Canada turning tables at FIBA
Old 08-29-2009, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The team's coming together even without minimal NBA presence, and I'm happy for it

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My, How Things Have Changed for Argentina and Canada
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Argentina, which won the Olympic gold in men's basketball in 2004 and took home bronze in 2008, is ... having a bad summer. Manu Ginobili is not playing with the team due to injuries. (Injuries aggravated by last summer's Olympic run, we should note.) Andres Nocioni is out. Carlos Delfino didn't have a contract until a couple weeks ago, so he demurred from national service. It's up to Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni and ... it hasn't gone well at FIBA Americas.

Canada, meanwhile, lost Samuel Dalembert due to an internal spat early last summer. Steve Nash still won't give up his summer for a team on the third tier of international competition. There is one current NBA player on the Canadian roster: Joel Anthony, who lost his starting job on the Heat to a decrepit Jermaine O'Neal. Yet, here's Canada, 2-0 and through to the quarterfinals after blowing out Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Canadian coach Leo Rautins, who several thought would be under fire if the team failed to qualify for the 2010 Worlds by finishing in this tournament's top four. But somehow, it's all come together. Canada's offense began to bloom in the opener against a dilapidated Mexican team -- The Painted Area's Jay Aych noted that the Canadians earned an assist on 30 of 35 field goals, impressive by any standard, and even moreso when you consider that Canada is a defensive-minded squad. It continued Friday against U.S.V.I.; the European-style passing displayed by Canadians impressed one informed fan, at least. Canada is 2-0, with a point differential of +75. !!!

For Argentina, it's been pure sludge. The loss to Brazil (a gold medal favorite here, and a top challenger to Team USA next summer) is expected; the Brazilians' only absence of note is Nene -- the presence of Tiago Splitter (a brilliant Spurs draftee currently playing in Spain) and Anderson Varejao have more than covered that hole. But fans in Argentina surely didn't expect their team to lose huge to Venezuela on Wednesday. The tension has bubbled over, and Alfred R. Berrios of ESPN Deportes reports that the Argentines trashed their locker room Friday afternoon.
Link: My, How Things Have Changed for Argentina and Canada -- NBA FanHouse

Great game for Canada over V.I.

Next up, Uruguay!
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Happy to see Canada off to a good start.

I have been impressed with the quality of the team's defense. Although, Mexico and Virgin Islands are not exactly basketball powerhouses. Canada should get their first real test against Puerto Rico in a couple days.
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are defense is getting destroyed by Esteban Batista at the moment. He is just backing down our defenders all the way to the hoop. Not even Joel Anthony or Kendall can do anything about it.
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^^^agreed
...would like them to slow down a bit/play disciplined on offense
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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real choppy game...Young is doing a good job downlow...these are the kind of games that will help gague how good Canada is...still a winnable game only down 5 @ half
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A lot of poor shot choices and turnovers for Canada so far..

hopefully they can make it up in the 2nd half
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WOW. Joel Anthony just ripped a monster dunk over Batista!
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WOW. Joel Anthony just ripped a monster dunk over Batista!
saw it too...big dunk by Joel Anthony
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bad TO by CAN. English doing too much on that play
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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3 point play

that was close, looks like it could've also been a charge
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TERRIBLE play by Rautins...bad shot selection on the last play by CAN
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Agreed, it was bad decision making

hopefully they can recover
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sad loss

Canada looked surprised at the end when they got the ball with 10 seconds left, they didn't know what to do. 2 points woulda tied it.
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exactly

...gotta give props to Jesse Young. He was a force for CAN. It only gets tougher tomorrow vs. PR.
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Young posted 20 points and 8 rebounds well Batista posted 19 points and 12 rebounds.
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Jesse Young is by far my fav player on Canadas team.
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