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Team USA (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    This is the first time in a long time I've even remotely cared about USA Basketball. I love Coach K.
     
  2. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    ABJ

    8/25/06

     
  3. scarletngrey11

    scarletngrey11 All right, all right, all right.

    Maybe if Bosh didnt suck this whole tournament he would be playing more?

    Just a thought. He launches 3's every chance he gets and hes not even a good shooter...
     
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=bg0><TD align=conter colSpan=4>2006 FIBA World Championship Finals Bracket</TD></TR><TR class=bg1 vAlign=top><TD width="25%">Round of 16</TD><TD width="25%">Quarterfinals</TD><TD width="25%">Semifinals</TD><TD width="25%">Final</TD></TR><!--tr class=bg4 valign=top><td>Aug. 26-27</td><td>Aug. 29-30</td><td>Aug. 31-Sept. 1</td><td>Sept. 2-3</td></tr--><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 1)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Argentina «</TD><TD align=right>79</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] New Zealand</TD><TD align=right>62</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 1)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Argentina</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Turkey</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Aug. 29, 3:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--SEMI (MATCH 1)--><TD rowSpan=4><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Sept. 1, 3:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--FINAL --><TD rowSpan=8><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Sept. 3, 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 2)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Turkey «</TD><TD align=right>90</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Slovenia</TD><TD align=right>84</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 3)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Spain «</TD><TD align=right>87</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Serbia</TD><TD align=right>75</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 2)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Spain</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Lithuania</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Aug. 29, 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 4)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Italy</TD><TD align=right>68</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Lithuania «</TD><TD align=right>71</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 5)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Greece «</TD><TD align=right>95</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] China</TD><TD align=right>64</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 3)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Greece</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] France</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Aug. 30, 3:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 3 (MATCH 2)--><TD rowSpan=4><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Sept. 1, 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 6)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] France «</TD><TD align=right>68</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Angola</TD><TD align=right>62</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 7)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] USA «</TD><TD align=right>113</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Australia</TD><TD align=right>73</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><!--ROUND 2 (MATCH 4)--><TD rowSpan=2><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] USA</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Germany</TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Aug. 30, 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg2><!--ROUND 1 (MATCH 8)--><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG] Germany «</TD><TD align=right>78</TD></TR><TR><TD>[​IMG] Nigeria</TD><TD align=right>77</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Final</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR class=bg4><TD colSpan=4>Rankings 5-8: Aug. 31 at 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and Sept. 2 at 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
     
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  5. scarletngrey11

    scarletngrey11 All right, all right, all right.

    This is ridiculous so far.

    You cant touch a player without it being a foul.

    Let them fucking play.
     
  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Updated: Aug. 27, 2006, 2:59 AM ET
    USA puts Australia down under 40-point rout


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    <!-- begin text11 div --><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-TOP: 10px" vAlign=top><!-- begin leftcol --><!-- template inline -->SAITAMA, Japan -- Andrew Bogut was no problem for the United States. Next up: Dirk Nowitzki.
    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points, and the Americans smothered Australia in the second quarter and ran away to a 113-73 victory Sunday in the second round of the FIBA World Championship.
    Joe Johnson added 18 points, and Dwyane Wade had 15 for the Americans, who allowed only two baskets and six points in the second period en route to a 30-point halftime lead. The U.S. shot 54 percent from the field, including 14-of-27 from 3-point range, and led by as many as 42 points.
    "I thought the second quarter was the deciding quarter today," Johnson said. "We started making plays for each other. There's no reason for us to be selfish on this team. We can all play."
    The U.S. (6-0) advanced to a quarterfinal matchup Wednesday night against Germany, which beat Nigeria 78-77 in the first game of the day behind 23 points from Nowitzki, the All-Star forward from the Dallas Mavericks. The Germans were the bronze medalists in the 2002 World Championship.
    "We just have to come out, put our hard hat on and be ready for Germany," Johnson said.
    Added Team USA point guard Chris Paul: "Dirk's one of the best players in the NBA, so he's definitely one of the best players in international ball."
    The Americans were sixth in 2002, their worst performance ever in a major international tournament. But they continue to look like one of the favorites in Japan after surpassing the 100-point mark for the fifth time in six games. They are averaging 109.3 points in the tournament. But they are still wary.
    "On any given night, you can lose a game." Paul said. "And that's like the NCAA Tournament in college. You can lose a game and you're done."
    This time, the U.S. defense was there, too. The Americans weren't always sharp on that end during pool play when they allowed 85.6 points per game.
    Bogut, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NBA draft who just completed his rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks, led Australia with 20 points. But after a strong start, he was scoreless for a stretch of more than 15 minutes, when the Americans outscored the Australians 45-14.
    The Australians (2-4) came in seeking to control the tempo, and they did a good job of it for most of the first half. Their problem was in making shots.
    Bogut, the former national college player of the year at Utah, scored nine points in the first five minutes, hitting a 3-pointer to give the Australians a 15-14 lead with 5:07 left in the first quarter.
    Australia was within two points after Brad Newley's dunk with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. But by the time C.J. Bruton made the next one, the Australians had gone nearly 9 minutes without a field goal as the Americans broke the game open.
    Leading 27-23 after one, the U.S. outscored Australia 18-1 during the first 7 minutes of the second quarter to take a 45-24 after Anthony made a pair of free throws with 3:01 left in the half. Australia missed 20 of its first 27 shots before Bruton's jumper with 2:50 to go.
    Johnson scored the last seven points of the half, and the Americans took a 59-29 lead into the break.
    Bogut finally ended his drought with a pair of free throws to open the second half, but the U.S. built its lead to 88-48 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter after Wade hit the Americans' fourth straight 3-pointer.
    U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski kept the same starting lineup he used for most of pool play, with the exception of Elton Brand replacing Dwight Howard at center. But he went away from his two-team rotation, sending only three players out when he made his first substitutions midway through the opening quarter.
    Shane Battier hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points, while Chris Bosh also added 12 for the Americans.
    LeBron James had another quiet game with five points, hitting the top of the backboard on one jumper from the corner.
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/wbc2006/news/story?id=2562617
     
  7. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    ABJ

    8/27/06

     
  8. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    The USA got a very good draw in the 16-team elimination play. Projecting out likely opponents, they'll get the Greece-France winner, while top threats Argentina and Spain play in the other semi-final.
     
  9. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    ABJ

    8/28/06

     
  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    ABJ

    8/29/06

     
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Spain (7-0) and Argentina (7-0) advance.

    Updated: Aug. 29, 2006, 10:43 AM ET
    Spain, Argentina roll, set up final four showdown


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    SAITAMA, Japan -- Pau Gasol had 25 points and nine rebounds and Spain used another impressive performance to beat Lithuania 89-67 Tuesday and advance to the FIBA World Championship final four for the second time.
    <!-- INLINE TABLE (BEGIN) --><TABLE id=inlinetable cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width=250 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TH style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"><CENTER>FIBA World Championship</CENTER></TH><TR style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ececec" vAlign=top><TD>QUARTERFINALS
    Wednesday, Aug. 30
    • Greece vs. France, 3:30 a.m. ET
    • USA vs. Germany, 6:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2
    SEMIFINALS
    Friday, Sept. 1
    • Argentina vs. Spain, 3:30 a.m. ET
    • Greece-France vs. USA-Germany, 6:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2
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    • Semifinal winners, 6:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2
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    Spain (7-0) will play Argentina (7-0), which advanced by routing Turkey 83-58 behind 21 poins from Andres Nocioni.

    Both teams have run over their opponents in this tournament, with average margin of victories in the 20s. They both have NBA stars -- Argentina has Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs and Spain has Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.

    "These are two of the best teams in the world and they play similar games with smart players," Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said of the final four matchup. "It will be a great, great game and people will enjoy it and nobody can say before the game who will win."


    "The team who beats us is the team that plays really well," Spain coach Pepu Hernandez said. "We know we can lose if we don't do the right job and be the team we have been until this moment. They can beat us, but it will be difficult."
    Spain 89, Lithuania 67
    Juan Carlos Navarro added 22 points for Spain, which finished fourth in 1982 in its only other semifinal appearance.


    "This game was much easier than we expected probably because of the way we established our rhythm and kept it up and did not allow Lithuania to ever get in the game," Navarro said. "We will do our best to make history. In front of us is a great opportunity and we have to try and take advantage because you don't get many chances."


    Spain came into the game with an average margin of victory of 25 points, and it led this game 76-49 with five minutes to play when the reserves took over.


    Gasol, the 7-foot center who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, came into the game averaging 21 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 65 percent from the field. He was 8-for-14 from the field Tuesday and 9-for-12 from the free throw line.


    Darius Lavrinovic had 17 points to lead Lithuania (4-3), which never recovered from another one of Spain's bursts, this one a 15-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters.


    Lavrinovic scored down low with 3:53 left in the first quarter to bring Lithuania within 17-11. Lithuania wouldn't score again for 5:33, missing eight shots and committing six turnovers as Spain turned up the defensive pressure and scored again and again on breakaway layups and dunks.


    Linas Kleiza, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, finally broke Lithuania's drought with a tip-in with 8:20 left in the first half, cutting Spain's lead to 32-13. Spain led 47-30 at halftime and opened the second half with a 7-0 run, forcing three turnovers in the first two minutes.

    "They could not get into the game with the best moment of Spanish defense," Hernandez said. "Maybe 30 percent of our defense is strategy. The rest is the mentality and the work of the players on the court."


    Navarro had four of Spain's five 3-pointers and Gasol was dominant inside as Spain pulled away to another easy win. The closest any team has come was Angola, which lost 93-83 in the opening round.


    Spain finished with 17 steals and forced Lithuania into 28 turnovers, nine more than its average over the first six games.


    Lithuania, a young team that wasn't given much of a chance at a medal entering the tournament, surprised Italy in the second round to reach the quarterfinals.


    "We brought a young team and we learned a lot. This can only make us better," said Kleiza, who had 15 points and 14 rebounds. "They ran straight at us."


    Lithuania coach Antanas Sireika didn't want to use major international inexperience as an excuse.


    "We did not prepare mentally for this game," he said. "In a game as important as this, you cannot make 28 turnovers and expect to get away with it. We still have a long way to go before becoming a strong team. We have a lot of work to do."
    Argentina 83, Turkey 58
    Nocioni, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, was 6-for-7 from the field and grabbed six rebounds to lead Argentina in its latest blowout. The South Americans came in having won its first six games by an average of 23 points.


    They took over this one by holding Turkey (5-2) to seven points in the second quarter to take a 43-23 halftime lead.


    Argentina shot 55 percent (16-for-29) in the opening half, holding Turkey to 32 percent (9-for-28), well off the 46 percent it was shooting entering the game. Turkey averaged 76.7 points in its first six games.


    "We played our best defense of the tournament in the first half," Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said. "We got easy points because we had a lot of patience on offense and when we do that we can find easy points."


    Ginobili had seven points on 1-for-2 shooting and only played 16 minutes. No Argentina starter played in the fourth quarter, which started with it leading 75-40.


    A concern for Argentina in its 79-62 second-round win over New Zealand was that it missed 17 of its 18 3-point attempts. Against Turkey, Argentina finished 8-for-23 from beyond the arc.


    Cenk Aykol had 11 points to lead Turkey, which lost only to unbeaten Greece in the final game of the opening round. Turkey advanced to its first quarterfinal with a 90-84 victory over Slovenia.

    "Nobody in Turkey was expecting we would be in the eight and for that we are very proud," Aykol said. "We never thought this would be a 30-point game. We couldn't play defense and couldn't make baskets but we tried our best."
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/wbc2006/news/story?id=2564784
     
  12. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    CPD

    8/30/06

     
  13. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    yahoo.com

    8/30/06


     

  14. Never fails does it.:tongue2:

    Another solid victory.
     
  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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    Congrats on the win, U.S. -- but don't play that way again


    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=10></TD><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=50>[​IMG]</TD><TD noWrap>Aug. 30, 2006
    By Tony Mejia
    CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer



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    <TABLE style="MARGIN: 5px 0px 5px 5px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-LEFT: 8px; BORDER-LEFT: #cccccc 1px solid"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- T9627936 --><!-- Sesame Modified: 08/30/2006 10:10:24 --><!-- sversion: 2 $Updated: abeasley$ -->The teams most expected to land in the FIBA World Championship's final four all arrived safely following the quarterfinal round. Three were sturdy and ready to play for a gold medal at a moment's notice.
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=175 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD width=175>[​IMG] </TD><TD width=15></TD></TR><TR><TD width=175>Mike Krzyzewski tells his team to chill, but Team USA better be worried about Greece. (Getty Images) </TD><TD width=15></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The United States looks like it can use a little more time.
    Fueled by an effective third quarter, the U.S. finally distanced itself from Germany and ultimately prevailed 85-65. However, the Americans led by a single point at the break, were uncharacteristically sloppy with their handle and missed 20 of their first 26 3-point attempts, settling entirely too much for perimeter shots.
    To call the performance erratic would be kind.
    Despite the presence of Jim Boeheim on the coaching staff, the U.S. played as if a 2-3 zone was an alien concept in the first half. Ill-advised shots were going up early in the shot clock, while wide-open perimeter looks often went awry.
    How much is often? Try 30 times. The U.S. finished with a shooting clip of 25 percent from beyond the arc and was only bailed out by an inordinate amount of offensive rebounds, 22 in all.
    While ugly to watch and no doubt stomach-turning for Mike Krzyzewski and his staff, Wednesday's performance may ultimately be a blessing. The Americans have coasted to this point, struggling only against Italy a week ago. Maybe they needed one last scare to get the blood boiling. Better it come against a weaker German squad, because if the U.S. plays like that any point the rest of the way, it will lose. The days of coasting are over.
    The Americans achieved their primary goal defensively, limiting Dirk Nowitzki's clean looks and making him work for everything he got, ultimately exhausting him. Shane Battier and LeBron James played great perimeter defense, while other bodies came over and helped.
    Dwight Howard drew a couple of key fouls on Nowitzki, including a critical second foul drawn on an unnecessary over-the-back violation with two minutes left in the opening quarter. That helped limit the Mavericks star's aggressiveness the rest of the way, hampering his side.
    Nowitzki started off 1-for-6 and finished with just 15 points, a critical development given how amped his teammates were. If the German superstar had put together one of his customary performances, the situation would've gotten really complicated.
    One major lesson the Americans can take away from them is how little teams fear them, despite their undeniable skill level and explosiveness.
    Some guy named Stefan Hamann dribbled around Kirk Hinrich, got to the paint and finished with a nifty reverse layup that had the Bulls guard wondering where his help defender was. Ademola Okulaja often got to loose balls and rebounds, Demond Greene caused havoc with his athleticism, and American-born German Robert Garrett blocked a Dwyane Wade offering right back in his face.
    Earlier, 5-11 Pascal Roller sent the ultimate message that his team was out competing without being in awe of its opponent. Following a Wade missed layup, Roller chased after the board and, with his elbows flailing, caught the reigning NBA Finals MVP with a sharp one. Play continued while Wade rolled around in pain.
    No one is going to stop to make sure any of the American idols are all right.
    German head coach Dirk Bauermann told his players the type of effort necessary to compete against the U.S. was to "rip your hearts out of your chest, throw them out on the floor and compete until you're dead."
    The U.S. would be wise to follow that same train of thought. It again came out flat, falling behind 11-6. Recognition in transition was lethargic, often leaving Germans wide open for layups or 3-point looks. Forward Carmelo Anthony, who finished with a game-high 19 points, looked out of control and forced the issue throughout the first half, looking less than brilliant for the first time all month.
    You can't chalk up the early struggles to the early start time. The game took place in the early evening hours over in Japan, and the Americans have been over there long enough to adjust to the time difference. Just in case they haven't, Germany was kind enough to supply a necessary wake-up call.
    It's undoubtedly the final one the United States is going to get.
    http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/9627936
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