Just like its performance during the regular season, a closer look into Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul's regular-season numbers reveals a tale of two halves. Or, more precisely in this case, the story before and after Round 16.
Fenerbahce won just five of its first 15 games and ranked second-to-last in the standings with a point differential of -120 going into Round 16. Then it went on a 10-game winning streak and won 17 of its next 19 contests, a span during which it outscored its opponents by 137 points.
As you can see in a graph above, Fenerbahce ranked dead-last in points scored with 72.9 points per game at the midway point of the season, only to rise as high as sixth in scoring in early March thanks to scoring 86.8 points per game from Round 17 to Round 30.
The rise in both Fenerbahce's two-point and three-point shooting was similar. The team ranked 17th in two-point shooting after in the first half of the regular season and as low as 13th in long-range shooting before making a big turnaround and finishing the regular season as the second-best team in two-point percentages (57.2%) and ranking fourth in three-point accuracy (39.7%).
Fenerbahce has moved the ball well this season and ranks fifth in assists (18.7 apg.), but has struggled with rebounding, especially on the offensive end. The team averages a league-low 7.7 offensive rebounds and finishes the regular season ranking last in second-chance points.
Defensively, the same rebounding issues have plagued Fenerbahce throughout the entire regular season. Coach Igor Kokoskov's side has ranked last for most of the season in opponents' offensive rebounds and enters the playoffs allowing a league-high 10.9 per game. Subsequently, no team has allowed more second-chance points in the EuroLeague than Fenerbahce, nearly 12 per game.
Opposing offenses have averaged 19.4 assists per game, which is third-most in the EuroLeague, another mark which Coach Kokoskov would like to see improve. On the other hand, Fenerbahce has been very consistent in forcing turnovers, ranking in the top half for the majority of the season. The team's defense also improved in the second part of the season in points and two-point percentages allowed.
As its approaches its clash with CSKA Moscow in the best-of-five playoff series, Fenerbahce will surely like to see its improved offense get to work, but also find a way to improve its rebounding.