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It will be a very tough and interesting game in my opinion!!!

I think Russia will win because of their great defense. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' />

By the time that Greece almost won them, if Russia play tough defense(especially on Parker which is the difficult part) like us, considering their many good and experienced players(something that Greece didn't had--experience) they can win them!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />

I support Russia until the end! I hope they win this!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' />

I'll be also very satisfied if France wins it!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Cool' />
This should be the best match that we've seen. I think France will pull it off in a close game. I like that the French coach stated that their top priority is to get the automatic bid to London.
France! I picked Russia but France should win.
Go Russia !! They kicked Serbia so i hope go all the way to final <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Cool' />
The overwhelming physicality should be enough to see the Russians home. C'est la vie.. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/victory.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Victory' />
It is up to Krilenko and Parker mostly but I think Russia will win.
France has Parker but.. Russia has Blatt <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Biggrin' /> Russians will be in the final IMO, especially if Kirilenko gives another amazing performance.
Well the Russians have the edge mentally. If the French play like the played with us, they're doomed, because Russia will take even more advantage from their turnovers than we did, and that can only spell trouble. France will only defeat Russia if they play their finest match.
Not only Russia has Blatt but France don't even have a "coach"!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/rofl3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rofl3' />

Let's say, if Russia has Kirilenko, France has Parker but Russia has more players in the rotation than France... not to mention coach issue!

Russia will win for those two reasons plus that Kirilenko is an all-around player that helps his team in much more ways than Parker.

Also important is the fact that the only real good 3 point shooter of France, is their only white boy, De Colo! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thudown.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thudown:' />

On the other side, Russia has many of them! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' />

One last note is that Noah had many problems guarding Bourousis, I don't what he is going to do against the giant Mozgov. Although, Mozgov is not the best in low post offense...

We'll see!! Is going to be a great game!!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
Yeah Noah was certainly stifled in our defense, only Traore performed marginally better. France will be needing 110% effort to win this.
France won in "almost" every important statistic. OFF/DEF Rebounding, 3pt percentage. 2pt percentage, FT percentage, steals and most importantly points scored <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/rofl3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rofl3' />

France did have 4 less assist and less FT attempts. More fouls were called on France. France also had 5 more turnovers than Russ. Coincidentally Tony Parker had 5 turnovers. I guess he is competing with M. Teo <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/rofl3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rofl3' />

Congratulations FRANCE!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' /> USA is waiting for you! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Biggrin' />
France was just dominant!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' />

On the other side Russia had Kirilenko with a little bit of Khryapa!

France deserved 100% the win and they got it!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' />

After 7 failed semi-finals France managed to play in a final!!! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/baby.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Baby' />

Now we have Spain VS France! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thup:' />

I just hope we will see an amazing game with many overtimes and hopefully the winner... won't be Spain! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
France beat Russia at their own game and constantly pestered them on defence.

I hope that France wins on Sunday, that's the best option for the sport. We could use another powerhouse country in international play. France has had the talent for several years but could never put it together before now.
Not really bummed out about this loss. I kind of expected it. When it was still close I was hoping a lot. I said before the start that I didn't think we can win and I wasn't going to get my hopes up. But the fan in me wouldn't let me be objective.

At the end of the day I just think France is the better team. But they will lose to Spain.
I expected more fighting spirit from the Russians close to the end of the game, but

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France was better , Parker and Batum were superb. They didn't Russia gain on them

Yet ;

Weren't there some harsh whistles (or not blown ones) against Russia in the late 4t quarter ?

P.S : I think France deserved , no offense, French people...