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Lavrinovic bros have led Lithuania back. Both Valanciunas & Motiejunas have spent most of the 3rd Q on the bench.
Baynes getting a rest and Brock Motum is in at center matched up with Valanciunas.
Valanciunas finally checks in for first time this half with 3:20 to play in the 3rd.
This USA team content to pound it inside. Fans expect fast breaks and dunks from Americans. Maybe causing some lack of energy in arena.
Dellavedova out of the game but Exum remains on the bench. Adam Gibson in at point for Australia which leads 53-45 with just over 4 in 3rd.
Pau Gasol thru 3 games at FIBA World Cup: 23.7 pts. 6.7 rebs, .651 FG pct.
But he has decided to have Baalke decide all things. I've written EXTENSIVELY about this. I blame York for the whole picture, yes.
Officially back on the clock today ... did I miss anything? ;-)
For someone to say I've not criticized Jed York on this issue... is really beyond logic. He won't talk, I've said he won't talk, it's on him
Join me on the Pelicans bandwagon. I have several empty seats next to me.
Via the NFL, 18 of 32 teams currently have three quarterbacks on their 53-man rosters. The other 14 have just two.
Rose gets first start of a half in second half against New Zealand. Test is if there's better ball movement.
Like Rose starting the second half. Needs to get a rhythm that's been too up-and-down since stepping foot in Spain.
Derrick Rose out there with the starters to start the second half for the USA.
Of course, James Harden now comes out firing. Three-pointer and dunk on New Zealand.
Timeout Australia, lead down to 11.
Lithuania coach Kęstutis Kemzūra has Valanciunas and Motiejūnas on bench to start the 2nd half and Lithuania have gone 8-0, just forced t/o.
The moral knots that fans will tie themselves up in just because they want a football player to help win a game. Really amazing.
Australia is playing without Patty Mills. Matthew Dellavedova has played 13 minutes at point with 5 points, 1 assist and 2 rebounds.
And I've said Jim Irsay should get a huge punishment from the NFL, in case you really believe I'm being hypocritical about this.
Meanwhile Dante Exum is scoreless in four minutes. He was taken out of the game after one particularly egregious defensive possession.
Somebody write that Aussie boy a check. Baynes 14 points. Valanciunas zero FG attempts.
Kenneth Faried is 5 for 5 at halftime and is shooting 19 of 22 at the World Cup. That's 86 percent from the field.
Team USA beating New Zealand, 57-35, at halftime. Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried leading scorers with 11 pts.
At halftime, Anthony Davis 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 11:26 of playing time. He's 3-6 on FGs and 5-8 FTs. USA up 57-35
Joe Ingles, who started the day 3rd in the tournament in field goal and three point percentage, is 6-for-7 from the field, 2-for-3 from 3.
USA up 57-35 at haftime vs. New Zealand. Derrick Rose has 2 pts, 2 asts. US dominating inside.
Rose sits out after one first half run, making one of two shots as DeRozan enters instead with USA ahead 57-35 at halftime.
Just 13 shots taken in two games and a half. He's had 11 assists, though.
For a guy that was touted as leader of Team USA, James Harden has been pretty passive at the World Cup so far.
Valanciunas and Motiejūnas have combined for two points.
USA blowing out New Zealand, so Fraschilla is hyping up Kansas freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. Remember/learn to pronounce that name
Ingles circus fall away 3 at halftime buzzer as Australia stretch lead over Lithuania to 19, 47-28. Ingles and Baynes with 14 each.
Step 1: Naturalize Gerald Fitch to join Thomas Abercrombie on the New Zealand roster. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Abercrombie & Fitch sponsorship
Wow. Australia up 19 on LTU at the half. Ingles hit some ridiculous shots. Baynes incredibly active. JV given no space to post or roll.
Utah Jazz' Brock Motum in now to give Baynes a rest with under two to play in the half. Scores inside to give AUS a 15 point lead.
They say dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Well I’ve always wanted to be a lifeguard, so get off my case about pants/shorts.
Would love to see the Bulls incorporate the NZL warrior dance in the pregame. Noah would love it.
USA making sure to get Anthony Davis involved in halfcourt offense, via post-ups or pick-and-roll. Davis 11 pts, 4 reb. USA 52-31 at 3:15
30/59 shots for USA and New Zealand (18/30 and 12/27 respectively) in a run 'n gun game! The NBAers lead by 21 points (53-31, 17').
Donatas Motiejūnas in with Valanciunas now. Latter has consecutive turnovers attempting to post Baynes. AUS leads LTU 39-26.
Warning to the Cavs - Pau Gasol is also ballin'!
DRose looked like he wanted to fight people in the warrior dance.
Odds to win the 2014 World Series: Los Angeles Angels: 5/1 Los Angeles Dodgers: 11/2 Washington Nationals: 6/1 Baltimore Orioles: 7/1
Kyrie is so ridiculously skilled with the ball in his hands. Gonna be interesting to see how he adjusts with teammates like LeBron and Love.
Warning to the Bulls - Kyrie Irving is ballin'.
Aron Baynes 14 points, Jonas Valanciunas zero points.
FIBA officiating, always entertaining.
Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried size and athleticism are overwhelming USA opponents. Few int'l bigs can match that combo or their energy
New Zealand isn’t afraid to play up tempo against the U.S. In for a Kirk Penney, in for a pound I guess.
Joe Ingles checking back in with nine points, 2 assists.
Faried plays every possession like he's still trying to make the team. Seems like the kind of guy who wants to be first in every drill.
Only in the FIBA Cup can Harden be the best distributor on the team.
Should you wear shorts to work? It depends entirely on how gross your legs are. Think of your co-workers before yourself
Team USA leading New Zealand, 27-20 at end of first quarter. Anthony Davis has 6 pts and four rebounds.
Australia rocking Lithuania 30-20 after one quarter. Aron Baynes 10 points, Jonas Valanciunas zero points.
Anthony Davis (2-4 FGs, 2-4 FTs) had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 1st quarter. USA leads New Zealand 27-20
USA 27, New Zealand 20 after one. Seems the Americans miss the Finland crowd. Need something to get their energy up.
Australia up 30-20 vs Lithuania Team USA leads 27-20 vs New Zealand
Big day for my typing "please advise" in emails. Back to work!
Of course the Portland Run the Jewels show is the day before I fly home and the Chicago show is while I'm in Portland.
Team USA does sometimes overhelp off shooters. Klay Thompson the victim there.
Anthony Davis returned after getting poked in eye, immediately grabbed offensive board and scored putback. Has 4 pts, incl. alley oop dunk
Frank's beard will go one-on-one with Harden's following the game. Can't wait!
Had to figure Curry's shot was going to start falling soon. Already got a couple of 3s after a 4 for 17 shooting start to the tournament.
Anthony Davis was poked in his eye early in the game against New Zealand. But he has returned.
USA leading 15-8 w/4:05 in first w/Rose entering. Maybe USA guard will actually look to make a pass to a shooter. Starting guards mostly iso
Anthony Davis was accidentally hit in right eye area by hand of dribbling New Zealand player, went to bench at 5:50 of 1st qtr. Hopefully OK
Rose sighting, and hits his first jumper.
Beard leading Team USA in assists, steals and facial hair.
Yahoo reporting Heat interest in Keith Smart for coaching staff. Spoelstra has opening with Rothstein, McAdoo being reassigned.
Best point guard for Team USA so far? The Beard!
... Spoelstra essentially wants staff of his choosing, as head coaches generally do.
Last year, Baalke decided Aldon Smith would be active for the game two days after his DUI. It was Harbaugh who let him play all 72 snaps.
So based on responses, Welbeck signing is sort of like an NBA team giving a young guy a big extension in the hopes he’ll improve.
... Smart, if hired, would join David Fizdale and Juwan Howard or Dan Craig on Heat bench.Rothstein,McAdoo have been re-assigned.
Yahoo reports former G.S. and Sacramento coach Keith Smart (93-170 career record) is strong candidate to join Heat's revamped staff....
Team USA vs. New Zealand have just tipped off.
Much of this involves teams' player-security departments--keeping them out or getting them out of trouble. The 49ers' dept is very busy.
USA-New Zealand, aka a scheduled day off, getting ready to begin on ESPN2. Yanks are in control of a muddled Group C.
Steph Curry from the corner scores the first three points for Team USA
James Harden and Kenneth Faried's faces during New Zealand Haka http://t.co/PMtHn3RLTj
Some American players look in awe as New Zealand players do the haka.
The 49ers aren't deciding whether or not McDonald goes to jail. They're deciding whether he should represent them in uniform on Sunday.
Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) tour announcement includes 10/21 date at Minglewood Hall.
To clarify: Harbaugh decides who's on the 45-man active roster on game days, but Baalke controls team policy. This is a policy decision.
Still a bit of a soccer noob, so feel free to correct me. But isn’t Arsenal’s signing of Welbeck kind of like the Bulls overpaying Boozer?
What Harbaugh could've said: Whether McDonald is active or not for Sunday's game is up to Trent Baalke. Because it is.
All I'll say is I'm pretty sure Charlie Strong would approach that hypothetical situation the same way I would.
Should add that in this hypothetical, you're not sure if one QB gives you a markedly better chance to win now than the other.
Harbaugh added he wouldn't want someone who hits a woman or kid on his team (not speaking specifically to McDonald and cites due process).
Jim Harbaugh on KNBR just now on Ray McDonald: we will not tolerate domestic violence and we're firm believers in due process.
...Would you play the key to your future right away, or let him ride to the rescue at the end of that stretch?
Hypothetical: You have two young QBs, one you view as key to your future. You're hitting a 5-game stretch essentially set up for failure...
Team USA plays New Zealand at 10:30 a.m. Central (ESPN2). New Zealand features three current NCAA players and former NBA guard Kirk Penney
Both Morris twins are celebrating birthdays today. What a coincidence!
For as good as Monmouth looked Saturday, still plenty to work on (Too many penalties, assignment breakdowns in the first half, etc.)
A replica of Euroleague game-winning lay-up vs CSKA via Tyrese Rice is now the welcome to Nokia image.
On the Big South call, Kevin Callahan agreed with what Brandon Hill said postgame Saturday: This is a good time for Monmouth to have a bye
Turkey indeed had point differential in mind, coach saying they didn't foul at the end because the 6-point margin was good for them.
Send me some questions you have about the Celtics going into training camp, folks. (If you want. Not trying to be as demanding as I sound.)
To clarify, Carlton Bragg's visits to Kentucky and Kansas in October are unofficials.
More from Ultra: "This decision has been made to reinforce and promote the safety of all Ultra Music Festival fans"
Walking around Nokia Arena cathedral. Keith Langford has made it onto Maccabi's Wall of Fame.
New policy for Ultra Music Fest: In 2015 the minimum age for admission is 18. Statement: "Ultra is a premium event geared towards adults."
Noticed that SMU announced the Monmouth game will be 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Dallas) on Nov. 30 at Moody Coliseum. WVU, Maryland times are TBA
so Bruce Springsteen's song, Atlantic City, is quite prophetic these days …
Omer Asik finished with 16 pts, 20 reb, 1 block in Turkey's Group C game vs. Ukraine. Ukraine won 64-58, dropping Turkey to 1-2 in pool play
Ukraine beats Turkey 64-58, now 2-1. Turkey is 1-2 but not in bad shape to advance if point differential needed by staying close in US loss.
Very important 64-58 victory for Ukraine (2-1) over Turkey (1-2) for Group C. The truth is the winners made ALL the big shots of the game
World Coup, Group C: Ukraine 64-58 Turkey. Group D: Angola 55-79 Mexico
Ukraine up 64-58
Ukraine is executing really well down the stretch. 64-58 with 36 seconds to go.
Turkey forgot to defend on Mishula who hits his fifth three-pointer of the the game
Omer Asik is the leading scorer with 16 points. I repeat: Omer Asik is leading a game in scoring.
Serious onions by Ukraine right now.
If Ahmad Dixon is going to succeed in the NFL, he needs to act like a seventh-round pick, not a five-star recruit.
And more http://t.co/2RSeVAUDKx
How ugly is the Ukraine-Turkey game? Only one of 20 players is shooting better than 50 percent. Two minutes to go and the score is 56-52.
Scorpions have released renderings of the proposed expansion of Toyota Field. A handful of pics... http://t.co/SYgtryrYJU
Zaytsev hits a three-pointer out of the timeout. Ukraine +6
...also has Starks and Odrick listed as co-starters at one DT spot, Earl Mitchell starter at other. Landry 1st team punt and KO returner.
BIG last minutes are coming as Ukraine leads 50-47 over Turkey at 36'. The 3points shot (24%) hurting Turkey so far in the game
Dolphins' first depth chart, just released, lists Lamar Miller as starter over Moreno (all subject to change, of course). Depth chart...
Asik is 8 of 10 from the line so far today. Form looks good. Must have worked hard at it.
Through three quarters, Omer Asik up to 14 points, 16 rebounds in key pool play game for Turkey. Ukraine holds 41-39 lead
I rarely listen to Mr. Tony live on 980, but today isn't just a day. Kornheiser is back in 3, 2...
Fratello alluded to that after Finland beat Ukraine the night after its beating by USA. Now locked in a tight one with Turkey.
Little scheduling bad luck for Ukraine, whose last 2 opponents had just played the USA. Game looks a lot slower the next time out.
Former Hofstra wing Zeke Upshaw inked a contract w Helios Domzale club of the Telemach League in Slovenia.
So, what'd I miss?
Jerry on 105.3 The Fan: "There's no one more focused on the practice or the than Dez Bryant. ... You're not going to see a distraction."
SUBE LA COPE OH OH OH OH
Asked about Tony Romo on 105.3 The Fan, Jerry Jones says you'll see an "improved player" due to new play-caller Scott Linehan.
Pelicans' Omer Asik (10 pts, 13 reb) already has a double-double at halftime of Turkey's game vs. Ukraine. Turkey leads 26-25 at the break
Derrick Rose so far in FIBA: 3-12 FG, 3 assists, 7 TO and *14* points in 40 minutes. Looked rough in back-to-back on Sunday.
We are still in the second quarter but Omer Asik already recorded a double-double: 10 points and 12 rebounds