2018-19PlayoffsGame 3
April 23, 2019 CET: 20:00
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Records

16-14 Regular Season 22-8
0-2 Playoffs 2-0
16-16 Overall 24-8

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI
Umpire 1
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 2
MOGULKOC, EMIN

The Take

Panathinaikos has its back to the wall as it welcomes Real Madrid to the Greek capital. Madrid holds a 2-0 lead in the series and has beaten Panathinaikos in their last seven head-to-head games dating back to last season's playoffs. Panathinaikos has won seven of its last 10 games, with the three losses during that span all coming against Madrid. The Greens will make an attempt to end all that losing streak and keep its season alive.

Previously in the series

Madrid is the only team in the playoffs with a 2-0 lead. Panathinaikos led 66-72 with less than 4 minutes to go in Game 1 only for Madrid to score the final 9 points of the night for 75-72 series-opening win. Jeffery Taylor paced the winners with 13 points that night. There was not much doubt about the winner of Game 2, as Madrid took control early, built a 21-point third-quarter lead and cruised to victory behind Facundo Campazzo who was everywhere with 13 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals.

Marquee matchup

Nick Calathes is the league leader in assists (8.7 apg.) and steals (1.7 spg.) and leads Panathinaikos in scoring (12.1 ppg.) and rebounding (4.4 rpg.) for the season, but has not played at that level in this series. In Game 2, he scored just 1 point on 0-for-11 shooting. Calathes will look to bounce back in front of his fans, while Facundo Campazzo will try to continue doing an excellent job of energizing Madrid in this series. He not only leads the entire playoffs in assists (7.5 apg.) and steals (4.0 spg.), but he also leads Madrid in rebounding (5.5 rpg.) and is second on the team in points (10.5 ppg.). He has done in the series pretty much what Calathes has done for Panathinaikos this entire season.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

The Greens have been solid on defense in this series, but had too many offensive woes in the first two games. Panathinaikos was too inconsistent offensively in Game 1 and struggled the entire Game 2. The solution is fairly simple; Coach Rick Pitino needs to find a way for Nick Calathes to be at his usual productivity and his team needs to restore its shooting confidence, which it had down the final stretch of the regular season.

Keys to victory: Madrid

Real Madrid is a well-oiled offensive machine, which averaged a regular season-best 91.3 points per game on its home floor, but it did not win the first two games in Madrid because of that offense, rather due to its defense. Madrid used swingman Jeffery Taylor to slow down Calathes, while Rudy Fernandez and Facundo Campazzo have also done a fantastic job on the perimeter and Walter Tavares is the anchor in the paint. Madrid needs to keep that defensive intensity going against an opponent that will get a big boost from its fans.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Euroleague.net
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 27
5 LANGFORD, KEITH G 1.93 35
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 21
9 SAKELLARIOU, EVANGELOS G 1.91 29
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 25
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.95 28
14 GIST, JAMES F 2.04 32
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.10 33
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS G 1.99 20
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.81 25
23 KILPATRICK, SEAN G 1.93 29
24 LOJESKI, MATT F 1.98 33
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 30
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS F 2.00 26
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 22
Real Madrid
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN F 1.95 31
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY F 2.11 29
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY F 1.96 34
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO G 1.80 28
9 REYES, FELIPE F 2.03 39
14 AYON, GUSTAVO C 2.08 34
16 YUSTA, SANTI F 2.00 21
19 PANTZAR, MELWIN G 1.90 19
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE G 1.88 36
22 TAVARES, WALTER C 2.21 27
23 LLULL, SERGIO G 1.92 31
24 DECK, GABRIEL F 1.99 24
25 PREPELIC, KLEMEN G 1.91 26
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.13 28
33 THOMPKINS, TREY F 2.08 28
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY F 2.01 29

Player Stats

Calathes, N. / 12.1 Langford, K. / 10.7 Thomas, D. / 10.5
Randolph, A. / 12.5 Llull, S. / 10.6 Carroll, J. / 9.6
Tavares, W. / 6.2 Ayon, G. / 6.0
Calathes, N. / 8.7
Campazzo, F. / 4.7 Llull, S. / 4.2 Ayon, G. / 2.9
Calathes, N. / 1.7
Campazzo, F. / 1.6
Tavares, W. / 1.6 Ayon, G. / 0.8
2PT
Papagiannis, G. / 72.7 % Antetokounmpo, T. / 68.8 % Vougioukas, I. / 63.3 %
Tavares, W. / 78.6 % Deck, G. / 66.7 % Ayon, G. / 66.2 %
3PT
Lekavicius, L. / 40.0 % Langford, K. / 38.7 % Thomas, D. / 36.3 %
Taylor, J. / 44.4 % Randolph, A. / 42.2 % Causeur, F. / 42.2 %
FT
Pappas, N. / 82.6 % Langford, K. / 81.9 % Gist, J. / 70.6 %
Carroll, J. / 95.7 % Llull, S. / 95.5 % Campazzo, F. / 89.9 %
PIR
Ayon, G. / 14.2 Randolph, A. / 14.0 Tavares, W. / 13.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.9 Points 85.3
34.0 Rebounds 36.9
10.9 O. Rebounds 10.0
23.1 D. Rebounds 26.9
16.8 Assists 19.9
6.9 Steals 6.0
2.8 Blocks 3.0
53.8 % 2PT 56.3 %
32.1 % 3PT 37.9 %
69.7 % FT 77.2 %
86.0 PIR 102.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.4 Points 77.4
35.5 Rebounds 34.2
11.2 O. Rebounds 10.6
24.3 D. Rebounds 23.5
17.9 Assists 14.9
5.9 Steals 5.8
2.7 Blocks 2.2
52.3 % 2PT 49.1 %
35.0 % 3PT 34.9 %
75.3 % FT 77.0 %
86.0 PIR 77.1

Head Coaches

PITINO, RICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"When we made our great run, there was one common denominator: we didn't turn the ball over. We averaged around 10, 11 turnovers per game. When you have 17 turnovers in playoff basketball, you're not going to win. And the turnovers are what I call unforced turnovers. The defense didn't force them; they were bad plays on our part that led to three-point shots, that led to fastbreaks by [Madrid]. So we have to keep our turnovers down... It's about who executes the best. When you go against a taller team, a team that shoots better, a team that's more talented in certain areas, you have to out-think them and play high-executed basketball with a lot of basketball IQ."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"The team is in good shape. Everyone has practiced fully, so despite our big efforts last Wednesday and Friday, we have recuperated well. We know that it will be a tough game on Tuesday, so we are travelling with everyone. Sergio Llull is a lot better, but he won't play tomorrow. He has worked on the court already, and his recovery is within the range that we expected at the start of his injury.

"To win in Athens, we are going to have to play even better than we did at home. If you know Panathinaikos, you know that we will face a great team. It's a difficult court, very hot, and theirs is an athletic, strong and aggressive team. The atmosphere is always influential, the feeling of energy that the public gives you. We had it in Madrid, and now they will enjoy it on their court. It is what it is, but in the end, it's always five players measuring themselves against five others on the court."

Players

LOJESKI, MATT
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I think we feel like it's possible. Obviously, you've got to go one game at a time. Tuesday's game is going to be big. I feel that after we let Game 1 get away, we knew that Game 2 was going to be hard. Now, it's just kind of come home, be in front of our fans, and get a good win, and hopefully send it back to Madrid after two games... We put a couple of new plays in, we might switch up the rotation, we'll see tomorrow. But at this point, it's difficult to change a lot. We're home... hopefully it's not easy for them to win here, either. So if we can win these two games, I think we can put the pressure back on them for Game 5."
DECK, GABRIEL
Real Madrid
"We are expecting a very tough game on what is always a very difficult court at OAKA. It's an arena where you can feel the people and the atmosphere. The fans there put a lot of passion into the game and it's nice to play under those circumstances. We have to get back on defense because Panathinaikos knows how to attack and has very good players. We will try to dominate on rebounds, as we have until now, and to be focused on playing in the best way from the opening minute."

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. Real Madrid

· In their clashes since 2000, Madrid holds a 16-10 edge over Panathinaikos and has won seven in a row.

·  In Game 1, Real Madrid scored last 9 points to pull out a 75-72 victory. Jeffrey Taylor scored 13 points and Fabien Causeur 12, while Walter Tavares collected 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nick Calathes scored 17 in defeat.

·  Madrid led for all but the first 90 seconds of its 78-63 Game 2 win. Facundo Campazzo posted 13 points and 9 assists plus career-highs of 7 rebounds and 5 steals in less than 23 minutes for the winners.

· Madrid swept Panathinaikos in the regular season. In Round 13, Madrid won 89-68 as Fabien Causeur led Madrid scorers with 14 points. In Round 29 in Athens, Madrid rallied from 18 points down to win 73-74 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Rudy Fernandez. In that game, Walter Tavares had 14 points and a EuroLeague club record 16 rebounds.

· Last season, Madrid and Panathinaikos faced off in the EuroLeague Playoffs. The Greens started rolling in Game 1 with a 95-67 triumph, but it was all Madrid from there to take the series 3-1 en route to the title in Belgrade.

· In Game 1 of that playoff series, Nick Calathes dished 16 assists to break the EuroLeague Playoffs record.

· In Round 25 last season, Madrid beat Panathinaikos 92-75 at home as Fabien Causeur scored 26 points and was MVP of the Round with a performance index rating of 29.

· Injured Madrid big man Ognjen Kuzmic made his EuroLeague debut in 2015-16 for Panathinaikos. He was a teammate of current Panathinaikos players Nikos Pappas, James Gist and Nick Calathes.

· Kuzmic had career-highs of 15 rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade against Panathinaikos in October 2016.

· Madrid's Sergio Llull posted a career-high 30 points when Madrid edged Panathinaikos 87-84 in November 2016.

· Panathinaikos forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo posted his career high in rebounds with 7 against Madrid last March.

· Panathinaikos forward Deshaun Thomas matched his career high in steals with 3 in Round 13.

· Walter Tavares had a career-high and Madrid club record 16 rebounds, including a career-best 6 offensive rebounds, in the Round 29 win over Panathinaikos.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Euroleague.net

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Panathinaikos has started 13 different players this season. Nick Calathes is the only player to start every game.
Streaks
Nick Calathes has dished at least 5 assists in 18 of his last 19 EuroLeague games.
Calathes has scored at least 10 points in nine of his last 10 EuroLeague games.
DeShaun Thomas has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 13 EuroLeague appearances.
Thomas has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight EuroLeague appearances.
Georgios Papagiannis has blocked at least 1 shot in seven of his last eight games.
Sean Kilpatrick has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight EuroLeague appearances.
Rankings
Nick Calathes leads the league in assists this season with 8.7 per game and leads the season charts in steals with 1.7 per game.
Georgios Papagiannis is second in the EuroLeague in two-point accuracy this season at 72.73%. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is fifth at 68.75%.
Calathes is tied for second in the playoffs this season with 5.5 assists per game.
Records/Milestones
Nick Calathes became only the second player this century – and first since Nikola Vujcic 12 years ago – to record a triple-double. In Round 30 he tallied 11 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds.
Calathes has moved into fourth place all-time time with 263 steals; Pablo Prigioni is third with 322.
Calathes is in seventh place all-time with 998 assists; Sergio Llull is sixth all-time with 1,024 steals and counting.
Lukas Lekavicius needs 12 assists to reach 300 for his EuroLeague career.

Real Madrid

Roster
There have been 13 different starters for Madrid this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Sergio Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last EuroLeague 13 games.
Trey Thompkins has made 10 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Thompkins has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight EuroLeague games.
Walter Tavares has posted a PIR of 13 or more in eight of his last nine EuroLeague appearances.
Facundo Campazzo has made 12 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-pointer in six consecutive EuroLeague games.
Klemen Prepelic has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Walter Tavares leads the league in blocked shots this season with 1.6 per game.
Tavares is fifth in the league in offensive rebounds with 2.2 per contest.
Tavares leads the EuroLeague in two-point accuracy this season at 78.57%.
Facundo Campazzo is third in the league this season with 1.6 steals per game.
Jaycee Carroll leads the EuroLeague in free throw accuracy this season with 95.74%. Sergio Llull is second at 95.45%.
Campazzo leads the playoffs with 7.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game.
Campazzo is second in the playoffs this season with an average PIR 22.0
Tavares is second in the playoffs with 1.5 blocks per game. He is third with 7.0 rebounds per game.
Jeffery Taylor is tied for second in the playoffs with 6 three-point shots made.
Records/Milestones
Felipe Reyes is the EuroLeague career rebounding king with 1,780 boards.
Reyes is the EuroLeague career leader in games played with 343.
Reyes is ranked third all-time in EuroLeague scoring with 2,992 points.
Reyes ranks third all-time with 959 two-point shots made. Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos Piraeus is second with 966.
Sergio Llull ranks sixth all-time with 2,834 points. Georgios Printezis is fifth with 2,914.
Llull ranks sixth on the all-time charts with 1,024 assists. Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is fifth with 1,080 and counting.
Llull ranks fourth in EuroLeague history with 429 three-pointers made. Vassilis Spanoulis is third with 450 and counting.
Lull is third in all-time playoff three-pointers with 62. Olympiacos guard Vassilis Spanoulis is second with 63.
Rudy Fernandez is in sixth place all-time in steals with 260. Gianluca Basile is fourth with 261.
Fernandez is sixth all-time with 392 three-pointers made. Gianluca Basile is fifth with 421.
Walter Tavares is the all-time EuroLeague leader in two-point accuracy at 73.7%.
Jaycee Carroll is sixth all-time in free throw accuracy at 91.0%.
Carroll is 11th all-time with 355 three-point shots made. His former teammate Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is 10th with 371 and counting.

Monday, April 22, 2019
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
10 - 16
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens Real Madrid
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. Real Madrid: 7-5
Away record vs. Real Madrid: 3-11
Real Madrid
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 11-3
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 5-7

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 April 2019 Playoffs Real Madrid 78 - 63 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2018-19 17 April 2019 Playoffs Real Madrid 75 - 72 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2018-19 28 March 2019 Regular Season Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 73 - 74 Real Madrid
2018-19 19 December 2018 Regular Season Real Madrid 89 - 68 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2017-18 27 April 2018 Playoffs Real Madrid 89 - 82 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 25 April 2018 Playoffs Real Madrid 81 - 74 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 19 April 2018 Playoffs Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 82 - 89 Real Madrid
2017-18 17 April 2018 Playoffs Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 95 - 67 Real Madrid
2017-18 08 March 2018 Regular Season Real Madrid 92 - 75 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 24 November 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 82 - 80 Real Madrid
2016-17 16 March 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 88 - 82 Real Madrid
2016-17 16 November 2016 Regular Season Real Madrid 87 - 84 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2014-15 20 March 2015 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 85 - 69 Real Madrid
2014-15 22 January 2015 Top 16 Real Madrid 83 - 65 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 21 March 2013 Top 16 Real Madrid 73 - 74 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 25 January 2013 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 54 - 58 Real Madrid
2012-13 15 November 2012 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 79 - 68 Real Madrid
2012-13 12 October 2012 Regular Season Real Madrid 85 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2009-10 17 December 2009 Regular Season Panathinaikos 67 - 76 Real Madrid
2009-10 05 November 2009 Regular Season Real Madrid 80 - 70 Panathinaikos
2007-08 31 January 2008 Regular Season Real Madrid 95 - 87 Panathinaikos
2007-08 06 December 2007 Regular Season Panathinaikos 92 - 85 Real Madrid
2005-06 08 February 2006 Regular Season Real Madrid 73 - 90 Panathinaikos
2005-06 14 December 2005 Regular Season Panathinaikos 87 - 71 Real Madrid
2001-02 14 February 2002 Regular Season Panathinaikos 77 - 88 Real Madrid
2001-02 06 December 2001 Regular Season Real Madrid 70 - 78 Panathinaikos