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Home - Euroleague 2014-15 Playoffs

  Euroleague 2014-15 Playoffs

May 14, 2015 - 2014-15 bwin MVP: Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

nemanja bjelicaEuroleague Basketball announced the bwin MVP for the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague is Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Bjelica was presented the trophy for the top performer of the season by Ronny Nessim, Regional Manager at bwin.party digital entertainment, at the EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony, one of the first official acts of the Final Four, at Casa de Correos on Thursday. The versatile forward, who was previously announced as a 2014-15 All-Euroleague First Team member, received more votes than any other player during the selection process. Euroleague Basketball conducted the voting among journalists and fans. Bjelica, who turned 27 last week, ranked fourth in the league in average performance index rating, but his 18.3 index rating was best among players on winning teams. It was the best season of Bjelica’s career as he helped Fenerbahce reach its first ever Final Four. Read more here.

May 9, 2015 - All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced

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One week before the decisive games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season tip off at the Final Four in Madrid, Euroleague Basketball congratulates the 10 stars who have earned selection to the 2014-15 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams. The selection process for the All-Euroleague teams and the 2015 bwin MVP saw tens of thousands of fans from around the globe cast votes for their favorite players, as did media members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams. The voting is made without regard to player positions. The 10 players chosen come from seven different Euroleague teams. Six of them are first-time All-Euroleague selections. The All-Euroleague First Team is comprised of players from five different teams: guards Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus and Milos Teodosic of CSKA Moscow; forwards Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid; and center Boban Marjanovic of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade. Read more here.

May 8, 2015 - Euroleague Rising Star Trophy: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

bogdan bogdanovicHis unique combination of basketball skills and scoring ability together with maturity and poise have led Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches to vote Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul as the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner for the second season in a row. The Rising Star Trophy recognizes the best Euroleague player each season who was under the age of 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. No Fenerbahce player started more games than the 22-year-old Bogdanovic and only one played more minutes than the savvy guard, whose 289 points scored led all Rising Star Trophy-eligible players this season. Having won the award also last season, when he played for Partizan NIS Belgrade, Bogdanovic joins Nikola Mirotic, who did so in 2011 and 2012 with Real Madrid, as the only players to win the Rising Star Trophy twice. Bogdanovic is also the first Fenerbahce player to win the award. Read more here.

May 7, 2015 - 2014-15 Best Defender Trophy winner: Bryant Dunston, Olympiacos Piraeus

bryant dunstonFor the second season in a row, Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos Piraeus has been chosen by Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches to win the Best Defender Trophy. As a shot-blocker, stealer and all-around immovable force, Dunston anchored an Olympiacos defense that proved the best of the 2014-15 season. The Olympiacos center becomes the only player besides six-time winner Dimitris Diamantidis to be voted the competition's best defender more than once. The Best Defender Trophy is the second in a string of 2014-15 EFES Euroleague Awards to be revealed this week. Dunston was among the Euroleague leaders in blocked shots and altered plenty more with his mobility and athleticism. Dunston's presence allowed Olympiacos perimeter defenders to play tougher, too, knowing that that he was backing them up. Read more here.

May 6, 2015 - 2014-15 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy: Taylor Rochestie, Nizhny Novgorod

taylor rochestieThe first of the 2014-15 EFES Euroleague Awards, the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, has been won by Nizhny Novgorod playmaker Taylor Rochestie, whose scoring exploits this season helped bring a rookie team all the way to the Top 16. The Ford Trophy is awarded to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague player who averages the most points over a minimum number of games. It is the only end-of-season award based solely on statistics, and by peppering baskets across Europe for 18.9 points over 21 games this season, Rochestie left no doubt about who deserved it most. Rochestie was a devastating weapon for Nizhny all season long; he scored in double figures every time he stepped on a Euroleague court, scored in the 20s eight times and reached 29 points on his best scoring night. It is the first Ford Trophy for Rochestie in his third Euroleague season. He had averaged 5.1 points in 14 Euroleague career games prior to this season. Read more here.

April 28, 2015 - MVP for April: Georgios Printezis, Olympiacos Piraeus

georgios printezisOnly one team advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four this season without the benefit of home-court advantage when the playoffs started. That same team is the only one that survived after losing Game 1. Both accomplishments are highly unusual, but that team, Olympiacos Piraeus, had a secret weapon in forward Georgios Printezis, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for April. Printezis, of course, has made it a habit in his career to come up big in the most important moments. Already a hero at Olympiacos for hitting the trophy-winning shot to start his boyhood club's back-to-back Euroleague titles in 2012 and 2013, Printezis rose to the challenge in these playoffs, too, to send the Reds back to the Final Four this spring. With his team's back against the wall, Printezis had the single best performance of his Euroleague career in the series-changing Game 2 road win against FC Barcelona, was his team's top scorer in a tense Game 3 thriller at home and outdid himself with an unforgettable buzzer-beating, series-clinching three-pointer to end an electric Game 4. Read more here.

April 24, 2015 - Playoffs Game 4 bwin MVP: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow

andrei kirilenkoNine games into his return to the club where first played as a teenager last century, Andrei Kirilenko put his stamp on CSKA Moscow's march into the Final Four with a signature performance that made him the bwin MVP for Game 4 of the playoffs. The former Euroleague MVP contributed heavily to a series clinching 55-74 victory over Panathinaikos Athens with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal for a performance index rating of 27, which was Kirilenko’s best this season and the highest of any player in Playoffs Game 4. It also marked the fifth weekly bwin MVP award of Kirilenko’s Euroleague career. The second-highest index rating in Playoffs Game 4 came from Anadolu Efes Istanbul forward Dario Saric with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for an index rating of 22 in a 63-76 loss to Real Madrid. Saric’s teammate Nenad Krstic produced a performance index rating of 19 with 16 points on near-perfect shooting and 4 rebounds. Read more here.

April 22, 2015 - Game 4

After Games 3 provided with some memorable drama with each decided on a final possession, and along the way produced the first Final Four team - Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - the 2014-15 Euroleague Playoffs continue with Game 4 clashes in three series on Wednesday and Thursday. Olympiacos Piraeus can claim a playoff berth on home floor, while the visiting CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid look to bounce back from dramatic losses and clinch the series with road wins. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 4:

Playoff A

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Real Madrid 63-76

Playoff C

Panathinaikos Athens vs. CSKA Moscow 55-74

Playoff D

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona 71-68

April 22, 2015 - Playoffs Game 3 bwin MVP: Nikos Pappas, Panathinaikos Athens

nikos pappasNikos Pappas delivered a spectacular performance for Panathinaikos Athens on Monday night, earning himself the bwin MVP award for Game 3 of the playoffs and – more importantly – keeping his team’s Final Four dreams alive. Pappas set four personal Euroleague career highs: 25 points, 5 three-pointers made, 4 steals and a performance index rating of 31 – the best in Game 3 of the playoffs – as the Greens defeated CSKA Moscow 86-85. He also tied career highs with 4 assists and 8 fouls drawn. His point total matched the third-highest in the club’s long playoff history of the Greens, a history that was prolonged as Pappas assured with the biggest night of his Euroleague career that Panathinaikos will play Game 4. The second-highest performance index of Game 3 was achieved by power forward Brian Randle of outgoing champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Read more here.

April 20, 2015 - Game 3

The on-going excitement of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs continues on Monday and Tuesday with four Game 3 clashes. Three road teams up 2-0 – Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce Ulker – have a first of three chances each to punch their Final Four tickets, while their respective hosts – Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Panathinaikos Athens and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv – hope to achieve something no other team has done before, which come back from 0-2 down to win a series.

Here is the schedule for Game 3:

Playoff A

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Real Madrid 75-72

Playoff B

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 74-75

Playoff C

Panathinaikos Athens vs. CSKA Moscow 86-85

Playoff D

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona 73-71

April 18, 2015 - Playoffs Game 2 bwin MVP: Georgios Printezis, Olympiacos Piraeus

georgios printezisTo end a week where road teams suffered one tough defeat after another, two-time Euroleague champion Georgios Printezis changed that tune big-time for Olympiacos Piraeus on Friday night with a career-best performance that more than earned him the bwin MVP honor for Game 2 of the playoffs. Printezis amassed 22 points and 9 rebounds for a 34 performance index rating, the best of his illustrious career and the best of any player in the first week of the playoffs. He only missed 3 shots and also collected an assist and a steal in leading the reds over FC Barcelona 63-76. Game 2’s next-best performance came from Anadolu Efes Istanbul point guard Thomas Heurtel, who set a Euroleague Playoffs record with 15 assists while racking up a performance index rating of 31. Despite his effort, Efes fell short 90-85 at Real Madrid. Read more here.

April 16, 2015 - Game 2

The 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs began with wins for the favored, home teams. While Real Madrid and Fenerbahce Ulker saw off stern challenges from the likes of Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, respectively, CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona rolled to more comfortable wins. All four series feature shot turnarounds with Game 2 tipping off just 48 hours after Game 1.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:

Playoff A

Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90-85

Playoff B

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 82-67

Playoff C

CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens 100-80

Playoff D

FC Barcelona vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 63-76

April 16, 2015 - Playoffs Game 1 bwin MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid

gustavo ayonPicking the perfect time for his first Turkish Airlines Euroleague double-double, center Gustavo Ayon led Real Madrid to a come-from-behind 80-71 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Game 1 of their playoffs series in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. His dominance in the paint against Efes also meant that Ayon has earned the Game 1 bwin MVP honor. Ayon scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and made 4 free throws without a miss. He added 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block in amassing a performance index rating of 29, which was the highest of any player in Game 1 of the playoffs. Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Milos Teodosic of CSKA Moscow also starred in Game 1 victories for their teams and tied for second-best index rating, 25 each. Vesely scored 23 points on 11-for-14 shooting plus 7 rebounds in Fenerbahce's 83-72 victory over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Read more here.

April 14, 2015 - Game 1

The 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs are upon us. Best-of-five series start with the first of two games on the floor of the teams that have earned home-court advantage: Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker, CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona. Action is split with two games on Tuesday, followed by two more games on Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:

Playoff A:

Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 80-71

Playoff B:

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 80-72

Playoff C:

CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens 93-66

Playoff D:

FC Barcelona vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 73-57

April 13, 2015 - Inside the Playoffs

Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul

After splitting a pair of regular season games, Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul clash again with a trip to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four on the line. Madrid, which reached the Euroleague Championship Game in each of the past two seasons, may be the favorite, but Efes cannot be taken lightly with three rising stars in the rotation ready to take flight.

Different paths

Earlier in the season Madrid and Efes split regular season victories, and only their head-to-head match in the final week of the regular season, a 90-70 Madrid victory, decided the Group A winner. However, in the 14 rounds of the Top 16 that followed, their paths went separate ways. Madrid finished first in Group E with 11-3, dominating on both ends of the floor, and finishing the longest stage of the competition with +192 point difference despite not even having the best overall Top 16 record. Read more here.

FC Barcelona vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

These two storied teams have already met twice in Euroleague Championship Games and in four Final Fours. Now FC Barcelona and Olympiacos Piraeus square off with just a single Final Four ticket available.

Historic results

FC Barcelona and Olympiacos Piraeus have only played 18 times prior to this season, but a great many of those were games of great significance. They met in the 1997 Euroleague Championship Game and in three Final Fours between 2009 and 2012. The overall standings favor Barcelona: Barca leads the all-time series 13-5 and has won eight of their last nine meetings. Barcelona is also 7-0 all-time against Olympiacos at home.
Read more here.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

Although it may look like a lop-sided matchup experience-wise when Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul returns to the playoffs for the first time in seven years to challenge defending champ Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, there is much more going into this series than meets the eye.

Balancing act

Although the six-time and reigning Euroleague champs from Maccabi face a team that has never won the title and returns to the playoffs after seven years, Fenerbahce holds the home-court advantage and a few other factors that balance out this matchup. Maccabi has debutante head coach in Guy Goodes, who was an assistant during the championship run last season, and he has just five players back from that Euroleague-winning team. On the other hand, Fenerbahce is more playoff-tested than your average newcomer. Read more here.

CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens

Two teams tied with six Euroleague titles, the second-most in continental history, CSKA Moscow and Panathinaikos Athens, bring one of the classic confrontations in world basketball to the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

The only rematch

CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos Athens is the only rematch from last season's playoffs. As this year, CSKA had home-court advantage after winning its Top 16 group last season, while Panathinaikos finished fourth. The series reached the maximum five games after each team prevailed twice at home, including CSKA winning the opener in overtime and Panathinaikos surviving 73-72 in Game 4. The fifth game was one-sided, however, as CSKA won 77-47. To eight players from last year, CSKA has added stars like Nando De Colo in the backcourt and Andrei Kirlienko into the frontcourt. Read more here.

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