career high with 26 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting in leading Madrid past Maccabi in Game 2.

Marcus Slaughter was a teammate of Maccabi forward Guy Pnini for part of the 2007-08 season with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Things are never as awful, or as wonderful, as they seem. We made an amazing comeback in the Top 16, but we didn’t suddenly become the strongest team in the Euroleague. We lost two games to an extremely strong team. In Madrid we didn’t play to our best ability, the ability that characterized our team in the second round of the Top 16 even when we played against the very best teams. Obviously, we are not a 60-point team, but Real did an excellent defensive job against us, while we showed a lot of energy on defense but made mistakes on offense. We’re coming home, with a change of atmosphere, and above all we must win Game 3; without that we can’t talk about a reversal."
Real Madrid
"Our goal is clear. We are one win away from making the Final Four, but we are playing on one of the most difficult courts in Europe, Nokia Arena, and winning in Tel Aviv is complicated. I am sure that Maccabi will turn to its pride and they are a team that already showed that can hurt us. We must be focused. I am only worried about our day by day now, so next thing on our plate is Game 3. We must focus only on this game. Thinking that we have three chances to make the Final Four would be a mistake. There's a lot left ahead of us to be done and the two games we have played so far have been complicated."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"In order to beat Real Madrid we need to correct some critical mistakes that we made in our first two games of the series. We know what we need to change, and I believe we will do it. The coaching staff has done a great job preparing us. I believe it will be an entirely different story in Nokia Arena, with our fans supporting us. We need to neutralize Real’s offensive game, and of course to score at much higher percentages. A few other players and I had very weak games in Madrid, but we’re going to do everything we can to see that things flow much more smoothly here in Tel Aviv."
Real Madrid
"We play in Tel Aviv and we can solve the series on the road, but we are only thinking about Game 3. We know it will be a difficult test and that Maccabi will make things hard for us, even harder than in Madrid. It is a team that grows with their fans, a crowd that makes for a hot atmosphere. They are a difficult team to beat, but we will face the game like the other ones: defending well, trying to control rebounds and trying to impose a high tempo.

"Maccabi is a wounded rival and that makes them more dangerous even. They will do everything on their hands to take this win and they will go for it from the get go. We have to be ready to face a tough challenge knowing that if we defend and rebound well, we'll be able to play more comfortably in offense and that will make our chances to win the game bigger."

Real Madrid sweeps Maccabi, is first team to reach the Final Four!

Real Madrid has made it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four! Madrid reached the Final Four for the second time in three years by sweeping its best-of-five playoffs series against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. On Tuesday, Madrid downed Maccabi 57-69 in front of a sellout crowd of 11,060 fans at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel in Game 3 of the series, which Madrid swept to seal its ticket to the Final Four in London, United Kingdom. Jaycee Carroll led the winners with 16 points on his 30th birthday. Sergio Llull added 13 while Sergio Rodriguez had 12 for Madrid. Shawn James led Maccabi with 18 points. Yogev Ohayon, Ricky Hickman and David Logan each added 11 for the hosts. In a pre-game ceremony, Maccabi president Shimon Mizrahi presented Devin Smith his bwin MVP for March trophy. Nikola Mirotic and Llull shined early to give Madrid a 5-14 lead. Maccabi bounced back off a timeout but a buzzer-beating basket by Carroll gave the hosts a 10-16 edge after 10 minutes. Maccabi rallied and a jumper by Ohayon tied it at 30-30, but a triple by Rodriguez put Madrid back ahead, 30-33, at the break. Maccabi shined after the break and a fast break layup by Logan gave the hosts a 42-38 lead. It didn't last long, as Carroll-led 0-10 run put Madrid ahead for good, 42-48. Madrid extended its margin to 44-52 after 30 minutes and then again to 48-61 soon after that, enough for the Whites to keep full control of the game and seal its ticket to the Final Four!

First quarter: Llull, Begic give Madrid an early lead

Mirza Begic got Madrid going with a big basket off a spin move, as the guests held Maccabi scoreless in the opening 3 minutes. The hosts missed its 5 opening shots and picked up a turnover until Logan stepped up with a fast break basket. Madrid could not get Rudy Fernandez involved and kept missing open three-point shots. Llull rescued the guests with a bomb from downtown and a free throw by Logan kept Maccabi within 3-5. Mirotic buried a corner three-pointer off a timeout, James scored down low and a two-handed dunk by Begic gave Madrid a 5-10 margin. Mirotic split foul shots, as Madrid brought Carroll off the bench to add a new scoring threat. Llull buried his second three-pointer to make Maccabi call timeout at 5-14. Maccabi kept struggling to score until James took over with a layup-plus-foul and a driving basket by Hickman kept the hosts within 10-14. A buzzer-beating put-back layup by Carroll restored a 10-16 Madrid lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Rodriguez keeps the guests ahead

Hickman nailed a four-meter jumper early in the second quarter but Rodriguez buried a long two-pointers at the other end. James split free throws that a red-hot Rodriguez bettered with a wild driving basket, good for a 13-20 Madrid lead. James dunked, Carroll fired in an off-balance shot and a second-chance basket by Smith got the crowd involved at 17-22. Logan fired in a seven-meter bomb but a mid-range jumper by Llull briefly silenced the crowd at 20-24. Felipe Reyes and James scored down low and a three-pointer by Hickman brought Maccabi as close as 25-26. Reyes made free throws and soon added a put-back basket to give Madrid some fresh air at 25-30. Hickman hit a triple which hit the rim, went up and fell down and a jumper by Ohayon tied it at 30-30. Rodriguez took over with a wild three-pointer off the dribble to put Madrid back ahead, 30-33, at halftime.

Third quarter: 0-10 run stops Maccabi's rally

Llull struck from downtown immediately after the break but Logan joined the three-point shootout to keep Maccabi within 33-36. James shined with a backdoor layup that Begic erased with free throws. A three-point play by Ohayon soon tied it at 38-38. Madrid kept struggling to score, as Maccabi, pushed by an outstanding crowd, was all over the place on defense. Meanwhile, a wild driving layup by Ohayon gave Maccabi its first lead, 40-38. Logan took over with a fastbreak layup which forced Madrid to call a timeout at 42-38. Carroll nailed a catch-and-shoot triple and free throws by Llull put Madrid back ahead, 42-43. Fernandez struck from downtown - his first points - and a fast break layup by Carroll forced Maccabi to call timeout at 42-48, after a 0-10 run. James rescued Maccabi with a power layup but Carroll followed free throws with a wild slam off a steal to boost Madrid's lead to 44-52 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Madrid seals it early, reaches the Final Four!

Guy Pnini shined with a driving basket off a spin move early in the fourth quarter that Fernandez bettered with a wild three-pointer off the dribble. James made free throws but Mirotic nailed his trademark corner triple to give Madrid its first double-digit lead, 48-58. Maccabi struggled to score right when it mattered most and Fernandez struck again from downtown to force coach David Blatt to stop the game at 48-61. Ohayon buried a jumper but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, a three-pointer by Rodriguez sealed the outcome, 50-64, midway through the fourth quarter. Maccabi did not give up, however, but Madrid had started to run the game clock down. Carroll finished a long possession with a three-pointer and a driving layup by Rodriguez boosted his team's lead to 53-69 with over 3 minutes left. Ohayon scored again but everything was said and done, as Madrid was celebrating that the Whites will keep fighting for Euroleague glory at the O2 in London!

Sergio Lull - Real Madrid - EB12
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Attendance: 11060
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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 30:10 11 2/3 2/4 1/2   1 1   1 2       2 9
5 JAMES, SHAWN 36:28 18 7/13   4/6 3 3 6     1 2 1 1 4 19
6 SMITH, DEVIN 33:38 2 1/5 0/3   1 7 8 2 2 2     3 1 3
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 33:40 11 2/5 2/5 1/3       5   3     3 5 7
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 3:13   0/1 0/1                   1   -3
9 ROTH, MORAN 5:12 2 1/1                     1   1
10 PNINI, GUY 15:25 2 1/1 0/3         1         2   -2
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 13:48   0/3     4 3 7 2   1   1 2 1 3
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 28:26 11 5/6 0/2 1/1 1 3 4 3 3 1     5 5 17
13 PLANINIC, DARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 57 19/38 4/18 7/12 9 20 29 13 6 10 2 2 18 18 57
        50% 22.2% 58.3%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
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 0:42                              
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 27:17 9 0/3 3/10     5 5 4 1 1     2 2 8
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 16:22   0/1 0/3 0/2   4 4 1       1 2 2 -2
9 REYES, FELIPE 9:47 6 2/2   2/2 2 2 4     2     2 1 7
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 31:41 7 0/2 2/4 1/2   6 6 2 1 2 1   2 4 12
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 24:07 12 3/5 2/2     1 1 1   3     3 4 10
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 0:21                              
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 17:38 6 2/6   2/2 4 1 5       1 1 3 2 6
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 22:26 16 4/6 2/4 2/2 1 3 4   1 2     2 1 14
23 LLULL, SERGIO 31:23 13 1/3 3/6 2/2 1   1 2 1       1 2 13
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 18:16         2 2 4           1   3
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 69 12/28 12/29 9/12 13 24 37 10 4 11 2 2 18 18 73
        42.9% 41.4% 75%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We played well on defense but our offense wasn't good enough. We scored just 57 points and that's not going to be enough against a great team as Real Madrid. They won fairly. They are a better team. We aren't Final Four material this season. We made a great run to make it here. We will try to come back next season stronger. It hurts. We didn't want to finish the season in front of our fans but gave everything we had."
Real Madrid
"The series featured 120 minutes of great European basketball. Maccabi has a great team. They fought until the last minute. I appreciate the way they played. We were solid in the first half, enough to take a three-point lead at the break. We did a good job on rebounds and defense. They attacked us in the second half but we fought back, made some good plays and won the game. I didn't feel like my team was the favorite. My team gained a lot of respect. We grew a lot as a team from last season."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We are really disappointed. We are a better team than this. Madrid was better than us. It will take us some days to recover from this but we will do it to finish the season well. We couldn't play on offense as we wanted. It was really a tough series"
Real Madrid
"It was a very difficult series. Maccabi is a tough team. They didn't let us rest at any time, especially here. The game was very close in the opening three quarters. It is very difficult to play in this arena. Fans gave Maccabi a great push but we stayed focus and won. We are now going to the Final Four. This is an amazing feeling for all of us. I hope we will win this time, no matter who will play against."
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