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Aftermath (Top16 5g.) – Barca for play offs

Aftermath (Top16 5g.) – Barca for play offs

By Aris Barkas/ barkas@eurohoops.net

Only one unbeaten team is left in Euroleague’s Top16 and Barcelona with a 5-0 record can already make plans for the quarterfinals. It’s not just a matter of speaking but a fact based on the Catalans’ advantage. Barcelona leads the standings in Group E, followed by EA7 Armani, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos at 3-2. Unicaja Malaga and Anadolu Efes are sharing the fifth place with a 2-3 record, while Laboral Kutxa and Fenerbahce/ Ulker are left at 1-4.

In Group F, there is a three way tie on the top between Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv (4-1). Lokomotiv Kuban is one step behind (3-2), Bayern Munich and Galatasaray are tied at the fifth place (2-3), Partizan has one win (1-4) and Zalgiris Kaunas remains the only team with a 0 in the “w” column (0-5).

MVP

Milos Teodosic

He is an “artist”, has many ups and downs but when he is up, he is something to behold. He destroyed Bayern Munich by scoring 24 points on 6/10 threes and has also 5 assists and 5 rebounds in the 86-61 road win of CSKA. If Milos can produce like that constantly, then CSKA’s offense is just beautiful to watch. Let’s hope that this game was just a start.

Best Five

  1. Milos Teodosic: One perfect night…
  2. Sergio Llull: He was one of the main reasons for the 74-68 win of Real Madrid over previously unbeaten Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Spanish guard had 20 points on 7/14 shots, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal but also four turnovers.
  3. Alessando Gentile: He was the best among equals, as he had 14 points on 5/8 shots in the 90-85 win over Fenerbahce/ Ulker. Most of them were scored during the decisive second quarter with a 31-15 partial score in favor of EA7 Milano.
  4. Zoran Erceg: Teodosic stole the glory from also great Carlos Arroyo and Erceg with one more solid game (12 p. 8 r.) is included in our best five. His contribution was once again vital for the 90-83 win of Galatasaray over Zalgiris.
  5. Milko Bielica: He returned to play against the team which released him after regular season and he was not kind. The end result was 15 points for him and a 72-66 win for Efes at Vitoria.

Best losing performance: Tarence Kinsey

Partizan is hurt by injuries and Kinsey did the best he could in order to help his team win. He scored 32 points on 13/21 shots and had also 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block and 2 turnovers. However it was not enough. Lokomotiv Kuban got the 87-81 win at Belgrade, the fight of the hosts was valiant but the Russian just had more manpower.

Biggest win: Barcelona

What Barcelona did in OAKA against Panathinaikos was the best possible scenario for the Catalans. The 63-56 win kept them unbeaten and gave them at least a two wins advantage against every other opponent in Group E. Add to that the fact that Barca has already beaten on the road the Greens, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce/ Ulker. It’s still early but on paper, only with a complete suicide Barcelona will miss not just the play offs, but also the home court advantage.

Back on track: Real Madrid

After losing in Moscow, Real Madrid got the 74-68 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but more importantly returned to the top of the standings in Group F. Yes, Real isn’t unbeaten anymore, but the point is that even without sizzling like it did during the regular season, coach Lasso’s team is still on the driver’s seat and in time we expect to see his players in full throttle again.

The come back: Anadolu Efes

After the miracle shot of Planinic, a road win over Laboral Kutxa (72-66). Yes, Efes has two straight wins and entered again the race for the play offs in the tough group E. Not a bad situation to be in, as coach Aggelou took some risks by deciding to part ways with Scotty Hopson, one of the standouts of the team during regular season. As for the reason, it’s still a mystery…

The underachiever: Fenerbahce/ Ulker

Fenerbahce/ Ulker has just one win in five Top16 games, lost to EA7 Milano by letting the Italians score 90 points and now time is not a friend for Obradovic and company. The Turkish club has to react immediately or else one of the Final Four favorites, a title that was cement during regular season, is in danger of losing the play offs. With nine games left, anything can still happen, but Zoc must find the missing ingredient for his team chemistry and efficiency.

Last word: Win without V-Span

Every one can have one bad night, but the game of the reigning MVP Vasilis Spanoulis against Unicaja was dreadful. Just 2 points on 1/12 shots, 3 assists, 2 turnovers and a -8 ranking, his worst ever in Euroleague. It wasn’t pretty, but on the other hand it’s good news for Olympiacos to get a 73-55 over Unicaja with V-Span being negative.

 

Euroleague 2013-2014 – 15th Day
Panathinaikos 56 – 63 F.C. Barcelona
Olympiacos 73 – 55 Unicaja Malaga
Laboral Kutxa 66 – 72 Anadolu Efes
EA7 Milano 90 – 85 Fenerbahce
FC Bayern 61 – 86 CSKA Moscow
Real Madrid 74 – 68 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Galatasaray MP 90 – 83 Zalgiris
Partizan NIS 81 – 87 Lokomotiv Kuban
 
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Comments (4)

  1. Akis_Komi Saturday - 01 / 02 / 2014 Reply
    Well, Spanoulis manages to cause pain even in his bad days at work. Have a soda mate, and you might digest that he is recognised as the best by his collegues. its a common tactic in Greece: burn our neighbor's house, so that yours may look as a palace :) good work ;)
  2. apollo Saturday - 01 / 02 / 2014 Reply
    Why is it that this site always comments when Spanoulis has a bad game, either on these articles or on Twitter, but never comments when Diamantidis has a bad game? I find it very odd, considering how Diamantidis has so many bad games when you look at his box scores. Yet never do you see a comment in an article or Twitter from this site about it.
    • Aris Barkas Saturday - 01 / 02 / 2014 Reply
      Generally speaking we are called biased, but usually is the other way around...
    • graz Monday - 03 / 02 / 2014 Reply
      " Diamantidis has so many bad games"??? ΟΚ... U know better...

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