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RICKY RUBIO PICKING UP THE PACE PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2009 22:44

The number five pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Ricky Rubio started his 2009-2010 ACB season, in Spain with rocky play and stats that made you think, this kid may never be ready for an 82 game NBA season. After a subpar Eurobasket 2009 statistically,(even though he won gold on a deep Spanish roster) Rubio started his ACB season, with his new deep team FC Barcelona, just like he finished Eurobasket 2009, showing a lack of a consistent outside shot, and being outplayed by opposing guards, just as he was by Olympiacos guard Milos Teodosic at Eurobasket 2009. His first 3 games of the ACB season, Rubio shot 2-15(FG) and 0-5(3PT) range averaging 4 assists and 2.7(PTS)  in 19 (MIN) per game. FC Barcelona, went 2-1 in those games and relied on veteran Euroleague guards, Juan Carlos Navarro and Gianluca Basile to guide the deep veteran squad down the stretch, as Jaka Lakovic has been unavailable to play in the early season games. But in the last two games, Ricky Rubio has picked up his play, going up against former NBA players, Lynn Greer and Will Solomon, in his first Euroleague game of the season,he scored 9(PTS) on 3-6(FG) 1-1(3PT), 4-4(FT) 9 (ASSISTS) and 2(STEALS) in 21 (MIN), in a 82-59 win on the road in Turkey. He kept the good play going 3 days later in his fourth game of the ACB, outplaying his former team, DKV Joventut, and finding his teammates for 10 (ASSISTS), scoring 6(PTS) and attacking the passing lanes for 5(STEALS), against veteran European point guard, Kritaps Valters and a  lesser talented DKV squad. I am not sold on his NBA ability, and what Johnny Flynn, has shown in Minnesota, might mean a trade in Rubio's future NBA life, but he has shown a glimpse of that 16 year old player, I was once high on. I do not know how his future minutes on FC Barcelona will go, once Jaka Lakovic returns, but he has shown some rapid improvement in these last two games.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 18:34
 
OLYMPIACOS LOSES PRESEASON GAME IN CLEVELAND PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009 00:29

Olympiacos arrived in Cleveland, infront of a large Greek-American turnout in the stands, but Lebron James was a driving machine, scoring 12 pts., on fastbreak runouts, only taking one jumpshot the whole game, instead setting teammates up for open layups and open 3 pt. shots, in a 111-94 win. Olympiacos was led in scoring by Josh Childress with 16 pts. and Linas Kleiza with 16 pts., on slashes to the basket and with 3 pt. shots. Olympiacos had little inside play working, that they are known for in the Euroleague. Theo Papaloukas, who is an assist machine in Europe, had 7 assists, but tight passes that usually lead to dunks by Ioannis Bourousis and Big Sofo Schortsianitis, instead led to turnovers and breakout dunks by Lebron and the rest of the Cavs. Big Sofo, who had a fine game scoring inside against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, was only 2-7 from the field in Cleveland, scoring 4 pts., and Ioannis Bourousis, who was 1st team All-Euroleague center, was treated like a no-name player by the rookie officials, as he was called for 4 moving screen fouls at the top of the key, and fouled out in 8 minutes of play with just 4 pts. With their 2 key big-men in foul trouble, it became a long night for Olympiacos and a long whistle filled night by the replacement officials, that missed numerous calls for both teams. I thought I was watching an NBA Finals game, with Dick Bavetta, wanting to be the center of attention. Olympiacos got down 29, but cut the lead to 15 led by defensive pest Patrick Beverly, (11 pts.) and Yotam Halperin (14 pts.) along with veteran big man Nicola Vujacic (9 pts.) and younster Kosta Papanikolaou who had 7 pts. at only 19 yrs. of age. Former NBA player Von Wafer, did noy play for Olympiacos, and their might be a log-jam at the wing positions with Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Wafer, Childress and Kleiza all splitting time at forwards positions, in future Euroleague contests for the Greek power.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2009 22:06
 
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
 
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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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 August 2010 03:12
 
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
 
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