[From time to time Blazer's Edge likes to promote our readers' thought-provoking posts to the front page. We may do minor editing to clean up the original Fanpost, but the content won't change. Today, manolito updates us on Kostas Papanikolaou, whose rights were sent from the Knicks to the Blazers in last summer's Raymond Felton trade. -- Tim]
Hello guys, just a quick update on the Blazers' Greek.
Olympiacos was facing Khimki in a must-win game for both teams for the last matchday of Euroleague's group stage. Both teams needed to win in order to advance in the quarterfinals. As I've mentioned in a previous conversation, I'm not the greatest fan of Papanikolaou, but truly respect the way he handles big games.
This was the case once again.
Another clutch performance, guiding his team to the win and earning himself the title of the MVP of the week. 21 points with 6/6 3p, 12 rebounds and 37 PIR (The Performance Index Rating). Moreover? He destroyed Khimki also with his defense.
Here is the boxscore
Here is the Euroleague article
Here is the Euroleague video "Player of the game: Kostas Papanikolaou"
And for the hardcores, here is the full game in HD
Hope this post helps to have a better insight for his game and the debate to bring him over to Portland or not this summer.