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LC
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Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

According to Andrew Gaze, the Boomers looked mightily impressive against Spain, the second-ranked side in the FIBA Rankings, in a private scrimmage yesterday.

"Australia took on the two-time silver medal winning Spain yesterday, in a closed-door scrimmage," Gaze said on SEN Radio.

“Clearly, Australia got the better of Spain. They looked sharp and the word coming out of it was Andrew Bogut was in rare form and transformed the entire offence and what they were doing on defence. He just had an enormous impact.

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ME
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16:28 5 Aug 16

Reply #593290

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Bogut makes a big difference to any team. But I would reserve getting too excited until Sunday morning. If the Boomers win or pull close to France, then it'd be fair to say they're a shot.


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Dazz
Last year
17:09 5 Aug 16

Reply #593294

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

SO, are THESE Spaniards all intellectually impaired?


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LC
Last year
07:30 6 Aug 16

Reply #593323

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

No Bogut = no chance.

Clearly there is a little bit of excitement with his return!


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MACDUB
Last year
08:48 6 Aug 16

Reply #593325

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Good signs at the very least.

Mind you, can't imagine Spain took it all to seriously given the age of some of their players and the burnout potential. Gasol, Navararro and Reyes are 36 and Calderon is 34. Fernandez is 31 and has had bad back issues.

But good signs re: Bogut


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Anonymous
Last year
09:32 6 Aug 16

Reply #593326

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

So.. Starting lineup?

Delly
Mills
Ingles
Anderson
Bogut

Lisch
Goulding
Broekhoff
Bairstow
Baynes

Martin
Motum


How come USA only brought 2 pgs. Could hurt them. Harrison Barnes out for a cg.


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Ricey
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10:51 6 Aug 16

Reply #593331

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Probably because half of USA can carry the ball up the court that aren't PGs


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Mystro
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11:20 6 Aug 16

Reply #593334

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

every American basketball player is clearly a PG, especially if they play NBL


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Anonymous
Last year
12:01 6 Aug 16

Reply #593342

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

If we're being told to take the Olympic warm up games with a pinch of salt then a closed door scrimmage result is essentially meaningless.


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ME
Last year
12:47 6 Aug 16

Reply #593349

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Positive signs is all it amounts to. Of course it can't come close to a win against Spain in a meaningful game but it says that there may be potential there.


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Hoopie
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14:02 6 Aug 16

Reply #593358

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Bit of a shame (but probably realistic) that the Melbourne Age lists every women's game as a highlight but no men's until the quarter-finals.


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ME
Last year
14:48 6 Aug 16

Reply #593360

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Yeah but newspapers today are all about "equality". Have a look at how many mens sports they note as highlights. I'd be surprised if it were many at all.


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Hoopie
Last year
15:08 6 Aug 16

Reply #593362

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Doesn't Australia punch above its weight in women's sports, tho?


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Zodiac
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16:42 6 Aug 16

Reply #593373

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

If anything the US women's team are more certain of gold than the men's team.


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Luuuc
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17:02 6 Aug 16

Reply #593376

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Yes, fair call.
The women do definitely punch above their weight, and Opals medals in the last 5 Olympics is a superb achievement, but the gap between #1 and the rest has never been bigger. (though having said that, the USA has picked a team that leaves the door open ever-so-slightly for an opponent that can rain down 3 pointers for 4 quarters - which we know is a big ask at any level)

At least on the men's side there is reasonable hope (and historical proof) that on a good night one of the top teams could knock off the USA.


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Mick
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19:31 6 Aug 16

Reply #593387

re: Boomers impress against Spain in closed-door scrim

Disagree Luuuc.

The gap between the mens' USA team and the rest of the world has blown back out to what it was in the 90s, the non-American sports media just hasn't recognised it because they are slow to catch up and don't really care about basketball.

What has changes is that the gap between them and, say, the eighth best team is closer than it ever has been, but the USA are miles ahead of the second best team.

This team will romp to gold, and there are probably only three or four guys going to Rio that would even be on the roster if the best Americans had made themselves available.

The Americans are now the best shooters in the world, you can't get your guns out and beat them in a shootout like you could in the early-mid 2000s, you'll end up seeing Klay and KD go for 25 each and the game will be over at halftime.


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