Doron Perkins Preview Euroleague Final Matchups
All eyes will be watching OAKA Arena in Athens, Greece tonight where a decisive win-or-go-home Euroleague quarter-finals Game 5 between Greek host Panathinaikos and Israeli Maccabi Tel-Aviv will kick off an intense battle. For this most unusual fifth game, Eurobasket teamed up with Doron Perkins, recently one of Maccabi's most dominant guards and a yellow-and-blue fan favorite, who analyzed Tel-Aviv's potential for winning the series, and explained why he thinks Spanish Barcelona, will be crowned Euroleague champs. Do-or-Die 'Game 5's are always the toughest throughout any series. I think Panathinaikos has a better chance of winning and advancing to the Final Four because they're playing at home and they will get the benefit of the calls from the referees, so in a sense, they have the advantage. Still, it all comes down to one game so anything can happen.' X-Factor 'The X-Factor for Maccabi is David Blu. He's one of the best shooters in Europe and the only pure shooter on the team. Blu's ability to knock down shots can also spread the floor for the guards. Tel-Aviv also has Guy Pnini who shoots well, but he's hasn't been playing much lately. It's known that when Blu plays well, Maccabi's chances of winning dramatically increase.' Game Strategy 'If Maccabi's looking to beat Pao on the road, they have to play like they did in Game 2 and that means one thing RUN. Pao is a team of great shooters that doesnt take a lot of bad shots so you need to run against them at all times. If the pace of the game slows down, it'll benefit the home team. In order for Maccabi to play the run-and-gun style of basketball, they need two things. First, Richard Hendrix has to start. Rich has been playing extremely well this season and therefore, bringing Sofoklis Schortsanitis off the bench would be more efficient since the game slows down down the stretch, allowing Sofo to have a much bigger impact both on offense and defense. Second, Yogev Ohayon needs to play exactly like he's been until now. Going up against Sarunas Jasikevicius and Dimitris Diamantidis he has nothing to lose. He doesnt need to play better then he already is. I've played against Yogev for three consecutive years and he's one of the toughest guys out there who does a lot of little things that make the difference. He's the guy that could get the 'W' for Maccabi but it's all a matter of whether he'll have enough confidence and aggressiveness from the perimeter.' Euroleague Final Four 'Regardless of who wins Game 5, Barcelona and CSKA will make the finals but I have to go with Barcelona to win it all. Basketball wise, they're the best team that matches up pretty well with CSKA and can cause them a lot of problems.' Jeremy Pargo 'I still hear that Maccabi fans are disappointed with Jeremy's decision to leave Israel, but I always supported the choices he's made. His dream was always to play in the NBA and regardless, I think the NBA system suits his style of play a lot better than Europe. People can't compare his success overseas to how he's playing in the league. I dont think anyone expected him to come in and average 20 points and game his rookie year, yet he's in a good situation on a good team. He's a backup point guard and when he played early in the season he did well, so I believe he's in a good fit and he needs to keep working hard.' Cantu/Tel-Aviv/Siena 'There's no hard feeling between me and Maccabi's management. I really wasnt ready when they were looking for a player and I made the right decision sitting out. In Cantu, Coach Trinchieri pushes me and has a lot of confidence in my game, and I believe it will pay off very soon. In the Italian league we play back-to-back games versus Milan and Siena so things should get interesting. I believe that Olympiakos' series win over Siena opened the eyes of some of our guys, who now know we can beat them. Our team is very different team from Siena. Our bigs are very dominant but not as athletic as their guys and the best way to beat them is utilizing your athletic players and switching on defense.'