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Old 09-11-2015, 08:06 PM   #141
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Choked. Plain and simple. The foul call lost a game that had no business being close in the first place.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:14 PM   #142
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The turnovers killed us tonight. The lack of experience out there really hurt, and you could see guys forcing it on offense all night. It was a tough situation for the young guys after hardly being challenged all tournament outside of game 1.

Hopefully they regroup and come back strong in the tournament next summer.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:54 PM   #143
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21 point favourites and can't even win. Yikes.
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:00 AM   #144
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Play like that they would get hammered in the olympics anyway
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:22 AM   #145
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I missed the game but from what I heard, the Canadian team were overconfident. Way too many turnovers for a team that was playing very well early in the tournament. Venezuela have no business being in that game but with all the freebie Canadians gave them they capitalized. Sucks that they lost because of the bad officiating. They still have a chance next summer and I hope they get some more help from NBA players like Tristan Thompson an others. I would take a couple or three players off this team Ejim, Doorenkamp(sic).
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Old 09-12-2015, 11:31 AM   #146
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I actually think it was the opposite. They looked more nervous than overconfident, and every time they missed an open shot they'd be hanging their heads. The first time I was really worried about the outcome last night was when Stauskas shot and missed three open 3s on the same possession, and immediately after, you could tell from the body-language that all the misses were getting to him and the team. At the same time, the Canadians knew that their game plan needed to be to force the tempo, but if anything they were forcing it too much, looking for the first pass on the break, which the Venezuelans could key on.
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:04 PM   #147
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So, Canada has won their first two games of their qualifying tournament, with an impressive-looking win over Turkey and then a nervous-looking win over Senegal. They're onto the semi-finals, where they'll play either France or New Zealand. France is obviously the big fish in this tournament, whether they play them in the semifinals or finals. They've got Batum, Diaw, and Parker all playing.

Canada is missing several NBAers including Wiggins, Olynyk, Powell, Murray, Stauskas and Lyles. Joseph has been key for Canada so far, and having both Bennett and Thompson has been a big plus.

It's a much weaker roster than they had at the FIBA Americas last year, but it might still be enough to get the job done, and good experience for the guys who are there, regardless.
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So, Canada has won their first two games of their qualifying tournament, with an impressive-looking win over Turkey and then a nervous-looking win over Senegal. They're onto the semi-finals, where they'll play either France or New Zealand. France is obviously the big fish in this tournament, whether they play them in the semifinals or finals. They've got Batum, Diaw, and Parker all playing.

Canada is missing several NBAers including Wiggins, Olynyk, Powell, Murray, Stauskas and Lyles. Joseph has been key for Canada so far, and having both Bennett and Thompson has been a big plus.

It's a much weaker roster than they had at the FIBA Americas last year, but it might still be enough to get the job done, and good experience for the guys who are there, regardless.
I must say, Wiggins not playing for Canada has me more than a little riled up. There's absolutely no reason for him not to be there. He's young and still developing.
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:24 PM   #149
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I must say, Wiggins not playing for Canada has me more than a little riled up. There's absolutely no reason for him not to be there. He's young and still developing.
Ya, it looks awful on Wiggins when Thompson agrees to go after playing all the the way to game 7 of the finals
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:57 PM   #150
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Don't they have to win this tournament to qualify for the Olympics? With that France roster, it looks highly unlikely they'd beat them...
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Don't they have to win this tournament to qualify for the Olympics? With that France roster, it looks highly unlikely they'd beat them...
Yes, they have to win outright to gain an Olympic birth.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:55 PM   #152
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Has anyone done the math to determine what time the game is on tomorrow?
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:59 PM   #153
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Looks like 4:30 AM MST on TSN.
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:34 AM   #154
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And we're through to the finals after an ugly win against the kiwis. 50% from the free throw line and missing 11 straight 3s won't get it done against France so here's hoping they pick it up and book a spot in Rio. Go Canada!
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:21 AM   #155
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If Canada wins tomorrow, will they be able to add guys like Wiggins to their roster for Rio?
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:28 AM   #156
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I hope they don't even if they can. Let the guys who helped them get there play. Leave his bogus excuse ass at home. Like the timberwolves are ever going to win anything.
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:18 PM   #157
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:15 PM   #158
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It's sad isn't it. Wiggins is not going to become a household name in Canada (or US really) while playing for the timberwolves. Try carrying the national team and see the love he'll get.

Look at Jays, Raptors, Raonic, Henderson, Bouchard, De Grasse, etc and the fandom they are getting currently. Maybe someone else will step up.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:53 PM   #159
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Did Wiggins give an excuse for not showing up? I could understand if he had no contract or was hurt, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
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He wanted to focus on his upcoming NBA season. Not sure if the timberwolves told him to do that. He's under contract for next season and likely the season after too, which is a team option.
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