Bizarro stat of the day for Spain: Marc Gasol had a relatively quiet game; 7 points (3/6 shooting, 1/2 FT) and 5 boards. But he was a ridiculous (and team-best) +40 in 22 minutes.
Against Italy 2 days ago, he went off for 32 and 10 on 11/19 (58%) shooting, drew 11 fouls, and went 9/12 from the line....and was a team-worst -19 in his 37 minutes.
Just goes to show how useful +/- stats are.
Lithuania dodged a quarter final bullet in not having to play Spain until the final if both teams run the table.
France beat Slovenia. Both group leaders, Serbia and Slovenia, are out. A team has to win only enough matches in the first two rounds to make it to the elimination rounds and then it's all business.
Last edited by rocwell; Thu Sep 19th, 2013 at 01:42 PM.
Jonas is getting ready like a boss.
Italy's Datome knee bone is nearly visible.. wow. He's playing. Kobe no. 2 lol
Last edited by rocwell; Thu Sep 19th, 2013 at 02:20 PM.
Anyone else notice Lithuanians fans do two claps and a hitler salute :O
Can't see the game. Is JV playing poorly or not playing?😡
Conclusion: Lithuania needs some scoring help from JV too.
EDIT: Lithuania just turned lockdown defence status ON and they're on 15-0 run, Italy hasn't scored in 7 mins. So sad that JV isn't playing.
Last edited by rocwell; Thu Sep 19th, 2013 at 03:31 PM.
JV played 10 minutes, got 2 PTS, 1 REB, 2 FOULS AND 1 TO.
LTU will play Croatia in semi-final tomorrow. I'm pretty sure LTU coach will HAVE TO use JV against Croatia more than today.
Lithuania has the luxury of having many experienced bigs on the roster but JV must be getting pissed that every time he gets a foul he gets benched. Due to the lack of confidence vested in him by the last two national team coaches, Jonas should seriously consider coming down with a mysterious nagging injury for next summer and rest up for the NBA season where his bread is actually buttered.
Not if he stinks it up as bad as he did today. Really awful game, on both ends of the court. Couple guys hit tough shots over him, a call or two doesn't go his way, and he completely loses focus. I think maybe the pressure (or the coach who has no faith in him and yanks him at the first mistake) is getting to him.
He's done some pretty stupid shit these past couple of games