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September 14, 2014 Updates

Collet hopes to have Joakim Noah back with the team after three years of absence. Noah missed Olympic Games in London in 2012, Eurobasket 2013 and this year’s FIBA World Cup. “I hope Joakim Noah will return to the France NT” Collet said. “He helped us to win the silver medal at Eurobasket 2011 and I think he is now a better player. He became one of the best big men in the world” added Collet. Sportando

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Mickael Gelabale: On a personal level, Gelabale is an active member of the French national team, but he is also a free agent. What will be his future and how’s that is affecting him? “I was not in a hurry during the summer. Ι have self confidence and I wanted to play in the World Cup in order to prove that I am in great shape. NBA is always on my mind, but I also know that my agent is in talks with a big European club. But this can wait for now. We have a semifinal in a few hours”. EuroHoops.net

September 11, 2014 Updates

Spain's guards didn't adjust by looking for Pau and Marc Gasol in the post enough, and then compounded that by missing all but two of their 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. "Everyone thought we had won this before it started, but we didn't prepare well for the game and were trying to play catchup the entire way," Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro said. "They prepared better than we did. We relied on doing what we always do, defend and get out on the break, but our shots didn't fall, and they played with a lot of poise." Boston Herald

September 10, 2014 Updates

Mike McGraw: There will be no USA vs. Spain at FIBA World Cup. Spain loses to France 65-52. Semis are USA-Lithuania on Thu and France-Serbia on Fri. Twitter @McGrawDHBulls

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France actually led by nine late in the first, but scored just 10 points on its final 20 possessions of the first half, as Brazil took a two-point lead into the break. The Brazilians led by as many as eight early in the fourth, but couldn’t put France away, because they couldn’t put together more than two straight scores. “The zone was back all the time,” said Tiago Splitter, who scored just six points on 2-for-5 shooting. “Nobody was getting easy shots. And our shooters didn’t have a good game outside. “ NBA.com

Huertas was basically the only guy who could get anything going offensively. He scored 11 of Brazil’s 19 points in the period, hitting a three off a Nene post-up, finding space around the foul line for a couple of runners against the sagging French defense, and sealed the game at the free-throw line in the final minute. “They were deep into the zone,” he said afterward, “so we could attack, either for a shot or to find the open man.” NBA.com

Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is in Granada to see Evan Fournier (whom the Magic got in the Arron Afflalo trade in June) play. But Fournier was the 11th guy to get in the game for France, entering with 3:06 to go in the first half. He went scoreless with two turnovers in just 8:25 of action. NBA.com

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