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Sunday, 21 February 2010 13:01


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.

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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.

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