2016-17Regular SeasonRound 18
January 19, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA
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Records

7-10 Regular Season 8-9
7-10 Overall 8-9

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Looking to spark a much-needed winning streak to enter the playoff zone, FC Barcelona Lassa (7-10) welcomes Anadolu Efes Istanbul (8-9) to the Catalan capital on Thursday night. This will be the 10th time that these two teams play each other, with Barca ahead head-to-head, 6-3. The last time they met, in December, Efes took a close 72-68 home win in a game that was tied with 15 seconds to go. Jayson Granger led the winners that night with his 16 points and 5 assists and also scored the go-ahead basket. For Barca, Tyrese Rice was the main man with 22 points. Rice has remained steady all season for the hosts, leading them with 15.4 points and 5.1 assists per game. He has valuable help from Ante Tomic (10.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.) and Petteri Koponen (9.2 ppg.). For Efes, Derrick Brown leads the way (13.6 ppg., 6.4 rpg.), followed by Thomas Heurtel (12.7 ppg., 5.5 apg.) and Bryant Dunston (10.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.). Barca has the weakest offense in the league (only 71.4 ppg.) and Efes has the third-best (84.0 ppg.), but the hosts also have the third-best defense in the competition (74.8 ppg.) faring against the third weakest (84.8 ppg.), so the two styles of these opponents could not be more far apart. Barcelona just brought in more power in the paint with big man Vitor Faverani after letting Jonathan Holmes go, as the Spanish squad seems to be struggling in finding the right combination of factors to click on the court. On the other side, Efes also just signed a new big man in Alex Kirk, so there could be a duel of newcomers already in their first game with their new teams. Barcelona dropped five of its last seven games and is playing to get back on its feet to follow the path of the teams that are in the playoff hunt. Efes is a bit better at the moment, just one spot below that playoff cut, so it will be an intense battle for air that could be decisive at the end of the regular season. Efes has better numbers in all aspects of the game save for three-pointers, but the first time these two teams met this season was a closer game than many people expected, and there's no reason to believe it won't be that way again this time around. The duel of point guards between Rice and Heurtel will be one of the highlights of the game, but what both teams really need is that other names like Justin Doellman, Brad Oleson, DeShaun Thomas and Cedi Osman step up and get into the mix to help their teams be where they expected to be at the start of the season.
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FC Barcelona Lassa
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 RICE, TYRESE G 1.85 29
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN F 2.06 31
6 DORSEY, JOEY C 2.03 33
8 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 29
10 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.07 28
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS G 1.92 36
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR F 2.06 21
16 PENO, STEFAN G 1.94 19
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS F 2.01 23
24 OLESON, BRAD G 1.91 33
25 KOPONEN, PETTERI G 1.94 28
28 SENA, WESLEY C 2.08 20
32 RENFROE, ALEX G 1.91 30
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS F 2.03 32
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 29
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 27
5 BROWN, DERRICK F 2.03 29
6 OSMAN, CEDI F 2.04 21
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 27
32 MUTAF, MAXIM G 1.93 26
33 PAUL, BRANDON G 1.93 25
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 30

Player Stats

Rice, T. / 15.4 Tomic, A. / 10.0 Koponen, P. / 9.2
Brown, D. / 13.6 Heurtel, T. / 12.7 Dunston, B. / 10.4
Dorsey, J. / 6.3 Tomic, A. / 4.9
Honeycutt, T. / 8.1 Brown, D. / 6.4 Dunston, B. / 5.9
Rice, T. / 5.1
Heurtel, T. / 5.5 Granger, J. / 3.9 Brown, D. / 2.6
Rice, T. / 1.4 Doellman, J. / 1.1
Brown, D. / 1.2 Honeycutt, T. / 1.1 Heurtel, T. / 1.1
Tomic, A. / 0.7
Dunston, B. / 0.9 Honeycutt, T. / 0.9 Brown, D. / 0.8
2PT
Oleson, B. / 69.4 % Vezenkov, A. / 66.7 % Tomic, A. / 58.3 %
Dunston, B. / 56.1 % Omic, A. / 55.0 % Brown, D. / 52.7 %
3PT
Koponen, P. / 49.0 % Vezenkov, A. / 46.9 % Rice, T. / 29.0 %
Osman, C. / 44.1 % Cotton, B. / 37.5 % Heurtel, T. / 36.5 %
FT
Rice, T. / 81.5 % Dorsey, J. / 56.8 % Tomic, A. / 50.0 %
Heurtel, T. / 82.9 % Brown, D. / 81.4 % Honeycutt, T. / 71.4 %
PIR
Tomic, A. / 13.7 Rice, T. / 13.1
Brown, D. / 18.7 Honeycutt, T. / 14.4 Dunston, B. / 14.1

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
71.4 Points 84.1
33.1 Rebounds 36.6
9.4 O. Rebounds 13.7
23.7 D. Rebounds 22.9
17.2 Assists 18.9
7.2 Steals 7.4
2.0 Blocks 3.2
50.2 % 2PT 48.8 %
37.0 % 3PT 35.2 %
72.6 % FT 74.9 %
81.1 PIR 93.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
74.8 Points 84.8
32.6 Rebounds 35.5
10.0 O. Rebounds 9.6
22.6 D. Rebounds 25.8
17.4 Assists 19.1
7.1 Steals 6.1
2.4 Blocks 2.8
50.6 % 2PT 55.2 %
38.0 % 3PT 39.7 %
74.9 % FT 79.7 %
81.3 PIR 93.5
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FC Barcelona Lassa vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

· In their Round 11 clash, Efes survived a late comeback from Barcelona to pull out a 72-68 victory. Jayson Granger scored 16 points and dished 5 assists to pace Efes, while Tyrese Rice led Barcelona with 22 points and 7 assists.

· Efes forward DeShaun Thomas played for Barcelona during the 2014-15 season and was a teammate there of current Barca players Justin Doellman, Juan Carlos Navarro, Brad Oleson, Marcus Eriksson and Ante Tomic.

· Efes point guard Thomas Heurtel was a teammate of Barcelona players Pau Ribas, Joey Dorsey and Brad Oleson at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz at the start of the 2012-13 season. Heurtel, Ribas and Oleson all played there during the previous season, too.

· Efes forward Tyler Honeycutt was a teammate of Barcelona's backcourt duo of Petteri Koponen and Tyrese Rice at Khimki Moscow Region over the last two seasons. They won the 2015 EuroCup title together.

· Injured Barcelona forward Stratos Perperoglou played for Efes during the 2014-15 season; he was a teammate there of current Efes players Dogus Balbay, Cedi Osman and Thomas Heurtel.

· Efes big man Bryant Dunston played at Olympiacos Piraeus under current Barcelona head coach Georgios Bartzokas and was a teammate of Barcelona forward Stratos Perperoglou during the 2013-14 season.

· Velimir Perasovic coached Barcelona players Justin Doellman and Pau Ribas at Valencia Basket. They won the 2014 EuroCup title together and Doellman was named EuroCup Finals MVP. Ribas spent three years there under Perasovic, from 2012 through 2015, while Doellman left to join Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

· Perasovic also coached Barcelona forward Victor Claver at Valencia in the 2011-12 season.

· Barcelona center Ante Tomic played under Coach Perasovic on the Croatian national team in 2015.

· Barcelona guard Alex Renfroe was briefly a teammate of Efes point guard Thomas Heurtel at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz at the end of 2013-14 season.

· Ante Tomic recorded career-bests in rebounds (15) and performance index rating (40) against Efes on February 27, 2014. He scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting in that game and earned MVP honors for Round 8 of the 2013-14 Top 16.

· Juan Carlos Navarro dished a career-best 11 assists against Efes on February 27, 2014.

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FC Barcelona Lassa

Roster

Stratos Perperoglou is expected to be out until February with a thigh injury.

Shane Lawal remains sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a rupture of the patellar tendon in his left knee suffered over the summer at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

Pau Ribas underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left foot, an injury he suffered in Round 3 game against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. He is out long term.

Streaks

Tyrese Rice has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight and 17 of his last 18 EuroLeague games.

Petteri Koponen has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight EuroLeague games.

Petteri Koponen has made 12 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.

Rankings

Navarro is the EuroLeague's career leader in scoring (3,954 points) and three-pointers made (589) and ranks third in free throws made (809).

Ante Tomic is ranked 10th all-time with 1,034 rebounds in EuroLeague games. His countrymen Nikola Vujcic (1,037) is ninth.

Tomic is second among centers on the EuroLeague's all-time assists charts with 309.

Records/Milestones

Tyrese Rice needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster

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

Streaks

Derrick Brown has had an index rating of at least 15 in 10 straight EuroLeague games.

Rankings

Thomas Heurtel is ranked 11th all-time with 709 EuroLeague assists.

Tyler Honeycutt is second in the EuroLeague in rebounds this season with 8.1 per game.

Derrick Brown is ranked fifth in scoring with 18.7 points per game this season.

Records/Milestones

Thomas Heurtel set the single-season EuroLeague record for assists both in average (7.92 apg.) and total (190) last season. Heurtel is the all-time leader in average assists with 5.54 per game, too.

Heurtel needs 8 more steals to reach the century mark for his EuroLeague career.

The next time he plays, Bryant Dunston will make his 100th EuroLeague appearance.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
6 - 3
FC Barcelona Lassa Anadolu Efes Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
FC Barcelona Lassa
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 4-0
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 2-3
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 3-2
Away record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 0-4

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 09 December 2016 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 72 - 68 FC Barcelona Lassa
2013-14 27 February 2014 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 84 - 89 FC Barcelona
2013-14 02 January 2014 Top 16 FC Barcelona 84 - 65 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2006-07 14 March 2007 Top 16 Efes Pilsen 82 - 78 Winterthur FC Barcelona
2006-07 01 March 2007 Top 16 Winterthur FC Barcelona 82 - 73 Efes Pilsen
2005-06 05 January 2006 Regular Season Winterthur FC Barcelona 79 - 74 Efes Pilsen
2005-06 10 November 2005 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 66 - 63 Winterthur FC Barcelona
2002-03 16 January 2003 Regular Season FC Barcelona 73 - 60 Efes Pilsen
2002-03 30 October 2002 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 91 - 92 FC Barcelona