Playoff Series breakdown: Caja Laboral vs. Maccabi Electra

Mar 17, 2011 by Euroleague.net Print
Caja Laboral
The two highest-scoring Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams this season, Caja Laboral of Spain and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv of Israel, promise a lot more than points when their Quarterfinal Playoffs series begins Tuesday. These teams know each other well, and not just because they split regular season victories earlier this season. Three Maccabi players spent last season in Spain, and forward Lior Eliyahu did so precisely with Caja Laboral. At the same time, Caja Laboral's newest player, Esteban Batista, was a double-digit scorer for Maccabi's last Final Four team, in 2008. These teams have also faced off twice before on Europe's biggest stage, the Final Four. Maccabi won their 2005 Euroleague title game in Moscow and their semifinal a year later in Prague. Three current Maccabi players – captain Derrick Sharp, Tal Burstein and Yaniv Green – played for those teams, while current Caja Laboral head coach Dusko Ivanovic was on the sidelines for the first of those games. Back in 2002, in his first stint on Maccabi's bench, head coach David Blatt won a showdown over Ivanovic's team on the road to reach the Final Four in Bologna. This season, Maccabi’s worst loss came at the hands of Caja Laboral, 94-78 in the season opener for both teams. Likewise, Caja Laboral's worst loss, 81-70, was dealt by Maccabi later in the regular season. With all that familiarity as a backdrop, expect an epic quarterfinals series between two of the Euroleague's signature clubs.
Maccabi Electra
David Logan - Caja Laboral
Already a veteran in his third Euroleague season, David Logan has adjusted to a new role this season after joining Caja Laboral. Logan, a super scorer with Asseco Prokom in each of the last two seasons, has been critical for Laboral, offering instant offense, deep shooting range and even the ability to play some minutes at point guard. It all paid off in the Top 16, when Logan averaged 10.7 points on 48.1% three-point shooting in less than 19 minutes per game. He was among the top 10 per-minute scorers (0.57) in the Top 16 and capped the phase with a 15-point effort in Laboral's road win against Lietuvos Rytas.
Dusko Ivanovic - Caja Laboral
Dusko Ivanovic
Caja Laboral Head Coach
David Blatt - Maccabi Electra
David Blatt
Maccabi Electra Head Coach
Lior Eliyahu - Maccabi Electra
Maccabi Electra is looking to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2008, but must overcome another Euroleague giant, Caja Laboral, in a best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series. No Maccabi player could know Laboral better than power forward Lior Eliyahu, who played in Vitoria last season. Eliyahu is enjoying an outstanding season with his transition game and quickness fitting perfectly into head coach David Blatt's philosophy. Despite taking just 14 free throw attempts this season, Eliyahu ranks eighth in the Euroleague points per minute (0.53) and leads the Euroleague in two-pointers made also on a per-minute basis (0.24), making 63.8% of them.
STATS BY POSITION
POINT GUARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
10.3
3.1
5.5
0.8
Marcelinho Huertas
Doron Perkins
9.9
5.5
3.8
1.9
9.9
1.7
2.3
0.7
David Logan
Jeremy Pargo
11.9
3.4
3.8
1.0
SHOOTING GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
6.8
2.2
1.2
0.7
Yotam Halperin
Guy Pnini
6.3
1.4
0.7
0.2
2.6
1.8
1.1
0.6
Pau Ribas
Tal Burstein
4.8
2.1
1.0
1.1
14.4
5.6
2.2
0.8
Fernando San Emeterio
Chuck Eidson
9.6
4.3
4.1
2.8
1.2
1.7
0.5
0.2
Nemanja Bjelica
David Blu
7.1
3.3
0.6
0.8
POWER FORWARDS AND CENTERS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
15.6
5.1
0.9
0.7
Mirza Teletovic
Lior Eliyahu
11.7
4.1
1.2
0.9
7.3
6.2
1.5
0.3
Esteban Batista
Milan Macvan
4.5
1.7
0.3
0.2
11.4
5.7
0.9
0.5
Stanko Barac
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
12.8
4.5
0.9
1.1
3.3
3.2
0.3
0.5
Pape Sow
Richard Hendrix
5.3
4.1
0.1
0.7