Tommy Beer: Through Serbia’s first three games in the FIBA World Cup, Nikola Jokic is shooting 83.3% from the field, and is a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point territory. Oh and he leads his team in assists & rebounds. Serbia is undefeated. Their average margin of victory is 40 points per game
Kane Pitman: Joe Ingles when asked if he knew he fell one assist shy of the first triple-double in @FIBAWC history. “I didn’t know that and even though I do know it now it still doesn’t really bother me. The only goal was to win the game.”
In a 92-61 win against Angola on Monday, Gallinari wasn’t as efficient as his opening round performance against the Philippines, but the Italians again made quick work of an inferior opponent in Group D play in China. Against Angola, Gallinari had seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes. Gallinari shot 3-of-7 from the field and missed his two 3-point attempts, but his engaged defense and aggression on offense helped Italy burst out to a 25-11 lead after the first quarter.
Not only did Sikma take an inordinate number of 3-pointers for a center, but he made a high rate of them: 38 percent. That tied him with Danny Ainge for 16th place overall in the category. The next best 3-point shooting percentage for a center that season was Bill Laimbeer at 34 percent. No other center shot above 21 percent from 3-point range. “Del put me in that position and it worked out well,’’ Sikma said. “We kind of set the tone. We were a great example of what it could be in the future. And you see it today all the time.’’ Sikma paused and added, “I would fit in today’s game.’’
Did Sikma ever in his wildest dreams think he would set an NBA record and shoot a white-hot 92 percent from the line? “I approached it this way: I concentrated on the next free throw,’’ Sikma said. “My goal was to make sure I made the next free throw and everything else would take care of itself. I didn’t think about my percentage. I just thought, ‘OK, you’re working hard to get to the line, now make sure you make it.’’
Russia put on a strong third quarter against Spain and recorded a convincing 74-55 win in the last prep game for the two teams in front of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. […] Despite the loss, Spain’s Willy Hernangomez stole the spotlight with game-high 26 points while his brother Juancho Hernangomez helped with 12 points. Marc Gasol didn’t play due to stomach problems while Rudy Fernandez rested.
Germany grabbed a 74-64 victory against Australia in their exhibition game in the city of Jiangmen, the final one of their preparation. Dennis Schroder paced the Germans with 15 points, Maxi Kleber added 11 points, while Johannes Voigtmann and Paul Zipser added 10 points apiece.
Ricky Rubio scored an international career-high 25 points and dished out eight assists as Spain downed Argentina 84 – 76 in a preparation game before the World Cup. It was the last game for Argentina before the main event, while Spain has to play one more game against Russia.
Micah Adams: Ricky Rubio explodes for 17 points in the 4th quarter for Spain. The most points he’s ever scored in any quarter over an 8-year NBA career is 16. Rubio ditched the matchbox for a flamethrower.
Despite trailing at halftime (32-23), Serbia turned the tables in the second half and logged a 61-56 win over France at the AusTiger Tournament. With this win, Serbia stayed the only undefeated national team in preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China as they won all ten of their games. Miroslav Raduljica led the way with 13 points followed by Nikola Jokic’s ten while Vasilije Micic added nine points. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Vladimir Lucic didn’t play for Serbia.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points (7/8 2-pointers, 12/14 free throws) in 22:38 as Greece defeated Dominican Republic 87 – 75 in a game for the international preparation tournament that is held in Suzhou ahead of the World Cup. Apart from his 26 points, Antetokounmpo grabbed four rebounds and blocked his opponents thrice.
Nigeria trailed 44-36 at halftime against Montenegro but turned the game around in the second half and grabbed an 89-86 win. Jordan Nwora led the way with 19 points followed by Ike Iroegbu with 18. Ike Diogu added 13 and Ekpe Udoh 11 points.
China put on a strong comeback effort in the fourth quarter but Brazil managed to hold on for a 73-70 win, second straight prep win over the Chinese squad. Leandro Barbosa led the way with 14 points while Marquinhos Vieira followed with 13 in addition to Rafa Luz and Cristiano Felicio’s ten points each.
The Czech Republic defeated Angola 84 – 65 in the teams’ first game in the “Four Nations Tournament”, held in South Korea. Ondrej Balvin paced the Czech team with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jaromir Bohacik added 16 points, Tomas Satoransky 15 and Patrick Auda 11.
France came back from a 16-point deficit to beat New Zealand 95 – 81 in its first preparation game in China, ahead of the World Cup. Nando De Colo scored 19 points while Frank Ntilikina and Rudy Gobert added 12 points apiece for the French side. Corey Webster contributed 11 points, Tohi Smith-Milner 11 and Tom Abercrombie 10 to New Zealand.
Montenegro clashed with Iran in Yangzhou, China and recorded an 89-77 win as the squads continue their preparations for the World Cup. Nikola Vucevic led the victors with 17 points followed by Marko Todorovic’s 13 in addition to Suad Sehovic’s 12 points.
The Philippines national team clashed with the Australian club in Adelaide 36rs as part of the 2019 World Cup preparations and recorded a 92-83 win. Andray Blatche flirted with a triple-double by logging 19 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists.
Harrison Wind: Serbia remained perfect in its exhibition matchups ahead of the FIBA World Cup today vs. Italy. Nikola Jokic again came off the bench and finished with five points, four rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes in Serbia’s 71-65 win.
Brazil was trailing but took over in the fourth quarter and logged a 90-84 win against China. Vitor Benite led the way with 23 points on 8-10 shooting (4-6 triples) followed by Leandro Barbosa’s 19 and Cristiano Felicio’s 16 points. The latter also grabbed eight boards while Bruno Caboclo logged 13 points and nine rebounds.
Spain kicked off the game against the Dominican Republic with a big run and kept going as they recorded a convincing 102-70 win. Ricky Rubio led the way with 20 points – 14 in the first half – and six assists in the 20 minutes he spent on the floor.
Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Myles Turner added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the U.S. topped Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 – billed as the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game in Australia.
“We have guys that are just starting to play with each other,” said U.S. guard Donovan Mitchell, who had 13 points. “We got off to a little bit of a rough start in the first half, but the third quarter, we really picked it up defensively.”
Harrison Wind: Serbia, without Jokic and Marjanovic for all but five minutes, edges Giannis and Greece 85-80 in OT to take the Acropolis Tournament gold. Bogdanovic (28 points, five 3s) and Bjelica (18 points, 14 rebounds) did the heavy lifting for Serbia in front of a loud, pro-Greek crowd.
Turkey dominated the last quarter and got the 72-70 win over Italy after a dog fight. Alessandro Gentile finished the game with 26 points but failed to score in the closing seconds and the Turkish national team prevailed. Cedi Osman who scored the go-ahead three (70-68) and had 20 points in total was the leader of the winners.
Lithuania had everything under control as they logged a convincing 87-46 win over Finland. All 12 of the Lithuanian players scored with Jonas Valanciunas’ 18 points leading the way. Eimantas Bendzius added 13 and Rokas Giedraitis ten points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show right from the start as he pushed Greece to an 83-63 win over Italy at the Acropolis Cup. Antetokounmpo logged 18 points and eight rebounds in a bit over 19 minutes of play while Georgios Printezis added 12 in addition to Nick Calathes’ and Giannoulis Larentzakis’ 11 points each. Ioannis Bourousis grabbed game-high 17 rebounds along with eight points.
Marco Belinelli had an off shooting night (0-8 triples) but still scored 13 points for Italy followed by Daniel Hackett’s 12 points and eight rebounds. Paul Biligha also grabbed eight boards in addition to his 11 points.
Alex Kennedy: These are Team USA’s all-time leading scorers in major FIBA events: 1. Kevin Durant (516 points); 2. Carmelo Anthony (515 points); 3. LeBron James (400 points); 4. David Robinson (399 points); 5. Dwyane Wade (340 points) pic.twitter.com/basbQtAihM
Tommy Beer: Top NBA Teams by record over the last 20 years: 1. Spurs: 1,135-489 (.699 winning percentage), 2. Mavs: 958-656 (.596), 3. Rockets: 928-696 (.571), 4. Heat: 898-726 (.553), 5. Lakers: 893-731 (.550), 6. Thunder/Sonics: 887-737 (.546), 7. Celtics: 886-737 (.546), 8. Jazz: 884-740 (.544)
Serbia took down Lithuania in a tough preparation game ahead of the FIBA World Cup thanks to the effort of its NBAers. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 27 points and was Serbia’s leading scorer, followed by Nikola Jokic stopped at 14 and Nemanja Bjelica added 11 points.
Turkey beat Senegal 94-59 in their preparation game at Sinan Erdem Arena ahead of the FIBA World Cup 2019. Ersan Ilyasova paced the hosts with 16 points and five rebounds, while Furkan Korkmaz and Cedi Osman added 13 and 11 points respectively.
Harrison Wind: Really strong game on both ends of the floor from Nikola Jokic, who kind of took over in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points (5-9 FG’s, two dunks) in Serbia’s win before fouling out in the final minute (FIBA needs to increase the foul limit to six instead of five).
Willy Hernangomez scored a game-high 24 points (10/10 2-pointers, 1/2 3-pointers) and grabbed six rebounds for 32 PIR in just 14:54 minutes, as Spain beat Congo 96 – 64 to conclude the “Malaga Tournament” with three wins in three games.
Ricky Rubio dropped 16 points, Xavi Rabadeda posted 12 points and five rebounds, Jaime Fernandez scored 12, while Marc Gasol had a diverse contribution of nine rebounds, six rebounds and five assists.
Russia erased a 15-point deficit in less than seven minutes en route to beating Italy 72 – 70 in Day 2 of the “Verona Cup” tournament. […] Alessandro Gentile (13 points, seven rebounds) and Brian Sachetti (13 points) were the top contributors for Italy. Marco Belinelli scored 11 in his summer debut with the team.
Despite Thomas Heurtel leaving the team due to injury and Nando De Colo, Mathias Lessort and Axel Toupane still recovering from injuries of their own, France continued its World Cup preparations with a 94-56 win over Tunisia. Evan Fournier stepped up and led the way with 17 points while Theo Maledon – who joined the squad due to above-metntioned absences – followed with 14 while missing only one shot from the field (4-5). Rudy Gobert added 12 points.
Carter will play an NBA-record 22nd season, where he will spend a second straight year mentoring one of the NBA’s youngest rosters, which includes seven players under 23 years old. Carter will pass Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis and Robert Parish, all of whom played 21 NBA seasons.
Jayson Tatum’s skills coach, Drew Hanlen, bristles when he hears some of the criticism of his pupil. Yes, Tatum’s 3-point percentage dipped during his second pro season, but that was to be expected of a player who shot a blistering 43.4 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie. Last season, Tatum made 37.3 percent of his 3-pointers, the 50th-best mark in the NBA […]. Was there room for improvement? Of course. Was there reason to panic? Of course not.
“I mean, he shot 40 percent over his first two years in the NBA,” Hanlen said in a telephone interview. “I think people overcriticize him. If he would have shot 37 percent his rookie season, everyone would have freaked out, and now he shot 37 and people look at is as a drop-off. But I think there was just some frustration with him not being in the role he thought he would be in after the previous season.”
Last season, the Celtics ranked 29th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. Tatum’s size, ballhandling skills, and threat as an outside shooter should allow him to draw plenty of fouls. But last season he took just 4.4 free throws per 100 possessions, dropping from 5.2 his rookie season. (Harden, for reference, averaged 14.7.) “Driving and getting downhill through contact and being able to finish around the rim is our No. 1 focus,” Hanlen said. “And then consistency when he’s shooting off the dribble or off a full-speed move from the 3-point line. Those are our two things, just getting to the rim and drawing fouls, and finishing when you do get to the rim, and then consistency with threes. We just want him to be more efficient, and we think he will be. He’s as locked in as I’ve ever seen him. He’s very, very locked in.”
Frank Madden: My favorite random statistical quirk of last Bucks season: Bonzie Colson and Tim Frazier both had as many 40+ minute nights as Giannis (2). Frazier played two *complete* games, including a 53-minute overtime game in Atlanta.
Micah Adams: JJ Redick is one of only 18 players in NBA history to play in the postseason in each of his first 13 seasons via @Basketball-Reference. With Tony Parker’s retirement, he’s the only active player who can make that claim. If the Pelicans make a run, he’d be the 9th ever to go 14-14. pic.twitter.com/wneLo9jeJq
Justin Kubatko: The @Los Angeles Clippers are just the second team in NBA history to acquire two All-NBA players from the previous season in a single offseason. The other is the @Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired LeBron James and Kevin Love following the 2013-14 season.
Tommy Beer: Ben Simmons is one of only three players in NBA history to score more than 1,000 points, grab more than 1,000 rebounds, and dish out more than 1,000 assists over his first two seasons in the league. The other two players in this elite club are: Oscar Roberston and LeBron James.
Joe Vardon: Klay Thompson took the court just now to warm up, and the assembling Bay Area crowd let him know he’s appreciated. His streak of 120 consecutive playoff games was snapped in Game 3 by a bum hamstring
But Golden State has remained remarkably steady, scoring exactly 109 points in all three games: Game 1: Raptors 118, Warriors 109. Game 2: Warriors 109, Raptors 104. Game 3: Raptors 123, Warriors 109 “I just knew we were going to score 109 points, because that’s all we’re going to do the rest of this series,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said after Game 3. “So if we’re going to keep scoring 109, we got to keep them to 108.” The Warriors averaged 119 points per game in the regular season and 117 points per game in the first three rounds of the playoffs. So, Toronto’s elite defense is making its mark.
Tim Reynolds: The Warriors just made their fourth 3-pointer of the game – Stephen Curry’s first one tonight – and the 299th in franchise history in a Finals game. That’s an NBA record. The Lakers have 298 3s in 73 Finals games in the 3-point era. It took the Warriors 24 games to pass that.
Tommy Beer: The Warriors have notched at least one road victory in 22 straight playoff series. Over the last five years, Golden State has won 30 road playoff games. During this current five-year stretch, no other Western Conference team has more than nine postseason road wins.
Basketball-Reference: Draymond Green had his 5th triple-double of this year’s playoffs. The only other players in our database to do that 5+ times in one postseason are Magic, Wilt, and Oscar bkref.com/tiny/zeoyJ pic.twitter.com/VcvEHWX3hJ