Sacramento Kings' Francisco Garcia walked off of the floor with tears in his eyes.
Garcia and the Dominican Republic were down by double digits with five minutes remaining in the game against Canada when they made an improbable comeback with full court defense and some "lucky" outside shots. At the end of the game though, San Antonio Spurs' Cory Joseph and Canada were able to hold the Dominican Republic from their comeback as they held on to win 73 to 72.
After falling to Tiago Splitter and Brazil on Wednesday, Joseph and Canada got their first win of the 2011 FIBA Americas as Joseph tallied six points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 22 minutes of action.
Team Canada will have to work on taking better care of the ball against the full court press. In Wednesday's loss to Brazil, Canada lost the game by taking poor shots and committing turnovers in the fourth quarter due to Brazil's defense. In Thursday's game, the Dominican Republic turned up the pressure with five minutes remaining and Canada once again began to turn over the ball and choose horrible shot selections.
Sacramento Kings' Francisco Garcia walked off of the floor with tears in his eyes.
As Project Spurs' Mike De Leon reported, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker led the French national squad to a easy win against Lativa 89-78 to open up day one of Eurobasket 2011. In that game, Parker finished with 31 points devastating Latvia's defense or lack thereof.
How bad was it for Latvia?
Check out this video where Latvia had no answer for Parker. Also, watch for the nasty move Parker did on some poor Latvian defender at the 44 second point of the video. He had the guy just a wee bit confused.
The San Antonio Spurs have a ton of either players and prospects playing in Eurobasket, but perhaps the best player not on the Spurs current roster isn't a sharpshooting Latvian or the British big man who reminds this writer of Robert Horry, it's Slovenian big man Erazem Lorbek.
Lorbek, who's rights were acquired by the Spurs as part of the George Hill trade, might be the most accomplished player in all of Europe. Lorbek is Euroleague champion, two-time Euroleague finalist, EuroBasket semi-finalist and U20 European champion, not to mention a host of individual awards. However, as FIBA.com reports, Lorbek doesn't consider himself a leader for the Slovenian team.
"No, we have some guys who are more experienced than me. I just feel myself as a guy who is just happy to play for the national team," Lorbek said.
Turns out, Lorbek wasn't part of the 2010 and 2006 FIBA World Championship teams, which would explain why he would feel like he doesn't have seniority on the team. While he may not feel like a leader in the huddle, Lorbek is certainly one on the floor and in the box score. In their victory over Bulgaria, he had 18 points and nine rebounds, both team highs. With Goran Dragic running point and Lorbek in the post, Slovenia is in that upper echelon of teams in Europe that could make a run in Eurobasket. I would lump them in that group with Russia, Greece and underachieving France as teams that could challenge Spain for the Eurobasket title.
After scoring 31 points against Latvia yesterday, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker came up big yet again for Les Bleus to lead them to a 85-68 win over Israel for a perfect 2-0 record in Eurobasket play.
France got started early with a 10-2 run, lead by Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, but Israel would bounce back with their own 13-0 rally.
Israel stayed within reach, trailing by seven points going into the half.
France then widened the gap with Tony Parker and Bulls center Joakim Noah scoring easily in the paint and getting to the line.
Israel never got back within reasonable distance to make a run at it, Parker and France continued shredding Israel's defense inside and out, shooting 59 percent from the field and 57 percent beyond the arch.
Noah, Kevin Seraphin and Bobcats forward Boris Diaw owned the boards, giving France a 40 to 20 rebounding advantage.
Parker was dominant once again, slicing through the Israeli defense, and even knocking down two three-pointers for 21 points and eight assists in just 32 minutes. Batum added 15 points and six steals.
Former Spurs draftee Nando De Colo finished the game with three points in nine minutes. Lior Eliyahu lead Israel with 15 points in only 15 minutes off the bench.
Parker, De Colo and France will look to go 3-0 as the competition gets a little tougher against Dirk Nowitzki and Germany tomorrow.
There's no denying the Argentinian national team is talented. From San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, to Carlos Delfino, this team is loaded but it also means this is an older squad as they reunited their best from the glory days of Argentina basketball.
Argentina has an average age of 31.9 years making them the oldest team at the FIBA Americas tournament something Ginobili is well aware of.
"This is a tournament of 10 games in 12 days and we are not exactly the youngest team," said Manu Ginóbili, who made his national team debut in 1998.
Indeed this tournament is a sprint so rest, health, and trying to put games out of reach early would be to the benefit of Argentina.
Today at 2 PM CST, San Antonio Spurs' General Manager R.C. Buford will be joining Spurs.com for a live web chat. You can send your questions to Buford here at 2 PM.
Per the NBA lockout, Buford is not allowed to talk or comment on any NBA players. So if you're thinking about asking the question, "What do you think of Manu's play thus far in the FIBA Americas?" save it for a non-locked out chat session.
One of the biggest basketball moves Buford has made this past summer is his role as one of the Board of Director's for Peace Players International which is a group that is using basketball to bridge the conflict in the middle east and other parts of the world through the use of basketball to the youth.
Remember Spurs fans, you can't even write, "Are you all looking for a deal to trade Richard Jefferson or put Tim Duncan in a freeze tank to preserve his body?"
San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker has had enough with reports of him signing with his team, French club ASVEL, due to the lockout and wants to make the record crystal clear:
"This is not true, I did not sign anything. Nothing is done. I am not involved with ASVEL during the lockout. There is insurance to pay and to date, the case has stalled because I am for France."
Parker is denying a report that he has indeed agreed to play for ASVEL, the team he is part owner, during the lockout and states other issues will need to be sorted out before he can commit to ASVEL such as insurance and the fact he is currently representing France at Eurobasket 2011.
He did reiterate that ASVEL is his preferred destination should he play during the lockout. However, he wants the media to stop reporting anything otherwise because should he end up not with ASVEL due to insurance issues, there will be people in his home country quite disappointed.
Well in that case, you got it Parker. So stayed tuned Spurs fans as more information comes in.no comments
Cory Joseph of the San Antonio Spurs made his debut tonight in the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament as he and Canada lost to Tiago Splitter and Brazil 69-57 in day two of the pre-Olympic qualifier.
The game was close throughout as Brazil led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter, then 33-28 at halftime. Canada would keep it close as they went into the fourth quarter only down by one point, 47 to 46. But then, it was Huertas time.
Brazil's point guard Marcelo Huertas would close out the game as he sparked a 15-0 run to give the Brazilians a 12 point lead with 3:21 remaining in the game. Joseph went on his own 4-0 run to get the game to eight points late, but Huertas and Brazil would answer back.
After leading Brazil in scoring on Tuesday night, Splitter took a backseat to Huertas who finished with 17 points. Splitter had five points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block while shooting 2-for-9 from the field and 1-of-5 from the free throw line in 29 minutes of action.
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and Argentina move to 2-0 in the 2011 FIBA Americas pre-Olympic qualifier after defeating Uruguay 86 to 51. Argentina was led by Houston Rockets' Luis Scola's 18 points and four rebounds.
Ginobili finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes of action. Former Spur Fabricio Oberto did not play again in Argentina's victory.
Argentina started ahead 25 to 7 as they ended the first quarter and the lead would only grow throughout the game for the Argentineans. At one point, Argentina led by 48 points and had a 15-0 run going for them. Their team defense was stellar in limiting Uruguay's Esteban Batista to just two points and 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino chipped in with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three point land and Juan Gutierrez had 16 points for Argentina. Philadelphia 76ers' "El Chapu" Andres Nocioni had 16 points as well for Argentina.
Even without Ginobili needing a big game, Argentina was still able to easily secure a big lead and help Ginobili get some quality rest as the tournament carries on. In the fourth quarter, Ginobili and Scola never set foot on the court.
Argentina will resume play on Friday as they take on the Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea and Puerto Rico in round one of the 2011 FIBA Americas.
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina got off on the right foot yesterday with a 84-52 win over Paraguay as the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament kicked off.
There is not doubting the Argentinian team is loaded. Aside from Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto, Carlos Delfino, Andres Nocini and Luis Scola round out a deep roster thus making Argentina the heavy favorite. But according to Ginobili, having a roster dotted with solid players is not enough to win it all in Mar del Plata.
"It's true we have many talented players but if you don't supply talent with hard work it's useless," said Ginóbili, an Olympic champion in Athens 2004. "Talent is not enough. How many talented teams have lost on the first days of competition in history?"
Manu is right and Spurs fans know first-hand about a talented roster losing prematurely. All they need to do is point to the Spurs in the 2011 NBA playoffs when the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies upset the first-seeded Spurs.
Manu went on to speak about the lopsided win over Paraguay and stated the win allowed for rest for their older veteran players.
"The good thing about this game was that players such as Luis (Scola), who is still recovering from an injury, didn't have to play much and will be rested for next games," said the San Antonio Spurs players.
Team Argentina will look to win their second in a row today as they face Uruguay in day two of the FIBA Americas tournament.