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FIBA World Championships

  1. Spurs fans like what they see in Tiago Splitter

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter was solid and professional, not spectacular. A guy who got things done but without flair. That is to say, he was a Spur. Tiago Splitter — who joins the Spurs this fall — got a real test against NBA talent when Brazil took on the United States in the FIBA World Championships. Well,…

  2. FIBA World Championships: Lithuania upsets Spain, 76-73 (and that's not good for the USA)

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Maybe Spain misses Paul Gasol more than we thought. After dropping their first game to France it was expected Spain would wake up and start to roll, but on Tuesday they blew an 18-point third quarter lead, were outscored 23-9 in the fourth quarter and fell to Lithuania 76-73. Good you say. The other co-favorite…

  3. Kevin Love, doing the USA's dirty work in Turkey

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love sat on the bench for most of the second half in the USA’s skin-of-their-teeth win over Brazil, while Lamar Odom played. Frankly, we were a little confused. Love has played very well in this FIBA World Championships. He has outworked the other team for rebounds, his outlet passes are the best in the…

  4. Andre Iguodala knows it's all about the defense for USA Basketball

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    You can go ahead and say the USA’s fortunate win over Brazil put their weaknesses on display for the world and showed why this team will be in trouble against the globe’s other elite squads. The guys on the team can’t look at it that way. Andre Iguodala has been keeping a diary for the…

  5. FIBA World Championships, Day 3: Where national rivalries spill on to the court

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We know the USA was tested — and we’ve questioned Coach K’s rotations — but what else was going on Monday in Turkey? Glad you asked. Slovenia 91, Croatia 84: In an intense battle of rivals, Croatia had a five-point lead at halftime. Then NBA players Bostjan Nachbar and Goran Dragic scored 11 points as…

  6. USA's flaws exposed as team barely survives against Brazil, wins 70-68

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Are you a glass half full guy about USA basketball, or glass half empty? Because that will determine how you feel about the USA’s come-from-behind-then-hold-on-to-the-seat-of-your-pants 70-68 victory over Brazil. If you’re a pessimist, you saw all the perceived flaws of this USA squad exposed — they had trouble protecting the paint against Brazil, especially early,…

  7. Yi Jianlian looking good so far for China. Very good.

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian has spent the last couple years in New Jersey playing like a guy who was trying to do what his coach told him and over-thinking things, not having fun and just playing basketball. The Nets didn’t want that, but for whatever reason the fit just seemed wrong. He was shooting 40 percent from…

  8. Team USA trying to adjust to FIBA referees, one step at a time

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    If the calls of NBA officials are curious, than those of FIBA referees are completely baffling; calls aren’t even consistent on a play-to-play basis, much less from game to game. Though the members of Team USA have a few intrasquad scrimmages, a handful of exhibitions, and two preliminary games under their belts, all with FIBA…

  9. FIBA World Championships Day 2:Close calls for top teams, except the USA

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    No huge upsets on day two, but top teams continue to struggle while the USA continues to cruises. Lithuania 70, Canada 68: The Canadians were up 17 points in the second half but succumb to the physical play of Lithuania late and have fallen to 0-2 in the tournament. Tomas Delininkaitis had a big second…

  10. Three players who seem to be getting the most out of Team USA

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Participating in the FIBA World Championships for Team USA is largely about sacrifice. Players surrendering their games for the good of the team, and putting aside egos. But that doesn’t mean players aren’t getting anything out of it. For one, they’re being kept in better shape than they would be lounging all summer and occasionally…

  11. USA defense looks very good. So far.

    Aug 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The USA came out and overwhelmed Slovenia  at the start, shutting them down and converting the misses into easy buckets the other way. It was 12-2 USA before Slovenia had laced up their shoes. Pretty much the same thing during the USA’s 50-15 run against Croatia during the second and third quarters in their first…

  12. Team USA struggles a bit before leaving Slovenia in the dust

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Well, they’re not blowing teams out by 40. But for a team that many had significant doubts about heading into the FIBA World Championships, Team USA is doing pretty well for itself. Team USA ran out to a 14-4 lead and never looked back in a 99-77 win over Slovenia Sunday in Istanbul (not Constantinople). …

  13. FIBA World Championships Day 1: While the USA cruises, Spain loses

    Aug 28, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    You know the USA was hardly tested in a 106-78 win over Croatia, but the other FIBA World Championship favorite Spain lost its opener. What that means may not be all bad — if Lithuania wins that group (no sure thing yet, by any stretch) the USA and Spain could meet in the finals, not…

  14. Team USA destroys Croatia 106-78

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Well, that was… not a basketball game. It was for a good quarter. Croatia’s national team actually held a 19-18 lead on Team USA early in their opener of FIBA play. And then, well, Team USA showed that stars or no stars, they have talent, they are prepared, and they can absolutely dominate over lesser…

  15. Why aren't people pumped about Team USA? Well, did you watch today's game?

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Team USA is a lot of fun to watch if you truly love the game of basketball. They are aggressive on defense, they pressure and gamble. They want to run. They have spectacular athletes. They can turn the finesse of international basketball into a day at Rucker Park with dunks and showmanship. Did you see…

  16. Scouting report on Croatia (that's the USA's opening game Saturday, in case you forgot)

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Let me guess, you have not spent a lot of time watching Croatia’s national team. To be honest, neither have we. Fortunately there is Tony Ronzone, Team USA’s director of international player personnel (and assistant GM for the Timberwolves). He gets paid to watch and know these teams and provide scouting reports. Which he did…

  17. The other top contenders at the World Championships

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    You’re ready. You’ve read up on Team USA and its group. You’ve watched the warm-up games. Even your Facebook profile picture is a USA jersey. You are set to watch Team USA destroy the world as is its manifest destiny…. Except they could lose. It is possible — and not a slim possibility, but a…

  18. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

  19. Coaches of the Greek and Serbian teams are, shockingly, shocked at FIBA's suspension rulings

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Hey, remember that time a Greece-Serbia friendly broke out into a rootin’, tootin’, chair-throwin’ brawl? When Antonis Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis went absolutely nuts? Even if you don’t (which you really should — it’s been the most notable moment in the lead-up to the FIBA World Championships), I’m pretty sure the Serbian and Greek players,…

  20. The long-shot way the USA Basketball could not qualify for the 2012 Olympics

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Okay, we admit this is a crazy long shot. So does Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse, who is in Istanbul and may have been in a hookah bar for all we know when he came up with it. But hear us out: It is possible for USA Basketball not to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in…

  21. Krstic suspended three games, Greek players two for brawl

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic said he was worried that he would be suspended for his part in a huge Serbia/Greece brawl at a “friendly.” Specifically the throwing the chair part. He was right. FIBA announced suspensions today and Krstic will be out the first three games of the group stage of the World Championships.…

  22. Wait, there's a Clipper on Team USA? Yes, and he deserves to be there

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    We basketball junkies will sometimes chide the casual fan for not knowing some of the bigger names in the international game — Tiago Splitter, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikola Pekovic, Dimitris Diamantidis and others. But the fact of the matter is, many sports fans in America don’t know who Eric Gordon is. And he made Team USA.…

  23. Andres Nocioni will sit out World Championships

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Andres Nocioni was expected to be a cornerstone for Argentina, one of the world basketball powers, at the World Championships in Turkey. But he sprained his ankle on July 31, and after an MRI this week it has been decided he will sit out the tournament to rest it more, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.…

  24. Andre Iguodala likes what he sees from Team USA, especially on defense

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Previously I cautioned not to draw too many conclusions from the USA Basketball victory over Greece Wednesday. Greece sat its two best inside players, the USA quickly went deep into the bench and both teams kept it simple, trying not to tip their hand in the event of any future meetings. Andre Iguodala, however, saw…

  25. USA destoys Greece, here are your highlights

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Not much you can really take away from a game both teams treated like an exhibition, save that it is a lot of fun to watch Team USA in the open court.

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