Euroleague: Nate Jawai named SF Game 5 MVP


Doing maximum damage in limited amount of time on the floor has been Barcelona Regal center Nate Jawai’s calling card all season. Such was the case again Thursday, as he needed just 18 minutes to leave a major impact on Barcelona’s Euroleague series-clinching 64-53 victory over Panathinaikos Athens. In doing so, Jawai became the Playoffs Game 5 bwin MVP. The Australian center collected 9 points on perfect shooting, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks for a performance index rating of 21 – the most among all Game 5 players. It marked the second time this season that Jawai has collected the title after previously winning Top 16 Game 13 bwin MVP honors. The week’s second-best index came from one of Jawai’s opposing big men, Stephane Lasme of Panathinaikos Athens. Lasme tallied 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks for an index rating of 20. Rounding out the Game 5 leaders are Olympiacos Piraeus’s duo of Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis. In their team’s 82-72 victory over Anadolu Efes, Printezis had 15 points, 7 rebounds and a 19 index; Spanoulis finished with 19 points, 5 assists and an 18 index.

Individual leaders: Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus, 19 points and 5 assists

Spanoulis was also the week’s top scorer with his 19-point effort. Additionally, his 5 assists tied Efes guard Jamon Lucas for most in Game 5. Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro of Barcelona finished as the playoffs’ top scorer with an average of 16.6 points per game. Spanoulis was the playoffs best assist man with 6.6 per game. Efes center Semih Erden topped the Game 5 rebounding list with 8 boards. CSKA Moscow’s do-it-all forward Victor Khryapa’s 8.3 rebounds per game were best in the playoffs. Josh Shipp and Kerem Gonlum, both from Efes, and Panathinaikos forward Jonas Maciulis were the Game 5 steals leaders with 2 each. Lucas tied Maccabi’s David Logan for most steals in the playoffs with 2 per game. Jawai’s 3 blocks also topped the Game 5 charts. Maccabi center Shawn James placed first with 2.3 per game.

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