Originally Posted by Fiba basketball
Arent you a PAO fan ? Refs helped Diamantidis and PAO but I dont think refs will call the game like that against CSKA because refs always help the best team and favorites .
Yes, I am a PAO fan. But I am not one of the VERY small minority of ultras/hooligans.
Any clear and objective PAO fan knows that the refs have been helping PAO ridiculously in the Greek League lately, and also this year it is really starting in the Euroleague also.
And it's more than obvious that Diamantidis is now getting the Navarro treatment.
Diamantidis and Navarro are great players and PAO and Barca have had some great teams, but anyone with even an average IQ can see that the Euroleague is clearly helping those players and teams in recent years.
I mean, in the last couple years, Barca is getting a ridiculous amount of help from the refs.
I don't like this new trend where Euroleague appears to be copying the NBA and favoring and helping certain players and teams. That stuff totally destroyed and ruined the NBA, and if they start doing the same with Euroleague (as it appears they are) then it will also ruin and destroy the Euroleague.
18 free throws for Diamantidis, even the Greek League refs (which are almost all admitted PAO supporters) would blush at that.
As for CSKA being the favorites...........will they be the favorites in the betting lines? Don't be so sure.
PAO has won 3 of the last 5 championships and are the defending champions. CSKA has never beaten PAO at the Final Four, and has never won a title when PAO was in the Final Four with them.
Obradovic has basically owned CSKA in Final Fours. So I'm not sure that the betting lines are automatically going to favor CSKA as the game gets closer.