Posted 02 September 2007 - 08:21 AM
Latvia vs Croatia 19:00 GMT
Portugal vs Spain 21:30 GMT
Latvia could be a tough opponent for Croatia. This could be a close game since Croatia is also missing some key players. Latvia lost 91:92 after overtime against Lithuania in the opening game of Eurobasket 2003 and did the same against favourites Spain in 2005. Croatia are slight favourites in this one.
One more opportunity for Spain to thrash yet another team. This should be an easy game for them but I'd like to see serious resistance from the Portuguese. It is very possible that Spain will have a comfortable lead right after 1st quarter.
Posted 04 September 2007 - 02:02 PM
I saw the start of Spain's game and I was cheering for Portugal of course. Unfortunatelly Portuguese couldn't cope with world champions but at least it took time for Spain to increase their lead to a secure advantage. +26 points is impressive although everyone thought it would be even bigger.
Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:02 PM
(Marko Popovič 14 pts | Joao Gomes 17 pts)
Portugal once again bites the dust.
Joao Gomes finally showed a bit of what he can do. It's clear he needs more top level play.
Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:13 PM
Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:30 PM
They are, but not that much. In fact I expected more coverage and interest, naive me
The public channel decided to broadcast the games only some days before it started, you can see how they prepared for the event
Spain 93 Latvia 77
(Pau Gasol 26 pts + 9 rebs | Andris Biedrins 17 pts + 5 rebs)
Posted 05 September 2007 - 10:20 AM
Latvia failed to make the biggest shock possible. A comfortable win for Spain. It looks like Croatia will have to live with 3rd place in this group since Latvia should defeat Portugal tonight.
Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:34 AM
Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:27 AM
Portugal: Joao Santos 14, Mario-Gil Fernandes 14.
Latvia: Kristaps Janicenoks 21, Andris Biedrins 14.
As rikhardur said before it was the first sensation of the day but not the last on in this group. It looked that Latvia couldn't ask for a better opponent in the last game. A win could have guaranteed them 2nd place in the group. But Portugal had other ideas. I didn't see the game but I can confidently say that Portugal did a great job. Now they are in the second round ready to make more upsets
Croatia 85:84 Spain
Croatia Marko Popovic 18, Marko Tomas 13, Marko Banic.
Spain: Pau Gasol 26, Rudy Fernandez 14.
The result that I was waiting a lot. How come the "unbeatables" lost? And moreover against a team that lost to Latvia and misses a few players. It's good to see Popovic leading his team. I think Spain are still the favourites but the gap between them and other teams is not as huge as everyone predicted. I knew that they will lose sooner or later. They can count themselves lucky to lose now rather than in quarter-finals for example. Final group standings look very weird
1. Croatia 2/1 5
2. Spain 2/1 5
3. Portugal 1/2 4
4. Latvia 1/2 4