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APRIL 23rd - OLYMPIACOS GO TO EL FINAL FOUR WITH GEORGIOS PRINTEZIS BUZZER SHOT WINNER & REAL MADRID ADVANCE TO EL FINAL FOUR - APRIL 22nd - CSKA MOSCOW ADVANCE TO FINAL FOUR - FENERBAHCE IN EL FINAL FOUR PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:55

-         FIBA WORLD CUP PODCAST ON NBA.COM EPISODE 172 - JOHN DIMOPOULOS

-                  LAST LOSS NBA USA STARS - GREECE 101 USA 95 IN 2006

-          APRIL 23rd - NBA PLAYOFFS - GIANNIS ANTETEKOUNMPO 25 PT 12 REB

 

-       APRIL 23rd - G. PRINTEZIS SERIES WINNER - EL 2012 TITLE GAME WINNER


-               TOP NBA EURO & NATIONAL TEAM SCORERS 2014-15 NBA SEASON

-     TOP 25 EURO VETS NOT NBA DRAFTED - MANY ARE IN EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFFS

-      WAKE UP MOCK DRAFTS - MARIO HEZONJA BETTER THAN 9th PICK - EYE TEST

 

-                              APRIL 23rd - EL PLAYOFFS GAME FOUR

-       OLYMPIACOS WIN SERIES 3-1 V. SPANOULIS & G. PRINTEZIS CLUTCH AGAIN

1. Olympiacos 71 FC Barcelona 68 - EJBB wrote after the game three loss to Olympiacos and being down to the 2012 and 2013 Euroleague champs, that FC Barcelona and coach Xavier Pascual, would have to ditch the veteran approach to this series, of going big minutes on the perimeter with Juan Carlos Navarro and Brad Oleson, but rather use the athletic young legs of Mario Hezonja and Alex Abrines, to steal a win in Greece and extend to a game 5 in Spain.  SG Alex Abrines played 20 minutes in game four, 11 points, on 4-9 FG, 2-7(3PT), 1-2 FT but Xavier Pascual decided that Brad Oleson 21 minutes, 1-3 FG, 1-1(3PT), 2-2 FT, 5 points and American SF Deshaun Thomas 13 minutes, 1-5 FG, 0-1(3PT), 2-2 FT, 4 points, were better options than the explosive fire power of Croatian SG Mario Hezonja, who played ZERO minutes in the Olympiacos series ending win.

Mario Hezonja played well in two games versus Real Madrid this year and had an 8-8 night from 3 point land in Spanish ACB play, but in the end, by Xavier Pascual not playing the Most Explosive young perimeter Euro since the Manu Ginobili days in the Italian league, he gave Olympiacos a chance to pay more attention to the 3 point stroke of Juan Carlos Navarro, who was just 2-6 on FG, 1-3(3PT), 3-4 FT for 8 points, while Ante Tomic led them with 13 points, 7 rebounds and Czech PG Tomas Satoransky played well with 12 points, 7 rebounds, but with no Hezonja on the court, FC Barcelona had to hit on better than 6-20 from deep and 18-25 from FT stripe to get the win.

Olympiacos used the HORRIBLE DECISION of coach Pascual not playing Hezonja in their favor, as the usual guys showed up in the 2nd half comeback, with Greek PF Georgios Printezis hitting the series game winning 3 point shot, off a great play call by coach Giannis Sferopoulos, with all the attention on the King of Euro basketball, Vassilis Spanoulis, he dished to Kostas Sloukas at the FT line and with two players on Spanoulis, Printezis was wide open for the clutch winning shot. Printezis finished with 14 points, on 5-14 FG, 1-6(3PT), 3-4 FT and Vassilis Spanoulis came alive in the 2nd half, after a slow first half, finishing with 17 points, 5 assists, on 6-11 FG, 3-7(3PT), 2-2 FT, while Greek SG Evangelos Mantzaris was clutch again with 11 points, on 4-5 FG, 3-4(3PT), Greek PG Kostas Sloukas had the big assist to Printezis and added 6 points, while American SF Brent Petway and American Center Othello Hunter added 8 points apiece in the win.


-  REAL MADRID WIN SERIES 3-1 RUDY FERNANDEZ & SERGIO LLULL 31 PT COMB

1. Real Madrid 76 Anadolu Efes 63 - The Turkish squad was up 39-33 at the half, but the deeper and more veteran Real Madrid squad put in together in the 2nd half and are on their way to the Final Four in Spain.

Spanish SF Rudy Fernandez led Real Madrid with 17 points and was followed by Spanish combo-guard Sergio Llull with 14 points, while Spanish PG Sergio Rodriguez had 12 points, American SG Jaycee Carroll 10 points and Spanish PF Felipe Reyes 10 points in the series clincher on the road. Real Madrid made 11-28 from 3 point land compared to just 5-21 for Anadolu Efes, as game three hero American SG Matt Janning was held to 10 points, on 2-6 from the 3 point line, Serbian Center Nenad Krstic led in scoring with 16 points, 5-6 FG, 6-6 FT and Sixers NBA first round pick, Croatian PF Dario Saric had 9 points, 12 bebounds, 5 assists and Real Madrid did a good job of holding French PG Thomas Huertel to 1-7 FG, 1-3(3PT), 3 points and Turkish SG Cedi Osman had just 2 points, on 2-2 FT, 0-7 FG, 0-4(3PT).

 

-    Sixers Pick - Dario Saric - 9(PT)12(R)28(M)2-4(FG)0-1(3PT)5-7(FT)5(A)1(BK)5(TO)

-               Rudy Fernandez - 17(PT)31(M)6-15(FG)3-7(3PT)2-2(FT)6(R)3(A)1(S)1(TO)

-   Rockets Pick - Sergio Llull - 14(PT)34(M)6-12(FG)2-3(3PT)0-0(FT)5(A)3(R)1(TO)

 

-                EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOUR MATCHUPS -  MAY 15th - SPAIN

-       1. Olympiacos VS CSKA Moscow               2. Real Madrid VS Fenerbahce

 

-                               APRIL 22nd - EL PLAYOFFS GAME FOUR

-      DEEP CSKA MOSCOW ROSTER WIN SERIES 3-1 ADVANCE TO FINAL FOUR

1. CSKA Moscow 74 Panathinaikos 55 - Greek power Panathinaikos won game 3 by one point to stay alive, making 16-31 from 3 point land, but in the game four loss today, Panathinaikos only hit on 4-21 from deep, with the hero of game three Greek guard Nikos Pappas only making 1-8 this time from deep, compared to 5-7 last game and Pappas led Panathinaikos with 11 points, on 4-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 5 steals, 3 assists, but against the deep roster of CSKA Moscow, Pappas and Panathinaikos needed another 25 point game to have a shot. Pappas was followed by PF James Gist and Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis with 10 points apiece and Greek PG Dimitris Diamantidis added 9 points, 5 assists, but hit on just 2-8 FG, 1-5 from deep, as the older Panathinaikos squad are done and CSKA Moscow look for the EL title at the Final Four.

CSKA Moscow was led by French combo-guard Nando De Colo with 18 points, making 4-4 from deep, 6-11 FG, 2-3 FT and was followed by Russian SF Andrei Kirilenko with 13 points, 10 rebounds, on 5-11 FG, 1-3 from deep, 2-2 FT, 3 blocked shots, while American PF Kyle Hines added 12 points, on 5-6 FG, 2-3 FT and American SF Sonny Weems added 11 points in the road win in Greece.


-                          EUROLEAGUE GAME 3 PLAYOFFS -  TOP 5 PLAYS

-        EL PLAYOFFS MVP GAME 3 - NIKOS PAPPAS 25 PTS - PAPPAS ON EJBB TOP 25


-   FENERBAHCE SWEEP 2014 EL CHAMPS 3-0 & ADVANCE TO FINAL FOUR IN SPAIN

1. Fenerbahce 75 Maccabi Tel Aviv 74 - The first team in the 2015 EL Final four are Turkish squad Fenerbahce, as they won game three on the road and sweep Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-0 to advance to the Final Four. Greek PG Nikos Zisis led Fenerbahce in scoring with 19 points in 34 minutes, on 7-11 FG, 3-4(3PT), 2-4 FT, 5 assists and was followed by American SG Andrew Goudelock with 15 points, along with the game winning drive to the hoop, on 5-15 FG, 2-7(3PT), 3-3 FT, while Czech PF Jan Vesely added 12 points, 8 rebounds and Suns first round pick Serbian SG Bogdan Bogdanovic added 8 points in 35 minutes, 3-10 FG, 2-6 from 3 point land.  Maccabi Tel Aviv was led in scoring by American PG Jeremy Pargo with 21 points in 39 minutes, on 8-20 FG, 2-7(3PT), 3-3 FT and was followed by American PF Brian Randle with 19 points, 10 rebounds, but Maccabi Tel Aviv only made 6-25 from 3 point land, compared to 10-24 by Fenerbahce.  EJBB thought it was ODD that Maccabi Tel Aviv would not give 2014 Euroleague Final Four MVP PG Tyrese Rice a big money deal to stay this year, instead they are done in EL playoffs, while Tyrese Rice will play in Eurocup Final with Khimki Moscow.

 

-  OLYMPIACOS UP 2-1 IN SERIES - G. PRINTEZIS & V. SPANOULIS 34 PT COMBINED

2. Olympiacos 73 FC Barcelona 71 - EJBB said that if FC Barcelona wanted to grab a win in Greece, they would have to use the young legs and skilled offensive fire power of Croatian SG Mario Hezonja ans Spanish SG Alex Abrines, to speed up the game and get the loud Greek crowd out of the game.  FC Barcelona coach Xavier Pascual did not agree with the young legs logic, as NBA bound lottery pick Mario Hezonja only played in the first half, 9 minutes and got only 2 FG shots off, 1-2 FG, 0-1(3PT) and never saw the court again, even after a nice drive to the hoop from the top of the key, (WAKE UP COACH PASCUAL GIVE HEZONJA THE BALL AT TOP OF KEY), while Alex Abrines played 13 minutes and was 2-5 on FG, 0-1 from deep, 4 points, but instead coach Pascual went with older wing players Juan Carlos Navarro, 28 minutes, 9-9 FT, but just 2-9 FG, 1-4 from deep and American SG Brad Oleson, 19 minutes, 2-6 FG, 5 points, but only 1-5 from deep. Juan Carlos Navarro has been a legend with FC Barcelona and Brad Oleson helped Caja Laboral upset FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB Finals in the past, but not using the more athletic Hezonja and Abrines will in the end, send FC Barcelona home, and out of the EL playoffs if they again watch from the bench in game Four.

Olympiacos used the bad coaching decision by FC Barcelona, to go up 2-1, with another game coming up  in Greece, as Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis again led the way, with Greek PF Printezis scoring 19 points in 26 minutes, on 7-13 FG, 2-6(3PT), 3-4 FT, 4 rebounds, while Greek PG Spanoulis had 15 points, 8 assists, on 3-8 FG, 2-5(3PT), 7-10 FT, while American Center Bryant Dunston adding 8 points in the win.  FC Barcelona was led by Juan Carlos Navarro with 14 points and was followed by Czech PG Tomas Satoransky with 12 points in 24 minutes, on 4-8 FG, 2-3(3PT), 2-2 FT, as he started strong early, but shots went to Navarro, Oleson and American PF Justin Doellman later, who also added 10 points, but only 2-8 FG, 1-5 from 3 point land.

 

-   ANADOLU EFES STILL ALIVE DOWN 2-1 NOW AFTER MATT JANNING BUZZER BEATER

3. Anadolu Efes 75 Real Madrid 72 - After blowing a 7 point lead in Spain, Anadolu Efes was down two games to none,  going back to Turkey, but American SG Matt Janning came alive in the second half and led them in scoring with 21 points in 19 minutes, on 8-10 FG, 5-7(3PT), including the Buzzer game winning 3 point shot, after Jaycee Carroll tied it up with a Real Madrid 3 pointer. Janning was followed by Serbian Center Nanad Krstic with 17 points, 7 rebounds, on 7-9 FG, 3-3 FT, while French PG Thomas Huertel added 9 points, Turkish SG Cedi Osman 8 points and Sixers First round pick, Croatian PF Dario Saric added 7 points, 15 rebounds, on 3-12 FG, 1-3(3PT), 0-2 FT, 4 assists.   Real Madrid was led by Spanish PG Sergio Rodriguez with 17 points, on 7-15 FG, 2-7(3PT), 1-1 FT and was followed by SG Sergio Llull with 15 points, but just 2-7 from deep and Rudy Fernandez had 12 points, but just 2-8 from deep.

 

-    PANATHINAIKOS STAY ALIVE DOWN 2-1 GUARD NIKOS PAPPAS 25 PTS LEADS

4. Panathinaikos 86 CSKA Moscow 85 - The Russian power looked real deep and ready for a sweep after the first two games in Russia, but in Greece, Panathinaikos caught fire from 3 point land making a great percentage 16-31 from deep, compared to 9-26 for CSKA Moscow in the one point win.  Greek combo-guard Nikos Pappas showed the reason EJBB put him in the Top 25 List of Euros not NBA drafted, but could help NBA teams, as he went for 25 points in 30 minutes, on 7-12 FG, 5-7(3PT), 6-8 FT, 4 assits, 4 steals, while Greek legend PG Dimitris Diamantidis addded 15 points, 7 assists, on 3-4 FG, 2-3 from deep, 7-8 FT, Greek PF Antonis Fotsis also threw back the clock, making 4-5 from deep, 12 points, American PF James Gist 11 points and Greek SF Vladimir Jankovic 9 points in the win.   CSKA Moscow was led in scoring by American SF Sonny Weems with 24 points, on 9-11 FG, 4-5 from deep, 2-2 FT and was followed by French combo-guard Nando DeColo with 19 points, on 7-13 FG, 3-5(3PT), 2-2 FT, Serbian PG Milos Teodosic 12 points, 9 assists , Russian SF Andrei Kirilenko 11 points and American PF Kyle Hines 10 points.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 19:44
 
APRIL 20th - FENERBAHCE SWEEP 2014 EL CHAMPS 3-0 & GO TO FINAL FOUR NIKOS ZISIS 19 PTS & PANATHINAIKOS EXTEND CSKA MOSCOW NIKOS PAPPAS 25 PTS - NBA 2014-15 REGULAR SEASON - TOP EURO & NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER SCORERS PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Monday, 20 April 2015 19:52

-    FIBA WORLD CUP PODCAST ON NBA.COM EPISODE 172 - JOHN DIMOPOULOS

 

-     APRIL 21st - EL - ANADOLU EFES IS ALIVE 75-72 MATT JANNING BUZZER

-         Matt Janning - 21(PT)19(M)8-10(FG)5-7(3PT)0-0(FT)2(R)1(A)1(S)

-   Sixers Pick - Dario Saric - 7(PT)15(R)26(M)3-12(FG)1-3(3PT)0-2(FT)4(A)1(BK)

 

-      APRIL 21st - EL - OLYMPIACOS GO UP 2-1 IN SERIES WITH 73-71 WIN

-       Georgios Printezis - 19(PT)26(M)7-13(FG)2-6(3PT)3-4(FT)4(R)1(BK)1(A)

-      Vassilis Spanoulis -   15(PT)8(A)28(M)3-8(FG)2-5(3PT)7-10(FT)1(R)3(TO)

 

-  APRIL 20th - FENERBAHCE SWEEP 2014 EL CHAMPS 3-0 & GO TO EL FINAL 4

-      PANATHINAIKOS EXTEND SERIES NOW DOWN 2-1 TO CSKA MOSCOW


-      GREEK GUARDS NIKOS ZISIS 19 PTS & NIKOS PAPPAS 25 PTS PLAY BIG

-              Nikos Zisis - 19(PT)34(M)7-11(FG)3-4(3PT)2-4(FT)5(A)2(TO)

-         Nikos Pappas - 25(PT)30(M)7-12(FG)5-7(3PT)6-8(FT)4(A)4(S)2(TO)

-     TOP 25 EURO VETS NOT NBA DRAFTED - N. ZISIS & N. PAPPAS ON THE LIST

 

-    FENERBAHCE 75 MACCABI TEL AVIV 74 - PANATHINAIKOS 86 CSKA MOSCOW 85


-               EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFFS GAME TWO - FULL GAME VIDEOS

-  WAKE UP MOCK DRAFTS  - MARIO HEZONJA BETTER THAN 9th PICK - EYE TEST


-                         TOP EURO & NATIONAL TEAM SCORERS NBA

1. Nikola (NOT NIK) Vucevic - Montenegro       -  19.3(PT)

2. Pau Gasol - Spain -                                      -   18.5(PT)

3. Marc Gasol - Spain -                                     -   17.4(PT)

4. Dirk Nowitzki - Germany -                            -   17.3(PT)

5. Goran Dragic - Slovenia -                             -   16.3(PT)

6. Enes Kanter - Turkey -                                  -   15.5(PT)

7. Andrea Bargnani - Italy -                              -   14.8(PT)

8. Tony Parker - France                                     -   14.4(PT)

9. Serge Ibaka - Sp. Nat. Team -                       -   14.3(PT)

10. Luol Deng - Gr. Britain Nat. Team -              -  14.0(PT)

11. Giannis Antetokounmpo - Greek Nat. Team  -  12.7(PT)

12. Nikola Pekovic - Montenegro -                     -  12.5(PT)

13. Danilo Gallinari - Italy -                               -  12.4(PT)

14. Marcin Gortat - Poland -                               -  12.2(PT)

15. Jonas Valanciunas - Lithuania -                     -  12.0(PT)

16. Evan Fournier - France -                                -  12.0(PT)

17. Donatas Motiejunas - Lithuania -                  -  12.0(PT)

18. Ersan Ilyasova - Turkey -                               -  11.5(PT)

19. Manu Ginobili - Argentina - Italian League    -  10.5(PT)

20. Alexey Shved - Russia -                                 -  10.3(PT)

21. Ricky Rubio - Spain -                                     - 10.3(PT)

22. Nikola Mirotic - Montenegro -                        - 10.2(PT)

23. Dennis Schroeder - Germany -                       - 10.0(PT)

24. Anderson Varejao - Brazil - Spanish League   -   9.8(PT)

25. Timofey Mozgov - Russia -                             -  9.7(PT)

26. Luis Scola - Argentina - Spanish League -       - 9.4(PT)

27. Nicolas Batum - France -                                 - 9.4(PT)

28. Marco Belinelli - Italy -                                   - 9.2(PT)

29. Jose Calderon - Spain -                                   - 9.1(PT)

30. Bojan Bogdanovic - Croatia -                           - 9.0(PT)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:43
 
EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFFS GAME ONE - APRIL 15th - REAL MADRID, FC BARCELONA, CSKA MOSCOW & FENERBAHCE ALL GO UP 1-0 IN BEST OF 5 SERIES PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:20

-         FIBA WORLD CUP PODCAST ON NBA.COM EPISODE 172 JOHN DIMOPOULOS


-       IT IS A JOKE THAT MARIO HEZONJA IS AT 6, 7, 8 OR 9th IN NBA MOCK DRAFTS

-      WAKE UP MOCK DRAFTS - HEZONJA BEST WING IN DRAFT - NBA NOW WING GAME


-   EL APRIL 17th - ANADOLU EFES BLOW 7 PT LEAD LATE IN 90-85 LOSS - RM UP 2-0

-                  REAL MADRID 90 ANADOLU EFES 85 - FULL 4th QUARTER

-     Sixers Pick - Dario Saric - 11(PT)29(M)3-9(FG)1-5(3PT)4-4(FT)9(R)1(S)0(A)2(TO)

-  Rockets Pick - Sergio Llull - 18(PT)12(A)33(M)6-13(FG)3-8(3PT)3-6(FT)3(R)2(S)1(TO)

 

-    EL APRIL 17th - OLYMPIACOS TIE SERIES 1-1 WITH 76-63 WIN VS FC BARCELONA


-       TOP 3 EUROS FOR 2015 NBA DRAFT - 1. M Hezonja 2. K Porzingis 3. A Vezenkov


-        THE TOP 25 EURO VETS - NOT DRAFTED BY NBA BUT COULD HELP NBA TEAMS

 

-          EL PLAYOFFS - M. HEZONJA DUNK -  TOP 5 PLAYS GM 1 - G. AYON MVP GM 1

-    26 YR OLD GUSTAVO AYON MAKES NBA - EJBB 10 DAYS BEFORE - COINCIDENCE ?

 

-          APRIL 16th - EL - FENERBAHCE UP 2-0 WITH 82-67 WIN VS 2014 CHAMPS

-       Suns Pick - Bogdan Bogdanovic - 11(PT)28(M)4-13(FG)3-8(3PT)0-0(FT)5(R)2(A)

 

-              EL - CSKA MOSCOW UP 2-0 WITH 100-80 WIN OVER PANATHINAIKOS

-     18 YR OLD SF - Vasileios Charalampopoulos - 14(PT)21(M)5-5(FG)2-2(3PT)2-2(FT)

 

-       APRIL 15th - EL PLAYOFFS - FULL GAME - REAL MADRID 80 ANADOLU EFES 71

-     Sixers Pick - Dario Saric - 13(PT)25(M)4-9(FG)2-4(3PT)3-4(FT)5(R)1(A)1(S)1(TO)

 

-          REAL MADRID GO UP 1-0 K.C RIVERS & GUSTAVO AYON LEAD THE WAY

1. Real Madrid 80 Anadolu Efes 72 - The Spanish power go up 1-0, as they try to get to the Final Four again this year, after losing in the Final to Maccabi Tel Aviv. American SF K.C Rivers led the way with 21 points in 23 minutes, on 6-9 FG, making 6-7 from 3 point land, 3-3 FT, 5 rebounds and was followed by the best Mexican player in the world Center Gustavo Ayon with 14 points, 10 rebounds, on 5-7 FG, 4-4 FT, while Spanish veteran glue-guy PF Felipe Reyes added 12 points, Spanish SF Rudy Fernandez 10 points and Spanish combo-guard Sergio Llull added 6 points, 7 assists.

Anadolu Efes was led by Sixers first round pick , Croatian PF Dario Saric with 13 points in 25 minutes, on 4-9 FG, 2-4(3PT), 3-4 FT, 5 rebounds and was followed by young 19 year old Turkish SG Cedi Osman with 11 points, on 4-7 FG, 1-2(3PT), 2-4 FT, while Serbian Center Nenad Krstic added 9 points, 6 rebounds.


-         FC BARCELONA GO UP 1-0 WINNING BOARDS 40-24 IN 17 POINT WIN

2. FC Barcelona 73 Olympiacos 57 - The Spanish power go up 1-0, as they outrebounded Greek power Olympiacos 40-24 and win game one by 17 points.  Olympiacos was without 3 time EL Final Four MVP Greek PG Vassilis Spanoulis for a long time this season, and they got him back for game one of the playoffs, but Spanoulis was not at MVP level in game one, playing just 10 minutes and scoring just one point, on 0-4 FG, 0-2(3PT), 1-2 FT and if Spanoulis does not come back strong in game two and play at his usual MVP level, it will be tough for Olympiacos to advance to the Final Four.  Young 20 year old Greek PF Dimittrios Agravanis led Olympiacos with 9 points, on 4-6 FG, 1-1(3PT), and American PF Othello Hunter added 7 points, on 3-6 FG, 1-2 FT.

FC Barcelona was led by Slovenian SF-PF Bostan Nachbar with 10 points in 12 minutes, on 3-3 from 3 point land, 1-2 FT and veteran Spanish SG Juan Carlos Navarro also had 10 points, on 4-11 FG, 2-5(3PT), while Czech PG Tomas Satoransky added 9 points, on 3-5 FG, 2-2(3PT), 6 rebounds and Polish PF Maciej Lampe added 8 points, 9 rebounds in the game one win.

Croatian 20 year old SG-SF Mario Hezonja played 17 minutes and scored 5 points, on 2-6 FG, 0-2(3PT), 1-1 FT, 3 rebounds, 1 assist.  The depth on the perimeter for FC Barcelona is not the best thing for Mario Hezonja and his skills will be a better fit in the more wide open NBA game, as the NBA is now a wing game.


-                       EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFFS GAME ONE - APRIL 14th

-     CSKA MOSCOW WIN BY 27 & LOOK READY TO MAKE UP FOR 2012 LOST EL TITLE

1. CSKA Moscow 93 Panathinaikos 66 - The power from Russia always are in the mix for a Euroleague title and CSKA Moscow showed their depth and scoring ability in game one of the Euroleague playoffs versus Greek power Panathinaikos, winning by 27 points. Milos Teodosic and Andrei Kirilenko were part of the CSKA Moscow team that lost the 2012 Euroleague title to Vassilis Spanoulis and Olympiacos.

Teodosic and Kirilenko are looking for their first Euroleague title and today, Serbian PG Milos Teodosic led the way with 18 points in 19 minutes, on 7-8 FG, 4-5(3PT), dished 8 assists and Russian former NBA forward Andrei Kirilenko added 12 points, on 5-7 FG, making 1-1(3PT), 1-2 FT, while American SF Demetris Nichols made 3-3(3PT) and Georgian SF Manuchar Markoishvili made 3-4(3PT) with both scoring 13 points apiece, as CSKA Moscow made 14-27 from 3 point land, compared to 7-19 for Panathinaikos.   The Greek squad was led by number 20 on the EJBB top 25 Euro Vets that could help NBA teams, with PG Nikos Pappas scoring 16 points in 23 minutes, on 5-9 FG, 2-4(3PT), 4-4 FT and was followed by American PF James Gist with 14 points, while Greek Center Loukas Mavrokefalides added 10 points.

 

-   DEFENDING 2014 EL CHAMPS DOWN 0-1 WITH NO TYRESE RICE OR DAVID BLATT

2. Fenerbahce 80 Maccabi Tel Aviv 72 - To say Maccabi Tel Aviv was an underdog at the 2014 EL Final Four, would be an understatement, but led by PG Tyrese Rice and coach David Blatt, Maccabi Tel Aviv shocked the European basketball world last year, beating CSKA Moscow in the Semis and then beating Real Madrid in the Final, to bring glory back to the yellow of Maccabi Tel Aviv.   Tyrese Rice signed with Khimki Moscow in the summer and David Blatt found himself in the NBA coaching LeBron James and the Cavs, so beating a deeper Fenerbahce squad, that played the Spurs tough in the NBA preseason could be tough for Maccabi Tel Aviv, in this series.

Former NBA PG Jeremy Pargo did his best Tyrese Rice impression, leading Maccabi Tel Aviv with 25 points, 8 assists, on 9-17 FG, 1-5(3PT), 6-7 FT, but Devin Smith was held to 10 points, while Alex Tyus added 11 points, 11 rebounds and Israeli PG Yogev Ohayon added 12 points, 6 assists, making 3-4(3PT).

Fenerbahce was led by former NBA Czech PF Jan Vesely with 23 points in 21 minutes, on 11-14 FG, 1-2 FT, 7 rebounds and was followed by Serbian PF Nemanja Bjelica with 13 points, 12 rebounds, while Turkish center Luka Zoric added 10 points.   The game one win for Fenerbahce was big because their main perimeter threats American SG Andrew Goudelock was held to 8 points, on 4-8 FG, 0-1(3PT) and Serbian SG and Suns first round pick Bogdan Bogdanovic was held to 5 points, on just 1-9 FG, 1-4(3PT), 2-2 FT, but are still up 1-0 on the defending 2014 EL  champs in their best of 5 series.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 April 2015 21:40
 
EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFFS GAME TWO - APRIL 17th - OLYMPIACOS WIN ON THE ROAD & TIE UP SERIES 1-1 & REAL MADRID, CSKA MOSCOW , FENERBAHCE ALL UP 2-0 IN BEST OF 5 SERIES PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:26

-           FIBA WORLD CUP PODCAST ON NBA.COM EPISODE 172 JOHN DIMOPOULOS


-      IT IS A JOKE THAT MARIO HEZONJA IS AT 6, 7, 8 OR 9th IN NBA MOCK DRAFTS

-    WAKE UP MOCK DRAFTS - HEZONJA BEST WING IN DRAFT - NBA NOW WING GAME


-         NBA PLAYOFFS - 4-19 - BENO UDRIH 20 PTS -  4-15 - Z DRAGIC 22 PT

-    4-15th - B BOGDANOVIC 28 PT - KANTER 25 PT - DATOME 22 PT - SCHRODER 21 PT


- SP ACB - APRIL 19th - K. PORZINGIS -  19(PT)23(M)5-11(FG)0-2(3PT)9-10(FT)7(R)1(BK)

-       EJBB LIKES PORZINGIS BUT HEZONJA HAS THE BETTER NBA WING SKILLS

-    Porzingis 19 PT VS Manresa - Hezonja 24 PT 8-8(3PT) - VS Manresa - 2014 Game


-   TOP 3 EUROS FOR 2015 NBA DRAFT - 1. M. Hezonja 2. K. Porzingis 3. A. Vezenkov

-       THE TOP 25 EURO VETS - NOT DRAFTED BY NBA BUT COULD HELP NBA TEAMS

 

-            EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFFS GAME 2 - TOP 5 PLAYS - MVP G. PRINTEZIS

-        GEORGIOS PRINTEZIS EL GAME 2 MVP - 22 PTS - NBA TEAMS - FEW POST FEEDS

 

-  THE 2012 & 2013 EL CHAMPS TIE SERIES 1-1 G. PRINTEZIS & V. SPANOULIS LEAD

1. Olympiacos 76 FC Barcelona 63 - After being out of the lineup of Olympiacos roster for a large part of the end of the Euroleague season, 3 time EL Final Four MVP Greek PG Vassilis Spanoulis returned in game one of their playoff series versus FC Barcelona, but had just one point in 10 minutes of play. EJBB wrote that if the Greek squad wanted to get to another Final Four, Spanoulis would have to get that MVP level game back and in the start of game two on the road in Spain, Spanoulis was aggressive and scored early giving Olympiacos a 10 point halftime lead and the inspired play by Spanoulis rubbed off on three other members of the 2012 and 2013 EL championship squads, as Georgios Printezis, Evangelos Mantzaris and Kostas Sloukas all played well in the road win.

Greek PF Georgios Printezis led in scoring with 22 points in 27 minutes, on 10-13 FG, 2-4(3PT), 9 rebounds and Vassilis Spanoulis followed with 16 points, 5 assists, in 25 minutes, on 6-11 FG, 4-7(3PT), while Greek combo-guard E. Mantzaris was perfect 4-4 FG, all from 3 point land for 12 points and Greek PG Kostas Sloukas had a fine floor game, just 2 points, but 4 assists in 14 minutes, as Olympiacos moved the ball better than FC Barcelona with 20 assists, compared to just 7 by the Spanish power. Two players not on the back to back EL title teams were American SF Matt Lojeski who added 9 points and American PF Othello Hunter added 8 points in the win.   Olympiacos made 13-27 from deep compared to just 6-20 for for FC Barcelona.

The Spanish squad was led by vet Spanish SG Juan Carlos Navarro with 16 points, on 5-8 FG, 4-6(3PT), 2-4 FT and was followed by Croatian Center Ante Tomic with 14 points, 14 rebounds, on 7-14 FG, while Czech PG Tomas Satoransky added 8 points, 5 rebounds.  If FC Barcelona wants to steal a game back in the crazy atmosphere of the Greek crowd, EJBB says play the more athletic young players, as Croatian SG Mario Hezonja played later in this game two loss, 14 minutes, 3 points, on 1-4 from deep, but let him handle the ball more at the top of key, not just waiting to shoot a 3 point shot, and Spanish SG Alex Abrines only played 8 minutes, 0-1 FG. If FC Barcelona wants a shot at winning in Greece, the young legs of Hezonja and Abrines have to get more touches.

 

-  REAL MADRID UP 2-0 AS ANADOLU EFES LOSE 7 PT LEAD LATE SERGIO LLULL 18 & 12

2. Real Madrid 90 Anadolu Efes 85 - The Turkish squad looked like it was going to steal a game on the road, as they were up 7 points with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, but big 3 point shots by Sergio Rodriguez and Felipe Reyes gave the Spanish power the lead, as two time EL champion Greek SF Stratos Perperoglou, missed 3 open shots from deep, that he hit like layups in past EL Titles with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, but it was not to be and Real Madrid are up 2-0 as game three will be in Turkey.

Houston Rockets 2nd round pick Spanish combo-guard Sergio Llull kept Real Madrid in the game until the 3 point shots by Rodriguez and Reyes, as Lull had 18 points, 12 assists in 33 minutes, on 6-13 FG, 3-8 from deep, 3-6 FT and was followed by Spanish SF Rudy Fernandez with 15 points, 7 assists, while American SF K.C Rivers added 14 points, Spanish PG Sergio Rodriguez 11 points and Argentinian PF Andres Nocioni 10 points, along with the dunk of the game over Dario Saric.

Anadolu Efes was led by Serbian Center Nenad Krstic with 23 points in 32 minutes, on 7-10 FG, 9-11 FT, 6 rebounds and was followed by French PG Thomas Huertel with 16 points and 15 big assists, on 4-9 FG, 3-5(3PT), 5-8 FT, while 19 year old Turkish SG Cedi Osman added 12 points, on 5-10 FG, 2-5(3PT), Stratos Perperoglou 11 points, but just 2-10 on deep shots and Sixers first round pick Croatian PF Dario Saric added 11 points, 9 rebounds, on 3-9 FG, 1-5(3PT), 4-4 FT in 29 minutes.

 

-     FENERBAHCE UP 2-0 ON 2014 EL CHAMPS A. GOUDELOCK 19 PTS 7-15 FG 4-5 FT

3. Fenerbahce 82 Maccabi Tel Aviv 67 - Andrew Goudelock (19 PT) Jeremy Pargo (16 PT)

-      Suns Pick - Bogdan Bogdanovic - 11(PT)28(M)4-13(FG)3-8(3PT)0-0(FT)5(R)2(A)

 

-  CSKA MOSCOW UP 2-0 S. WEEMS 20 PT & N. DECOLO, A. KIRILENKO 16 PT APIECE

4. CSKA Moscow 100 Panathinaikos 80 - Sonny Weems (20 PT) V Charalampopoulos (14 PT)

-   18 YR OLD - Vasileios Charalampopoulos - 14(PT)21(M)5-5(FG)2-2(3PT)2-2(FT)4(R)

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 19:38
 
EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFF ROUND IS SET - END OF EL TOP 16 - APRIL 10th - DANILO GALLINARI 47 PT GAME IN NBA - EUROCUP FINAL IS SET - APRIL 8th PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Saturday, 11 April 2015 15:47

-        FIBA WORLD CUP PODCAST ON NBA.COM EPISODE 172 JOHN DIMOPOULOS


-         WAKE UP MOCK DRAFTS - MARIO HEZONJA IS MORE THAN JUST DUNKS

 

-        SPANISH ACB - APRIL 12th - MARIO HEZONJA UPSET AFTER 91-78 LOSS

-                FULL GAME VIDEO - REAL MADRID 91 FC BARCELONA 78

-                          NBA APRIL 10th - DANILO GALLINARI 47 PTS


-     NBA 2015 NBA DRAFT - TOP 3 EUROS - 1. M Hezonja 2. K Porzingis 3. A Vezenkov

-                         CROATIAN SG-SF Mario Hezonja - NEXT GINOBILI

 

-                            SPANISH ACB TOP SPOTS - APRIL 12th

-         REAL MADRID WIN 91-78 GO 23-5 FC BARCELONA DROP TO 19-9

-      Hezonja NEEDS MINUTES - 9(PT)20(M)4-4(FG)1-1(3PT)0-0(FT)2(A)1(S)2(TO)


-      TOP 25 EURO VETS - NOT DRAFTED BY NBA BUT COULD HELP NBA TEAMS

 

-                              TURKISH TBL TOP SPOTS - APRIL 11th

-    FENERBAHCE WIN 86-76 GO 20-6 J. VESELEY & B. BOGDANOVIC 19 PT APIECE

-      Suns Pick - Bogdan Bogdanovic - 19(PT)28(M)6-12(FG)3-6(3PT)4-5(FT)4(R)3(A)

-        ANADOLU EFES WIN 90-73 AFTER ONE PT EL GAME DARIO SARIC 15 PTS

-           Sixers Pick - Dario Saric - 15(PT)17(M)5-8(FG)2-2(3PT)3-3(FT)3(R)4(A)


-             EUROLEAGUE PLAYOFF MATCUPS SET - START APRIL 14th

-     1. Olympiacos VS FC Barcelona             2. Real Madrid VS Anadolu Efes

-     3. Maccabi Tel Aviv VS Fenerbahce        4. CSKA Moscow VS Panathinaikos


-                    EUROLEAGUE TOP 16 ROUND 14 - TOP 10 PLAYS

-      EL TOP 16 ROUND 14 - CO-MVP's DEVIN SMITH & BOBAN MARJANOVIC


-    CSKA MOSCOW TOP 16 END 12-2 WILL FACE 7-7 PANATHINAIKOS IN BEST OF 5

1. CSKA Moscow 88 EA7 Milano 79 - Sasha Kaun (19 PT) Samardo Samuels (18 PT)

 

-      REAL MADRID TOP 16 END 11-3 WILL FACE 6-8 ANADOLU EFES IN BEST OF 5

2. Real Madrid 99 Zalgiris 83 - Felipe Reyes (17 PT) James Anderson (17 PT)

 

-      FC BARCELONA TOP 16 END 11-3 WILL FACE 10-4 OLYMPIACOS IN BEST OF 5

3. FC Barcelona 88 Galatasaray 65 - Ante Tomic (20 PT) Vladimir Micov (10 PT)

 

-      FENERBAHCE TOP 16 END 11-3 WILL FACE 9-5 MACCABI TEL AVIV IN BEST OF 5

4. Fenerbahce 83 Anadolu Efes 72 - Andrew Goudelock (24 PT) Birkan Batuk (12 PT)

-       Suns Pick - Bogdan Bogdanovic - 17(PT)5-14(FG)2-5(3PT)5-5(FT)4(R)2(A)

-          Sixers Pick - Dario Saric - 1(PT)17(M)0-4(FG)0-2(3PT)1-4(FT)7(R)3(A)

 

-   DEFENDING EL CHAMPS TOP 16 END 9-5 & TRY TO REPEAT BUT NO TYRESE RICE

5. Maccabi Tel Aviv 73 ALBA 64 - D Smith (28 PT) J McLean, L Radosevic, A Renfroe (10 PT)

 

-     CRVENA ZVEZDA TOP 16 END 4-10 BOBAN MARJANOVIC NBA READY 12 PT 16 REB

6. Crvena Zvezda 69 Panathinaikos 68 - Nikola Kalinic (14 PT) Esteban Batista (15 PT)

 

-     OLYMPIACOS WIN WITH SPANOULIS DNP - NOVGOROD TOP 16 END 3-11

7. Olympiacos 77 Novgorod 70 - Matt Lojrski (17 PT) Rihards Kuksiks (17 PT)

 

-               LABORAL KUTXA TOP 16 END AT 6-8 & UNICAJA END 4-10

8. Unicaja 93 Laboral Kutxa 84 - Ryan Toolson (17 PT) Fabien Causeur (21 PT)

 

-                            EUROCUP SEMIS GAME TWO - APRIL 8th

-          KHIMKY MOSCOW WILL MEET GRAN CANARIA IN FINAL APRIL 24th

1. Khimky Moscow 93 Banvit 89 - Tyrese Rice (28 PT) Sammy Mejia (25 PT)

2. Gran Canaria 78 UNICS 76 - Levon Kendall (17 PT) James White (20 PT)

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