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 — 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 — Not much of a match between Spain and Serbia this afternoon, the most interesting moment of the 84-59 victory coming midway through the second half when Rudy Fernandez was benched by his coach for picking up a silly technical foul. Also, coach Sergio Scariolo used Serge Ibaka for only 7 minutes and 43 seconds. “I am the coach. I don’t have to justify my decision,” Scariolo said. “This is an internal issue, not a press conference issue.” Pau Gasol (26 points
By Chris Sheridan I made that prediction on the air yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles (early this morning in Lithuania) on the Mason and Ireland radio show, and the reason behind it comes down to two words: Common sense. Here is the link, and you can go have a listen yourself to hear more of my reasoning.