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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.