Playoffs Game 4 MVP: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow

Apr 27, 2019 by Print

Not only CSKA Moscow reached the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four for the 17th time in 18 seasons with a brilliant road win against KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, but one of its main players earned Playoffs Game 4 MVP honors. Nando De Colo led CSKA to am 83-92 road win at Fernando Buesa Arena with a PIR of 35. De Colo had 27 points on 8-of-11 two-point shots, 3-of-5 three-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws. He added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals (matching his career-high) and 6 fouls drawn to reach MVP of the Round honors for the 15th time in his career – an all-time record. Brandon Davies of Zalgiris also amassed a PIR of 35, but on a losing effort against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. Davies had 25 points on 9-of-12 two-point shooting and 7-of-9 free throws, adding 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 fouls drawn. Ali Muhammed of Fenerbahce had a PIR of 32 against Zalgiris. That is a new career high and 11 more than his best PIR in 125 previous EuroLeague games. Muhammed had 25 points, one away from his career-best mark, and became the third player to hit at least 5 three-pointers with no misses in a playoffs game - Saulius Stombergas of Tau Ceramica hit 9-of-9 in Game 2 of the 2001 Semifinals against AEK Athens, and Omar Cook of Power Electronics Valencia hit 5-of-5 against Real Madrid in Game 2 of the 2011 Playoffs. Muhammed also hit 4-of-5 two-point shots and 2-of-2 free throws, adding a rebound, 4 assists, a season-high 3 steals and 3 foul drawns. Vincent Poirier of Baskonia (31 PIR) and Shane Larkin of Anadolu Efes Istanbul (29) complete the top individual performances in playoffs Game 4.

Individual highs: Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce, 10 assists, 4 steals

De Colo was also this round's top scorer with 27 points against Baskonia. Larkin is the playoffs top scorer at 20 points per game. Victor Claver of FC Barcelona Lassa led all rebounders by pulling 8 against Efes. Poirier ranks first in rebounds in the playoffs at 10 per night. Sloukas dished 10 assists against Zalgiris to lead this week's standings, and added 15 points to record the only double-double in Playoffs Game 4. Facu Campazzo is the playoffs' assist leader (8.3 apg.). Sloukas and De Colo each collected 4 steals in this round. It is a new career-high for Sloukas. Campazzo is also first in steals (3 spg.) in the playoffs. Jan Vesely also of Fenerbahce had 3 blocks against Zalgiris. Bryant Dunston of Efes leads the playoffs' block standings (1.8 bpg.).