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OSCAR ROBERTSON WATCHES SPAIN WIN GOLD PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:07

                       SPAIN VS SERBIA FINAL VIDEO   
                          EUROBASKET 2009 POLAND

          PAU GASOL MVP VIDEO              EUROBASKET MEDAL VIDEO
NBA legend Oscar Robertson, who was inducted into the 2009 Fiba Hall of Fame class, sat with 2007 Fiba Hall of Fame inductee Bill Russell and watched all 3 games leading up to the gold medal game between Spain and Serbia. The 2 NBA legends saw a hungry Spanish team attack the younger Serbian squad  that earlier in the tournament had bullied the Spanish in a shocking 66-57 win by Serbia, and that game had many thinking Spain could be pushed around. The senior members of this Spanish team (Pau Gasol, Juan Navarro, Alex Mumbru and Jorge Garbajosa), saw this gold medal game against Serbia as payback, and also as their best and maybe last chance to win Eurobasket for Spain ( something these Spanish players never accomplished). This Serbian squad is athletic and deep, but they were overwhelmed by the magnitude of this game. You can not let Spain jump on you early, as they are tough to come back on when they are in rythm. Serbia forgot to be physical  as they were in game 1 , and Pau Gasol came out on a mission, scoring 18 pts. 11 rebounds with 3 blocks, as he was named the MVP of Eurobasket. Spain just wanted that trophy more than the young Serb's, as they outrebounded Serbia 44-23 and had 18 offensive rebounds for the game in a 85-63 pay-back spanking of Serbia.        Milos Teodosic played 24 minutes and was held in check only shooting 2-5 for the game for 5 pts. and 2 assists. Ricky Rubio had 10 pts. and 1 assist, but I will still stand by my statement after the 32 pt. clutch performance by Teodosic in the semi-finals, that I see a player in this Eurobasket and in the 2007 U-20-- where he won the MVP, that he can take over a game by himself and Rubio needs shooters around him to succeed, just look at their stats for this Eurobasket.  Teodosic averaged 25.4 minutes, shot 54.3 from 2 pt. range and 44.2 from 3pt. range (19-43), 84.2 FT (32-38), 5.2 assists, 2.2 TO and 1.3 steals
 while Ricky Rubio  averaged             22.7 minutes, shot 48.0 from 2pt. range  and 28.6 from 3 pt. range (6-21) , 64.7 FT  (11-17), 3.9 assists, 1.9 TO and 1.4 steals
 Ricky Rubio is only 18 yrs. of age and could make me eat my words but Teodosic is really solid and I have seen him play good minutes for Olympiacos in the tough Euroleague, he gets to the line more and hits his 3's with confidence in tight games. Rubio is good in passing lanes and great in fast-break mode , but has to show me more than passing skills with FC Barcelona, I do not even know if he can be in lineup  at the end of games over his teammate Jaka Lakovic.
  LITHUANIA VS SLOVENIA VID    SPAIN VS FRANCE VIDEO   SPAIN VS GEECE VIDEO
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  GREECE VS GERMANY VID         SPAIN VS LITUANIA VID     SPAIN VS POLAND VIDEO
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  GREECE VS ISRAEL VID            SPAIN VS SLOVENIA VID     SPAIN VS GR BRITAIN VID    
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  GREECE VS CROATIA VID           SPAIN VS SERBIA VID           SPAIN VS TURKEY VID 
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  CROATIA VS FRANCE VID           RUSSIA VS FRANCE VID       TURKEY VS POLAND VID 
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  SLOVENIA VS SERBIA VID         BRITAIN VS SLOVENIA VID     FRANCE VS GERMANY VID 
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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 August 2010 03:12
 
IVERSON AT SEMIS--WATCHES SPAIN ROLL AND TEODOSIC COME UP CLUTCH PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 September 2009 01:19

                                       IVERSON AT SEMIS--WATCHES SPAIN ROLL
                 AND TEODOSIC BECOME EUROPES BEST YOUNG COMBO GUARD 

Worldwide known NBA player Allen Iverson , was in attendance at the Eurobasket semifinal games  in Poland on Saturday, to watch Spain beat Greece using their superior depth and versitility against the Greeks. In the second game, Iverson might have witnessed a vintage performance of himself, by young Serbian guard Milos Teodosic , as Serbia beat Slovenia 96-92, in a Eurobasket game that will be talked about for many years to come.     In the 1st game Spain attacked the passing lanes, to get into the open court for easy layups and wide open 3's. Vasillis Spanoulis and the rest of the Greek guards got caught in the air for turnovers that led to a 49-40 Spanish lead at halftime. Spain's depth at the guard spot showed as Navarro, Sergio Lull, even seldom used Carlos Cabezas to go along with high flying Rudy Fernandez, all hit their open look 3's. The emotional overtime game a day earlier against Turkey took it's toll on this B version of the Greek team, as Spanoulis was asked to be the main setup man, to go along with being it's only breakdown of the dribble scorer against a deep Spanish team. With his legs not being rested, and the rest of the Greek squad missing and passing up open 3's to dribble into heavy traffic, it became a long day in the 2nd half as Spain rolled 82-64 into the final gold medal game on Sunday at 3:00.                       In the 2nd game young Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic, (who has played in insane atmospheres for Olympiacos, of the Greek league), kept his incredible play in Eurobasket going, with a 32 point clutch 3 pt. shooting performance, to propel Serbia into Sunday's final against Spain and thus in my mind , has become Europe's best young combo guard. The game went back and forth early, as Serbia used their 2 big centers Nenad Krstic (18 pts.) and Kosta Perovic (18 pts.) to dominate down low in the post. Slovenia was led by the Lorbek brothers , Erazem down low (25 pts.) and Domen from 3 pt. range (22 pts.) to take a 75-70 lead with 2:23 remaining in the 4th quarter on a 3 by Domen Lorbek. But it was young Milos Teodosic, of Serbia who had ice water running through his veins, as he scored Serbia's final 7 pts. in the last 1:20 of regulation to force overtime at 79-79. Teodosic scored 14 pts. in the 4th quarter and his dominance kept going in overtime as he scored 8 pts. , hitting clutch 3's in the 96-92 victory to propel this young, but dangerous Serbian team into Sunday's gold medal game against a Spanish team, they already beat earlier in Eurobasket 2009. Teodosic got physical with Ricky Rubio and the rest of the  players on the Spanish team in the 1st meeting, and Spain has payback on their minds. With all the offensive power Spain has had over recent history, Pau Gasol and Navarro have never won a Eurobasket final, so they know this is probably their best chance, but if the Serbs keep the pace in slow down mode ,their chances against the talented and deep Spanish squad increases. The game should be decided in the early moments, by what pace the Spanish guards bring to the court.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2010 02:15
 
SPURS DRAFT PICK GUARD HITS GAME WINNER FOR FRANCE AT BUZZER PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 22:33

                              SPURS DRAFT PICK GUARD HITS GAME WINNER FOR FRANCE AT BUZZER
   
It was Spurs draft pick Nando Decolo, who hit the buzzer beater versus Greece and not Spurs star guard Tony Parker, on a fadeaway, turnaround jumper to give France a 71-69 victory and 1st place in Group E of the qualifying round. France used mostly a European lineup and not the household known names that play in the NBA, such as Tony Parker, Ronny Turiaf, Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum. Athletic Euroleague forward Alain Koffi, who last year played for LeMans, battled down in the paint against larger men, Ioannis Bourousis and Baby Shaq Shortianitis, as Koffi scored a game high 14 points for France to go along with 6 rebounds. French head coach Vincent Collett had veteran French league point guard Aymeric Jeanneau and 20 yr. old youngster Antoine Diot of Lemans, running the point and letting Tony Parker rest his legs for the knock-out stage of the tournament. With Parker on the bench for the last possession, it was 22 yr. old French league MVP, Nando DeColo who took and made the big shot. The French were just quicker to loose balls in the 1st half and used athletic wing guard Yannick Bokolo (who reminds me of a poor man's Leandro Barbosa), to fly up the court for fastbreak layups and he also hit a big 3, late in the game as Greece made their comeback. The Greeks main problem in their 2 straight loses is they miss Dimitrios Diamantidis who hit clutch 3's in past tournaments and they are missing their main creator, Theo Papaloukas who lives for these big game situations. Theo ,just would get Bourousis and Baby Shaq easy dunks, and Zisis along with Fotsis would have that extra millisecond to size up their 3's. Spanoulis is more of a shake you off the dribble creator, that looks to score 1st and sometimes get's caught in the air for turnovers. Greece needs Zisis (0-3) and Fotsis (1-7) both to hit from 3 point range or else Spanoulis is asked to do too much with the ball. Spanoulis did all he could to keep Greece alive, hitting  four 3's for the game and 2 clutch ones in the last minutes of the game to tie it up at 69 , as Ronny Turiaf played the last Greek possession like Jameer Nelson did in the NBA finals against Derrick Fisher, not closing out on the 3 point line at Spanoulis. France won the game but for their victory they get a hot shooting Spanish team as the 1-4 matchup and Greece plays their rivals on the court as well as in politics ,Turkey as the 2-3 matchup. This young Greek squad got their best match-up ,as Spain has had great success against Greece in recent history and Slovenia has a more veteran and deeper team. So one more win against Turkey, and Greece makes next years World championships ,with a B team just like Argentina did in Puerto Rico 2 weeks ago. The other 1-4 matchup is Slovenia and Croatia and the other 2-3 game is Russia vs. Serbia led by emerging star point guard Milos Teodosic.
                                 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2009 01:20
 
GREECE VS TURKEY--(A CLASSIC) AS SPANOULIS TAKES OVER PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2009 23:18

                                      SPAIN VS FRANCE--A ONE SIDED RESULT 
                      GREECE VS TURKEY--A CLASSIC AS SPANOULIS TAKES OVER    


The 2 most anticipated quarterfinal games of Eurobasket 2009, were Spain vs France, which had 15 players with NBA ties involved in it, and Greece vs Turkey (Enough Said). The Spaniards jumped on France early, getting in fastbreak mode, after establishing a dominant Pau Gasol down low. The French had no answer for Pau as he shot 11-13 from the field and scored a game high 28 points. The only player from France, that did not look like he was sleepwalking was Ronny Turiaf, who had 12 points shooting 6-9 from the field, but he fouled out trying to contain the longer Gasol. Spain was flying in the passing lanes, with Navarro, Ricky Rubio, and Rudy Fernandez (who led them with 6 steals) causing havoc to the French offense. When Ricky Rubio is in fast-break mode, he is an NBA highlight package, finding his 3 point marksmen (Navarro and Fernandez), on the wings for open looks and Pau Gasol for trailer play dunks. Tony Parker had a tough shooting day (1-8), for only 6 points. You have to get physical with Spain early, as Serbia did, to take Spain out of the front running pace they love to be in, orelse it is a long day for the other team.     In the other anticipated matchup, with Greece vs Turkey it was a very slow and physical pace in the 1st half with Greece settling for 3 point misses late in the shot clock, as Spanoulis was passive in his play, not attacking the defense as he normally does. Even though Greece dominated the boards, the half ended Greece only up 3 at 29-26. The 3rd quarter went back and forth, with Greece only up 1 after 3 quarters at 47-46. NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, who has been struggling this entire Eurobasket, and was being shut down by Antonis Fotsis and Giorgios Printezis, started getting hot with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, and after he hit a 3 pointer with 2:23 left to make it 63-57 Turkey, it was Spanoulis taking over as he set up Zisis (14 points) and Printezis (6 points), for back to back 3's, giving Greece a 65-63 lead with 18 seconds left. It was Ender Arslan, who had a great drive, on a mitchmatch with Fotsis to tie the game at 65-65 at the buzzer. In the overtime it was Euroleague champion teammates, Fotsis and Spanoulis who took over, with Spanoulis hitting 2 big 3's and Fotsis controlling the boards (13 in game). After some bad turnovers by Greece, Turkey had a 3 pointer miss at the buzzer ,and Greece held on 76-74 in a Classic Game. Greece qualifies for the 2010 World Championships in Turkey. For their reward they get a high flying deep Spanish team, that Greece has had trouble with in recent years. With this B version of the Greek team , it is almost a dream to beat Spain, without more help for Spanoulis with his regular veteran teammates.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 00:49
 
Daily round up of games PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 22:40

The preliminary round of Eurobasket had some great play from a deep Greek squad in Group A, and also saw the surprising dominance from a Turkish team led by youngster Ersan Ilysova and veteran Hedo Turkoglu in Group D. France also went undefeated, but did not show the dominance, of a team with so much talent level. Also in Group D, defending Eurobasket champs, Russia held their own without the stars of 2007, J.R Holden and Andrei Kirilenko. Group C had the surprise of the tournament so far, as Serbia with Milos Teodesic got physical with Ricky Rubio of Spain and did not let Spain's free-flowing, speed -mode offense get out on the wings, to get their usual wide open looks at 3's. Instead it was a total dominant effort by Serbia having a hand in all the Spanish players faces. Rudy Fernandez being out of game 1, also helped the Serbian's. The choice of so many smallish guards on the Spanish bench, and a young Victor Claver at forward also has hurt the favorites of Eurobasket 2009, by not having enough size on perimeter defense. In their 2nd game against Great Britain, it became a nail biter ,as Eurobaskets greatest upset of all-time almost took place, with Great Britain holding the lead in the final minutes, but Spain pulled through for a tough victory. Game 3 saw Spain hold on against a tough Slovenian team 90--81. The 90 point game is too fast a pace for the Slovenian squad, they need to abuse the Spanish team in the post, to get open looks from the outside in a half-court type of game.  The home team Poland has played well in preliminary play going 2--1 ,infront of the home fans. Maciej Lampe and Marcin Gortat have done what is expected of the 2 best players on the team, also with David Logan playing well in their tough 3 man attack. Michal Ignerski is the wildcard player that has given Poland a major lift, and with the home crowd behind them, his consistent scoring could mean problems for Spain in the second round, unless they step up their lackluster effort.  Statistically the talented Lior Eliyahu of a dissapointing Israeli team was the leading scorer of the preliminary round, wiith the heavyweight names of Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernandez, Ersan Ilyasova, Vassilis Spanoulis, Maciej Lampe, Marcin Gortat and Ioannis Bourousis being  the top players of the 1st 3 games.  The second round has good matchups of Greece vs France, Spain vs Turkey, and Spain vs the home team of Poland.  Ultimately the deeper teams will show their power, as the tougher matchups occur in an exciting tournament for hoop junkies like myself.   

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2009 23:12
 
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