Playoffs, Game 2 MVP: Linas Kleiza, Olympiacos

Mar 26, 2010 by Print
Linas Kleiza - OlympiacosOne of the season's biggest producers across the board, Linas Kleiza of Olympiacos Piraeus, kept lifting his game even higher to become the MVP of Game 2 of the Playoffs on Thursday, just when his team needed it most. Kleiza, already the Euroleague's top scorer for 2009-10, posted his second straight 26-point game to lead Olympiacos to a 90-73 home win against Asseco Prokom Gdynia that moved the Reds within a victory of a return to the Final Four. Kleiza shot 7 for 11 on two-pointers, 2 for 5 on triples and 6 for 6 at the foul line wile collecting 9 rebounds, 2 steals, an assist and 5 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 35, another personal high for him. Following him were two players from the same game. Prokom forward Qyntel Woods scored 20 points and pulled 14 rebounds, his Euroleague career-high, on the way to Thursday's second-best index rating, 29. Kleiza's teammate from Olympiacos, point guard Milos Teodosic, put together 14 points with 12 assists, which were not only his career-best but the third-most in playoffs history, for an index rating of 27. Following him in fourth place was newcomer Ante Tomic, who led Real Madrid to Thursday's only road win, 63-70 at Barcelona. Tomic shot 10-for-15 on two-pointers and 2-for-2 on free throws for 22 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for a 26 index rating, all career highs considering he only joined Madrid in early February. Next came a player just as familiar as Tomic is new: Viktor Khryapa led CSKA Moscow to another blowout victory over Caja Laboral with his now-customary stat line of 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, all good for a 22 index rating, the fifth-best performance in Game 2 of the Playoffs.

Individual highs: Ante Tomic, Real Madrid, 4 blocks

Kleiza's 26 points were also the best of Game 2 and gave him that average so far in the playoffs. He leads the full-season scorers' chart as well, with 17.9 points per game. Those 14 rebounds by Woods were not only the best of anyone on Thursday, but made him far and away the top rebounder so far in the playoffs, with an average of 12.5 per game. Likewise, Teodosic's as assists also made him the best passer so far in the playoffs, with 9 on average. Trajan Langdon of CSKA and David Logan of Prokom shared the Game 2 lead with 4 steals each. Pablo Prigioni of Real Madrid and J.R. Holden of CSKA Moscow are the Playoffs leaders with 2.5 steals per night. Tomic was the biggest blocker on Thursday, with his 4 rejections, making him the playoffs leader, too, with 2.5 on average. Woods and Teodosic were the only players to registered double-doubles in Game 2 of the Playoffs.