2018-19PlayoffsGame 4
April 26, 2019 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA
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Records

18-12 Regular Season 20-10
1-2 Playoffs 2-1
19-14 Overall 22-11

Referees

Crew Chief
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT
Umpire 1
RADOVIC, SRETEN
Umpire 2
ROCHA, FERNANDO

The Take

Anadolu Efes Istanbul has a shot at clinching its first Final Four this century on Friday. Efes commands a 2-1 lead in its playoff series against FC Barcelona Lassa, which faces a do-or-die situation situation on its home court. The Spanish team had reversed the series with a Game 2 win in Istanbul, but in Game 3, Efes made sure in record fashion that, at the very least, the series will return to Turkey for a last home game, if needed.

Previously in the series

Efes struck first at home in Game 1 but Barcelona recovered and surprised the Turkish team in Istanbul in Game 2. Just when the momentum seemed to switch to Barca, Efes rose up in Game 3 and led from start to finish in 68-102 Game 3 road riot to move within one victory of a place in the Final Four. It was one of the biggest road wins in club history for Efes, which is yet to win a EuroLeague Playoffs series this century. Shane Larkin starred with 30 points on near-perfect shooting, including 6 of 7 on three-pointers. Adam Hanga had 13 points in defeat.

Marquee matchup

Guard Shane Larkin is averaging 11.0 points in 31 games this season, but against Barcelona his average is 20.8 points in five games. He has found the way to punish the Barcelona defense and will surely try again in Game 4 to try to seal the series. In front of him, former Efes player Thomas Heurtel will have the job to stop Efes's main man and, in addition, try to lead Barcelona on offense, as he has been doing all season with 10.5 points and 4.8 assists per game.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

Barcelona is on the brink of elimination, so the team will have to give it its best effort if it wants to take the series back to Istanbul. In Game 3, Barcelona gave up 26 points or more in three quarters, so defense is the first task for the hosts. They will have to figure out a way to slow Larkin in the backcourt while also keeping an eye on a couple of former Barcelona players, Tibor Pleiss and Adrien Moerman, who combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds in Game 3. Barcelona needs another magical night at Palau Blaugrana.

Keys to victory: Efes

It's a rare opportunity for Efes. One more win and the team will advance to the Final Four for the first time in the modern EuroLeague. After Efes dominated Game 3, it is to be expected that Barcelona will react aggressively. Still, Efes's masterpiece of a game -- dominating in scoring, rebounds, assists and turnovers -- should be the inspiration for the guests to strike while the iron is hot and try to get a Final Four ticket as soon as possible.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Euroleague.net
FC Barcelona Lassa
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN C 2.08 29
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.88 26
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 32
6 SINGLETON, CHRIS F 2.06 29
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.01 30
9 BLAZIC, JAKA F 1.96 28
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 23
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 30
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.19 26
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 26
20 DIAGNE, ATOUMANE C 2.15 20
22 FONT, ALEIX F 1.95 21
23 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 19
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 29
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.07 30
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO F 1.98 18
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 32
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 LARKIN, SHANE G 1.82 26
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE G 1.95 31
2 KURTULDUM, MUSTAFA F 1.96 17
3 SAYBIR, YIGITCAN F 2.03 20
4 BALBAY, DOGUS G 1.85 30
6 BIRSEN, METECAN F 2.05 24
10 BITIM, ONURALP G 1.96 20
12 MOTUM, BROCK F 2.08 28
15 SANLI, SERTAC C 2.12 27
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN F 2.02 30
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN G 1.93 26
21 PLEISS, TIBOR C 2.21 29
22 MICIC, VASILIJE G 1.96 25
23 ANDERSON, JAMES F 1.98 30
25 ILYASOGLU, OMERCAN G 1.95 18
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 32
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV G 1.97 33

Player Stats

Heurtel, T. / 10.5 Tomic, A. / 10.0 Hanga, A. / 9.0
Micic, V. / 12.4 Moerman, A. / 12.3 Larkin, S. / 11.0
Tomic, A. / 5.1
Moerman, A. / 6.3 Dunston, B. / 4.6
Heurtel, T. / 4.8 Pangos, K. / 3.2
Micic, V. / 5.6 Simon, K. / 2.9 Larkin, S. / 2.9
Hanga, A. / 1.2 Singleton, C. / 1.0
Moerman, A. / 1.2 Micic, V. / 1.0
Dunston, B. / 1.2 Pleiss, T. / 0.5
2PT
Seraphin, K. / 62.9 % Tomic, A. / 61.9 % Claver, V. / 60.0 %
Pleiss, T. / 69.1 % Dunston, B. / 68.3 % Simon, K. / 64.0 %
3PT
Heurtel, T. / 45.3 % Kuric, K. / 40.0 % Singleton, C. / 39.4 %
Larkin, S. / 44.2 % Motum, B. / 42.6 % Anderson, J. / 41.2 %
FT
Kuric, K. / 85.3 % Claver, V. / 81.5 % Blazic, J. / 80.9 %
Beaubois, R. / 91.2 % Pleiss, T. / 89.7 % Moerman, A. / 87.2 %
PIR
Tomic, A. / 13.3 Heurtel, T. / 11.4 Hanga, A. / 11.2
Moerman, A. / 15.7 Micic, V. / 14.1 Dunston, B. / 13.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.2 Points 85.2
35.1 Rebounds 32.2
11.0 O. Rebounds 8.2
24.1 D. Rebounds 24.0
17.1 Assists 19.7
6.4 Steals 6.3
2.4 Blocks 2.9
52.5 % 2PT 59.1 %
36.6 % 3PT 40.4 %
73.6 % FT 81.9 %
88.3 PIR 101.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 79.3
31.9 Rebounds 33.9
9.2 O. Rebounds 11.5
22.6 D. Rebounds 22.4
16.6 Assists 17.9
6.7 Steals 6.6
2.4 Blocks 2.0
53.3 % 2PT 52.6 %
36.4 % 3PT 35.4 %
74.4 % FT 74.6 %
81.2 PIR 85.8

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"The story of each game in the playoffs is totally different. On Friday, there will be a new game and a new fight. We must play good basketball, must share the ball in offense and show resistance in defense."

Players

LARKIN, SHANE
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Tomorrow’s game will again be a very competitive and tough one. It will be a win or go home game for our opponent and a win and go to Final Four game for us. Both teams will play with all of the energy and the intensity they can."

FC Barcelona Lassa vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

· Barcelona holds a 10-7 record in games between these teams this century.

· Efes led from start to finish to beat Barcelona 68-102 in Game 3 as Shane Larkin starred with 30 points on 5-for-5 from two-point shooting and 6-for-7 on three-pointers.

· Efes set its club playoff records in points (102), PIR (129), assists (25), three-pointers made (14) and two-point accuracy (74.3%) in Game 3.

· Efes beat Barcelona 75-68 in Game 1 with Vasilije Micic starring with a playoff career-high 21 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting plus 7 assists. His career-high PIR of 30 earned him MVP of the Round honors.

· Barcelona pulled out a 72-74 victory in Game 2 of the series with Adam Hanga posting 17 points.

· These two teams split home wins this regular season. Barcelona registered an 80-65 victory in Round 15 as Pierre Oriola scored 14 points. In Round 25, Efes blasted Barcelona 92-70 behind 37 points from Shane Larkin.

· Barcelona matched its club best in the EuroLeague in points and set a club record in three-point shots made with 19 when it beat Efes 83-107 in Istanbul in March of last season.

· Efes recorded its team record in two-point shots made with 32 against Barcelona in October 2002.

· Efes forward Adrien Moerman played at Barcelona last season. He played under Coach Svetislav Pesic and was a teammate of most of the current Barcelona players.

· Barcelona point guard Thomas Heurtel played for Efes from 2015 to 2017; he was a teammate of Dogus Balbay and Bryant Dunston during his time there.

· Efes center Tibor Pleiss played at Barcelona during the 2014-15 season and was a teammate of Ante Tomic.

· Pleiss was a teammate of Heurtel for two seasons at Baskonia, from 2012 to 2014. Pleiss was also a teammate of Adam Hanga at Baskonia in the 2013-14 season.

· Barcelona's Kevin Pangos was a teammate of Efes point guard Vasilije Micic at Zalgiris Kaunas last season. They helped the team reach the 2018 Final Four.

· Vasilije Micic set a career-high in performance index rating with 30 in Game 1.

· Barcelona's Jaka Blazic and Hanga were teammates with the Efes backcourt duo of Rodrigue Beaubois and Shane Larkin at Baskonia during the 2016-17 season.

· Barcelona center Ante Tomic was a long-time teammate of Efes guard Krunoslav Simon, first with KK Zagreb where they both grew up, and with the Croatian national team, too.

· Shane Larkin set career-highs with 37 points and PIR 43, latter of which is also Efes club record, in Round 25 win over Barcelona, Larkin earned MVP of the Round honors for that performance.

· Larkin posted his career high in steals with 4 playing for KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz against Barcelona in January 2017.

· Barcelona forward Adam Hanga posted his EuroLeague career high in scoring with 20 for Baskonia against Efes in February 2017.

· Hanga set his career-high with 11 rebounds in Game 1.

· Pierre Oriola set his career high in assists with 5 in Game 2.

· Tomic set his EuroLeague career high and a Barcelona club record in index rating with 40 and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds in Barcelona's 84-89 road win over Efes in February 2014. Tomic posted a career-high and matched a club record with 11 two-point shots made in that game, too.

· Efes big man Brock Motum posted his EuroLeague career-highs in scoring (26) and index rating (26) playing for Zalgiris Kaunas against Barcelona in November 2017.

· Victor Claver matched his career-high with 3 steals against Efes in November of last season.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Euroleague.net

FC Barcelona Lassa

Roster
Coach Svetislav Pesic has used 11 different players as starters this season. Chris Singleton has started all but one EuroLeague game.
Streaks
Chris Singleton has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight consecutive EuroLeague games.
Kevin Pangos has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Pau Ribas has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven EuroLeague appearances.
Thomas Heurtel has collected at least 1 steal in six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Heurtel has posted a performance index rating in five of his last six EuroLeague games.
Adam Hanga has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight EuroLeague games.

Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 1,425 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 1,603.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 484 offensive rebounds. Paulius Jankunas is third with 499 and counting.
Tomic is the only EuroLeague player with at least 1,000 two-point baskets. He has 1,058.
Thomas Heurtel ranks third all-time in assists with 1,165. Dimitris Diamantidis is second with 1,255.
Jaka Blazic needs 9 points to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.
Chris Singleton needs 4 blocks to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Ante Tomic needs 4 blocks to become only the 10th player with 150 blocks in the EuroLeague this century.
Tomic is fourth all-time in playoffs career performance index rating with 412. Panathinaikos legend Dimitris Diamantidis is third with 443.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster
No player has started every EuroLeague game for Efes this season. Adrien Moerman has started all but one.
Streaks
Shane Larkin has hit at least 1 three-point shot in 10 straight EuroLeague games. He's made multiple threes in five straight games.
Larkin has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 EuroLeague games.
Bryant Dunston has blocked at least 1 shot in 10 of his last 11 EuroLeague appearances.
Dunston has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 10 of his last 11 EuroLeague appearances.
Adrien Moerman has pulled down at least 5 rebounds in 11 of his last 12 EuroLeague games.
Moerman has made 10 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Tibor Pleiss has made 12 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Krunoslav Simon has posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Vasilije Micic has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games. He has made multiple threes in each of his last four games.

Rankings
Adrien Moerman is fifth in the league this season in rebounding with 6.3 per game.
Vasilije Micic ranks third in the league in assists this season with 5.6 per game.
Bryant Dunston is third in the league this season with 1.2 blocks per game.
Tibor Pleiss is fifth in the EuroLeague in two-point accuracy this season at 69.09%. Dunston is seventh at 68.29%.
Shane Larkin leads the playoffs this season with 20.0 points per game, and Micic is second with 16.7 points per game.
Dunston is third in the playoffs this season with an average PIR of 19.3, Micic is fourth with 18.7 and Larkin is fifth with 18.3.
Dunston is tied third in the playoffs this season with 6.3 rebounds per game
Micic is second in the playoffs this season with 6.3 assists per game.
Dunston leads the playoffs this season with 2.0 blocks per game.
Larkin leads the playoffs this season with 3.7 three-point shots made, and Micic is tied third with 2.7 per game.

Records/Milestones
Bryant Dunston ranks second all-time with 226 blocks. He trails only Fran Vazquez (249).
Dunston ranks ninth all-time with 380 career offensive rebounds. Mirsad Turkcan is eighth with 385.
Tibor Pleiss ranks ninth all-time with 159 blocked shots. He needs 2 more to catch Victor Khryapa for eighth place.
Brock Motum needs 3 more three-pointers to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
10 - 7
FC Barcelona Lassa Anadolu Efes Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
FC Barcelona Lassa
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 6-2
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 4-5
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 5-4
Away record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 2-6

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 24 April 2019 Playoffs FC Barcelona Lassa 68 - 102 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2018-19 19 April 2019 Playoffs Anadolu Efes Istanbul 72 - 74 FC Barcelona Lassa
2018-19 17 April 2019 Playoffs Anadolu Efes Istanbul 75 - 68 FC Barcelona Lassa
2018-19 08 March 2019 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 92 - 70 FC Barcelona Lassa
2018-19 27 December 2018 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 80 - 65 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2017-18 29 March 2018 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83 - 107 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 09 November 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 85 - 89 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2016-17 19 January 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 89 - 78 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
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