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GREEK CUP FINAL PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 February 2010 13:01

     NBA NEEDS A MID-SEASON NBA CUP TOURNAMENT JUST LIKE EUROPE HAS

European basketball leagues just finished their mid-season Cup tournaments, that give fans a reason to really get charged for a mid-season basketball game. The Cup system in Europe has the top 8 teams play  a loser go home tournament, just like the NCAA college system has. The European leagues still have their championship playoff systems, at the end of the year, with best of 3, and best of 5 game series, but the 1 game match-ups, give teams with lesser salary, a chance at knocking off the big boys, and watch hard fought games, with every possession meaning something, just like the last game in a playoff series. The NBA could have this Cup system, in major markets like New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, with that home city team, having an automatic bid, and the remaining spots going to the top 7 records at the All-Star break. Instead of having  3 days off, at the All-Star break, make it 7 by playing the Cup challenge 1st, then have the All-Star game, in the later part of the week. It would get major market teams involved, and it could give the NBA, the college fan that likes the 1 game format. Players like Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett, would take this real serious, as none of them like to lose. After watching this playoff type of hard play, the casual NBA fan, that says college ball is better, might want to checkout the NBA playoffs come the spring. ( JUST A THOUGHT COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN MIGHT WANT TO LOOK INTO)
                        

                           OLYMPIACOS 68 PANATHINAIKOS 64
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Milos Teodosic goes for 22 points and 4 assists to lead Olympiacos to their 1st Greek Cup since 2002. It was the 2nd time the 2 Greek powers have met this season, and both times Olympiacos has come out on top. They will meet 1 more time during the Greek regular season, and could meet again in another Greek championship Finals, that will have the loudest fans in all of basketball, showing incredible passion for their 2 teams.

     SPANISH CUP FINAL- COPA DEL REY-- FC BARCELONA 80 REAL MADRID 61
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Fran Vazquez went for 14 points on 5-5 shooting from the field, and young point guard, Ricky Rubio had 13 points and 3 assists, leading a balanced attack, as Barcelona won the Copa del rey, 80-61 over Real Madrid, as Sergio Lull was held to 10 points, and Marko Jaric only had 7 points in the final.

                       ITALIAN CUP- MONTEPASCHI 83 BOLOGNA 75

Shaun Stonerook led the winners of the Italian Cup, with 19 points and Romain Sato had 15 points, in the victory over Bologna, who was led by Petteri Koponen with 19 points.

                           FRENCH CUP-- ASVEL 70 ORLEANAISE 69

The French Cup went to ASVEL who was led in scoring by Mindaugas Lukauskis, with 18 points. ASVEL took the lead on a 3 pointer by Eric Campbell who had 11 points. Orleanaise was led in points by Cedrick Banks with 14 points.

                            TURKISH CUP-- FENERBAHCE 72 MERSIN 68

Fenerbahce won it's 1st Turkish Cup since 1967, beating Mersin 72-68, with a balanced scoring attack, as Tarence Kinsey, Lynn Greer, Roko Ukic and Emire Preldzic all had 11 points, in the victory. James Baron was a 1 man show for Mersin, as he went for 28 points.

                           ISRAELI CUP-- MACCABI TA 77 BNEI HASHARON 70

David Bluthenthal had 14 points for Maccabi, and Alan Anderson followed with 12 points in the victory over Bnei Hasharon, who was led in scoring by Shawn James with 20 points.



Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:53
 
COPA DEL REY-- ACB SPAIN PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 February 2010 18:45

FRAN VAZQUEZ GETS 16 POINTS AND RICKY RUBIO HAS 14 POINTS 4 ASSISTS IN A 72-64 WIN OVER VALENCIA TO REACH THE FINAL

DARJUS LAVRINOVIC GETS 21 POINTS AND 7 REBOUNDS TO PACE REAL MADRID IN A 78-50 BLOWOUT OF CAJA LABORAL TO REACH THE FINAL

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 21:35
 
JOSH CHILDRESS -- GETTING IT DONE IN GREECE PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 17:30

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Josh Childress had a fine start to his pro career, with the Atlanta Hawks, scoring 11 points per game in his first 4 seasons, in 31 minutes of play, shooting 52% from the field, and 36% from 3 point range, while pulling down 5.6 rebounds a game. When it was time for a new deal, the Hawks made an offer of 5 years, 33 million dollars. Josh had an enormous deal, from Greek poewerhouse, Olympiacos, of 3 years 20 million Euros, that he could not turn away from. So after years of playing ball in the U.S.A, Josh took his game to the crazed Greek fans, where he soon found out, the Olympiacos-- Panathinaikos rivalry, made Duke versus North Carolina seem like a timid crowd. Last year was a learning process for Josh, figuring out the players in the Greek league and the Euroleague. He averaged 13.5 points per game in the A1 Greek league, and 8.8 points in the Euroleague, with his deep club losing both the Greek Finals, and the Euroleague Final Four, to a Panathinaikos team, that has been together for a longer time. Both teams are tied for 1st place, of the Greek league, this season with 13-1 records. The one time, the two teams met thus far this year, Olympiacos won 87-76, with Josh going for 19 points and 10 rebounds, and veteran playmaker Theo Papaloukas, went for 20 points, in 18 minutes of play on 4-4 shooting beyond the arc. Olympiacos held the man they had major problems with, last season, (Nicola Pekovic) to 6 points, in 15 minutes, as he got into early foul-trouble.        Josh Childress is averaging 16.5 points per game, in the Greek league and 15.8 in the Euroleague, thus far this year, as he has picked up his 3 point shooting to 42% in Euroleague play.  Olympiacos is one of the deepest and best teams in Europe, that can compete with NBA teams, but there fans want to taste a Championship again, that has been taken away by the consistent play of rival Panathinaikos. Josh is playing well this European season, and has figured out ways to get it done thus far, and with the addition of Linas Kleiza, to help put pressure on the veteran Panathinaikos squad, it should be an amazing post-season of play between the two giant Greek teams. Fans all over Europe look forward to watching this great grudge- match and I think ESPN, of the United States, should pick-up these games, to show people this amazing match-up. The two crowds are enough to get your blood going.
                        
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 18:22
 
MAROUSSI KNOCKS OFF 2 GREEK POWERS IN ONE WEEK PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 16:16

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Greek basketball team Maroussi, has not enjoyed major success since they were coached by Panagiotis Giannakis, and their star player was Vasillis Spanoulis. They qualified for Euroleague play this season, and had a lackluster 4-6 regular season, but got enough wins to jump to the round of 16 field. They were put into a tough group that includes Partizan, FC Barcelona and Panathinaikos. In their opening game, Maroussi played unbeaten FC Barcelona tough, but lost 79 to 69 to the deep and well paid opposition. Their 2nd game was in Athens against last years Euroleague and Greek champions, Panathinaikos. The veteran Panathinaikos squad, shot the ball well inside, as Pekovic and Batiste, did their thing, going for 19 and 15 points, but the game was won at the 3 point line, where Panathinaikos shot 5-14 while Maroussi went 11-18. Veteran guard Billy Keys, who has played everywhere from Iceland to, Spain, Italy, the CBA, Venezuela, Israel, and now Greece, had a great game, going for 17 points, shooting 5-7 from 3 point range while dishing out 5 assists to his spot-up shooters, Pat Calathes 11 points, 3-4 from 3 land, and former Greek national team players, Michalis Pelekanos 10 points, 2-3 from 3 land, and Kostas Kaimakoglou 8 points, as he did much of the dirty work along with Jared Homan, who had 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jamon Lucas helped, Billy Keys in the backcourt put pressure on the loaded Panathinaikos squad, as he had 10 points in 22 minutes, shooting 5-7 from the field. The game ended with Drew Nicholas making an bad pass and Marroussi coming up with their biggest win since the Spanoulis days, winning the round of 16 match 80-78. The joy of the Panathinaikos game, had little time to stay with them, as  a big Greek league game with the other Greek powerhouse, came upon Maroussi just days later, and Maroussi made it 2 big wins in a row, as they beat Olympiacos 82-74, tying the big name team at 13-2 in the Greek league standings for 2nd place, behind the leader Panathinaikos at 14-1.   Maroussi, does not have the big money players that Olympiacos and Panathinaikos have, but if the 2 major Greek teams are not careful, they could be upset in the Greek playoffs, unless they shore up their 3 point defenses, to this confident Maroussi team that has a nice mix of veteran and young players on it's roster. 

     2-11  EUROLEAGUE PLAY- FC BARCELONA 83  PANATHINAIKOS 71
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Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2010 03:04
 
GORAN DRAGIC GOES OFF FOR 32 HIS NBA HIGH PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:31

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Goran Dragic has been playing pro ball since the 2004-2005 season, in his native country of Slovenia, where he signed with Slovan Ljubljana as an 18 year old, and played 2 seasons with the club, scoring 11.7 points per game in his 2nd year. He moved on to the ACB league in Spain, to play with CB Murcia for 1 season, scoring 4.6 points per contest. After the subpar ACB campaign with Murcia, Goran moved back to his native Slovenia, to play with Euroleague team, Union Olimpija. He averaged 11.7 points in the Domestic league, helping Olimpija to a championship, and he scored 9.7 in 13 Euroleague games for the 2007-2008 season. Goran entered the 2008 NBA draft, and was a 2nd round pick of the Suns. His 1st season with the Suns was an up and down year, as he shot just 39% from the field, backing up Steve Nash. This new NBA season has started with a bang for Goran, with his 3 point shot improving to 47%, now defenses have to honor his one flaw of his game in previous seasons. Dragic has always had great driving ability, finishing at the rim and looking like a poor man's Manu Ginobili, with his left- handed darts to the hoop. He has had 2 breakout games in January, scoring 20 points against the Warriors, and then coming back the next game against the Jazz, going for 32 points, on 10-13 from the field, and 6-7 from 3 point land. Goran first caught my eye in the 2007 Eurobasket championship, against a veteran Greek backcourt, of Papaloukas, Spanoulis and Diamantidis, Goran was the best guard on the floor in the 1st half of play, showing the toughness and heart, he is displaying for the Suns thus far this NBA season. With the improvment of his outside shot, and his ability to guard on the defensive end, the Suns have played Goran as a combo-guard at times, and with his confidence growing, I think the Suns got a steal in the 2nd round. There is nothing but upside in his game in my opinion.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:24
 
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