Greece left without Final-4 representative in back-to-back seasons
For a third time in 31 years, Greece will be without a representative in the EuroLeague Final-4 in back-to-back seasons while Panathinaikos have lost 15 of their last 17 playoff games.
After a great run to finish the season, Panathinaikos qualified for the EuroLeague playoffs as the six seed, but were outclassed by Real Madrid in the playoffs and were eliminated with three losses from three games. Their archrivals, Olympiacos, failed to qualify for the playoffs all together with their ninth placed finish in what was a disappointing Euroleague regular season.
As a result, Greece will be without a representative in the Final-4 for a second consecutive season for a third time in 31 years! This also occurred in the 1991-1992 and 2003-2004 seasons, since the Final-4 was established in 1988 (no Final-4 was held in the 2000/01 season).
Greece, a powerhouse in European basketball, have had five teams qualify for the Final-4 including Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK, PAOK, and Aris. Panathinaikos have six titles to their name while Olympiacos have won the competition on three occasions.
Panathinaikos eliminated in playoffs for a seventh straight season
Since qualifying for their last Final-4 in 2012, Panathinaikos have failed to advance past the EuroLeague playoffs in the last seven seasons. In 2013 and 2014, Panathinaikos lost out to Barcelona and CSKA Moscow respectively, in five games but after that, it was a downward spiral for the Trifylli.
In 2015, Panathinaikos fell to CSKA 3-1 before being swept 3-0 in back-to-back seasons by Baskonia and Fenerbahce, respectively. Last year, Real Madrid knocked out Panathinaikos in four games (3-1 series) and this season, Real Madrid finished the job in a three-game series sweep of the Trifylli.
In their last 17 playoffs games, Panathinaikos have only managed two (!) wins (CSKA in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2018) and just one win in their last 15 playoff outings. Dating back to their EuroLeague Final-4 drought, which began in 2013, Panathinaikos have a dissapoting 6-21 playoff record.
Below is Panathinaikos’ playoff record since 2013
2013: v Barcelona 3-2
2014: v CSKA Moscow 3-2
2015: v CSKA Moscow 3-1
2016: v Baskonia 3-0
2017: v Fenerbahce 3-0
2018: Real Madrid 3-1
2019: Real Madrid 3-0