Panathinaikos is not a rival for a toned Barça

It was a duel between a team from the top and another from the bottom, between one that is strong at home and another that has not won away, and both the development and the outcome of the match were as expected. In a very easy game, with an exquisite second quarter, Jasikevicius’s men got rid of a Panathinaikos team that was simply no match for Barça.

The azulgranas started playing what Calathes wanted, dominating the attacking game at will. He connected well with Sanli but he also stole two or three balls in defense. It was an agile start, also for a Panathinaikos team that began to show the shortcomings that would condemn them in the second quarter: many losses, little intense defense, dependence on Papagiannis’ points… Barça’s poor percentages and inability to defend the two against two kept the Greeks in the game. Although only for ten minutes.

Exum kicked off an almost perfect second quarter for Barça, who scored 28 points and only conceded ten. In the first five Panathinaikos only scored once, while Barça unleashed from the triple. Also inside and with penetrations, given the manifest inability of the Greeks to maintain the level. To the impossibility of matching them in quality, the Greeks did not do it in intensity either. And the advantage was already over 20 points, giving the game practically settled at halftime.

And it is that if anyone had any hope in the Greek comeback, it faded quickly. The advantage was already close to 30 (58-32) between a Barça that did not let up and a Panathinaikos that chose, or was allowed to choose, very bad shots. The only risk for the azulgranas was to slow down, settle for what had been done so far, because despite White’s points the lead was still around 20 points (63-42). The last quarter was a procedure that allowed Nnaji to shine, further increasing the final advantage.

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