2012-13PlayoffsGame 4
April 18, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 O.A.K.A.

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.2 Points 78.7
34.1 Rebounds 34.7
9.1 O. Rebounds 8.7
25.0 D. Rebounds 26.1
15.6 Assists 16.4
5.4 Steals 5.9
3.3 Blocks 3.2
14.4 Turnovers 13.0
53.5 % 2PT 57.0 %
36.4 % 3PT 36.7 %
66.5 % FT 75.5 %
77.8 Index 92.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.1 / Maciulis Points 13.0 / Navarro
5.9 / Lasme Rebounds 6.3 / Tomic
2.2 / Lasme OR 1.7 / Jawai
3.7 / Lasme DR 4.9 / Tomic
5.9 / Diamantidis Assists 3.4 / Huertas
1.4 / Diamantidis Steals 1.1 / Mickeal
1.9 / Lasme Blocks 1.2 / Tomic
2.9 / Diamantidis Turnovers 1.7 / Huertas
66.7 % / Bramos 2PT 80.0 % / Rabaseda
44.2 % / Banks 3PT 46.9 % / Lorbek
75.6 % / Lasme FT 97.1 % / Huertas
13.6 / Diamantidis Index 16.4 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
2-1 Playoffs 1-2
9-5 Top 16 13-1
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
17-10 Overall 23-4


Crew Chief

The Take

Panathinaikos Athens will look to book its ticket to the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in front of its own fans when it hosts Barcelona Regal in Game 4 of their best-of-five playoffs series on Thursday at OAKA. However this will be the Greens’ lone chance to do so at home; if Barcelona wins, the decisive Game 5 would be in the Catalonian capital next week. Panathinaikos got a leg up in the series by winning Game 3 Tuesday 65-63 by scoring the game’s final 6 points.

Panathinaikos has used an incredibly balanced attack to thrive in the series. Four players – big men James Gist and Stephane Lasme and guards Dimitris Diamantidis and Mike Bramos – are averaging double figures in points in the series and a fifth, Roko Ukic, leads the team in assists. What has boosted Coach Argiris Pedoulakis’s team even more is the fact that three of those stars, Gist, Lasme and Bramos, have come off the bench in each game, giving Panathinaikos a wave of talent and energy to infuse throughout the game. Barcelona has gone in a different direction, relying heavily on its big guns, super scorer Juan Carlos Navarro and center Ante Tomic. However, while Coach Xavi Pascual has changed the lineup from game to game, he has also used the experience of Sarunas Jasikevicus and the energy of Alex Abrines to the betterment of the team in reserve roles. Two Panathinaikos players that have not gotten on track thus far and could play big roles in Game 4 are center Sofoklis Schortsanitis and small forward Jonas Maciulis. Barcelona will look to maximize the production from Erazem Lorbek and Marcelinho Huertas.

This series has been one of the closest in the history of the playoffs with the first three games decided by a total of 5 points. A stroke of brilliance from either coach or superb outing from any one player could be what determines the outcome in Game 4. Of course, if it comes down to another exciting finish, all eyes will shift to former MVPs Navarro and Diamantidis to decide another classic in the making.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"We got to Game 4, we got the second victory in the playoff series against Barcelona. It was a really important result for us, but the most important game will be the next one. We have to play even better, we have to keep our heads in the game 100%. We are proud of what we have done so far, but on the other hand we haven’t done anything yet. We need one more win to say that we achieved our goal. We know that Panathinaikos's fans will be next to us again and that's really important for us."
FC Barcelona Regal
"It is a new situation. We will have a little bit more pressure, as a loss would send us out of competition, but we have to be optimistic. To begin with, we will need a better start of the game. We will have 48 hours to recover physically and mentally in order to have a good game on Thursday."


Panathinaikos Athens
"It is definitely going to be a difficult game. Barcelona is a great team and all the other games were decided at the last minute. I expect it to be exactly the same. Barcelona is a really good team, this is their last chance to stay alive in this series and to get the series back in Spain. So, we know that they are going to fight hard and try to get that fourth win we need, without having to play a fifth game. This is our chance right now. We have to be really focused on the game."
FC Barcelona Regal
"This is a best-of-five series and anything can happen. It is true that we are not playing our game but we are confident that things can change in Game 4. We have to improve our aggressiveness. Until now, Panathinaikos has played tough and aggressive. If we start doing that, when we can focus on playing our own basketball."
FC Barcelona Regal
"It's possible to win here in Athens. Game 3 was decided in the last seconds. We were a point up, a point down all game. We spend the whole game pushing hard, but in the end we didn't have luck. If we do things a little better and stay concentrated, on defense above all, we will win."

Barcelona downs Panathinaikos to force Game 5

Barcelona Regal led from start to finish in taking care of Panathinaikos Athens 60-70 Thursday at OAKA in the Greek capital to even the Turkish Airlines Euroleague series at 2-2 and force a decisive Game 5 in Spain next week. Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro netted 11 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter – including 3 three-pointers – as the visitors won by the largest margin of any game in the series. Ante Tomic added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals and Marcelinho Huertas tallied 10 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to pace the winners. Mike Bramos led the hosts with 14 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting, but the rest of the team shot a combined 1 for 15 from downtown. Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 13 points in 12 minutes, Stephane Lasme amassed 12 points and 12 rebounds and Jonas Maciulis scored 11 in defeat. The visitors scored the first 4 points of the game and led 10-20 through one quarter. Schortsanitis and co. rallied to within 4 at halftime and the hosts came within 2 early in the third quarter. However Tomic, Erazem Lorbek and Marcelinho led a 0-12 charge as the visitors extended the lead to 31-45 and eventually led by as many as 17. Threes by Maciulis and Bramos gave Panathinaikos hope at 52-60 with four minutes to go. However a Navarro three and tough Barcelona defense ended the Panathinaikos rally and made sure this series would go the distance.

First quarter: Barca’s iron defense keeps hosts quiet

Marcelinho opened up the scoring on the game’s first possession before both teams went inside. Nate Jawai went over Schortsanitis to make it 0-4 before Big Sofo returned the favor with a basket-plus-foul. The Greens continued to look for Schortsanitis, who drew Jawai’s second foul less than three minutes into the contest. But Jawai remained in, took a sweet pass from Marcelinho and dunked hard over Kostas Tsartsaris to make it 4-9.Both Sofo and Jawai soon took seats in favor of Lasme and Tomic. The latter extended the Barca lead to 7 by finishing a pick-and-roll with Navarro with a slam. Schortsanitis, back in, went through Tomic for a three-point play. Joe Ingles drove for his first points and Tomic added free throws as the visitors increased their lead to 9-17. Ingles nailed a three from the corner as Barca doubled up Panathinaikos 10-20 through one quarter.

Second quarter: Panathinaikos turns tables and closes gap

Bramos helped fire up the Panathinaikos faithful with a fast break slam. After a perfect hook from Tomic, Maciulis heated up with a jumper. However a Sarunas Jasikevicius triple made it 14-25. Tsartsaris made a clever pass to Lasme for a layup and then got to the line himself, though he missed twice. Despite the boisterous support from a sold-out OAKA, Panathinaikos was unable to get any momentum. That changed when Schortsanitis sank 2 free throws and Bramos connected from behind the arc to bring the Greens within 23-27. Alex Abrines ended a four-minute long Barcelona drought with a jumper and soon after Navarro tacked on 2 free throws. Baskets inside by Schortsanitis and Bramos brought the hosts within 27-31 at the break.

Third quarter: Tomic, Lorbek lead 0-12 Barcelona run

The hosts continued to close in as Maciulis handed off inside to Lasme for a score. After Marcelinho spotted a cutting Tomic for a slam, Schortsanitis countered with free throws. Barcelona remained in front through its bigs. Marcelinho lofted a perfect pass to Tomic for a slam that made it 31-39 and resulted in a Panathinaikos timeout. A Lorbek triple followed by another by Marcelinho silenced OAKA at 31-45. Gist, from the line, and Maciulis narrowed the gap to 10 again. Tomic’s aggressiveness on the offensive glass led to a basket-plus-foul. A Navarro floater followed by a Tomic score boosted the lead to 16. Gist free throws only trimmed the deficit to 38-51 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Navarro comes alive to squash Greens’ comeback attempt

Navarro knocked down his first three to open the fourth quarter and keep the visitors firmly in control. Lorbek’s second triple made it 40-57. An acrobatic score from Lasme and a three from Maciulis gave the Greens some hope, but Marcelinho hit back with a three of his own. Still Lasme and Bramos drew the Greens within 10 with five minutes to go. Diamantidis fed Lasme in transition to make it 52-60. But a raucous OAKA got quiet in a hurry when Navarro drained a three. The two scoreless minutes that followed further decreased Panathinaikos’s chances and another Navarro triple was a dagger as Barcelona claimed the win and set up a do-or-die battle to reach London next week.

Juan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Attendance: 18300
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Panathinaikos Athens10171122
FC Barcelona Regal20112019
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Panathinaikos Athens10273860
FC Barcelona Regal20315170
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 33:03 15 1/1 4/8 1/2   3 3       1   1 3 16
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 27:38 11 4/5 1/4   2 2 4 3   4     4   6
10 UKIC, ROKO 25:00 4 2/6 0/5     2 2 3           5 5
11 LASME, STEPHANE 27:37 12 6/10     5 7 12 1   2 1   3 2 19
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 19:37 1 0/2 0/1 1/4   2 2 1         1 2 -1
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 36:11     0/5     5 5 6 2 3 1   3 1 4
14 GIST, JAMES 17:07 4 0/5   4/4 3 1 4 1   2 1   1 3 5
15 BANKS, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 1:24                              
17 GIANNOPOULOS, CHARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 12:23 13 3/5   7/8 1 1 2     1     2 6 15
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 60 16/34 5/23 13/18 11 25 36 15 2 13 4 0 15 22 70
        47.1% 21.7% 72.2%
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 9:40   0/3       3 3 1           1 2
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 30:56 10 2/5 2/7   1 5 6 6   2   2   3 13
10 ABRINES, ALEX 16:48 2 1/1 0/5     3 3     1     1 1 -1
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 31:44 17 3/4 3/7 2/2 1 3 4 4   1   1 2 2 18
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 18:21 5 1/5 1/2   1 2 3     1     2    
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 11:31     0/2   2 3 5   1       4    
20 INGLES, JOE 10:24 5 1/1 1/1     3 3     1     2 1 6
22 RABASEDA, XAVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 30:36 8 1/4 2/4   1 1 2         1 4 1 1
32 JAWAI, NATE 9:30 7 3/4   1/1 1   1     1     4 1 3
44 TOMIC, ANTE 30:30 16 7/11   2/3 3 2 5 1 3 1     3 5 21
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 70 19/38 9/28 5/6 11 25 36 12 4 10 0 4 22 15 62
        50% 32.1% 83.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"We had a bad game both in defense and offense, because we lacked concentration. Barcelona tried to get Diamantidis out of the game and we didn’t have patience or a good passing game. I have some excuses for my players, because now they have to handle a must-win situation. We are now 2-2 and we will go there to defend our chances and fight for a Final Four berth. Schortsanitis played very well in the first half, but he had some problems in defense. Barcelona played a defense that looks like a zone because they let our power forward shoot. They are the favorites in the series, but we will do our best to change it."
FC Barcelona Regal
"I am very happy for the victory, because it is a credit for our work. We have been trying and fighting for months to get the home-court advantage in the Euroleague playoffs and now we have it back. We return home to play Game 5 and it will be a contest between two good teams that are fighting in every game. Tonight we started much better than in the three previous games and pushed Panathinaikos from the very first moment. That gave us security and made us comfortable when they cut the margin to 8 points. Then Navarro made a big three and we kept playing good defense."


Panathinaikos Athens
"Barcelona is a great team and was considered a Euroleague title contender from the beginning of the competition. So it is not easy to kick them out. We committed some serious mistakes in defense and we lacked concentration, but I am looking forward playing much better on Thursday."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Unfortunately we let them to find their path. They used some new tricks which we didn’t match efficiently. We were confused by their defensive switches and that affected our offensive function. However the series is 2-2 and both teams have another chance. To make it to the Final four is a great motivation and we will go there to fight for that goal. "
FC Barcelona Regal
"I am so happy to go back home to play Game 5. Emotionally it was very difficult for me here, because Athens was my city for several years. I have too many friends here, I played against my previous team and the people treated me very well. But, you know, with all this familiar surroundings, every time they watched me it was like killing me softly. Finally we managed to play the best basketball in the series, but there is one game left and it is the most crucial.

"Above all, the main thing that we did is that we didn't allow many easy points. They had to work hard for every basket. It is true that they didn't have a good shooting night, but we didn't have one either. We would have taken a double-digit halftime lead just by hitting some extra long-distance shots that didn't go in. We scored in the second half and dominated the game well. We have to be more confident in Game 5 because we play at home."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We were really focused, not allowing easy baskets against an opponent that had extra pressure tonight. Our zone defense was really good, we found easy baskets, Juan Carlos Navarro and Marcelinho Huertas played really well on offense and everybody gave his best on defense. We are going to Game 5, which is what we wanted. Panathinaikos had a higher performance index rating, 70-62. The series is far from over. We have to prepare well, even better than now, and study their main strengths. It is always great to play a Game 5, especially in Palau Blaugrana."
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