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April 28, 2014 - MVP for April: Alex Tyus, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

alex tyusWhen the crucial month of April began, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv had lost five of its previous eight games, all coinciding with an injury to one of the team's signature centers. Today, after winning every game it had to win this month, Maccabi is returning to the Final Four, thanks in great part to the emergence of an exciting talent, forward Alex Tyus, Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for April. Despite coming off the bench and playing out of position, Tyus gave Maccabi the same stabilizing inside presence that teams usually rely on experienced veterans to provide. Tyus seized his new role by the horns and didn't stop battling until Maccabi had become the only team to overcome a home-court disadvantage in the playoffs. Between the last two Top 16 games to start the month and Maccabi's 3-1 playoff series win over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Tyus posted four of the best six performances in his two-year Euroleague career. Read more here.

April 26, 2014 - Playoffs Game 5 bwin MVP: Sasha Kaun, CSKA Moscow

sasha kaunSasha Kaun saved his best performance for when his team needed it most. The CSKA Moscow center dominated Friday in leading the Russian champs back the Final Four with a 74-44 victory over Panathinaikos Athens in Game 5 of the Euroleague Playoffs. In addition to celebrating his fifth trip to the Final Four, Kaun can take pride in earning Playoffs Game 5 bwin MVP honors. Kaun tallied a season-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting plus 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for a performance index rating of 29, which was the most among the 44 players to take the floor in Playoffs Game 5. Kaun didn’t only dominate, but he set the tone early with 8 points and 4 rebounds in the first seven minutes. He reached 12 and 6 by halftime before his teammates took control in the third quarter and CSKA cruised to victory. Read more here.

April 25, 2014 - Game 5

Real Madrid 83 - 69 Olympiacos Piraeus

sergio llullThere will be a new champion at the end of this Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Real Madrid knocked out back-to-back champion Olympiacos Piraeus with an 83-69 victory at home on Friday. The result sends Madrid to its sixth Final Four – and third in four years – by winning their best-of-five series 3-2. Madrid will face archrival FC Barcelona in the semifinals next month in Milan. Sergio Llull led the winners with 20 points. Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez each added 15, while Nikola Mirotic had 10 for Madrid. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 19 points. Matt Lojeski added 15 for the Reds. Three-pointers by Lojeski and Spanoulis allowed Olympiacos to get an early 7-9 lead. Mirotic and an outstanding Llull stepped up to give Madrid an 18-12 lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 74 - 44 Panathinaikos Athens

sasha kaunCSKA Moscow rose to the occasion by dominating rival Panathinaikos Athens 74-44 to win their best-of-five playoffs series and a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four for the 11th time in 12 seasons. Sasha Kaun and Victor Khryapa led the CSKA attack at both ends in a game that was one-side for much of the night. CSKA held Panathinaikos to a club record-low in scoring, which was also the second-fewest points by any club in playoff history. The 30-point margin of difference the worst defeat the Greens had ever suffered, too. Kaun took control early with 8 points and 4 rebounds in the first seven minutes. The lead swelled into double figures in the second quarter before Vladimir Micov highlighted an 11-0 charge in the third that gave CSKA total control. Read more here.

April 25, 2014 - Playoffs, Game 5: a historical playoffs night!

vassilis spanoulisThe gates to the Final Four will open for two teams - and close for two others - in an exciting Friday in which playoffs action will come to an end. It all goes down to one game for CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos Athens, Real Madrid and Olympiacos Piraeus. CSKA and Madrid have history on their side, as home teams have always won Game 5 and no team has rallied from a 2-0 deficit in a five-game series in competition history. Of course, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos will try to rewrite history by advancing to the Final Four. CSKA faces Panathinaikos at 18:00 CET, followed by Madrid vs. Olympiacos at 20:45 CET, two thrillers with a Final Four berth on the line. Don't miss a historical night of action, drama and great basketball! Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 5:


Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 83-69 - Stats


CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens 74-44 - Stats

April 24, 2014 - Playoffs Game 4 bwin MVP: Bryant Dunston, Olympiacos Piraeus

bryant dunstonAnother stellar performance in the paint in a must-win game from Bryant Dunston not only extended Olympiacos Piraeus’s season, but for the second game in a row has earned the big man bwin MVP honors. Dunston is the Playoffs Game 4 bwin MVP following a clutch performance as his Reds defeated Real Madrid 71-62 on Wednesday. Dunston tallied 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting plus 9 rebounds in compiling a performance index rating of 25, which was the highest among players on winning teams in Game 4 of the playoffs. Dunstan, who was also Playoffs Game 3 bwin MVP, not only led Olympiacos, but he was at his best when the game was on the line. He scored 8 fourth-quarter points, including 6 in a row after Madrid tied the game early in the quarter. Read more here.

April 23, 2014 - Game 4

Olympiacos Piraeus 71 - 62 Real Madrid

bryant dunstonTwo-time defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus protected its home court to beat Real Madrid 71-62 Wednesday at Peace and Friendship Stadium, tying their best-of-five playoffs series 2-2 and setting up a decisive Game 5 in the Spanish capital on Friday. With the game tied 49-49 early in the fourth quarter, Bryant Dunston scored 6 straight points to give the Reds the lead for good. Matt Lojeski later added a pair of clutch threes as Olympiacos pulled away for its seventh straight playoff home win. Dunston and Lojeski each scored 13 points to lead the winners. Dunson added 9 rebounds too. Vassilis Spanoulis tallied 12 points and 7 assists, while Georgios Printezis and Vangelos Mantzaris netted 10 points apiece. Mantzaris dished 6 assists too. Read more here.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 86 - 66 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

ricky hickmanMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv advanced to the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four on Wednesday night with a spectacular performance on its home court. Maccabi returned to the Final Four for the 12th time since the format was chosen in 1988 - and for the first time since 2011 - by downing EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 86-66 in front of a sellout crowd at Nokia Arena in Game 4 of their playoffs series. Maccabi won the series 3-1. Ricky Hickman and Alex Tyus paced the winners with 16 points apiece. Devin Smith added 13 while David Blu and Sofoklis Schortsanitis each had 11 for Maccabi. Smith and Tyus each pulled down 9 rebounds for the winners. Keith Langford led Milan with 28 points – all in the opening three quarters. Daniel Hackett added 10 for the guests. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens 73 - 72 CSKA Moscow

jonas maciulisPanathinaikos Athens forced a decisive Game 5 in its best-of-five playoffs series with CSKA Moscow with a 73-72 overtime victory on Wednesday night at Olympic Sports Center in Athens. The hosts led by 9 late in the fourth quarter, but Sonny Weems almost single-handedly carried CSKA back and Vitaly Fridzon made a last-second shot with his foot on the three-point line to force overtime. After a big Antonis Fotsis three tied it for the hosts, Dimitris Diamantidis put the Greens up 2 from the line with 8.4 seconds left. CSKA had two last chances to tie it – or take the lead – but Weems split free throws and then stepped out of bounds on an inbounds play to leave the win for Athens. Jonas Maciulis paced the winners with 15 points. Read more here.

April 23, 2014 - Playoffs Game 4: it's decision time!

tyrese riceThe road to the Final Four continues with playoffs Game 4. Three teams - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid - have the opportunity to seal tickets to the Final Four if they win their games, joining already-qualified FC Barcelona - the only team that swept its best-of-five series this season. Panathinaikos Athens, Olympiacos Piraeus and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan have their back against the wall. Panathinaikos and Olympiacos showed resilience at home in Game 3 and also host Game 4 against CSKA and Madrid, respectively. Milan needs to beat Maccabi on the road in order to take the series to Game 5. Don't miss the fun! Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 4:


Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Real Madrid 71-62 - Stats


Panathinaikos Athens vs. CSKA Moscow 73-72 - Stats


Maccabi Electra vs. EA7 Emporio Armani 86-66 - Stats

April 22, 2014 - Playoffs Game 3 bwin MVP: Bryant Dunston, Olympiacos Piraeus

bryant dunstonA monster performance in a critical showdown allowed Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos Piraeus to earn the playoffs Game 3 bwin MVP honors after leading the Reds to a 78-76 victory over Real Madrid. Bryant was equally brilliant and efficient with 21 points on 9-of-10 two-point shooting, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals en route to a performance index rating of 32, the best of all players in playoffs Game 3. It was the second such weekly award for Dunston in his first Turkish Airlines Euroleague season after he won also in regular season Round 3. Following him was Zoran Erceg of Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul, who had 19 points on 3-of-4 two-point shooting and made 10 of 10 free throw attempts in his team's last Euroleague game this season - a home loss against FC Barcelona. Read more here.

April 21, 2014 - Game 3

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 75 - 63 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

david bluMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv is one win away from a trip to the 2014 Final Four after handing EA7 Emporio Armani Milan a 75-63 defeat at Nokia Arena on Monday. The victory gives Maccabi a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series, with Game 4 and a chance to clinch its Final Four return coming in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Maccabi took control of the game in the second quarter, taking the lead for good with a three-pointer from David Blu. With help from Ricky Hickman, the margin reached double-figures at halftime, 39-29. After the break, Devin Smith and Blu nailed three-pointers that extended the lead to 49-33 and Milan never came closer than 10 points the rest of the way. The hosts closed it out with a big fourth quarter from Alex Tyus, giving a packed Nokia Arena a lot to cheer about. Read more here.

Panathinaikos Athens 65 - 59 CSKA Moscow

stephane lasmePanathinaikos Athens stayed alive in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague by edging CSKA Moscow 65-59 in Game 3 of their best-of-five series in the Greek capital on Monday. CSKA still leads the series 2-1 but Panathinaikos hosts Game 4 on Wednesday. Panathinaikos legend Dimitris Diamantidis reached another milestone by breaking the Euroleague's career assists record with 978. The previous record belonged to Theo Papaloukas, who dished 977 assists throughout his career. Stephane Lasme led Panathinaikos with 13 points. Zack Wright added 10 while Diamantidis had 9 and 5 assists for Panathinaikos. Sonny Weems paced CSKA with 14 points. Vitaly Fridzon added 10 for the guests, who were outrebounded by 35-26. Read more here.

Olympiacos Piraeus 78 - 76 Real Madrid

bryant dunstonThe two-time defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions live to fight another day after Olympiacos Piraeus survived an absolute cliff-hanger 78-76 against Real Madrid thanks to 2 free throws by Kostas Sloukas with 6 seconds left. Madrid, which leads the series 2-1, rallied from 11 behind to lead 73-74 with 44 seconds left, but Georgios Printezis answered with a three-pointer that tipped the balance. Bryant Dunston led the winners with 21 points, 9 rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 17, Brent Petway and Matt Lojeski 11 each. Sergio Rodriguez had 19 points and Rudy Fernandez 18 for Madrid. Sergio Llull added 16 points and Felipe Reyes 13 for the guests. Game 3 will be Wednesday in Piraeus. Read more here.

April 20, 2014

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 75 - 78 FC Barcelona

marcelinho huertasMarcelinho Huertas kept FC Barcelona in it till the closing minutes and Joey Dorsey and Brad Oleson each came up with key defensive plays and free throws to wrap up a 75-78 victory over Galatasaray Liv Hospital at Abdi Ipekci Arena on Sunday, a sweep of their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series and the first ticket to the 2014 Final Four in Milan, Italy. Barca will take part in its fifth Final Four in six seasons, but it was not an easy task at all. Galatasaray led by as many as 10 in the first quarter and despite Huertas’s heroics, a 9-1 run highlighted by a Carlos Arroyo three gave the hosts a 70-68 lead inside of two minutes. After Dorsey split free throws to give Barca the lead, he came up with a brilliant block on Arroyo. Read more here.

April 20, 2014 - Game 3: The hosts are in must-win mode

michael bramosThe 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs continue with Game 3, as four best-of-five playoff series change cities, moving to some of the greatest venues in European basketball – Abdi Ipekci Arena, Peace and Friendship Stadium, Nokia Arena and the Olympic Sports Center of Athens (OAKA). In three of those sites, the visiting team comes in up 0-2, one victory away from making it to the 2014 Final Four in Milan, Italy. The hosts trailing in the series have to forget the fact that no team has rebounded to win the last three games of a best-of-five series in Euroleague Playoffs history. Get ready for great intensity and high drama, as Game 3 starts with a rare Sunday clash in Istanbul, followed with three more games Monday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 3:


Galatasaray Liv Hospital vs. FC Barcelona 75-78 - Stats


Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Real Madrid 78-76 - Stats


Panathinaikos Athens vs. CSKA Moscow 65-59 - Stats


Maccabi Electra vs. EA7 Emporio Armani 75-63 - Stats

April 19, 2014 - Playoffs Game 2 bwin co-MVPs: Ioannis Bourousis and Curtis Jerrells

ioannis bourousisFor the first time all season, the bwin MVP award will be shared by two players. Real Madrid center Ioannis Bourousis and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan guard Curtis Jerrells each played pivotal roles in leading their teams to victory. The two also tied for the highest performance index ratings in Game 2 of the playoffs, which allows them to share Playoffs Game 2 bwin MVP honors. Against his former team, Bourousis collected 19 points plus 10 rebounds to lead Los Blancos to an 82-77 victory over two-time defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus. He shot 7 of 10 inside the arc, 1 of 3 behind the three-point stripe and 2 for 3 from the free throw line in addition to 1 assist and 3 drawn fouls. Read more here.

April 18, 2014 - Game 2

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 91 - 77 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

curtis jerrellsEA7 Emporio Armani Milan bounced back from a tough overtime loss just 48 hours earlier, leading from start to finish to beat Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 91-77 in Game 2 of their best-of-five playoff series at the Mediolanum Forum, site of 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Friday’s victory was the first for Milan in the Euroleague playoffs this century, and tied the series at 1-1. With Daniel Hackett running the offense, Milan used a 9-0 run late in the first quarter for a 25-15 lead, and behind 10 second-quarter points from Kristjan Kangur went into halftime up 47-34. After the break, Curtis Jerrells took over, pacing the hosts to an 18-point margin in the fourth quarter, as there was no comeback for Maccabi this time. Milan again had six scorers in double figures. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 77 - 51 Panathinaikos Athens

sonny weemsCSKA Moscow got plenty of offense from Sonny Weems and plenty of defense from everyone else in routing Panathinaikos Athens 77-51 Friday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series. The result marked not only the lowest-scoring effort for the Greens in a Euroleague game, but the 26-point difference was the worst margin of defeat the club had ever suffered in a playoffs game. Weems paced CSKA with 23 points, while Vladimir Micov netted 12 points, Nenad Krstic 10 and Victor Khryapa stood out with 11 rebounds and 7 assists. CSKA outshot Panathinaikos from every range and registered two and a half times as many assists (20-8). Panathinaikos played CSKA close early; the game was tied at 19-19 late in the opening quarter. Read more here.

April 17, 2014

FC Barcelona 84 - 63 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul

brad olesonFC Barcelona moved within one victory of returning to the Final Four after downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 84-63 at Palau Blaugrana on Friday night. Barcelona now holds a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series, which moves to Istanbul for Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4. A potential decisive Game 5 would be played again in Barcelona. Brad Oleson and Alex Abrines combined for 27 points on perfect shooting off the bench to pace the winners. Olseon scored 14 with a pair of triple, Abrines netted 13 with 3 threes. Marcelinho Huertas added 12 points and 6 assists, Ante Tomic totaled 11 points and 8 rebounds and Kostas Papanikolaou scored 10 for Barcelona, whose signature star Juan Carlos Navarro left the game in the first quarter due to a leg problem. Read more here.

Real Madrid 82 - 77 Olympiacos Piraeus

ioannis bourousisReal Madrid held off Olympiacos Piraeus 82-77 Thursday at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series. Ioannis Bourousis punished his former team with a double double, Sergio Llull effectively ran the offense and Rudy Fernandez starred from his role on the wing to lead Madrid, which can clinch a spot in the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan with a win next week when the series resumes in Greece. Rudy and Nikola Mirotic each scored 9 first-quarter points as Madrid took control early. Felipe Reyes sank a pair of threes early in the second quarter as the difference reached double figures. Brent Petway helped Olympiacos respond and after trailing 53-44 at halftime, a Vassilis Spanoulis triple made it 55-52 early in the third quarter. Read more here.

April 16, 2014 - Game 2: crucial rematches opening-game losers!

sergio rodriguezAfter the best-of-five playoffs opened with two blowouts and two overtime thrillers, Game 2 comes right back at you on Thursday and Friday. It goes without saying, that the Game 1 winners will look to put near-locks on their series with second consecutive wins: no team has rebounded to win the last three games of a best-of-five series in playoffs history. Just the same, Game 1 losers will be comforted to know that three seasons ago, 0-1 playoff teams were in the majority in the majority making it to the Final Four, so nothing is over yet. Get ready for 48 hours of high drama with two games on Thursday and two more Friday, ending with the Game of the Week between EA7 Emporio Armani Milan and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv at 20:45 on Friday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:


FC Barcelona vs. Galatasaray Liv Hospital 84-63 - Stats


Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 82-77 - Stats


CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens 77-51 - Stats


EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Maccabi Electra 91-77 - Stats

April 16, 2014 - Playoffs Game 1 MVP: Ricky Hickman, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

ricky hickmanAfter four exciting series openers, one man's stellar performance stood above the rest, and in fact, was the best in the playoffs so far this decade! Ricky Hickman of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv earned the bwin MVP honor for Game 1 with a performance index rating of 36 in his team's unbelievable, come-from-behind, overtime road win against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, 99-101. Hickman had a near-perfect shooting night, hitting 3-of-3 three-point shots and all of his 9 free throw tries on the way to 26 points. He scored 14 of those points in the game's last 7 minutes; the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter - when Maccabi erased an 84-72 deficit - and overtime. He added 4 rebounds, a steal, 3 assists and 10 fouls drawn. Read more here.

April 16, 2014 - Game 1

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 99 - 101 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

ricky hickmanMaccabi Electra Tel Aviv rallied late and into overtime to complete an improbable comeback from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to stun host EA7 Emporio Armani 99-101 on Wednesday at the Final Four venue of Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy. Maccabi made a major step towards reaching the Final Four by erasing Milan's home-court disadvantage to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Milan hit 13 three-pointers, and led in double digits for almost entire second half. David Moss made it 82-70 with under 4 minutes to go in regulation, but Ricky Hickman and Tyrese Rice rallied Maccabi to an 86-87 advantage with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Keith Langford tied it for Milan with a free throws and less than a second left, but when he missed the second, potential game-winner, the game went to overtime, where Rice and Hickman continued doing damage. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow 77 - 74 Panathinaikos Athens

sonny weemsIn the first playoff game of their already-great rivalry, overtime was needed before CSKA Moscow could prevail in Game 1 of their best-of-five playoff series by downing Panathinaikos Athens 77-74 at home in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA has a 1-0 lead in the series and hosts Game 2 in Moscow on Friday. Sonny Weems led the winners with 21 points, 10 of which came after CSKA trailed 67-62 with less than 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Victor Khryapa added 17 and 11 rebounds, Kyle Hines had 15 points and 8 boards while Vitaly Fridzon scored 10 points for CSKA. Jonas Maciulis and Stephane Lasme led Panathinaikos with 14 points apiece. Zack Wright added 12 points while Dimitris Diamantidis had 10 and 7 assists for the guests. Read more here.

April 15, 2014

Real Madrid 88 - 71 Olympiacos Piraeus

rudy fernandezIn a rematch of the last year’s Euroleague title game, Real Madrid never stopped running on its home floor, overcoming a strong charge from reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus before pulling away to an 88-71 decision in Game 1 of their best-of-five playoff series. Game 2 scheduled for Thursday night in the Spanish capital, before the series moves to Piraeus next week. Madrid stormed out of the gates, using defense to get fastbreaks and a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. Reminiscent of that title game a year ago, however, Olympiacos rallied in the second quarter behind the Vassilis Spanoulis to tie the score at 35-35 and 40-40, but the Reds never regained the lead. A strong finish from Sergio Rodriguez gave the hosts a 48-41 halftime lead, before Rudy Fernandez took over after the break, boosting the difference to 68-51 as Madrid cruised to victory in the final quarter. Read more here.

FC Barcelona 88 - 61 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul

bostjan nachbarFC Barcelona struck first in its best-of-five playoffs series by downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 88-61 in Game 1 at home on Tuesday. Barcelona has a 1-0 lead in the series, which will resume with Game 2 also at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Barcelona was behind throughout the first half, but got its first lead shortly after Galatasaray star Carlos Arroyo left the game injured right before halftime. In the second half, the hosts surged behind the three-point shooting of Jacob Pullen, Bostjan Nachbar and Brad Oleson to win easily. Nachbar led Barcelona with 19 points. He was followed by four more double-digit scorers: Juan Carlos Navarro with 12 points, Pullen and Olseon with 11 each, and Ante Tomic with 10. Read more here.

April 15, 2014 - Playoffs, Game 1: pumped up for the playoffs!

nikola miroticHere come the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs! All eight teams that survived the Top 16 just a few days ago now battle in five-game series for a spot in the Final Four. All four teams of last season's Final Four teams - CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus - are back, but at most three of them will return because the finalists from London, Madrid and Olympiacos, face each other. Four other teams - former Euroleague champions Panathinaikos Athens, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and EA7 Emporio Armani, as well as Galatasaray Liv Hospital istanbul, which battled injuries to make its playoffs debut - are gearing up to open their own way to the big dance. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:


FC Barcelona vs. Galatasaray Liv Hospital 88-61 - Stats


Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 88-71 - Stats


CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens 77-74 - Stats


EA7 Emporio Armani vs. Maccabi Electra 99-101 - Stats

April 14, 2014 - Playoffs series analysis

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

turkish airlines euroleague playoffs 2014 ea7 maccabiEA7 Emporio Armani Milan and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv meet again. The last time that happened at the higher stages of the Euroleague season, they faced each other in the 1987 and 1988 finals, both of which Milan won. Now, they will battle for a Final Four spot. Maccabi has been extremely dangerous on the road this season, winning seven games outside Nokia Arena. It also features 10 players with previous playoffs experience, four of whom have been to the Final Four and one champion, David Blu. Maccabi has made it to the playoffs eight of the last nine seasons. Milan arrives to the playoffs for the first time since the format came back in 2004-05. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens

turkish airlines euroleague playoffs 2014 cska panathinaikosDespite combining for 13 playoffs appearances since since 2005, CSKA Moscow and Panathinaikos Athens face each other in this phase for the first time ever, which adds even more anticipation to this historic showdown. CSKA and Panathinaikos are six-time Euroleague champions and faced each other in the 2007 and 2009 title games, which the Greens won in Athens and Berlin, respectively. CSKA has won all of its eight playoffs series since 2005 and can get to the Final Four for the 11th time in 12 years. Panathinaikos has won five of its seven playoffs since 2005, with its only two defeats coming in the decisive third or fifth games.Read more here.

FC Barcelona vs. Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul

turkish airlines euroleague playoffs 2014 barcelona galatasarayFC Barcelona, one of the most consistent teams in Euroleague playoffs history, takes on a newcomer to this stage, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul, in a best-of-five showdown to reach the Final Four. Barcelona has a 5-3 record of reaching the Final Four since the playoffs format came to the Euroleague back in 2004-05. Galatasaray is not your conventional playoffs newcomer, considering that as many as 10 of its players have previous playoffs experience, almost as many as 11 for Barcelona. After winning its first 12 games of the Top 16 and extending its record winning streak in that phase to 26, Barcelona suddenly suffering back-to-back defeats by 28 points on the road and 13 at home right before the playoffs. Read more here.

Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

turkish airlines euroleague playoffs 2014 real madrid olympiacos piraeusA rematch of last season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague final will not be settled by Real Madrid and Olympiacos Piraeus in one game, but rather a best-of-five series. Olympiacos looks for its fifth Final Four appearance in six years in pursuit of a truly historical three-peat, something that only ASK Riga (1958-60) and Split (1989-91) did in the past. Madrid, the winningest team in the competition with eight continental titles, is aiming for a third Final Four appearance in four seasons - and for its first Euroleague title since 1995. As always, Olympiacos will rely on reigning Euroleague MVP Vassilis Spanoulis and its great team spirit to make things happen despite a home-court disadvantage in the series. Read more here.

April 14, 2014 - It's time for the Playoffs!

euroleague 2013-14 playoffsAll the stations on the road to Milan are now known. Friday’s games completed the Top 16 and set the stage for the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs. Four-mouth-watering series tip off this week featuring seven former champions – including the last five Euroleague winners! – and one newcomer. In fact, three of the series are repeats of previous Euroleague title games! The playoffs begin in Spain, where FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, will host their series openers on Tuesday. Barcelona, which won Top 16 Group E, will square off against Galatasaray Liv Hospital, which has reached this stage of the competition for the first time. Madrid meets two-time defending champions Olympiacos Piraeus in a rematch of last season’s title game in London. They also met in the 1995 championship game, which Madrid won in Zaragoza. Read more here.

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