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Old 07-02-2009, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I like hearing this type of stuff - even if it is in international competition where the level of play may not be so hot. Go Nate go.

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Despite a fourth quarter comeback that saw Australia’s men’s basketball team within striking distance of victory, China defeated the Boomers 74-61 in the second of two international friendly matches in China.

Trailing by sixteen points at three-quarter time the Boomers rode the broad shoulders and loud, large and angry presence of the 'Bamaga Behemoth' Nathan Jawai to get back into the match.

Jawai threw down three huge dunks under heavy pressure in the fourth quarter as the Boomers hammered away at the lead until it was reduced to just five points when less than two minutes remained.

But after an Oscar Forman pass was stolen, China nailed a dagger three-pointer and Australia’s desperation shots failed to fall as the experienced Chinese team iced the game from the foul line to win by thirteen points.

208cm Jawai had a monster game in his second match for Australia and connected on 11-of-12 shots to finish with 28 points and 11 rebounds while poor perimeter shooting restricted the remainder of the side to single digits. China’s first NBA player Wang Zhizhi top scored for the host nation with 13 points.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys for clawing out of the significant hole we dug ourselves in the first quarter and the emergence of Nathan Jawai was a huge positive,” Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown said.

“Nathan’s been dominant in both games here and he’s a legitimate low post threat that demanded double teams.

“When you think about his continued development alongside three quality bigs like Matthew Nielsen, Andrew Bogut and David Andersen it’s exciting and there will be a lot less pressure on him with those guys alongside him than he got tonight.

“We shot the ball poorly from the perimeter and Nathan was our shining light in the post offensively and we used him. China, on the other hand, shot very well but overall I’m extremely proud of this young group.”

After winning the opening match in Beilun 84-78, China was on the front foot from the outset of the second match in Benxi, leading 26-10 after one quarter and 36-20 at half time.

But the inexperienced Boomers side stayed toe-to-toe in hostile territory with a Chinese outfit boasting eight Beijing Olympians for 20 minutes across the second and third quarters and Australia was not done yet as the game entered its final quarter with the score, 54-38.

That was before Jawai’s outstanding effort and the hustle of a Boomers side that could not brag of a single World Championship or Olympic Games cap among them.

The team will arrive back in Sydney on Qantas flight QF130 at 8:30am on Thursday morning and enjoy a twenty day break before an extended squad undergoes a six day training camp in Sydney from July 21-27.

A touring side is then selected to depart for tournaments in Argentina and Brazil (July 27 – August 10) before a pre-FIBA Oceania Championship training camp in Sydney from August 18-22.

The Boomers then face New Zealand at the State Sports Centre at Olympic Park on Sunday 22 August in the first of a two game series to decide bragging rights as well as 2010 FIBA World Championship seedings, with the second match played in Auckland on August 25.

Quarter by quarter:

1. CHN 26 AUS 10
H. CHN 36 AUS 20 (10-10)
3. CHN 54 AUS 38 (18-18)
4. CHN 74 AUS 61 (20-23)

CHINA 74 (Wang Zhizhi 13, Li 12, Fy Zhu 8)
AUSTRALIA 61 (Nathan Jawai 28, Steven Weigh 6, James Harvey 5, Oscar Forman 5)
in Benxi, China
China wins series 2-0
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He's still signed with us right?
So does that mean he returns or what?
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He's still signed with us right?
So does that mean he returns or what?
This means as much to me as Joey Graham tearing it up last year during summer league.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This means as much to me as Joey Graham tearing it up last year during summer league.
LOOOL.
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Joey G is the MVP of the summer league.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I thought it was Jerryd Bayless?
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This means as much to me as Joey Graham tearing it up last year during summer league.
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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It's not a good indicator of anything, that's for sure. But hey, playing at a high level is always better than playing a shitty level...
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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wow. Jawai with a pretty strong double double. 28 points on 11 for 12 shooting.

i think that's something to be impressed with.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd be more impressed with a 30pts & 20rbs cause then it would mean he was man handling them!
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This means as much to me as Joey Graham tearing it up last year during summer league.
There's a difference between Jawai's performance in this game and Graham's performance in summer league. Graham had already been in the league for 3 years, had a tenure as a starter in the playoffs. Jawai hardly played this past year, so if he play, and build confidence while honing his skills, it's a bonus.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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This means as much to me as Joey Graham tearing it up last year during summer league.
Really?

Except Joey was a 4 year NBA player coming off 3-4 of college ball and 4 years of HS ball, and Jawai only picked the game up a few years ago?

No, No you're right, this means nothing, especially as he wasn't good enough a year or two ago to play for the Australian team, but now he's carrying them.

Come on Jeffy, sometimes guys who are new to the game are actually really good players waiting to happen. This story is a good thing for us Raptor fans. A story that told us about him dropping 6 points and 3 rebs..... thats would be different.

Anyhow, I guess what I'm saying is that our raw as hell prospect is showing that he can improve and play.... china isn't a bad team, they are a top five world team.

Put it in perspective. Bosh had 9 and 8 against China. Howard had 13 and 2.

I like it.

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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China isn't a top 5, especially without Yao or Yi.

I still don't Jawai has a future n the NBA, but this is positive news.

I'm pulling for him.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:38 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Come on Jeffy, sometimes guys who are new to the game are actually really good players waiting to happen. This story is a good thing for us Raptor fans. A story that told us about him dropping 6 points and 3 rebs..... thats would be different.

Anyhow, I guess what I'm saying is that our raw as hell prospect is showing that he can improve and play.... china isn't a bad team, they are a top five world team.
Plus he is physically gifted with a ridiculous wingspan, many raptor fans lost faith in him because of what? his heart almost failing?

After something like that plus he's getting back on track the man is inspired and probably has more heart in the game than Bosh in clutch time. Look at Nene, he had cancer and injuries plus out of shape and he came back after the season and became a dominating center.
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Plus he is physically gifted with a ridiculous wingspan, many raptor fans lost faith in him because of what? his heart almost failing?
Because he was fat
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Because he was fat
Yes fat, so fat players are all pretty much shit and should just stick to being linebackers and hot dog contest champions.

Explain Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Brandon Bass.
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Glen Davis is 99% drive and he's got nice hands

Perkins is not fat, he's bulky à la Shaq . Neither is Brandon Bass
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Perkins is not fat, he's bulky à la Shaq . Neither is Brandon Bass
same with Jawai.
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