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Road to Athens: Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos returns to the Final Four after a one-year absence ready to conquer its fourth Euroleague title.
fulfilled its plan to play the Final Four in its own building, Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA) in the Greek capital, a plan that started in the off-season. The Greens signed 5 Euroleague stars from other teams like
while keeping a strong core featuring
. Panathinaikos had a spectacular start of the competition, rallying for a 24-point deficit to beat DKV Joventut 79-82 in the Euroleague's Opening game in Badalona. It was the start of an 11-game winning streak that allowed Panathinaikos to win its regular season group without much trouble. Batiste was selected as the Euroleague MVP in November - right before being sidelined for almost 2 months. Panathinaikos also rolled in the Top 16, winning its opening 5 games to win its group and get the home court advantage in the playoffs. It sent a message that echoed all around the competition by thrashing Efes Pilsen 84-57 in Game 1 of the Top 16, and then confirmed its power with a huge 102-82 win against Winterthur FC Barcelona the following week. Becirovic led the team in scoring in 3 of those 5 wins. The Greens swept their best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs series against Dynamo Moscow to return to the Final Four for the seventh time in club history. Siskauskas averaged 17.5 points in 2 games against Dynamo despite just being recovered from a leg injury. With a deep rotation and an elite coach who won it all like
, the sky seems to be the limit for the Greens.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
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