When the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s game against Greece seemed to have gone out of reach in the fourth quarter, no one could blame Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes if he decided to rest some of his key players – naturalized NBA player Andray Blatche, in particular – in preparation for a huge clash against Argentina on Monday.
But Reyes said that he could not make that call, which would go against the team’s attitude of playing hard and never giving up until the final buzzer of every game.
“I kept asking my players, looking in their eyes and even in the last four minutes, last five minutes, we were down 12 or 13, my players were saying, ‘Last push, last push,’ including Andray,” the coach said after the game.
HOUSTON -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets will acquire guard Jason Terry in a trade with Sacramento.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed.
The Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks and send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to the Kings, along with at least one other non-guaranteed contract.
SEVILLE, Spain—Gilas Pilipinas plays its third game in as many days in the Fiba World Cup on Monday afternoon, clashing with former Olympic gold medallist Argentina and NBA veteran Luis Scola in Group B play at Centro Deportivo San Pablo here.
Game time is 5:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. Manila time) with the Filipinos tackling the toughest, most bemedalled side in their group.
Scola, power forward of the Indiana Pacers, will be the spearhead of the Argentina five without Manu Ginobili, the San Antonio superstar in the NBA, who is sidelined by injury.
Serge Ibaka stole the show in his first appearance of the world cup to help lead Spain to a 37 point win.
Serge Ibaka top scored for Spain in this blow out win against the Egyptians. He had 18 points on 8-12 shooting, including 1 made 3 pointer. Ibaka would also grab 8 rebounds in what was a dominant performance in his first appearance of the tournament.
Special praise also goes to Ricky Rubio for a great passing performance which would see him finish the game with 7 assists. 3 of which led to fantastic finishes on ally oops. Spain finished the game with a total of 21 assists as a team.
The Philippine national team got under the skin of Greece before yielding an 82-70 result in the FIBA Basketball World Cup early Monday morning in Seville, Spain.
Gilas Pilipinas was unable to overcome a poor start against the fifth-ranked team in the world.
Greece took control in the first quarter, 20-10, and kept Gilas at bay the rest of the way.
BILBAO, Spain -- They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.
Instead, the Americans were the ones on the ropes for nearly three quarters.
"I guess we felt like last night's game was pretty easy and tonight was going to be the same way, but Turkey came out and they gave us their punch from the beginning," forward James Harden said. "We took it and we were sluggish. That second half we played a lot better."
At the 11th hour, Nike just simply couldn't let Kevin Durant walk away.
With Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. A source with knowledge of the deal later told ESPN that Durant has indeed signed with the Oregon-based company.
Nike countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN.
SEVILLE - Senegal clinched their first victory at a world championship since 1998 on Sunday by beating Puerto Rico 82-75 at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
"We are happy to win our first game at the World Cup. Nobody expected us to at least win a game except us. We have to be greedy, say we want more and look forward," said Senegal coach Cheikh Saar.
Mouhammad Faye poured in 20 points while Gorgui Dieng collected 18 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Africans, who lost all five games at the 2006 World Championship in Japan.
Croatia beat Argentina, and Dario Saric looked good again. His pearly whites took a beating, however. Here, looking at specific positives and negatives gleaned from his performance.
Dario Saric played vrlo dorbo this morning in a 90-85 victory for Croatia over an aging Argentina squad. Saric finished with 16 points (on 5-12 shooting) and 9 rebounds in about 26 minutes, and his teeth plus/minus rating was a minus-1.
Dario's tooth got knocked out during the third quarter while Croatia had possession. He subsequently asked out of the game, causing the FIBA announcers to call him out for being tired while being the youngest player on the court by a good margin. Then everyone realized he lost a tooth and was bleeding. Saric nailed a three before sitting out for about 8 minutes of game time and finally returned to the game and again played well.
The Philippine national team has suffered two losses in as many games in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but the squad has kept the score respectable in matches against European powers Croatia and Greece.
The same cannot be said, however, for Gilas Pilipinas' fellow Asian qualifiers Iran and South Korea, which have suffered huge blowout losses in each of their first two games.
Iran, the champions of last year's FIBA Asia Championship, was blown out by Spain, 90-60, in Group A to open the tournament. The Persians didn't do much better against Brazil, getting pasted, 79-50.