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Opponents have taken issue with JV's elbows in the past. That was the origins of his feud with current teammate, then-opponent Greg Stiemsma
Flinch-gate aside, Valanciunas has sort of gotten lost in frenetic pace of the first half. Has just 1 FG in 4 attempts as US leads 43-35
JV had to have been caught off guard by Cousins' reaction, hence his humorous flinch. Can't imagine it was based in fear.
To be fair, Charles Oakley’s the only guy on the planet who doesn’t flinch with DeMarcus Cousins coming at him.
Many things for FIBA to be proud of; the depth of its officiating is not one of them. This looks Summer League-ish at times
Cousins with the rare combination of remarkable foolishness and remarkable restraint there.
Cousins goes after Valanciunas as the two bigs battle for a rebound. Former teammate Rudy Gay calms JV down.
Cousins thought about taking a shot at Valanciunas after VAlanciunas elbow choke
DMC just contemplated killing Jonas.
JV still looks off balance in the post sometimes.
Has anyone's stock skyrocketed as a result of this tournament more so than Faried's? Maybe Klay? Manimal becoming THE Man before our eyes
Sure, you tend to lose a lot on D when you become primary scorer, happened with McGrady after leaving Raptors, but stands out with Harden
Timely Grease reference by the FIBA commentator.
Am I “misremembering” or was James Harden not a decent defender in OKC? He’s horrific now.
Lithuania's plan of running an isolation against James Harden every time down the floor is sound.
Lithuania hanging around despite 7 1stQ turnovers. Not an advantageous formula vs the States. 21-16 USA. JV with 5 pts, 1 reb in 6 mins
USA up 21-16 after a quarter. Feels like a blown opportunity for Lithuania. Missed FTs, US sloppiness, etc.
No surprise there, but that was an outstanding piece by Masai Ujiri.
DeRozan checks in for the States. USA making their first push of the afternoon, taking advantage of a very sloppy start from Lithuanians
Valanciunas gets an early chance to pay Rudy Gay back for never passing to him.
Anthony Davis cares not for Hakeem Olajuwon's summertime teachings.
Board dominance and havoc created in passing lanes should be difference for USA today
Kenneth Faried: also hasn't gotten the JV pump-fake memo.
JV was a beast on the boards in the quarters but Team USA is a completely different an(man)imal. Americans have been dominant on the glass
Best to not turn it over, Lithuania. Like, ever.
Lithuania-USA semi-final on now on NBA TV Canada. Valanciunas opens the scoring.
Jonas Valanciunas goes up against some damn good big men imminently on NBA TV Canada: Lithuania vs. USA at 3 ET.
Davis, Cousins & the American bigs will be a good litmus test for Valanciunas. His biggest of the summer. Game's on NBA TV Canada @ 3pm
Not only was Mike Tyson swearing on CP24 not a sports story, it pretty much wasn't a story at all.
Correction on single-game Raptors tickets, they go on sale tomorrow. The info I got was for a pre-sale only
For those wondering about Raptors single-game tickets, pre-sale just went live at Ticketmaster
I can only assume Paul George's brain was in his lower leg and he broke that too. Wow.
17 yrs in sports radio/TV. 1000's of athletes/games covered & talked about. None of it tops being live on-air during day/night of Sept 11...
I mean, social media has its share of problems, sure. Being too harsh on Goodell/NFL/Rice/Ravens isn't one of them. Jeez.
Really cool to see Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth show and even cooler to meet him after. What an unreal story.
Not absolving Tyson for his past, but why ask about that now in a laid back interview and what the hell do u expect to happen when u ask it?
Smart move by French coach convincing Rudy Gobert he was in Vegas and this was a Summer League game.
Stunning win by France over Spain. No Parker, no Noah, no worries
Spain's window might include '16 olympics, but have to figure US team is better for that tournament than for this one.
France was unreal, near perfect game; allez les bleus. Sill feel cheated we won't get USA-Spain V 3.0
Spain's done. U.S. now overwhelming FIBA faves. That's good for Canada. U.S. win would open up extra OLY qualifying spot in Americas.
Boris Diaw: simultaneous NBA champ, European champ, world champ is on the table.
Meanwhile, in sports: Spain is down 5 with 3 minutes to go. Massive potential upset.
What if this is all one giant Mark Cohon power play?
I like that the NFL is doubling down on its PR strategy: "It's just that we're incompetent!"
"Boy, we're in some hot water. Idea: What if we had the Super Bowl THIS SUNDAY?"
"We just didn't think that anybody gave a damn about women." - Goodell, like, nine interviews from now
Another banner day for the merits of total and complete cynicism.
But why would Roger Goddell have lied about seeing the tape? It's like you can't believe anybody anymore.
Spain down 7 at the half to France in final FIBA QF. Hoo boy.
Good to have Barbosa in the NBA. I'm pulling for a Barbosa-Calderon nice-off one of these years.
The players have their faults, sure. Mostly they want to play, though, preferably for a fair % of revenue they drive.
Come the next lockout, please remember: The owners think like Michael Gearon. "How can I make this horrible thing work for me?"
LRT: Again, highly depressing.
Miracle of miracles, there will actually be some live World Cup hoops on NBATV Canada: Lith-U.S. at 3 Thurs; Semi 4 Fri; bronze Sat 12
I mean, I like it. It's fine, maybe even fine-plus. It's very affordable. It's a nice lunch. It doesn't revolutionize the genre.
COME AT ME, Y'ALL
Let's just say it: In-n-Out is slightly above average.