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Euroleague Review, TOP 16 Rounds 4 & 5

Two weeks of Euroleague in review! Fenerbahce gets a short break with a win over Panathinaikos before falling to 1-4. Tarence Kinsey explodes for 32 points. Zoran Planinic lifts Anadolu Efes to two wins in a row. CSKA protects the paint and gets impressive wins over offensive powers Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Maccabi's win streak ends at eight and Kuban Krasnodar suceeds in two must win games. Also, looking at the season stats of the young prospects that have been presented in the last few weeks.

David Ramos

Group E

Gameday 4

Anadolu Efes Istanbul 61 - 60 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
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It's been a tough going for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the Top 16 so far after three straight losses under the helmet of new head coach Evangelos Angelou who took over about one month ago. Struggling to score the ball itself with ever changing lineup combinations, their decent defense hasn't been able to turn games against some of the 15 best teams in Europe. Yet, against Milan which won two in a row, the offense was good enough with Milan helping down the stretch with some easy misses.
A close, low scoring game went into the fourth quarter with the hosts, Istanbul, trailing by two points. Dogus Balbay, Turkish national who played college ball in the US made the quarter's first bucket for the tie before Milko Bjelica and Dusko Savanovic hit four free throws in a row for Efes. Savanovic came through with a layup to give them a six point lead. Milan's best, Keith Langford had a layup of his own and hit a three pointer after Birkan Batuk scored for the Turks in between. Milano fans faceplamed as a layup attempt by C.J. Wallace got rejected, landed in Keith Langford hands who missed on the tip just to see another missed layup on the offensive board by Daniel Hackett. Dusko Savanovic rebounded that miss eventually and hit Zoran Planinic for a layup on the other end. A free throw my Milko Bjelica put the hosts up by six again before a longish stretch without any scoring. With about a minute to go, C.J. Wallace had a big sequence as he hit two free throws, a consecutive three pointer off a steal and blocked a three poniter at the other end on the next possession. Daniel Hackett collected the ball and hit a clutch three pointer for a two point Milan lead and another terribly frustrating loss for Efes looming. Kostas Vasileiadis missed a three to put Efes ahead, but Kerem Gonlum (who broke 1000 career rebounds in that game) had one of his eight offensive boards on the night and tied the game. As so often, Daniel Hackett couldn't be stopped without fouling. Yet, Hackett hit just one free throw for a tiny lead. Dusko Savanovic tried to be the hero but missed on a two and eventually sending Keith Langford to the line. Langford showed nerves too, hitting just one free throw. Instead of a four point closeout, Milan was ahead by just two, giving Efes the chance to tie or win. Zoran Planinic rebounded Langford's miss, raced up court and hit at the buzzer to give Anadolu its first win of the Top 16 round.
IST - Kerem Gonlum (6 pts, 14 rebs, 1 asst)
MIL - Keith Langford (18 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts, 2 stls)

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 77 - 72 Panathinaikos Athens
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3 losses to no wins s not where Fenerhabce Istanbul and head Coach Zeljko Obradovic (the dude on the picture) tought they'd be three weeks into the competition. A win at home was needed and thanks to strong finishing inside and shooting woes for Athens, that's what they got.
Fener looked as good as for most of the regular season, going up 23-11 in the first quarter but throught the next two quarters, Athesn was able to rub away at the lead. Going in to the fourth, the Greeks trailed only by six.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Linasz Kleiza got Istanbul on a little 3-0 run to start the fourth before Dimitris Diamantidis hit two three pointers with a dunk by Stephane Lasme in between to finally tie the game. Kleiza hit two more free throws but Michael Bramos hit another three for the Greeks, putting them up by one. Bo McCalebb drove into the lane to get a shot off and hit but Michael Bramos knocked down another three off a Diamantidis assist. Wolfish Nemanja Bjelica hit a shot but Athens answered with yet another three, this time by Antonis Fotsis! On a night in which Athens attempted 40 threes without cracking 30%, the Greeks finally seemed to get it going from downtown, scaring the home fans. Omer Onan remembered that not only guys playing for a Greek team were allowed to suceed with threes in the fourt quarter so he hit one of for Fener. In a tie game with one minute to go, Antonis Fotsis pulled up for another three to the horror of Turkish fans but missed. Omer Onan drew a foul on the other end resultign in split free throws. Fotsis tried his luck again but missed another three, and the Turkish fans got wild after Kleiza hit a three pointer for a four point lead. Ramel Curry had a quick layup for Athens but Turkish fans could finally celebrate after Kleiza iced the game with another two points and a missed Diamantidis three.
IST - Emir Preldzic (12 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assts, 2 stls)
ATH - Dimitris Diamantidis (9 pts, 8 assts, 1 reb, 1 stl)

FC Barcelona 83 - 79 Unicaja Malaga
BAR - Juan Carlos Navarro (12 pts, 4 assts, 3 rebs, 1 stl)
MAL - Carlos Suarez (15 pts, 3 rebs, 2 assts)

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 70 - 89 Olympiacos Piraeus
VIT - Thomas Heurtel (12 pts, 6 assts, 2 rebs, 1 stl)
MAL - Matt Lojeski (17 pts, 6 rebs, 1 asst, 1 stl)

Gameday 5

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 90 - 85 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Curtis Jerrells - EA7 Emporio Armani - EB13
It was a shrot break for Istanbul. In a game in which the teams combined for 59 free throws attempts and hit them incredibly well, Istanbul couldn't stop Milan's hot hot shooting (58% 2FG, 40% 3FG on 25 3FGA, 90% FT on 20 FTA).
As last week, Istanbul looked hot out of the gate, notching a 25-18 lead over the Italians. In the second quarter however, Istanbul reminded us of their defensive woes, allowing 31 points to just 15 points scored. 10 of those 31 allowed came in the final minute. The Turks solidifed themselves with a 9-0 run at one point in the third quarter and faced a six point deficit before the fourth.
After trading a few buckets in the opening minutes, Jerrell Curtis scored five in a row before threes by Bojan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica took the lead down to four. Inbetween four points by Nicolo Melli and Daniel Hackett, Kleiza scored six to make it a one possession game. After trading some more baskets and more Kleiza heroics, Daniel Hackett drew two fouls and, unlike last week, hit all those crucial shots to ice the game. Hackett ended up with a perfect 10/10 on free throws. However, he was topped by Kleiza who was a perfect 11/11!
MIL - Daniel Hackett (17 pts, 7 rebs, 3 assts)
IST - Linasz Kleiza (26 pts, 5 rebs, 1 asst)

Panathinaikos Athens 56 - 63 FC Barcelona
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What an odd, odd game. Barcelona's offense looked terrific in the first half, scoring a total 44 points but competely broke down in the second half with just 19 points. Yet, it was enough to hold of Athens which scored 38 in quarters 1 and 3 combined, and just 18 in quarters 2 and 4 combined. After taking a beating in the first half, unable to stop penetration by Huertas and transition play, slow-paced Athens clamed down the pace significantly in the second half, giving Barcelona problems and almost escaping with a win. Unable to score themselves much down the stretch, Barcelona held the hosts scoreless in the last six minutes of the game, winning a tough battle.
Panathinaikos was as outside heavy as ever, shooting 26 threes to 29 twos (on which they barely shot 40%, but commiting 20 turnovers and drawing just 5 free throws. Barcelona wasn't much better. Despite taking more than 30 shots inside, they drew just 7 fouls and commited 16 turnovers of their own.
ATH - Jonas Macilius (11 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assts, 3 stls)
BAR - Marcelinho Huertas (17 pts, 2 assts)

Olympiacos Piraeus 73 - 55 Unicaja Malaga
PIR - Bryant Dunston (12 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blks, 1 stl)
MAL - Vladimir Stimac  (8 pts, 14 rebs, 2 blks, 1 asst)

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 66 - 72 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
VIT - Guiseppe Poeta (9 pts, 5 rebs, 1 stl)
IST - Dusko Savanovic (8 pts, 9 rebs, 5 assts, 1 stl)


Group E W L +/- ORTG DRTG
FC Barcelona 5 0 42 113 104
Panathinaikos Athens 3 2 26 106,9 101,4
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 3 2 25 105,2 105,2
Olympiacos Piraeus 3 2 11 111,9 103,7
Unicaja Malaga 2 3 -20 111,6 108,6
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 2 3 -28 100,2 105,2
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 1 4 -26 107,9 107,1
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 1 4 -30 118,1 110,6

Group F

Gameday 4

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 80 - 75 Zalgiris Kaunas
Krunoslav Simon - Lokomotiv Kuban - EB13
With winless Zalgiris Kaunas and shorthanded, inexperienced Partizan Belgrade coming up, Lokomotiv Krasnodar, at 1-2, needed to take at least one of these games, perferably both to compete with the elite teams. Kaunas had Krasnodar on the edge of a loss a few times but the Russians prevailed. Yay!
Zalgiris Kauns came out firing, taking a 29-16 lead in the first quarter that had Loko's fans and coaching staff perplexed. Krasnodar struggled to close the gap in the next twenty minutes and trailed by seven with ten minutes to go. Mantas Kalnietis found fellow Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis for an easy two to cheer up the home crowd, but Paulius Jankunas silenced them with a three. Kalnietis took matters into his own hand and hit a three before young Vytenis Cizauskas answered on another long range shot to the shock of Kuban's fans. With just five minutes  to go and an entirely Lithuanian affair on both sides, Simas Jasaitis and yet again Cizauskas traded baskets and more time tick tock ticking off the clock.Ales Maric enquired with a referee, and after being told that not only Lithuanians were allowed to score, laid one up off a Jasaitis assist. With two minutes to go and six points down, heroic Krunoslav Simon woke up and drained a three. Zalgiris missed a shot and fumbled a rebound, giving Sergey Bykov a layup opportunity which he converted plus foul and the Krasnodar Basket Hall going berserk. Bykov hit the free throw too for the tie. Still shaken up from that play, poor Justin Dentmon turned the ball over. Sergey Bykov drew a crowd and hit Valeriy Likhodey who hit a huge triple for a lead of three. Likhod3y!!! In a super erratic sequence, the next few seconds saw four wild turnovers with Mantas Kalnietis coming out with the ball in his hands, dishing to hero Likhodey who got fouled by Cizauskas. Likhodey padded some more points and Krasnodar prevailed once again.
KRA - Krunoslav Simon (21 pts, 8 assts, 6 rebs, 4 stls, 1 blk)
ZAL - Robertas Javtokas (16 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assts)

CSKA Moscow 85 - 71 Real Madrid
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CSKA and Real is always a great matchup between two European basketball giants. While Real is playing terrific basketball all season and was unbeaten in the Euroleague before this game, the Russians struggled despite a star-filled roster, lately even losing to Partizan Belgrade in embarassing manner. With a pounding against the Sergio-Rudy-Mirotic monster on the horizon, CSKA tightened up its defense and came away with an impressive bounce back game at home.
From tipoff on, CSKA looked sharp and remarkably stingy against real's defense, allowing just 10 points and scoring 25 in 10 minutes. Real cut the elad to four before the final 10 minutes. The royals stayed close until the 35 minute mark but two three pointers by Vitaly Fridzon and Vladimir Micov for an 11 point defecit broke their backs.
Rudy Fernandetz had an especially tough night for Real, scoring just 5 points on 13 shots. The perimeter/inside-inside coverage of Kaun/Hynes and Krhyapa in the middle made it very hard for Real to get anything going inside and the Spaniards were held to a shocking 40% on 2FGAs.
MOS - Nenad Krstic (18 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assts, 1 blk)
MAD - Sergio Llull (15 pts, 4 assts, 1 reb)

FC Bayern Munich 66 - 72 Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
MUN - Yassin Idbihi (11 pts, 10 rebs, 2 stls, 1 blk)
IST - Carlos Arroyo (21 pts, 4 rebs, 2 assts, 1 stl)

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 88 - 67 Partizan NIS Belgrade
TEL - Alex Tyus (16 pts, 9 rebs)
BEL - Tarence Kinsey (17 pts, 8 rebs, 2 assts, 1 stl)

Gameday 5

Real Madrid 74 - 68 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Sergio Llull - Real Madrid - EB13
After breaking down offensively in impressive fashion against CSKA, group leader Tel Aviv with its remarkable eight game win streak seemed like a perfect test for the Spaniards. The Israeli team gave Real all they got through four quarters, but Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull eventually lifted their team to a win and a 4-1 record.
Real took a 16-8 lead early but Tel Aviv pushed back with a 12-4 run on their own and a tiny first quarter lead. Over the next twenty minutes, Marid accomplished to burst ahead a few times but Tel Aviv always had the right answer got in front by one point to start the fourth quarter.
Down by four with as many minutes to go, Ricky Hickman hit a three pointer to keep Maccabi close. Sofoklis Shortsanitis and Tyreese Rice followed with free throws to retake the lead once again. Felipe Reyes hit two free throws for Madrid before Rudy Fernandez found Sergio Llull for a three pionter. Schortsanitis hit two more free throws but Llull responded with another three pointer, assisted by Sergio Rodriguez. Tel Aviv missed their last chance to crawl back within a possession and Llull close the game with two more free throws.
MAD - Rudy Fernandez (16 pts, 8 rebs, 3 assts, 2 stls)
TEL - Sofoklis Schortsanitis (15 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts, 2 stls)

Krasnodar climbs to a winning record after overcoming young Partizan Belgrade and Tarence Kinsey who had this season's best scoring performance with 32 points on 21 shots.
Krasnodar went on a 10-0 run to start the game but couldn't get much separation in the ensuing 30 minutes. As the fourth quarter started, Partizan was down by just three points and looked to beat another Russian team after upsetting CSKA two weeks ago. After a make by Richard Hendrix,Mantas Kalnietis extended the lead with a three pointer. After a few buckets by Belgrade, Krunoslav Simon hit another three for an eleven point lead. Tarence Kinsey scored five in a row, but Andrey Zukov hit another three for Kuban. Simas Jasaitis stole the ball from Bogdan Bogdanovic and... hit yet another three for Lokomotiv. Tarence Kinsey and Bogdan Bogdanovic tried to keep Belgrade in the game with six points in a short time, but Zubkov and Valeriy Likhodey hit a triple each to end the game. Krasnodar hit 13 of 26 three pointers with last week's hero, Likhodey going 5/5 from range.
BEL - Tarence Kinsey - (32 pts, 5 rebs, 3 stls, 1 blk)
KRA - Valeriy Likhodey - (15 pts, 1 reb, 1 asst)

FC Bayern Munich 61 - 86 CSKA Moscow
MUN - Malcolm Delaney (16 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts)
MOS - Milos Teodosic (24 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assts)

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 90 - 83 Zalgiris Kaunas
IST - Carlos Arroyo (22 pts, 9 assts, 3 rebs)
KAU  - Robertas Javtokas (21 pts, 9 rebs, 1 asst, 1 blk)


Group F W L +/- ORTG DRTG
CSKA Moscow 4 1 60 110,3 97,4
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 4 1 40 110,8 101,5
Real Madrid 4 1 37 121,7 95,9
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 3 2 -5 103,4 103,9
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 2 3 1 106,7 110,8
FC Bayern Munich 2 3 -31 111,6 111,5
Partizan NIS Belgrade 1 4 -48 98,8 110
Zalgiris Kaunas 0 5 -54 101 109,7


Having finished profiling ~30 future potential prospects for the NBA, I will now go over to posting updated stats of how they're doing in their respective leagues. I will update them whenever I ahve the time. I hope they give you a better overview.

Some clarifications:

1 - Stats are accumulated from league play and addition competition like Euroleague or Eurocup.

2 - DX Top 100 - this column tells you whether and where a prospect is listed in the DraftExpress Top 100 ranking.

3 - League - Tells you in which country's league he is playing. "ESP" means Spain, "LTH" means Lithuania for example. Yellow background means he's playing in the top division, red background signifies minor division. "ADR" means Adriatic league.

4 - +Comp - Additional international competition. Either Euroleague or weaker Eurocup.

5 - 3PRate - Just for quick orientation, I made color scale highlighting. The greener a field, the higher he volume of 3FGA/FGA. The color scale does not encompass the whole set but there are three scales for each position (guard, wing, big).

6 - FTRate - See 3PRate.

7 - Mins - For quick orientation: Green field indicates a player who gets 20+ minutes a game, red field a player who gets less than 10 minutes a game.

8 - Per 30 - Color scale for each player within the volume. A player who shoots 2 2FGA, 2 3FGA, 2 FTA per game has all fields in a weakly green. A player who shoots 10 2FGA, 0 3FGA, 0 FTA per game has the 2FGA field in a strong  green and the other fields in strong yellow. You get it.

9 - Per 30 Pts to TO - See 3PRate

10 - USG% - For quick orientation: Green field indicates a player who uses 20+ possessions a game, red field a player who uses less than 1 
5 a game.


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