Posted 09 September 2007 - 06:13 PM
Undoubtedly the best game for Portugal so far, a great surprise. It's true Israel was not the same as in the previous games, they seemed totally unorganised and their outside shot didn't work, but Portugal was great defensively, they were quite concentrated and totally relaxed, in contrast to Israel, they looked nervous at times. JoÃ£o Gomes (23 pts + 11 rebs) came up big this time in all aspects of the game, his 2 alley oops were magnificent. JordÃ£o also provided a big help. Green seemed lost today for Israel.
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:28 AM
Up till now I've been a neutral supporter but I guess the Tall Equipa das Quinas can count this Malaysian as another fan.
Good luck and hopefully they'll go far
Posted 11 September 2007 - 07:46 PM
Portugal have been a pleasant surprise, to start with. They came hoping not to get hammered and they leave with 2 wins and with a lot sympathy. Well done to our neighbours
Then Russia have been a great team as well and they'll deserve some praise, even our Lithuanian friends will agree on that. I am glad we beat them
Spain are for me the favourites still - A final with Lithuania appears in the horizon, but not before some tough games. I think we'll have Italy first in the QF, and then the winner of... Slovenia v Greece? We will know soon
Croatia have been the only side to beat Spain in the last 32 games, but then they were poor in other games so you don't know. Could they upset anyone else? Doubtful
Greece... what about them? It seems they are saving the energy for when it matters as they lost clearly to Spain and Russia and they have not shown the same level. They are defending champions, so you can't write them off
Israel have been a bit of fresh air too. beating Serbia must ahve risen all the alarms in Belgrade, but the defeat to Portugal made the Portuguese really happy. maybe Portugal are here to stay, we may have a new country in the future tournaments. Not a real challenger, but a decent side
Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:16 PM
1 Spain 4/1
2 Russia 4/1
3 Greece 3/2
4 Croatia 2/3
5 Portugal 1/4
6 Israel 1/4
Spain bounced well after the Croatia defeat and have won every 2nd pahse game comfortable. Funny enough, Croatia slumped after that win and have lost the 3 games. Portugal had a memorable win over Israel and a tournament to remember.
Russia have looked brilliant. Greece are a doubt, why so weak compared to Spain and Russia, why so much trouble to beat Croatia. Israel were knackered after the qualification tournament.
QF look to be
Spain v Italy/Germany , and the winner of this will play the semis with
loser of Lithuania/Slovenia v Greece
The other half of the draw is
winner of Lithuania/Slovenia v Croatia
Russia v France
The bottom half is as tough as it can be. My prediction here and now for the semis is Spain v Greece and Lithuania v Russia. The Spain v Lithuania for gold and so we can win what we lost in 2003. Russia for bronze, France finishing 5th
Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:30 AM
Russia are certainly the surprise package this year. After so many years without any trophy, they are in a good position to fight for the medals. Both Slovenia and Russia could be in semi-final which means that if that happens one of these teams will win medals.
Spain lost too early I mean if they were still unbeaten then it would be more dangerous for them as if you don't have trouble beating your opponents it could be very hard to win if you get into tough situation.
Euro champs are not as good as they were in 2005. We all know their strengths - very good defense and experience in critical moments. If they face Slovenia in the quarters I wouldn't bet they will go through.
Croatians made a surprise by beating Spain and almost defeated Greece if not that 3-pointer from Spanoulis in the last second. Their problem is inconsistency as you said before. After a trully great victory they lose against one of the weakest teams in Eurobasket.
And yes both Israel and Portugal are the biggest surprises this year. They qualified from the groups that nobody saw them getting a single win and moreover got some wins in the second round.