Fri. 8/1 - USA vs. Lithuania - Predictions/Comments

Postby JSM on Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:59 am

CP3 with the steal and the dunk.
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:02 am

JSM wrote:Does Rick have knee pads? Because he's really jocking Wade.


you shouldve heard what he said earlier in the game. nathan lane was talking about how kobes the best player in the world and kamla said something like "nope its lebron"
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Postby JSM on Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:02 am

120-84, final.
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Postby JSM on Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:06 am

Stats

Wade-19 points, 3 assists
Dwight-17 & 5
Redd-16 points
Bron-15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Kobe-13 points, 3 assists
Melo-11 points, 3 rebounds
Deron-8 points, 5 assists
Bosh-7 points, 4 rebounds
Prince-5 points, 4 rebounds
CP3-4 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds
Boozer-3 & 3
Kidd-2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Box Score:
http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/basketball/men/boxscore?gameId=727
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Postby GNC on Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:24 am

did kobe guard S Jasikevicius most of the time he played?
cause this was the dude who torched team usa a few years back but this time around he was 2-8 :man4:
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Postby d33pzone on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:36 pm

I feel asleep at second quarter.I'll catch the replay later on.
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Postby QueenB on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:06 pm

JSM wrote:Stats

Wade-19 points, 3 assists
Dwight-17 & 5
Redd-16 points
Bron-15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Kobe-13 points, 3 assists
Melo-11 points, 3 rebounds
Deron-8 points, 5 assists
Bosh-7 points, 4 rebounds
Prince-5 points, 4 rebounds
CP3-4 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds
Boozer-3 & 3
Kidd-2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Box Score:
http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/basketball/men/boxscore?gameId=727


I think ESPN's Team USA boxscores are often wrong. The USA Basketball site is usually correct.

http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?n ... t_training
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Postby KB24 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:17 pm

KObe was asked this during the post game press conference

How important is the sense of redemption for you this time?
Kobe : If I want to keep my U.S. citizenship, it’s very important. (laughter)


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Postby Weezy on Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:03 pm

KB24@CL wrote:KObe was asked this during the post game press conference

How important is the sense of redemption for you this time?
Kobe : If I want to keep my U.S. citizenship, it’s very important. (laughter)


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He's right, the US cannot lose again, they'll be torn to shreds if that happens.
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Postby lakerholic on Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:27 pm

aansari wrote:did kobe guard S Jasikevicius most of the time he played?
cause this was the dude who torched team usa a few years back but this time around he was 2-8 :man4:


He shut the mofo down!! :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:

From ESPN's Recap:

Bryant harassed longtime U.S. nemesis Sarunas Jasikevicius into a miserable night and helped the Americans roll to a 120-84 victory over Lithuania on Friday night.

Jasikevicius was unstoppable in a win over the United States four years ago. So Bryant, who has made it a point to defend the opponent's best perimeter threat since joining the team last summer, blanketed him in the same manner as he did Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa of Brazil in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

"Kobe's our best defender, hands down," forward Carlos Boozer said. "And Kobe takes on the challenge of guarding their best perimeter player regardless of who it is, regardless if he's a point guard, 2, 3, 4, whatever it is."


Jasikevicius hit seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points in Lithuania's 94-90 victory over the United States during pool play four years ago, and apparently celebrated too much for one American's liking. So Bryant wasn't going to let that happen again.

"He had a great game against us a few years ago, the USA, and was real brash about it," Bryant said. "So it's my responsibility to bring it to him.

"This is what I do," Bryant added. "I knew prior to it and they reminded me of it. So, sic the Doberman on him."

Jasikevicius was just 2-of-8 from the field for nine points, with three turnovers. Rimantas Kaukenas led Lithuania with 17 points.


The United States rebounded from its loss in 2004 to beat Lithuania for the bronze medal. Jasikevicius also nearly led Lithuania to a stunning victory four years earlier in Sydney, missing a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of a semifinal game as the Americans held on for an 85-83 win.

Bryant never gave him a chance to get going this time. The former Indiana and Golden State point guard found little room to dribble or shoot when Bryant was near him.

He missed both shots and had a turnover in the first quarter and was still frustrated long after Bryant had checked out for good, screaming at the referee after throwing up an air ball on a 3 with about 4½ minutes left.

"Kobe locked him up. He got a couple of open shots throughout the course of the game, but when Kobe was on him, I don't think he scored," Boozer said. "I think he was actually a little tentative to shoot the ball when Kobe was on him."
"No disrespect to Kyra Sedgwick, but that damn boy Kobe Bryant is The Closer."
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Postby jOeyB7000 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:30 pm

AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????
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Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:47 pm

jOeyB7000 wrote:AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????


5pm, Laker standard time. ESPN2.
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Postby koolkobe on Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:50 pm

^^^thank you very much
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Postby TheGreatKB8 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:40 pm

two0one7 wrote:
jOeyB7000 wrote:AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????


5pm, Laker standard time. ESPN2.


No it doesn't. Tennis is on until 6 and Friday Night Fights comes on after that.
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Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:45 pm

TheGreatKB8 wrote:
two0one7 wrote:
jOeyB7000 wrote:AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????


5pm, Laker standard time. ESPN2.


No it doesn't. Tennis is on until 6 and Friday Night Fights comes on after that.


Crap, you're right. Anybody know when/if they'll replay it?
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Postby jOeyB7000 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:04 pm

two0one7 wrote:
TheGreatKB8 wrote:
two0one7 wrote:
jOeyB7000 wrote:AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????


5pm, Laker standard time. ESPN2.


No it doesn't. Tennis is on until 6 and Friday Night Fights comes on after that.


Crap, you're right. Anybody know when/if they'll replay it?


I just checked my TV guide and it's replaying on ESPN2 at midnight Lakers Standard Time ( I like that one) :mhihi:
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Postby jerryp211 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:09 pm

jOeyB7000 wrote:
two0one7 wrote:
TheGreatKB8 wrote:
two0one7 wrote:
jOeyB7000 wrote:AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????


5pm, Laker standard time. ESPN2.


No it doesn't. Tennis is on until 6 and Friday Night Fights comes on after that.


Crap, you're right. Anybody know when/if they'll replay it?


I just checked my TV guide and it's replaying on ESPN2 at midnight Lakers Standard Time ( I like that one) :mhihi:

So the game isn't playing right now but instead at midnight? :man3:
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Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:10 pm

^ Thanks.
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Postby koolkobe on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:13 pm

jOeyB7000 wrote:
two0one7 wrote:
TheGreatKB8 wrote:
two0one7 wrote:
jOeyB7000 wrote:AT WHAT TIME IS THE REPLAY AND ON WHAT CHANNEL?????


5pm, Laker standard time. ESPN2.


No it doesn't. Tennis is on until 6 and Friday Night Fights comes on after that.


Crap, you're right. Anybody know when/if they'll replay it?


I just checked my TV guide and it's replaying on ESPN2 at midnight Lakers Standard Time ( I like that one) :mhihi:


thanks but why so late :bang:
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:41 pm

You should be on ESPN360 if you can get it.
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 puffyusaf#2 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:44 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:
JSM wrote:Does Rick have knee pads? Because he's really jocking Wade.


you shouldve heard what he said earlier in the game. nathan lane was talking about how kobes the best player in the world and kamla said something like "nope its lebron"


Rick is getting on my nerves with the massive swollow job he does on Bron and Wade. Today's dunk by Wade was the play of the day for sure that was nasty but he has been jocking these dudes even when they aren't in the game. The other guy isn't that bad but Kamla is annoying as hell.
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 jlkr on Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:16 am

Wade is definitely back. Very definitely back. Holy cow, Batman! That is real scary for opposing teams, you get past the starting lineup and there's Wade coming off the bench!

Quick rundown on the team:
I see that the cohesiveness at both ends of the floor is improved over the first game against Canada. These guys love playing with each other, they've worked hard at Coach K's system and it shows. They still turn the ball over a lot in transition, but you can't fault them for effort. Look for more improvement against Russia and Australia.

They were doing a good job interfering with Lithuania's pick and roll execution. And the transition game... they pushed it up the floor all game long and Lithuania just couldn't stay with them, resulting in at least a half dozen highlight plays. The best one for me was Wade's windmill on a lob pass from Paul. There was also a nice sequence where Lebron controlled a defensive rebound down the baseline, found Wade in the front court with a long cross court pass, then Wade lobbed it up for Kobe's one hand jam.

The individuals:
Kobe and Lebron are the team's glue players; they are setting the tone. I've never seen Lebron work so hard on defense.
Wade - wow. He is definitely back to his 2006 Finals MVP form. What's lost in the glow of his offense is that he showed up on defense as well.
Howard - the team made a concerted effort to find him; that worked real well
Anthony - not as outstanding this one
Kidd - didn't have that many minutes; I think Coach K was saving him since this was a back-to-back.
Redd - nice shooting. he knows where to go; they know where to find him.
Williams - Paul might be the best PG in the NBA, but Williams is better suited to the international game between the two of them. He looked good muscling his way to the basket in the 2nd half.
Paul - had some moments, but this seemed to be an off-game for him
Bosh - not a memorable game
Boozer - nice steal
Prince - moved the ball

I did notice in this game and in the game against Turkey Coach K put Boozer on the floor with Bosh and with Howard for a few minutes. Making sure they can play together should that be needed against the bigger teams (like Greece).

Last remark: this team has a former Finals MVP and the latest regular season MVP runner-up coming off the bench.

One more: nice interview with Coach K in the Times.
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