They did it in their home country, defeating Brazil 80-75 behind Luis Scola’s 32 points. Both teams locked up Olympic berths with their semifinal victories. The field for the Olympics now includes the United States, Great Britain, Tunisia, Australia, Argentina and Brazil. Two teams will come out of EuroBasket, and a ninth from the FIBA Asia tournament on Sept. 25. Three more berths will be determined next July at a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament at a site to be determined (please let it
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By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — Spain learned Monday who its opponent will be in the second round of Eurobasket, and it is a team that will try to dictate the pace of the game and keep it slow. That opponent is Slovenia, which advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Finland 67-60 to claim fourth place in Group F. “We know them, we respect them, we know they are full of excellent talented players and experienced players, and we would be stupid if we were
By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — This particular pick-and-roll play was both a thing of beauty and a small but memorable chapter in this country’s long basketball history, a moment that will stick in the country’s collective memory bank for ages to come. Sarunas Jasikevicius had the ball out near the circle and used the 7-foot frame of Jonas Valanciunas to create some space between himself and his defender. As the 19-year-old center rolled to the basket after setting the pick, the 35-year-old point guard lofted a perfect
By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — The best defense played by France came from its coach, Vincent Collet, when he had to explain his decision to bench Tony Parker and Joakim Noah in a 96-69 loss to Spain on Sunday that dropped Les Blues into second-place in Group E. And Collet was indeed on the defensive after Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo opened his post-game remarks by saying Spain had too much respect for the game — and for the other teams still fighting to stay alive in EuroBasket — to
By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — With Serbia defeating Turkey this afternoon 68-67, Dirk Nowitzki still has a chance to get his national team into the quarterfinals when Germany plays Lithuania tonight. (The games can be watched live on FIBA.com). It’ll be Nowitzki’s most important game since the NBA Finals, but his team doesn’t just need to win … they need to win by 11 points or more. That is because of the complicated FIBA tie-breaking rules, which use point differential among games between
Deron Williams, perhaps inspired by the warm welcome he received upon his arrival in Turkey, made a snap decision to play for Besiktas rather than watch their first game. He had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in just 18 minutes of a 93-91 victory over Montepaschi Siena at the annual Bormio Tournament in Italy. Williams’ teammate on the New Jersey Nets, Sasha Vujacic, is also on the court already for Efes Anadolu and scored 30 and 18 points in his first two games. Read all about