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USA vs. Spain - Preliminaries - Game 4


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#21 lyk13

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 03:01 PM

I keep saying I'll stay up to watch them, but I always end up going to sleep anyway.


It's your body...can't help it. So this game is 7.15am or 10.15am for you? Latter, you better be awake. Prior? Get about 10 alarm clocks...:D




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Posted August 15, 2008 - 03:09 PM

we're gonna win by 30

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 04:06 PM

we're gonna win by 30



You won Greece by 23 and you are going to win this one by 30? ;) :rock:
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Posted August 15, 2008 - 04:44 PM

You won Greece by 23 and you are going to win this one by 30? ;) :rock:



hmmm we have faced inferior competition in the past couple of games and its entirely possible we weren't motivated to play hard

now that we have a worthy competitor, i bet TEAM USA is gonna come out with guns blazing

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 04:57 PM

My prediction:

USA wins by 14 after taking the lead late in the third.

The Gasol brothers have a huge game. I'm expecting 18/9 from Pau.

Rudy has his worst shooting night, with Wade and Kobe taking turns guarding him.

Jose will also have a solid game with 11/6.

#26 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 08:20 PM

YOOO. I think we have the time and date wrong here.
According to NBCOlympics.com, the game, for the west coast is going to be on at 10:00am PT on delay. Just like the China game on Sunday. It's also not in my program guide on DISH for USA's morning block(s).
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Edited by SaintNicholasVanExel, August 15, 2008 - 08:20 PM.


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Posted August 15, 2008 - 08:27 PM

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#28 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 09:52 PM

Everyone:
The game will be airing live on the east coast at 10:15amET on NBC.

The game will be on delay on NBC for the west coast with coverage starting at 10:00amPT.

Edited by SaintNicholasVanExel, August 15, 2008 - 09:55 PM.


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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:18 PM

EVERYONE, get the NBC HD all day basketball olympics channel. :angry:

#30 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:22 PM

I knew it was only a matter of time before you came in with that.
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#31 Guest_Chicano_*

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:24 PM

I knew it was only a matter of time before you came in with that.:lol:

As you can tell, I'm VERY predictable. :angry:

(Now, I decided to erase this post from the 1st page and move it here, my apologies.) :rock:

For those that aren't too familiar with the Spanish team and what to expect, here's a little preview for you, a breakdown I made:

Players to watch for on Spain as far as can go off & impact the game most:
Pau Gasol (of course) C

Ricky Rubio "Chachi" (sometimes the Spanish Pete Maravich) PG (A VERY VERY likely NBA Superstar in the future, not just all star, but superstar, is only 17 right now, supposedly started playing when he was 14, is about 6'4, very good size for a point guard, tremendous potential, natural star qualities that can't be taught, you either have em' or you don't, one of the toughest competitors you will ever see or know, extremely confident, always moving, always active, extremely good passer, compared to the likes of legends like pete maravich and the still playing steve nash, tremendous court awareness, vision, extremely terrific top of the line ballhandling skills and nifty moves, pesky defender, loves to push the ball for fastbreaks, can get anywhere he wants on the floor most of the time, probably needs to work on his jumpshot a little more, but that'll come with time, could very well be in the NBA right now, but will wait at least a year or two to polish his game just a little more, more than anything consistently making the outside shot, & then will be a guranteed top 5 pick, if not very possibly #1) Can't wait for this guy to go to the NBA, an absolute joy to watch, one of the most exciting guys you'll ever see when he's on.

Jose Calderon PG (NBA player for the Toronto Raptors, a high quality player, does things very well, executes, handles the ball tremendously, runs the system well, has a clutch factor and competitiveness about him as well, likes to take & make the big shots, can hit from the outside, has some nice moves, can penetrate)

Rudy "Smooth Criminal" Fernandez SG
(Incoming player this season for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, very exciting to watch when he's on, can hit from the oustide, very creative, nifty, slithery, super athletic, always moving, husting, extremely competitive, firy)

Other key contributors to watch for:
Juan Carlos "La Bomba" Navarro SG (former NBA player Memphis Grizzlies last year, also spent some time with Pau, now going back to Spain to play, can hit the outside shot, 3pt range as well very deadly, very mobile, can penetrate & create, not the most athletic guy in the world, but still manages to do damage)

Jorge Garbajosa F (former NBA player for the Toronto Raptors before suffering a devastating injury & then settling back in Spain to play, smart player, has range from outside including 3pt range, not afraid to get dirty)

Alex Mumbru F

Marc Gasol C (will be playing for the Memphis Grizzlies this year)

Felipe Reyes C

& other minor threats:
Raul Lopez PG (some solid NBA years with the Utah Jazz before getting injured & leaving back to Spain for good ultimately)

Carlos Jimenez F

Berni Rodriguez SG

Spain has yet another NBA player in Sergio Garcia PG. He had his rookie season last year with the Portland Trail Blazer, still in the NBA, but is not with the national teams for I don't know why.

I've been following this team all olympics, haven't missed a game. They are exciting to watch & very talented, also quite possibly the most overall versatile & athletic team of all the teams second only to the US.

In the end, I still expect Team USA to win this game by most likely a blowout, BUT wouldn't be surprised if they won in the higher single digits or lower double digits, AND wouldn't be shocked either if Spain actually won, but realistically, that's not too likely to happen.

Edited by Chicano, August 15, 2008 - 10:42 PM.


#32 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:30 PM

Ricky Rubio "Chachi" (sometimes the Spanish Pete Maravich) PG (A VERY VERY likely NBA Superstar in the future, not just all star, but superstar, is only 17 right now, supposedly started playing when he was 14, is about 6'4, very good size for a point guard, tremendous potential, natural star qualities that can't be taught, you either have em' or you don't, one of the toughest competitors you will ever see or know, extremely confident, always moving, always active, extremely good passer, compared to the likes of legends like pete maravich and the still playing steve nash, tremendous court awareness, vision, extremely terrific top of the line ballhandling skills and nifty moves, pesky defender, loves to push the ball for fastbreaks, can get anywhere he wants on the floor most of the time, probably needs to work on his jumpshot a little more, but that'll come with time, could very well be in the NBA right now, but will wait at least a year or two to polish his game just a little more, more than anything consistently making the outside shot, & then will be a guranteed top 5 pick, if not very possibly #1) Can't wait for this guy to go to the NBA, an absolute joy to watch, one of the most exciting guys you'll ever see when he's on.


Thanks for that. I'm really interested in him and his future, but I didn't know too much about his game. Now I do. Reeeealy excited to see what comes of this kid... and his hair.

#33 Guest_Chicano_*

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:35 PM

^ Here's some more on the youngster:

http://nbadraft.net/...rickyrubio.html









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Edited by Chicano, August 15, 2008 - 10:40 PM.


#34 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:40 PM

It's like christmas!
thank you, sir!

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:53 PM

:angry:

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 11:26 PM

Updated the first post with the new time. Atleast, I don't need to wake up early now.

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Posted August 16, 2008 - 12:53 AM

I'd say we win by not more than 20. Spain isn't your average team...and this isn't the Harlem Globetrotters...=.="




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Posted August 16, 2008 - 06:03 AM

ima watch it online i cant wait till 10.
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Posted August 16, 2008 - 06:03 AM

anybody got a link?

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#40 Jaime Quintanilla

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Posted August 16, 2008 - 06:09 AM

anybody got a link?

Ditto.




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