I think insurance was a problem for Tristan Thompson as it took a while before Cory Joseph was cleared to play and because of the rookie pay scale Thompson's insurance was 3 or 4 times that of Joseph.
I watched some of the Brazil game last night and Canada played with great effort and intensity. The offense sputtered and was inconsistent as no player scored in double figures. Brazil switched and doubled off screens not allowing Rautins to get going. Splitter is Brazil's only NBAer as Barbosa, Nene, and Varajao are not with them.
I think team canada will continue improving, we have lots of talented basketball players coming out of canada to enter the nba. When the next tournament comes we will be a much better team.
Italy-Germany just started. Gallinari with 3 consecutive ridiculous plays...
Bargnani off the bench again
Good defense by Bargnani on Kaman. But pretty slow game, a lot of bad shots. The offense is horribly run by both coaches...
18-16 Italy going into the second now
Bargnani second block of the game
Low scoring game, and I'd never think I'd ever say this but... Here goes. Bargnani has been poor on offense, and really good on defense. His offense looks like his defense and his defense looks like his offense today!
Bargnani's offense looks like his 09 offense. He's just settling for three pointers.. Opposite of what he did in the game against Serbia where he was aggressive inside. Italy down by 5
It wasn't a really good game, whole parts of the game looked like complete offensive breakdowns. Italy managed to get a really good stretch of offensive breakdowns at the end (Jerry Sloan would have chopped their heads off); just a bunch of guys shooting quickly without any ballmovement and without any inside presence.
Referees managed some stretches of weird calls too, which didn't help.
Lithuania beat Poland, 97-77. Valanciunas had 18 minutes; 7 points (3/4 from the field and 1/1 ft), 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 turnovers and he fouled out.
He got most of his minutes (I think about 15) after Lithuania was up by around 30. He looked a bit tense, made some bad plays leading to turnovers (he was turnover prone in the post in the Euroleague so that's not always a surprise at this moment), but also got some questionable turnovercalls on around 3 of those plays. Being as aggressive as he is, with some referees that can lead to more foulcalls and turnovers and this was certainly one of those occassions. He gave the referee a staredown when he fouled out with a second left and got some talking too from Songaila amongst others.
add: sometimes my English grammar looks really wacky to me.
Last edited by Soft Euro; Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 03:05 PM.
It was a good game until the last 3 minutes, although the two offenses were seriously run terribly.. But Germany's last three and Kaman's late surge killed the game.
By the way, today Lithuania vs Turkey, where we might see Valanciunas vs Kanter. Should be a good game in general, Turkey comes with Hedo Turkoglu.
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