2016-17PlayoffsGame 3
April 26, 2017 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
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Records

1-1 Playoffs 1-1
17-13 Regular Season 19-11
18-14 Overall 20-12

Referees

Referee
HIERREZUELO, DANIEL, Spain
Umpire 1
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia
Umpire 2
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany

The Take

After two very different games in Greece, Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Olympiacos Piraeus will lock horns again on Wednesday in the pivotal third game of their best-of-five series. The winner will move within a single victory of a berth at the Final Four, while the loser will be forced to play for survival in Game 4 on Friday. Each team learned lessons from the first pair of games that it will seek to apply. Efes, which employed a balanced attack and got Game 2’s game-winning shot from back-up center Alex Kirk, stepped up on defense and on the glass to win that game. Efes was outrebounded by 16 in Game 1, but essentially matched Olympiacos in the second game. The Reds got strong production on both games from their signature stars, point guard Vassilis Spanoulis and power forward Georgios Printezis, but did not get very many offensive contributions from others in Game 2. Coach Sfairopoulos’s charges also struggled with their shooting and converted just 44.3% of their two-point attempts in the first two games, which was the lowest of any team. Moreover, Olympiacos could be without starting center Nikola Milutinov after he left Game 2 with a knee injury. Among the most important matchups will be between Efes’s point guard duo, Jayson Granger and Thomas Heurtel, and their counterparts, Spanoulis and Vangelis Mantzaris. Efes sixth man Tyler Honeycutt, who is the team’s top playoff performer with 32 points and 19 boards through two games, will square off against Printezis, though the hosts hope starter Derrick Brown will break out of his slump. And in the paint, the visitors will look to Khem Birch and Patric Young to fill in for Milutinov in the battle against Bryant Dunston in what promises to be a lively, physical clash.
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 25
2 HONEYCUTT, TYLER F 2.03 26
3 BAYKAN, OGULCAN G 1.96 21
4 BALBAY, DOGUS G 1.85 28
5 BROWN, DERRICK F 2.03 29
6 OSMAN, CEDI F 2.04 22
9 GEYIK, SAMET F 2.06 24
11 DEMIR, BERK F 2.04 21
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 27
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 28
32 MUTAF, MAXIM G 1.93 26
33 PAUL, BRANDON G 1.93 25
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 30
53 KIRK, ALEX C 2.11 25
Olympiacos Piraeus
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GREEN, ERICK G 1.90 24
2 BIRCH, KHEM C 2.06 24
4 YOUNG, PATRIC C 2.09 25
5 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS G 1.88 20
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.07 23
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS G 1.93 34
9 WATERS, DOMINIC G 1.85 30
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS F 2.08 22
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA C 2.13 22
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS F 2.05 32
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS F 2.04 26
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS G 1.94 27
24 LOJESKI, MATT G 1.98 31
26 MARAGKOS, PARIS C 2.06 23
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS G 1.93 28

Player Stats

Heurtel, T. / 12.9 Brown, D. / 12.5 Dunston, B. / 10.8
Printezis, G. / 13.1 Spanoulis, V. / 12.1 Green, E. / 10.1
Honeycutt, T. / 7.3 Dunston, B. / 6.1 Brown, D. / 5.7
Heurtel, T. / 5.6 Granger, J. / 4.0
Paul, B. / 1.2 Honeycutt, T. / 1.1 Brown, D. / 1.0
Dunston, B. / 1.1 Honeycutt, T. / 0.9 Brown, D. / 0.6
Birch, K. / 0.9 Milutinov, N. / 0.8
2PT
Dunston, B. / 56.3 % Omic, A. / 55.0 % Brown, D. / 52.1 %
Birch, K. / 61.0 % Waters, D. / 60.5 % Milutinov, N. / 57.0 %
3PT
Paul, B. / 41.9 % Osman, C. / 36.8 % Heurtel, T. / 36.2 %
Lojeski, M. / 42.0 % Green, E. / 40.4 % Printezis, G. / 40.4 %
FT
Heurtel, T. / 86.1 % Thomas, D. / 80.6 % Brown, D. / 79.8 %
Papanikolaou, K. / 83.6 % Lojeski, M. / 82.7 % Green, E. / 81.5 %
PIR
Brown, D. / 15.8 Dunston, B. / 14.9 Honeycutt, T. / 14.1
Printezis, G. / 15.7 Spanoulis, V. / 11.5 Lojeski, M. / 11.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
83.3 Points 78.0
35.5 Rebounds 37.4
12.5 O. Rebounds 11.8
23.0 D. Rebounds 25.5
18.4 Assists 15.2
7.1 Steals 6.3
3.3 Blocks 3.3
50.3 % 2PT 51.7 %
34.5 % 3PT 33.9 %
74.5 % FT 74.1 %
92.9 PIR 87.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
83.4 Points 74.1
36.4 Rebounds 33.8
10.5 O. Rebounds 10.1
25.9 D. Rebounds 23.7
19.3 Assists 14.8
5.9 Steals 6.5
2.6 Blocks 3.0
53.6 % 2PT 46.9 %
39.8 % 3PT 36.4 %
76.7 % FT 76.4 %
91.8 PIR 75.9

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Olympiacos is a very good team playing very well on the road. They always play the same basketball both at home and away games. We know what we can do. At this moment the only important thing is this game. We must only be focused on this and make things good and work on this way. Also we need help from our fans until the last second."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We are focusing only on Game 3. Now we are tied 1-1 and we must react. Efes has a good team and they will be ready. But we will be ready too for sure and they know that. We must play the defence that we want, be aggressive and ready for a difficult game."

Players

MUTAF, MAXIM
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"As known, by winning the second game in Athens against Olympiacos we tied the series and grabbed the home-court advantage. We do not want to lose this advantage. We want to be in the Final Four. We are aware of the importance of the two games we will play in Abdi Ipekci Arena. I hope with the great support of our fans we finish this series in Istanbul and reach our target."
PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We know that our mission is difficult. But we are ready. We had a good plan at the first two games but we lost the second because we made some little mistakes at crucial moments. We have to be focused for 40 minutes, continue following our plan and be ready for a difficult game."

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

• In Round 29 clash in Abdi Ipekci Arena, Efes used a 16-0 second quarter run to beat visiting Olympiacos 77-69. Thomas Heurtel had 18 points and 5 assists for Efes, and Tyler Honeycutt added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, plus a career-high 6 assists. Georgios Printezis made 8 of 9 two-point shots for 16 points and pulled 9 rebounds, while Vassilis Spanoulis had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists.

• In Round 2 in Piraeus, Olympiacos blasted Efes 90-66. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 17 points and 9 assists, and Georgios Printezis scored 15. Cedi Osman led the way for Efes with a career-high 22 points.

• Olympiacos and Efes battled for a Final Four spot in the 2013 playoffs. Efes had a 15-point lead in do-or-die Game 5, but Olympiacos came back, won the series and went on to lift the trophy.

• Olympiacos forward Georgios Printezis starred with 26 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting in the opening game of the 2013 playoffs series against Anadolu Efes to lead the Reds to a 67-62 victory.

• Efes big man Bryant Dunston reached the 2015 EuroLeague Championship Game with Olympiacos. He played a total of two seasons with the Reds, during which he won the 2013 Intercontinental Cup and the 2015 Greek League and was twice named EuroLeague Best Defender. He played under Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos, and was a teammate of six current Olympiacos players: Vassilis Spanoulis, Ioannis Papapetrou, Georgios Printezis, Vangelis Mantzaris, Dimitrios Agravanis and injured swingman Matt Lojeski.

• Efes guard Jayson Granger scored a season-high 26 points against Olympiacos in an 87-91 overtime home loss last season.

Monday, April 24, 2017
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster

Berk Demir and Samet Geyik will be making their EuroLeague debuts with their first appearances this season.

Rankings

Thomas Heurtel is ranked eighth all-time with 796 EuroLeague assists. Pablo Prigioni (804) is ranked seventh.

Heurtel finished EuroLeague regular season fourth in assists with 5.8 per game.

Tyler Honeycutt is the playoffs leader with 9.5 rebounds per game.

Honeycutt had 9 rebounds in Game 2, tied with Ekpe Udoh of Fenerbahce and Kim Tillie of Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz for most rebounds in Game 2.

Honeycutt finished fourth in rebounding in the EuroLeague regular season with 7.1 per game.

Bryant Dunston finished fifth in blocked shots in the EuroLeague regular season with 1.1 blocks per night.

Jayson Granger dished 9 assists to lead all players in Game 2 in that category.

Records/Milestones

Thomas Heurtel set the single-season EuroLeague record for assists both in average (7.92 apg.) and total (190) last season.

Heurtel needs 4 assists to reach 800 for his EuroLeague career.

Heurtel has 796 career assists, and needs 8 more to catch Pablo Prigioni (804) in the seventh place on the all-time EuroLeague charts.

Heurtel needs 1 more steal to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

Bryant Dunston has set a single-season record with 87 offensive rebounds (and counting) this season. Previous holder was Boban Marjanovic (83) of Crvena Zvezda in 2014-15.

Bryant Dunston needs 1 more rebound to reach 600 for his EuroLeague career.

Jayson Granger is 4 assists shy of reaching 400 for his EuroLeague career.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Roster

Matt Lojeski suffered a lower-body injury in Round 28 and is not expected to play in this series.

Guard Daniel Hackett will miss the rest of the season due to a leg injury.

Paris Maragkos will be making his EuroLeague debut with his first appearance this season.

Streaks

Georgios Printezis has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 14 EuroLeague appearances.

Erick Green has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 11 EuroLeague games.

Rankings

Vassilis Spanoulis ranks second on the all-time scoring list with 3,322 points, second in assists with 1,121 and is first all-time in free throws made, with 896.

Spanoulis has made 356 three-point shots in his career, which is eighth-most all-time. In front of him is Real Madrid’s Sergio Llull with 362 and counting. Dimitris Diamantidis (372) is in sixth place.

Spanoulis finished the EuroLeague regular season second in assists with 6 per game.

Milos Teodosic of CSKA Moscow and Spanoulis, who ranked first and second in assists, respectively, during the regular season, share the top spot on the playoffs leaderboard with 6.5 per game.

Spanoulis led all players in Game 1 with 7 assists.

Georgios Printezis grabbed 11 rebounds in Game 1, most of any player so far in the playoffs this season.

Records/Milestones

Vassilis Spanoulis needs to make 4 free throws to become the first player with 900 free throws made in EuroLeague history.

Vangelis Mantzaris needs 3 rebounds to reach 400-rebound milestone for his EuroLeague career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
15 - 16
Anadolu Efes Istanbul Olympiacos Piraeus
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 9-5
Away record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 6-11
Olympiacos Piraeus
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 11-6
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 5-9

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 21 April 2017 Playoffs Olympiacos Piraeus 71 - 73 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2016-17 19 April 2017 Playoffs Olympiacos Piraeus 87 - 72 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2016-17 30 March 2017 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 77 - 69 Olympiacos Piraeus
2016-17 20 October 2016 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 90 - 66 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2015-16 18 December 2015 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 68 - 81 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2015-16 12 November 2015 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 87 - 91 Olympiacos Piraeus
2014-15 26 March 2015 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 86 - 75 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2014-15 29 January 2015 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 84 - 70 Olympiacos Piraeus
2013-14 04 April 2014 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 78 - 83 Olympiacos Piraeus
2013-14 13 February 2014 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 78 - 60 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 26 April 2013 Playoffs Olympiacos Piraeus 82 - 72 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 19 April 2013 Playoffs Anadolu Efes Istanbul 74 - 73 Olympiacos Piraeus
2012-13 17 April 2013 Playoffs Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83 - 72 Olympiacos Piraeus
2012-13 12 April 2013 Playoffs Olympiacos Piraeus 71 - 53 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 10 April 2013 Playoffs Olympiacos Piraeus 67 - 62 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 22 November 2012 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 75 - 53 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 19 October 2012 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 98 - 72 Olympiacos Piraeus
2011-12 08 February 2012 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 65 - 67 Olympiacos Piraeus
2011-12 01 February 2012 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 83 - 65 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2009-10 07 January 2010 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 85 - 93 Olympiacos
2009-10 12 November 2009 Regular Season Olympiacos 105 - 90 Efes Pilsen
2006-07 17 January 2007 Regular Season Olympiacos 72 - 91 Efes Pilsen
2006-07 22 November 2006 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 95 - 77 Olympiacos
2005-06 11 January 2006 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 77 - 69 Olympiacos
2005-06 17 November 2005 Regular Season Olympiacos 75 - 78 Efes Pilsen
2004-05 02 February 2005 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 80 - 54 Olympiacos
2004-05 09 December 2004 Regular Season Olympiacos 59 - 110 Efes Pilsen
2003-04 29 January 2004 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 61 - 52 Olympiacos
2003-04 27 November 2003 Regular Season Olympiacos 57 - 69 Efes Pilsen
2001-02 12 December 2001 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 79 - 80 Olympiacos
2001-02 10 October 2001 Regular Season Olympiacos 87 - 72 Efes Pilsen