Fri. 7/25 - USA vs. Canada - Predictions/Comments

Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:37 pm

Wade still doesn't have the explosiveness he had prior to his surgery.
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Postby Weezy on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:39 pm

OH SNAP, what a play. :bow:
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Postby KRC18 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:39 pm

Sickness! :man4:
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Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:39 pm

LOL! I take back my prior statement.
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Postby Weezy on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:39 pm

Wade, with the windmill! :man4: I'm finding it easier and easier to cheer for that punk. :mhihi:
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Postby Helljumper on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:39 pm

Dayamn!
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Postby thisbjgz on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:40 pm

make it rain, make it rain...lmao
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:41 pm

I still wanna up the lead and try to win by 60!
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Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:48 pm

Aww, Kobe's night is done.
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Postby KRC18 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:49 pm

Throw it down big man, throw it down.
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Postby spitty on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:52 pm

Mitch must make a run at Tayshawn
Play Mbenga or this gets it!!!
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Postby Sumo390 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:53 pm

It is so fun to be rooting for players I normally hate with all my might lol. :jam2: :man10:
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Postby Biz on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:56 pm

spitty wrote:Mitch must make a run at Tayshawn
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Postby KRC18 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:00 pm

LMAO! USA wins by 55! :man10:
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Postby thisbjgz on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:00 pm

KRC18 wrote:LMAO! USA wins by 55! :man10:


i think majority expected this, haha :jam2: :bow: :jam2:
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:01 pm

thisbjgz wrote:
KRC18 wrote:LMAO! USA wins by 55! :man10:


i think majority expected this, haha :jam2: :bow: :jam2:


:man10: I almost feel cheated I expected them to win by at least 60 points
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:02 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:at least a 60 point victory


i was close.. if only team usa made their FTs! :man10:
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:23 pm

Looks like we win :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:

I loved the line "English has 1/100th the talent of Kobe"
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby LakersFan1211 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:25 pm

I heard both of em are going at it.
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Postby jlkr on Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:31 pm

A bit of post mortem:

defense was good, they're making the effort to communicate. they didn't play a lot of zone.

transition game was outstanding. everyone one the team can flat out run.

offensive execution. needs more work. they can do drive and kick well, the entry passes were generally good, but other than that the execution got sloppy.

shooting. they shot well. this team can definitely shoot the ball; big improvement on the 2004 team, but they do need to work harder on getting the ball inside to Howard and Anthony.

Well it was Canada. Without Steve Nash. We'll get a better idea when they go against Turkey and Lithuania next weekend.

Individual players:
The international game really suits Anthony to a "T". When he goes against the other team's PF, they are going to have their hands full.

Kobe took one shot against a double team, making it. I think that was just to show everyone he's good for that. Never saw him do it again. That's OK.

Wade looks ready.

Williams and Paul make a good backcourt combo. Imagine them on the floor with Lebron and Kobe. That might be the end of the game lineup in a close game.

Redd is a rainmaker. He could be the difference maker in a close game.

Kidd is the only player in the NBA today who could make that pass (one hand catch of an outlet followed by the immediate 70 foot baseball toss to Anthony who gave it up to Bosh for the easy dunk). I don't care if he never hits an outside shot. Have to respect that floor vision.

Howard didn't get enough entry passes. Neither did Bosh or Boozer. Got to work on that some more. Looks like the USA coaches will play these 3 exclusively at center. Don't think we're going to see Bosh or Boozer at PF next to Howard. Maybe against the really physical teams like Greece we'll see that. OTOH, James is strong enough to play PF along with Anthony and both will cause their own matchup problems at the offensive end.

Prince is the designater defender on the 2nd unit. But he's good for the occasional midrange jumper.

Given the offensive firepower of the individual players and the power of their drive and kick game, the USA team will see zone defenses all the time. Better get used to it. Redd being the lead scorer off the bench will help a lot.
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Postby Weezy on Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:02 pm

I was impressed with Wade, and I hate to admit that, that means his team could yet again be good next year. Maybe he was really hindered by injuries after all.
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:35 pm

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Postby The LeBrons on Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:27 pm

"He's healthy," said Bryant, adding that he sometimes shows up in the gym for a morning workout to find Wade already there. "That's the most important thing for Dwyane is that he's healthy."


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Postby KRC18 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:20 pm

Highlights from the game:

http://www.lakersmedia.com/?p=199
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Postby JSM on Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:11 pm

Didn't get around to watching the entire game until this evening (thanks tivo).

I have to say I was very impressed with the play of our perimeter players. Kobe was great. Kobe was great as usual, I really liked that steal he had against English which turned into a fast break slam.

Wade looked surprisingly good out there. He has put in some work on his J, ended up 7-10 FGs. That fast break dunk of his was the second best play of the night.

Paul and Williams are maturing at a rapid rate right before our eyes. Both had a jaw dropping, cross over layup at the end of the 3rd. If they continue at this rate, their minutes will really keep Kidd fresh and he'll be able to keep his legs. The two PG unit with both of them on the floor really worked well. I'm looking forward to seeing how successful it is down the road.

The closer 3 point line really makes things too easy for Redd. He couldn't miss from deep. He made all but two of his 8 attempts. Considering we don't have a lot of shooters, he's going to play a HUGE role in our success this summer and I think he'll end up getting a lot of playing time off the bench.

I didn't think our bigs looked good. Melo was the only one who really dominated against Canada's weak frontcourt. He got more easy dunks and second chance buckets than I can count.

Boozer didn't look bad, he had a nice stretch for 90 seconds or so in the 4th where he got that block and then a hook/J on the other end.

Dwight had a couple nice jams, including that alley from CP3. But he should be getting more than 7 - 6 - 3 against those scrubs, especially with Kidd, CP3, and Deron lobbing him passes.

Bosh didn't do much outside of providing us with the highlight finish of the game. That full court heave from Kidd to Melo who shoveled it back to Bosh for the monster jam was a thing of beauty.

The quietest player was Prince. I forgot he was out there on the court most of the time. He's probably going to lose most of his minutes when Bron returns.
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