2012-13PlayoffsGame 5
April 25, 2013 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.4 Points 71.8
34.8 Rebounds 34.2
8.8 O. Rebounds 9.2
26.0 D. Rebounds 25.0
16.3 Assists 15.5
5.8 Steals 5.3
3.1 Blocks 3.4
12.9 Turnovers 14.4
56.8 % 2PT 53.3 %
36.5 % 3PT 35.9 %
75.6 % FT 66.7 %
91.0 Index 77.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / Navarro Points 10.1 / Maciulis
6.3 / Tomic Rebounds 6.1 / Lasme
1.7 / Jawai OR 2.3 / Lasme
4.8 / Tomic DR 3.8 / Lasme
3.5 / Huertas Assists 5.9 / Diamantidis
1.1 / Mickeal Steals 1.5 / Diamantidis
1.2 / Tomic Blocks 1.9 / Lasme
1.7 / Huertas Turnovers 2.9 / Diamantidis
80.0 % / Rabaseda 2PT 67.3 % / Bramos
47.2 % / Lorbek 3PT 44.2 % / Banks
97.1 % / Huertas FT 75.6 % / Lasme
16.6 / Tomic Index 13.3 / Diamantidis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
2-2 Playoffs 2-2
13-1 Top 16 9-5
9-1 Regular Season 6-4
24-4 Overall 17-11


Crew Chief

The Take

A make-or-break battle to reach the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will take place in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday, when FC Barcelona Regal hosts Panathinaikos Athens in Game 5 of their highly-competitive and entertaining playoff series. The series is tied at 2-2 and the winner will seal its ticket to London and send the losing side home. Barcelona looks for its 13th Final Four appearance and its fourth in five years. Panathinaikos will try to reach European basketball's signature event for the 12th time. Expect a balanced, close battle in which only one of these two Euroleague powerhouses will go through.

Just as it did in Game 4, Barcelona must find the way to stop Dimitris Diamantidis to increase its chances winning the game. Diamantidis, who was held scoreless in Game 4, always steps up in important games and has a unique combination of defense, poise and talent plus great experience. Marcus Banks and Roko Ukic offer him plenty of help at point guard. Diamantidis must overcome the challenge of Victor Sada, an athletic playmaker looking to make the difference for Barcelona with his on-the-ball defense and aggressiveness. Marcelinho Huertas can offer court sense and shooting range; both players share the point guard duties. Ukic will see a lot of playing time at shooting guard, sharing playing time with three-point threat Mike Bramos and small forward Jonas Maciulis. Ukic and Banks must use their quick legs and aggressiveness to stop scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro, who can change any game with his deep shooting range and legendary one-on-one skills. Joe Ingles and a recovered Xavi Rabaseda will offer plenty of help at the both wings. Barcelona's X-factor is former Panathinaikos star Sarunas Jasikevicius, whose experience and talent make him dangerous at both guard spots. In addition to Sofoklis Schortsanitis as its main reference in the paint, Panathinaikos also relies on defensive ace Stephane Lasme and power forward James Gist to make the difference inside. Kostas Tsartsaris provides great experience, range and strength around the baskets. Schortsanitis will be ready for a physical battle against Nate Jawai. Meanwhile, Ante Tomic must use his post skills and effective mid-range jumpers against Lasme and Gist, two gifted athletes with great timing to block shots. Erazem Lorbek and C.J. Wallace will split playing time at power forward. Lorbek gives Barcelona experience, shooting range and post skills and Wallace provides hustle, power, intensity and the occasional three-pointer.

Panathinaikos needs good games from Diamantidis and Lasme, to play really aggressive in the paint in order to overcome its size disadvantage, to get its wing players involved and to rely on Maciulis to make the difference at small forward. Barcelona must run its offense through Navarro and Tomic, get Lorbek involved at power forward, box out the way it did in Game 4 and look to Huertas and Jasikevicius to control the game tempo. Expect a very intense showdown at Palau Blaugrana, with only one of European basketball’s giants celebrating after 40 minutes of drama.
Monday, April 22, 2013

Game Notes

Barcelona Regal

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67.3 points allowed and 61.4 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 has scored in double figures in 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

Tomic is tied for the playoffs lead in rebounding with 8.3 per game.

Juan Carlos Navarro has scored in double figures in six straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games. He has made 34 of 74 three-pointers (45.9%) during that stretch.

Navarro is the playoffs scoring leader with 17 points per game.

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 needs 4 more three-pointers to become the seventh player in competition history to sink 300 career three-pointers.

Erazem Lorbek was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Roko Ukic during the 2007-08 season with Lottomatica Roma. C.J. Walalce was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Mike Bramos at Spanish side Gran Canaria during the 2010-11 season.

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 has recorded at least 1 steal in eight straight and 13 of his last 14 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 eight straight Euroleague games.

Bramos is Panathinaikos’s top scorer in the playoffs with 11.8 points per game; his scoring has increased in every playoff game thus far.

Stephane Lasme is 5 blocked shots behind D’Or Fischer for 10th place on the competition’s list of blocks leaders. Lasme enters Game 5 in 12th place with 107 career rejections. Zalgiris big man Darjus Lavrinovic is 11th with 109 blocks.

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.
Monday, April 22, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"We are looking forward to playing a good game. Every game is different and Panathinaikos will not change a lot, even when they could try to do it. They try to take the game to low-scoring levels and this one won't be different. We must control our emotions. We arrive to this decisive game in good condition. We have played many games, but the balance has been quite good. If there is something missing, our fans at Palau Blaugrana will give it to us. It is the third time that we force Game 5 by winning Game 4. We did well in the past, but it is the present what matters. Everyone expects us to win and this is a new challenge."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Every game is different. The pressure is now on Barcelona again. They have the advantage of playing at home, but still, it’s the fifth game of the series. We know that if at the beginning of this series somebody had said that we were going to get to 2-2, everybody would have been happy. But now, here we are. Tomorrow’s game is a final. At the same time we must all understand that we are building a new team and that we are trying to be competitive and to fight in every single game. That’s what we are going to do tomorrow too."


FC Barcelona Regal
"This is the most important game so far in this Euroleague season and we must be focused. Our fans are always there in the most important moments. They play an important role and will help us a lot. Diamantidis must not feel comfortable. When he gets in the paint, he looks for his teammates a lot and we cannot allow that. We need him to not feel comfortable on court and for him to see one of us guarding him closely at all times."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We know that this game is going to be completely different. We have beaten Barcelona once here so, everything is possible. One thing is certain: It’s not an easy game. We have to play really well though, to be really focused and to be effective. We know that we had some problems against zone defense, but the coaching staff talked to us and now it’s up to us to see if we can translate their words in actions on the floor. Of course we feel pressure, all athletes feel pressure. It’s our job to feel like that and it’s one of the most important games of the season."

Barcelona Regal headed to London after knocking Panathinaikos out

Barcelona Regal took another step on its quest for Turkish Airlines Euroleague glory by beating Panathinaikos Athens 64-53 on Thursday at Palau Blaugrana to win their best-of-five playoffs series 3-2 and advance to next month’s Final Four in London. Barcelona never trailed and was ahead by as much as 19 in the second quarter before the Greens rallied to within 6 in the fourth quarter. However Juan Carlos Navarro and Marcelinho Huertas each made timely threes to keep Barca in control en route to a deserved victory. Barcelona will face archrival Real Madrid in the semifinals in London. Two of the decisive factors in the game were rebounding and outside shooting. The hosts outrebounded Panathinaikos 46-32. And the visitors made just 1 of 16 three-point tries (06.3%). Those numbers proved to be too much for the Greens to overcome. Navarro led the winners with 15 points, Marcelinho added 10 and Nate Jawai came up big with 9 points on perfect shooting, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 18 minutes. Stephane Lasme led Panathinaikos with 16 points and 7 boards and Jonas Maciulis netted 9 in defeat.

First quarter: Marcelinho propels Barcelona early

Point guards Marcelinho and Roko Ukic scored their respective teams’ first baskets with penetration floaters. Jumpers by Marcelinho and Alex Abrines put the hosts ahead, but Panathinaikos countered through Lasme and Jonas Maciulis. Navarro brought the fans to their feet with the game’s first three-pointer, 9-5. Jawai converted a crucial three-point play in which he stuck Panathinaikos star Dimitris Diamantidis with his third foul less than five minutes into the game and gave his team an 8-point lead. Mike Bramos came in and made an impact with an assist and a free throw. Joe Ingles made it 17-10 when he connected from behind the arc. Barca doubled up the Greens on a basket-plus-foul from Erazem Lorbek. The visitors clawed back two baskets, but before long Marcelinho tripled from the corner and Ingles hit from the opposite corner to finish the opening quarter ahead 28-14.

Second quarter: Navarro, Jawai fuel hosts to 19-point lead, Greens fight back

James Gist scored inside and Marcus Bamks from the line as Panathinaikos looked erase the lead, however Navarro made his famous la bomba and Jawai rejected Sofoklis Schortsanitis to keep the momentum at home. A Navarro triple and Jawai slam boosted the difference to 35-18. Ingles made it a 19-point game before Diamantidis came in and made a layup, but there was no stopping Barcelona. Marko Todorovic matched a Maciulis basket. Ukic sank the Greens’ first three and Lasme added free throws to bring the visitors within 12, but Lorbek responded with a three-pointer. Still the visitors battled and Kostas Tsartsaris set up Lasme for a slam. Then Lasme drew Ante Tomic’s third foul, drained 2 free throws and cut the difference to 9. Navarro, with a behind-the-back pass, set up Jawai at the basket for the half’s final basket and a 44-33 lead at the break.

Third quarter: Tense contest leads to lengthy scoreless stretch

Jawai and James Gist traded scores to start the second half. Lasme and Ukic managed to trim the Greens’ deficit to 9, but Tomic answered three different times – including drawing Diamantidis’s fourth foul midway through the quarter. Missed shots on both ends kept the difference at 10 for several minutes. Diamantidis finally broke a four-and-a-half minute deadlock with a drive in the final seconds of the quarter to make it 51-43.

Fourth quarter: Big shots from Navarro, Marcelinho send Barcelona to London

Diamantidis came through with a long jumper to silence the Barcelona crowd early in the fourth quarter. Navarro nailed a huge three-pointer two and a half minutes into the quarter to give his team some breathing room, 54-45. Another Navarro score settled the crowd down too. Macilulis answered, but with less than five minutes left, the Greens needed more. A pretty pass from Gist to lasme made it 57-49. Maciulis got to the line and carried his team within 6 on free throws with 2:41 to go. Ukic missed an open three that would have made it a one-possession game with two minutes to go. Instead Marcelinho connected at the other end to make it 62-53 as the arena erupted in song. A missed Diamantidis three seemed to mark the beginning of the end for Panathinaikos. Sarunas Jasikevicius iced the game from the line with a minute to go as Barcelona turned its attention to London.

Marcelinho Huertas and Ante Tomic celebrates - Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Attendance: 7585
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FC Barcelona Regal2816713
Panathinaikos Athens14191010
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FC Barcelona Regal28445164
Panathinaikos Athens14334353
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 3:21   0/2                         -2
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 27:50 10 2/6 2/7   1 2 3 2       1 3   2
10 ABRINES, ALEX 8:37 2 1/3 0/2     1 1           3   -4
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 34:12 15 3/7 3/10     3 3 1   4   1 2 4 5
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 17:15 6 0/1   6/6 1 1 2 1   2   1   3 8
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 12:15 3 1/3   1/2 3 1 4           2 1 3
18 WALLACE, C.J. 5:11   0/1     2 2 4       1 1 1   2
20 INGLES, JOE 31:23 8 1/3 2/5   1 6 7 2     1 1     12
22 RABASEDA, XAVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 23:56 6 1/6 1/3 1/1 3 3 6 2   1     4 3 5
32 JAWAI, NATE 17:48 9 4/4   1/1 3 3 6 1 1 1 3   2 4 21
44 TOMIC, ANTE 18:12 5 1/2   3/4 3 4 7 1         3 2 10
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 64 14/38 8/27 12/14 19 27 46 10 1 8 5 5 20 17 65
        36.8% 29.6% 85.7%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
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 20:17 3 1/2 0/2 1/2   2 2 1 1     1 4 3 1
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 34:27 9 3/4 0/2 3/4 2 2 4 2 2 1     4 2 10
10 UKIC, ROKO 36:18 7 2/7 1/4 0/1   1 1 2   3     2 4  
11 LASME, STEPHANE 31:06 16 6/11   4/4 1 6 7     1 2 1   2 20
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 13:06 4 1/1   2/4 2 2 4 1   1     1 2 7
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 29:15 6 3/6 0/3     4 4 3     1   4 4 8
14 GIST, JAMES 21:58 6 3/4 0/4     2 2 1     2   1   5
15 BANKS, MARCUS 6:17 2   0/1 2/2                 1 2 2
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GIANNOPOULOS, CHARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 7:16   0/3     1 1 2 1       3   1 -2
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 53 19/38 1/16 12/17 9 23 32 11 3 7 5 5 17 20 56
        50% 6.3% 70.6%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"We’re delighted with the support today from the fans, in addition to the result. The fans made it a magical occasion, packing the Palau and providing a great atmosphere. I want to congratulate the players, after that, for giving their all for the team, the club and for the badge. We are obviously happy to qualify for another Final Four. The game was typical of a tight playoff series in terms of intensity. We started well, but in the second quarter we made a couple of defensive errors that let Panathinaikos close the game up a little. We then had a few imprecisions with our passing and shooting. It became one of those typical high-pressure games. We are frankly content with the result tonight. We had a difficult start to the series, but were able to win it in the end, and I think that we dominated Game 4 and Game 5. We prepared well for a very tough opponent. For me, to celebrate 100 games in charge of Barcelona with qualification for the Final Four is ideal. Winning Game 5 at home is also something that doesn’t happen every day. Now we will recuperate and gather our strength again for what awaits us in two weeks."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very intense game. There was a lot of emphasis on defense in this contest. What took us out of the game was the 3 fouls on Diamantidis in the first quarter. We rushed our offense a lot, because we wanted to win so badly. Barcelona scored 28 points in the first quarter as a result of this. We did much better in the second and third quarters, and in the third we tried to take Navarro out of the game because he has the skills and experience to win these games in clutch time. We used a lot of switching on him, both on and off the ball. A crucial statistic for us was that we went 1 from 16 on three-point shots. The reason for this was maybe that we don’t have so many players with the experience that these games require. Another stat which hurt us was that Barcelona had 19 offensive rebounds. Even though we played excellent defense, their rebounding tired us – mentally and physically. Good luck to Barcelona in the Final Four; overall it deserved to go through. I’m very proud of our team, too. It’s a new team and we had a very good year this season. Next year we will be much better, after this experience."


FC Barcelona Regal
"It is very difficult to get to the Final Four. We had a good regular season and despite losing one game, it was a perfect Top 16. We didn't play really well in this series and faced a team that is playing its best basketball right now, with great fans. It is really difficult to beat them in their court. The positive thing is that we are in the Final Four. As our coach told us, we have two weeks and have to improve if we want to have chances to win this title. I think we are missing something; we are not playing our best basketball. I think we deserve credit for rallying in this series against a tough, experienced team like this. I hope we arrive in a good moment. We have plenty of talent and a coaching staff that will prepare the games really well. We have to get ready to play well in the Final Four."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are very happy with the job we did. They lost potential this season, but managed to give us a lot of trouble. We managed to stay patient and were able to solve the series. Game 5 at Palau Blaugrana is a unique experience. I was in London with the Spanish national team and now I am going back. I would not sign to be second in London."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We had a fantastic start but they made it really hard for us in the second half. It was tough to play offense against them. We knew it would be a complicated game. They improved in the second half, but we won, which is what matters. We did a good job and even though Panathinaikos was fourth in its Top 16 group, it is a very experienced team. We must rest now. We took it to the limit, physically speaking, in the series. We had a lot of problems, especially what happened with Pete Mickeal, a very important player for us. It was a tough series."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are happy, but this is not the end. Panathinaikos took us to five games. They played well, but we found a way to beat them. We fought hard during the season for home-court advantage and we won at home. "
Panathinaikos Athens
"I don't know what the difference was in this game. We had a really bad start, and after that bad beginning we didn't come back into the game. We tried, we did our best, but against such a good team as Barcelona it is tough to recover when you give them a 17-point lead at their home court. That we didn't quite make it in the end is just how basketball is. Someone loses and someone wins. It's bad for me and everybody here is sad that we lost, but this is basketball. We need one final push now, in order to take the consolation of one more title in the Greek league. The Euroleague title just wasn't to be this year."
Panathinaikos Athens
"You've got to give credit to both sides. We played tough in every game, and I think we gave all the fans in Europe what they want to see. They got an exciting series from us. Barcelona came out on top, so congratulations to them. I came into this series thinking that we were going to win, knowing that we were going to win. A lot of people were against us, a lot of people thought Panathinaikos wasn't going to be the same and nobody expected us to take two wins. Everybody thought we were going to go 0-3. I give credit to the guys, because we fought, and I feel like we could have done better. That's the frustrating thing. But let's give credit to Barcelona, because they stuck it out and they ended up winning."
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