Playoff Series breakdown: Real Madrid vs. Power Electronics Valencia

Mar 15, 2011 by Euroleague.net Print
Real Madrid
A Quarterfinal Playoffs test between two teams that know each other well promises to produce great basketball and excitement as Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia duel for a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in nearby Barcelona. Madrid, the winningest team in Euroleague history, aims to return to the Final Four for the first time since 1996, while Valencia targets its first Final Four, period. The similarities between the teams are vast. Both underwent coaching changes this season: Svetislav Pesic rescued Valencia midway through the Regular Season and has carried the team this far. Lele Molin only recently inherited Madrid's bench after Ettore Messina resigned following the last Top 16 game. Both teams also have a mix of promising young guns coupled with experienced vets, several of whom have past Final Four experience. One area that could have a major impact on the series is the play in the paint. Madrid is the Euroleague’s leading rebounding team this season, with 39.1 per game, and features this season’s best offensive rebounder, D’Or Fischer. At the same time, Valencia enters the series with two of its best rebounders, Victor Claver and James Augustine, sidelined due to injury. It’s now the moment of truth for these teams, both looking to overcome adversity to reach Barcelona and move closer to Euroleague glory!
Power Electronics Valencia
Carlos Suarez - Real Madrid
Despite more than five years passing between his last Euroleague appearance and the start of this season, Carlos Suarez has made an instant impact on Real Madrid, helping his new club march to the Quarterfinal Playoffs with an eye on its first Final Four appearance in almost a generation. Born and raised in the Spanish capital, Suarez is well-versed in local sports and knows of Madrid's past success, even though he started out with its cross-town rival, Estudiantes. Suarez has emerged as an important cog in Real Madrid’s system this season, locking down a spot in the starting lineup and playing the third-most minutes on the team due to his versatility and aggressive style. Madrid has one more hurdle before it can think about the Final Four, its quarterfinal series against Power Electronics Valencia, an opponent it knows well from Spain. The series will be an adjustment, however, since head coach Ettore Messina left Madrid after the Top 16 and his long-time assistant, Emanuele Molin, took over the bench. “There are a lot of players here who have not yet played in a Final Four,” Suarez said. "These first two games against Valencia mean a lot and will be very hard to win."
Emmanuele Molin - Real Madrid
Emmanuele Molin
Real Madrid Head Coach
Svetislav Pesic - Power Electronics Valencia
Svetislav Pesic
PE Valencia Head Coach
Omar Cook - Power Electronics Valencia
It appears the third time is the charm for Power Electronics Valencia playmaker Omar Cook. In his third Euroleague season, Cook has reached the Quarterfinal Playoffs for the first time, although it was not for lack of trying before. Indeed, Cook has made a habit of improved with each new round, leading the Top 16 in assists all three seasons. This time, he outdid himself by setting a new Top 16 record 7.2 per game. Cook’s career average of 5.4 assists per game is the best in Euroleague Basketball history. Cook was also the Top 16’c co-leader in steals with 2.5 per game this season and has been among the top five in that category in each Top 16 he has played. Now facing a Quarterfinal Playoffs duel with Spanish League rival Real Madrid, the savvy point guard will look to take his and his team’s game to new heights and move towards a first Euroleague Final Four for both. "I am very excited,” Cook said. “Anything is possible and making it to the Final Four would be amazing. We have to take one game at the time and see what happens."
STATS BY POSITION
POINT GUARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
4.6
2.3
2.6
1.0
Pablo Prigioni
Omar Cook
7.6
2.8
5.3
1.7
6.9
2.0
3.3
0.6
Sergio Rodriguez
Nando De Colo
10.3
2.6
1.7
1.4
SHOOTING GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
11.9
2.2
2.9
0.7
Sergio Llull
Rafa Martinez
10.1
2.1
1.5
0.6
6.6
4.3
1.5
0.6
Carlos Suarez
Jeremy Richardson
5.5
2.0
0.3
0.3
4.9
1.6
0.9
0.7
Clay Tucker
David Navarro
1.7
1.3
0.0
0.3
3.1
3.0
0.4
0.1
Novica Velickovic
Marc Fernandez
2.0
1.0
0.0
0.0
POWER FORWARDS AND CENTERS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
8.9
4.9
0.6
0.4
Felipe Reyes
Dusko Savanovic
11.1
4.4
1.1
0.8
7.4
3.2
0.5
0.5
Nikola Mirotic
Florent Pietrus
3.0
2.5
0.1
0.6
8.7
5.3
0.9
0.4
Ante Tomic
Robertas Javtokas
8.8
4.9
0.8
0.5
6.3
6.6
0.5
0.8
D'Or Fischer
James Augustine
3.4
3.1
0.5
0.3
8.1
3.6
0.4
0.5
Mirza Begic
Sergiy Lischuk
6.3
5.3
0.5
0.3