The schedule has been changed and now the US-Greece semifinal at the world basketball finals in Japan will be at 3:30 a.m. tomorrow. Alarm clock willing and espresso pot at the ready, I plan to put up a quick morning post after the first game (they're on Raptors TV), then come back with some thoughts later on off the Argentina-Spain barnburner. Yes, I am a sad pup, but one of these times they have to have a close, good game, right? And it is a little taste until we resume with the usual nonsense, correct?
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|Garbajosa makes like Larry Brown and rejects Darko Mlicic.|
Meantime, a quick rundown on the Raptors' quintet and how they've done, if only to flesh out this post and put up that pic:
Chris Bosh, USA ... Averaging 14 points and a shade under nine rebounds, and has made 15 of 18 shots since that DNP three games ago. I'd call that a rebound.
Jose Calderon, Spain ... Hasn't shot the 3-pointer that well, but overall his shooting and directing appear to be fine, based on their unbeaten record. Encouraging sign is that his two best games have been against Spain's two best opponents (20 points on 8/9 shooting vs Germany; 4/5 from the floor against Serbia & Montenegro).
Jorge Garbajosa, Spain ... Has been going to the FT line lately. Averaging 11.7 and of course he likes the international 3-pointer -- a little too much, if you ask me, and even though he's been shooting it at a 43 per cent rate NBA.com blogger Tim Shea says he's in a batting slump. It'll be telling to see how these two do against Argentina tomorrow.
Rasho Nesterovic and Uros Slokar, Slovenia ... Slokar didn't play in their final match because of a back injury, coming on the heels of a 15-and-6 night against China. Before that he didn't see much of the floor. Nesterovic did his usual, which is score. He can do that, at least internationally.