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Preparation Games - TalkBasket - 02-17-2010

Post here everything related to preparation games ahead of World Championship in Turkey.



2010-08-20 Spain vs. Lithuania in Madrid, Spain

2010-08-21 Lithuania vs. USA in Madrid, Spain

2010-08-22? Spain vs. USA in Madrid, Spain



The date of Spain vs. USA games is my guess but it seems to be the right one. Lithuania will also host Germany among other games.


Preparation Games - TalkBasket - 03-17-2010

Quote:...

As part of a double-header on August 20 in Halle with Germany's women, who will take on Slovakia in the first game, Dirk Bauermann's men will take on the Puerto Ricans.



Germany will then face the FIBA Americas Championship silver-medalists two days later in Bonn at the Telekom Dome.

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Germany will also host a Supercup tournament in Bamberg against Croatia, Lithuania and Turkey - three other sides that will at the FIBA World Championship – from August 13-15

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http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/38971/arti.html


Preparation Games - TalkBasket - 03-23-2010

Lithuania's preparation games are almost clear except the final game. We will play against Spain twice. It's getting boring now.



July 31 Lithuania vs. Finland in Å iauliai



August 2 Lithuania vs. Czech Republic in Panevėžys



August 6 Lithuania vs. Slovenia in Vitoria



August 6 Spain vs. Lithuania in Vitoria



August 13-16 Bamberg tournament (the exact dates of the games are not yet known)

Germany vs. Lithuania

Lithuania vs. Croatia

Lithuania vs. Turkey



August 20 Spain vs. Lithuania in Madrid

August 21 Lithuania vs. USA in Madrid



August 24 Lithuania vs. Iran in Kaunas


Preparation Games - Black Urum - 07-27-2010

Greece NT games in Cyprus tournament:



04/08:



Greece - Cyprus



06/08:



Greece - Germany



07/08:



Greece - Russia



08/08:



Greece - Croatia


Preparation Games - Black Urum - 07-28-2010

July 29, Moscow:



Russia - Latvia


Preparation Games - Black Urum - 08-04-2010

Cyprus 41-76 Greece


Preparation Games - ZEUS - 08-05-2010

Who saw the friendly vs. Cyprus yesterday on NET?



It was a good practice run for Hellas, who got to stretch its' legs in an official game. As usual, things were slow to begin with, and the pace definitely picked up with Diamandidis entrance to the team (he came off the bench). Starting five were Sofo, V-Span, Perperoglou, Fotsis and Prindezis. Obviously Cyprus could never have been a threat, but it was a good start for the team to start working on certain things bit by bit.



Everyone seemed to be in good form, except maybe for Fotsis who seemed a little shaky, fumbling the ball, etc. It was also really refreshing to see that Tsartsaris is back on solid form again, not seeming to have any problems from his old injuries, he was also the top scorer for the team. On top of that, Prindezis was also showing to have matured into a much brainier player, he wasn't just like a bull let loose in a fine china shop, LOL! The two lads Papanikolaou and Pappas also had some good minutes and tried to please Kazlauskas to show that they deserved a spot on the team. Time will tell!



What do you guys think? <img src='http://www.talkbasket.net/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />


Preparation Games - Black Urum - 08-05-2010

I will probably miss all the games as I work at nights (and mornings, and afternoons)... but Cyprus was never a serious opponent...



The games vs Russia, Croatia and Germany though will be more useful.



I think this refreshed NT is even better than the previous ones... Tsartsaris back in form is great, a PF/C with tons of experience and good shot, rebounding... Spanoulis and Diamantides left alone to lead the team (eith Papaloukas), athletic guys covering the 3-4 positions (Printezis, Fotsis, Perpe, Kaimakoglou) and monsters in the paint with Big Sofo and Bourousis (when they are in mood...)


Preparation Games - ZEUS - 08-06-2010

Lol, I made the initial post about Hellas friendlies before the WC because there was no speculation about performance in our game. Can the title of the post be fixed accordingly?



This should only be about Hellas friendlies.



Obviously, we are not caring about the opponents in friendlies, what is needed is to play some serious games to work on harder aspects of our game with some difficult opposition so that we may prepare better.



Glad to also see that Sofo isn't trying to dunk anymore with two hands, and just going for the one handed one which is easier. At least he won't be missing baskets that way! LOL


Preparation Games - forum troll - 08-06-2010

[quote name='Black Urum' date='05 August 2010 - 10:37 PM' timestamp='1281040649' post='24077']

I will probably miss all the games as I work at nights (and mornings, and afternoons)... but Cyprus was never a serious opponent...



The games vs Russia, Croatia and Germany though will be more useful.



I think this refreshed NT is even better than the previous ones... Tsartsaris back in form is great, a PF/C with tons of experience and good shot, rebounding... Spanoulis and Diamantides left alone to lead the team (eith Papaloukas), athletic guys covering the 3-4 positions (Printezis, Fotsis, Perpe, Kaimakoglou) and monsters in the paint with Big Sofo and Bourousis (when they are in mood...)

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On paper, even though Papaloukas is not on the team, it does look like the best Greek team ever. However, 2008 was also the best Greek team ever (up until that point) and it failed. They should have won a bronze medal at the Olympics and instead finished 5th. Mainly due to poor coaching decisions by Giannakis.



This team is a little bit stronger than the 2008 team (assuming Kazlauskas does not make any more strange roster decisions and there are no serious injuries), but the issue still remains of will they perform to the capabilities or not?



Will the coach do a good enough job or not? Kazlauskas is a better coach than Giannakis but he still isn't perfect.



This team should medal. They are better than every other team except Spain and the US. Serbia and Argentina are close, but this Greek team I think is a bit better than them. And Spain and the US this time are not unbeatable.



The US has a young and inexperienced team and Spain does not have Pau. So even the gold isn't impossible (unlikely) but not impossible. Looking at the schedule if they lose to Turkey they might get the US at the quarterfinals. If they beat Turkey they might get Argentina or Serbia at the semifinals and the US or Spain at the finals, if they make it.



The game against Turkey will be really tough and pivotal.


Preparation Games - Black Urum - 08-06-2010

Greece 82-54 Germany



Russia 66-64 Croatia


Preparation Games - TalkBasket - 08-07-2010

[url="http://www.talkbasket.net/news/lithuania-earns-a-hard-forught-win-against-slovenia-3549.html"]Lithuania 86-84 Slovenia[/url]


Preparation Games - ZEUS - 08-07-2010

Dare I say it?



Russia sh*tted all over by Hellas: 101-63



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Preparation Games - ZEUS - 08-08-2010

Today: Hellas - Croatia 90:81


Preparation Games - skangles - 08-15-2010

US beat France 86-55. The US looked really sloppy in the first half, they need to figure out how they're going to opperate if they expect to have success in Turkey.


Preparation Games - ZEUS - 08-17-2010

Hellas sets a new record for its' own books beating Canada 74 points with the score 123-49



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Preparation Games - Black Urum - 08-17-2010

[size="4"][url="http://www.talkbasket.net/news/acropolis-cup-serbia-overcomes-slovenia-greece-annihilates-canada-3591.html"]Serbia 82-81 Slovenia[/url][/size]


Preparation Games - Led00 - 08-18-2010

Canada is actually leading against Serbia. Wonder what is the game plan? <img src='http://www.talkbasket.net/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Biggrin' />


Preparation Games - ZEUS - 08-18-2010

Hellas pwns Slovenia 96-72, if we kept our more experienced players in, we could have brought the difference to around 50 or so points <img src='http://www.talkbasket.net/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rofl3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rofl3' />


Preparation Games - Black Urum - 08-18-2010

[url="http://www.talkbasket.net/news/acropolis-cup-day-2-canada-stuns-serbia-greece-humiliates-slovenia-3592.html"][size="4"]Acropolis Cup Day 2: Canada stuns Serbia, Greece humiliates Slovenia[/size][/url]