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Anonymous
Last year

#39790

Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

With Croatia beating Lithuania looks like we have a good opportunity to make it to the gold medal match. With a win over Lithuania we play the winner of Croatia and Serbia in the Semi final

Live stats here

(Mod: Edited to add live stats.)

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XY
Last year
12:51 16 Aug 16

Reply #595278

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

History is there for the taking Boomers! You have done everything required to get a desirable draw through to the medals. Bring it home!


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Ricky
Last year
12:54 16 Aug 16

Reply #595281

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Revenge Time


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paul
Last year
12:58 16 Aug 16

Reply #595282

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Let's not forget that Lithuania are a powerhouse and Serbia and Croatia are very good basketball teams.

The opportunity is there for the Boomers, but they are going to have to play incredibly well, better than they did in pool play.


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Anonymous
Last year
12:58 16 Aug 16

Reply #595283

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

The Lithos won't be easy, loss to them by like 12 in the lead up. no Bogut or Ingles.

*Good sign*

LETS GO BOOMERS


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RMQ
Last year
13:01 16 Aug 16

Reply #595284

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Is it true The Lits tanked so they could play us?


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paul
Last year
13:02 16 Aug 16

Reply #595285

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Not at all, they just happened to have a really bad patch of form that ensured Spain and the USA were on the same side of the draw and Lithuania was on the other.


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LV
Last year
13:11 16 Aug 16

Reply #595292

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Lithuania is an interesting proposition.

On paper, Aus has better names. Eg: Motum (and Randle) played on Zalgiris last season with 3 of Lithuania's starters, and Motum was one of Zalgiris’ best players (going off stats). Motum can’t even get a run for Australia.

But Lithuania is a proud basketball nation with a history of becoming greater than the sum of their parts. In fact, they have virtually the same group who made the Eurobasket 2015 final, going down to Spain after dispatching Italy in the QF (they’re good, lost to Croatia in OT in the final after beating Croatia in the pool game in the Olympic qualifying tourney, have Bellinelli and Gallinari) and beat Serbia in the Semi.


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Andy
Last year
13:12 16 Aug 16

Reply #595294

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

So glad were not playing Spain!


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paul
Last year
13:15 16 Aug 16

Reply #595295

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

"On paper, Aus has better names"

From an Australian point of view perhaps, but from an international perspective Lithuania has just as many quality players as us and just as much experience as a team.

They're ahead with their experience winning big games, but apart from that it's two very evenly-matched teams. We need to embrace the moment and play the aggressive style that's got us here.


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Andy
Last year
13:17 16 Aug 16

Reply #595297

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

France V Spain should be a cracker of a quarter final.


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AussiePride
Last year
13:19 16 Aug 16

Reply #595298

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I think my preferred opponent in the quarters would have been Argentina but we are definitely capable of beating Lithuania. Hopefully now some tired legs on their team. The boomers have had plenty of rest so in that area we are at an advantage.

Go Boomers!


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Anonymous
Last year
13:21 16 Aug 16

Reply #595299

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

It's on at 10pm WST. Nice.


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LV
Last year
13:23 16 Aug 16

Reply #595301

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Paul, by international I assume you mean European and international competition?

If so, I raise you Patty Mills and his excellent record in Boomers colours, and I raise you David Andersen- in his 4th Olympics and with 3 Euroleague titles to his name.

Don't you think that, given their game styles, pretty much the whole Aussie team would be capable Euroleague players?

Ingles for example was a quality Euroleague player before entering NBA. Motum I've already mentioned. Broekhoff was one of the best outside shooters in the Euroleague last season and his team made the semi finals. Patty, Delly and Bogut have shown in Boomers colours their merits in this style of play.


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hoopie
Last year
13:26 16 Aug 16

Reply #595303

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I dream that we get by Lithuania easily, Serbia has a slug-fest against Croatia and neither recovers enough to bother us, Argentina batters the US and then Spain takes them down, and we beat up a tired Spain.


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paul
Last year
13:32 16 Aug 16

Reply #595307

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

LV, I'm not talking about club basketball like the Euroleague (where Ingles was a bench player, often little used), I'm talking about international basketball where they are proven as individuals and as a team.

The core of this Lithuanian team has finished third and fourth at the past two WCs and second at the past two Eurobaskets. They've proven their quality at this level of basketball.

As I said, for someone sitting in Australia I can see why you'd think we have better names, but international fans around the world know who their guys are and what they've done.

The good news is the Boomers have never ever played like this year's team, so we're a huge chance of getting this one if we keep playing the team basketball we have been.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:34 16 Aug 16

Reply #595308

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Boomers v Lithuania 1200 midnight Thursday


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ME
Last year
13:36 16 Aug 16

Reply #595309

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I am not sure about the Spain game but I don't buy that Lithuania tanked tonight.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:39 16 Aug 16

Reply #595311

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

They'll be very pleased to hear that. You're not supposed to know.


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PlaymakerMo
Last year
13:40 16 Aug 16

Reply #595313

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Kalnietis (Lithuania's PG) put up amazing numbers vs Croatia. I assume that Mills/Lisch/Martin will be guarding him given Lithuania's impressive size at the wing positions.

Hopefully our P&R defense is up to scratch on the day.


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Naph
Last year
13:44 16 Aug 16

Reply #595315

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Basketball Australia Retweeted
NBLfacts [email protected] 47m47 minutes ago
Boomers vs Lithuania Olympic history:
1992: L by 11
1996: L by 6 for bronze
2000: L by 18 for bronze
2004: L by 15
2008: Won by 31
#Rio2016

More than a little bit of history between the sides at the Olympics.


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LV
Last year
13:45 16 Aug 16

Reply #595316

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Paul, Ingles' last season in the Euroleague he averaged 25 minutes a game. 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and his team won the Euroleague title.

Yes- fair point. Lithuania has the results on the board in international play. Australia doesn’t. But- with Bogut, Delly and Patty playing the way they did in our first 3 games, and knowing what those guys have achieved in high pressure NBA finals games, I’m feeling quietly confident.


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paul
Last year
13:57 16 Aug 16

Reply #595318

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Now look at his actual season, not his end-of-year stats, and tell me how big a part he played in that Euroleague title.


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Andy
Last year
13:59 16 Aug 16

Reply #595319

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I'm happy with that scenario hoopie.


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LV
Last year
14:09 16 Aug 16

Reply #595321

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

He played

- 7 minutes in the final,

- 15 minutes in the semi.

- In the quarter finals he averaged 17 minutes a game over the 4 games.

So across 6 games in the quarters, semi and championship game, he played 15 minutes a game. In a 40 minute game, that makes him a major part of the rotation...no?

Besides, I take your point about Lithuania having points on the board *as a team*, that's very much valid and that’s why this will probably be a 50/50 game with the bookies.

My point was just that this Aussie team has some seriously credentialed invididuals. Mills has a great international and NBA record. Delly is averaging about 23 assists a game this Olympics (or something like that) and his body of work with Cleveland shows he’s a team first player who will thrive in FIBA ball so it’s no surprise how well he’s going, Bogut has been injured a lot of the time but when healthy has been a force in international play and one of the top 10 NBA Centres over the past decade. Baynes has also done some great work in Boomers colours and in the NBA. Andersen, Ingles, Broekhoff, Motum have all done work for the Boomers and have solid European club basketball credentials along with some NBA experience for Ingles and Andersen.

Lithuania has the far better team experience together, Aussies seem to have better individual players- that’s just my point. I agree with you that team experience is just as important though!


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Bear
Last year
14:16 16 Aug 16

Reply #595323

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Things I really like so far this Olympics:

1. We have almost all of our best players and NBA players
2. The team ethos is win at all costs, no matter who we play
3. We are not happy with an honorable loss, we want to win and expect to win

Bring on whoever, it's finals time and no game should be an easy game!


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Andy
Last year
14:24 16 Aug 16

Reply #595326

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Boomers should be favourites for this one:
Sportsbet has Australia @ $18 for the Gold (equal with Spain)and Lithuania @ $51
Without the USA...Australia are favourites at $2.88 then Serbia @ $3.30 and Lithuania @ $4.50


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Anonymous
Last year
14:27 16 Aug 16

Reply #595327

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Im more worried about Lithuania, in the quarters than either of the possible semi opponents. I have no doubts at all they tanked against Spain, and I put money on Croatia at $2.20, after whispers they would tank today as well. They are savvy, well drilled, focussed and been there before. Im really hoping the Boomers can play out of their skins and jump these guys and stay on top. If its a grind, cant see us having the goods. Cant wait for the game tomorrow night, will be a cracker, as will Spain Vs France!


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Anonymous
Last year
14:28 16 Aug 16

Reply #595328

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Come on, Lithuania, you've already broken our hearts enough in the past... just let us have this one


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Bear
Last year
14:29 16 Aug 16

Reply #595329

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I do hope we can play three more games, because no matter what they are going to be crackers!

I also hope that BA and our media here start to get on board, this is a huge opportunity for the sport in general to gain some ground on soccer, rugby and football, not forgetting to mention netball and cricket...


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Bear
Last year
14:30 16 Aug 16

Reply #595330

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Obviously I am also predicting the Opals to continue winning as well...


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paul
Last year
14:33 16 Aug 16

Reply #595331

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

LV, well off topic now, sorry about that. I would say he was a solid bench player ala a Rhys Carter in the NBL, who I wouldn't say was a quality NBL player. In previous years Ingles sat much more than he played.

Re this:

"Lithuania has the far better team experience together, Aussies seem to have better individual players- that's just my point."

I see what you're saying, but I'm saying at international level that's not the case. I think it's two evenly-matched teams but hopefully it's our time this year!


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ME
Last year
14:46 16 Aug 16

Reply #595334

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I don't see why they'd tank to Spain and Croatia when first would have guaranteed them the spot and they could have stamped it in by winning either?


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LV
Last year
14:55 16 Aug 16

Reply #595337

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

OK enough on the Joe Ingles tangent... :-)

Just one last comment- he played 19.1 minutes in 22 Euroleague games in 2013, and 24.8 minutes in 24 games in 2014!

From here:

http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/gamecent/p/pid/6036506/playerview.html


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LV
Last year
15:03 16 Aug 16

Reply #595338

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Just getting back to my comment about the Boomers having better names, I did mostly mean at club level. But the Aussie team is quite young, with all but Bogut, Andersen, Lisch and Martin under 30 and plenty of players who are 25 or under (Delly, Motum, Broekhoff, Bairstow). You only get limited opportunities to showcase yourself at international level, and with Bogut, injuries have limited his ability to do so.

When you look at this Boomers team and their experience in club basketball- it's extremely impressive.

- Between the Boomers starting 5 and 6th man, there’s 4 NBA championships, 4 Euroleague championships and hundreds of games of NBA playoffs experience.

- Australia’s entire starting 5 all averaged at least 15 minutes a game in the NBA last year, and 6th man Andersen was an all Star in France’s top league. Bogut started 66 NBA games, Delly started 14 and Patty started 3- and they were on the 3 top teams in the NBA last year!

Outside the top 6:

- Broekhoff played on the team that finished 3rd in last year’s Euroleague. In the final 3 games of the season- the deciding quarter final game, the losing semi final and the winning 3rd place game- he averaged 15 points in 36.5 minutes a game. Including 21 points in the 3rd place game.

- Motum averaged 10 points and 20 minutes a game in the Euroleague. Cameron Bairstow was on an NBA roster, getting court time in 18 games. Lisch won the NBL MVP for the 2nd time, in an ever improving NBL. Martin led the Wildcats to their 109th consecutive NBL playoffs appearance and 2nd title in 3 years, and Goulding led United to the minor premiership after a season in Spain’s top division the year before.

There’s definitely the talent there, and now things seem to be clicking as these guys play together on the international stage. Can they keep it up vs a disciplined team who has achieved sustained success in international competition over the past few years? That is the big question. Go Boomers :-)


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Curtley
Last year
15:14 16 Aug 16

Reply #595341

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

What are the odds for Australia to medal? I put a pineapple down a month ago at 9:1.


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Naph
Last year
15:30 16 Aug 16

Reply #595342

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

1/4 final is a 50/50 game.
Semi final is a 50/50 game.
If relevant the bronze medal game will probably be a 50/50 game. (On reflection we probably have a smaller chance than that as it will likely be against the winner of Spain/France, who then likely lose to the USA in the other semi)

Australia medals if they go WW or WLW.

If they are all 50/50 games then Australia has a 25% chance of going WW, and a 12.5% chance of going WLW.

So approximately 37.5%. or (3:5 if you prefer odds)


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AussiePride
Last year
15:33 16 Aug 16

Reply #595343

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Curtley. Australia at $2 now for a medal. Might be worth cashing out!

Ridiculous odds as that is what we should be just for the quarter final.

Next best is Spain at $2.10.

Interesting to see what we are on the international market. I doubt we are favourites behind the USA overseas.


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paul
Last year
15:34 16 Aug 16

Reply #595344

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

"Just getting back to my comment about the Boomers having better names, I did mostly mean at club level."

I know, that's why I had to chip in, you were forgetting that we're playing international basketball here, club records aren't all that relevant!

Re Ingles, you're again just quoting end of season stats, neglecting to see that in most seasons his minutes dropped as the games got more important. Remember, you were claiming he's a quality Euroleague player, he was a solid complementary player at that level, and has been much more effective in the international game.


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These pretzels
Last year
15:36 16 Aug 16

Reply #595345

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

The Lithos knew and know exactly what they are doing.
They will be very comfortable having drawn Aus.
USA are the best team.
France lost by 3 to USA minus their best player.
Serbia lost to USA by 3.
Aust lost to USA by 10.
If you we Lith, who would you prefer to play out of the 4.
The only 'close' game we've had v USA we've lost.
This will come down to execution under pressure late in the game.
I hope I'm wrong but Lith would have the track record in that dept.
We can do it though and no better time to write our own history. Go u Boomers !!


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dani
Last year
15:40 16 Aug 16

Reply #595347

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Boomers beat Lithuania last time 2014 and have a better team this time.

Lithuania are without 3 of the their main bigs from last time. Not sure who they bought in to cover them.

Lithuania crowd support is always immense.


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LV
Last year
15:42 16 Aug 16

Reply #595348

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Club records are relevant Paul, if you know what type of players they are and if their skillsets are complementary in international basketball.

The Aussies have a genuine, pass first point guard, a go to scorer, A strong all around big, a banging big man, a stretch 4 and an all around swingman. The Aussies have been very close to it over the past few years, but Bogut has completed this group- taking them over the line from a quarter finalist to a medal level team. (That's what it's looked like so far, anyway! Tomorrow night is obviously the test). And of course, so many of these guys are peaking at the same time.

I'm feeling good about the small little bets I outlayed on Australia and Spain- let's see if they both medal! Hope so!


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Freethrows
Last year
15:44 16 Aug 16

Reply #595349

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Has anybody else noticed that the other QF on our side of the draw is between Serbia and Croatia? I'm not sure if anyone else here has any idea of the political history of those two countries, but there's no love lost between them, to say the least!

It could be a bloodbath. I really doubt it, but it favours the winner of our match up with Lithuania in that whichever team prevails, they are likely to be emotionally exhausted. These are two countries that really hate each other.


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Bear
Last year
15:52 16 Aug 16

Reply #595351

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Yes, there is a history between them, but on the sporting field they also have great respect for one another I think you will find.


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LV
Last year
15:52 16 Aug 16

Reply #595352

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Paul- I guess we're getting into semantics now, but I would've thought putting up those kind of stats- and playing 15 minutes a game in the quarter finals, semi final and championship game for the championship team- would make you a "quality Euroleague player". (Of course I mostly watch NBA and NBL, so I have to defer to you, but it's all basketball).

I mean we all know players stats drop when they are in quality teams- for obvious reasons. Kevin Love averaged about 26 points and 14 rebounds one year for Minnesota. When he won a championship for Cleveland this year he was just a role player battling hard for rebounds, and only averaged 8 or 9 points a game in the Finals.

Look at Blanchfield- dominated for a lesser team, then played a smaller role on a semi finalist as he was surrounded by scorers.

So likewise, I'd expect Ingles is a quality Euroleague player because he played a major role on a championship team.


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LV
Last year
15:53 16 Aug 16

Reply #595353

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

(And by major role, I mean major rotation player- 25 minutes in two of the quarter final matches, 15 minutes in the semi final that they won by a point).


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ME
Last year
16:14 16 Aug 16

Reply #595355

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I am not sure which centers are no longer there but it seems like they only have 1 legit center at the moment. That could end up being a factor for us.


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LV
Last year
16:18 16 Aug 16

Reply #595356

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Donatas Motiejūnas.


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Luuuc
Last year
16:28 16 Aug 16

Reply #595357

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Looking forward to karma biting Lithuania on the arse just as it bit ours 2 years ago.


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Anonymous
Last year
16:31 16 Aug 16

Reply #595358

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

"Has anybody else noticed that the other QF on our side of the draw is between Serbia and Croatia? I'm not sure if anyone else here has any idea of the political history of those two countries, but there's no love lost between them, to say the least!"

I doubt it. Dazz successfully debunked this mythical "heritage" business just last week!


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rjd
Last year
16:36 16 Aug 16

Reply #595359

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I'd still have Lithuania as favourites to win this one. They have the pedigree. They have proved to be a true powerhouse in this sort of situation. This Boomers team seems different to past Boomers teams in their mentality, but I believe this mostly applies to our veteran starters. It will also take some good bench performances to get the win over Lithuania.

This is a great opportunity for the Boomers to show that they are truly the best Boomers team ever.


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ME
Last year
16:41 16 Aug 16

Reply #595360

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

The bookies have Australia as favorites at the moment paying $1.70 to $2.15.

Either way, just because this is a Lithuanian team doesn't mean it will follow the trend of past Lithuanian teams. Even in their wins during the tournament they've hardly looked too impressive. They're good, but I think chances are even at best for them. I doubt they can be seen as true favorites.


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Luuuc
Last year
16:41 16 Aug 16

Reply #595361

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Current odds at Sportsbet FWIW:

Boomers $1.61
Lithuania $2.20
Margin 2.5 points


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Anonymous
Last year
16:47 16 Aug 16

Reply #595362

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

When is the game? People keep saying Thursday? Does that mean midnight Wednesday night? Or Midnight Thursday night?


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Anonymous
Last year
16:49 16 Aug 16

Reply #595363

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

why you hating on jingles paul?


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LV
Last year
16:52 16 Aug 16

Reply #595365

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

The odds seem about right. Lithuania has a strong history together with recent successes, but the Boomers have been a better team in this tournament so far and have a top 6 who have all won NBA championships or Euroleague championships, so should be able to compete in pressure games.

One big factor in the Boomers favour is the timing. With the game being midnight tomorrow night, that's only 34.5 hours after Lithuania's game which finished around 130pm today.

The Boomers will be very well rested with Delly, Bogut and Patty all having been given a game off or limited minutes over the past two games.


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XY
Last year
16:56 16 Aug 16

Reply #595366

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

The more important question is - who gets to wear home colours in this one?

I don't think I could watch a whole game of Lithuania in that unfortunate olive green, which clashes badly with the court surrounds!


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Naph
Last year
17:05 16 Aug 16

Reply #595367

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Apologies in advance I'm sure the forum is going to munge the spacing...

Olympic Tournament Group Phase Stats

Kalnietis 19.2p 2.6r 8.0a 0.8s 0.4b 2.8to 6' 4" G 29yo
Seibutis 7.8p 1.8r 1.8a 1.0s 0.2b 0.4to 6' 5" G 31
Maciulis 10.2p 4.2r 2.0a 1.4s 0.2b 2.4to 6' 6" SF 31
Jankunas 8.8p 4.4r 1.2a 0.6s 0.4b 1.0to 6' 9" PF 32
Valanciunas 7.0p 6.8r 0.6a 0.0s 1.0b 2.6to 6'11" C 24

Kuzminskas 11.8p 4.2r 1.4a 0.0s 0.2b 1.2to 6' 8" SF 26
Sabonis 6.4p 4.6r 0.8a 1.4s 0.6b 1.6to 6'10" PF 20
Grigonis 3.0p 1.6r 1.2a 0.8s 0.0b 0.2to 6' 6" SF 22
Kavaliauskas 2.5p 1.2r 0.2a 0.0s 0.0b 0.2to 6'10" C 31
Kariniauskas 1.5p 0.8r 1.0a 0.0s 0.0b 1.0to 6' 6" PG 22


Dellavedova 9.4p 2.0r 8.6a 1.0s 0.0b 1.0to 6' 3" G 25yo
Mills 20.5p 2.2r 2.0a 1.2s 0.0b 1.8to 6' 0" G 28
Ingles 7.2p 2.2r 3.8a 0.8s 0.0b 1.2to 6' 8" SF 28
Baynes 9.6p 5.8r 1.4a 0.2s 0.2s 2.2to 6' 9" F 29
Bogut 13.0p 5.8r 4.0a 0.5s 1.8b 1.8to 6' 9" C 31

Andersen 9.8p 4.6r 0.2a 0.4s 0.0b 1.2to 6'11" C 36
Broekhoff 7.0p 3.4r 1.6a 0.6s 0.0b 0.4to 6' 7" F 25
Goulding 6.0p 1.8r 2.0a 0.5s 0.0b 0.2to 6' 4" SG 27
Bairstow 5.4p 4.4r 0.2a 0.4s 0.4b 1.2to 6' 9" F 25
Motum 5.0p 2.0r 0.8a 0.5s 0.0b 0.2to 6'10" PF 25
Lisch 3.6p 1.0r 0.8a 0.4s 0.0b 0.6to 6' 2" G 30
Martin 1.5p 1.2r 1.8a 0.8s 0.0b 0.5to 6' 1" G 31

(Australia with a lot more players who only played 4 games, which inflates their numbers a bit)


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Naph
Last year
17:06 16 Aug 16

Reply #595368

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I shit you not, but FIBA lists Bogut as 6'9" :P


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LV
Last year
17:22 16 Aug 16

Reply #595369

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

If you look at Patty Mills' numbers in major international tournaments, he's been a flat out superstar on the international stage- 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and 2010 world championships.

Bogut has been quite good too- in 2004 and 2008 Olympics and 2006 world championships.

This is the first time they've played together, other than Beijing 2008. Add Delly's great form to those two, and you have a trio of guys who are all playing like superstars on the international stage.




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Insider
Last year
17:38 16 Aug 16

Reply #595371

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Saboooonissssss!!!!! ROY Candidate


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Jick
Last year
18:08 16 Aug 16

Reply #595374

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

WE GOT THIS BOOMERS!


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proud
Last year
18:49 16 Aug 16

Reply #595377

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

My head and heart say Boomers but after watching Lithuania vs Argentina where they weren't terribly impressive and their insipid efforts against Spain and Croatia, I wonder if they were taking or if they are out if form and Spain are proof that you can get form back in such a short time.

Boomers have looked so impressive and i wonder about the health of Bairstow and if he's absent if it will be to the Boomers benefit or leave a gaping hole that Motum can't fill.

Truly can't wait and Lithuania will wear green as they have much of the tournament


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Mick
Last year
18:55 16 Aug 16

Reply #595378

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I'm more worried about Lithuania than any other non-American team in this tournament.

As said above, I hope karma bites them for taking a dive like what happened to us.


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ME
Last year
18:56 16 Aug 16

Reply #595379

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I doubt Lithuania have been trying to tank their last three games and accidentally beat Argentina. I think that is just their level of play this time around.

Can they find form? Of course. Any of these teams can blow up at any time and that is what makes them so dangerous in such a short tournament.

Bairstow will be a small loss. I think Bogut, Anderson and Baynes were set to play more of the big time games anyway. I don't like having to defer to Motum but at least he has a nice Euro step I suppose. Australia is well stocked in big men, moreso than anyone else in the tournament, so we're lucky.

Lithuania can wear rags for all I care. I hope they go down!


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Hendo8888
Last year
19:03 16 Aug 16

Reply #595380

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

They're replaying the highlights of the Boomers vs USA game on 7Mate now, for anyone wanting to relive that first half.


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Dazz
Last year
19:15 16 Aug 16

Reply #595381

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Yes, there is a history between them, but on the sporting field they also have great respect for one another I think you will find.
You're joking right?
Serbs and Croats HATE each other. Pretty sure they each still have warrants out for war-crimes against the others' leaders.

Even in Australia, "Serbs" and "Croats" belting the crap out of each other, was one of the main reasons for reforming the Soccer clubs.

I'm not suggesting it will be anything other than a passionate, fiercely contested basketball game. But "respect"? no.


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Freethrows
Last year
19:20 16 Aug 16

Reply #595383

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

^ Thanks, Dazz. I really am looking forward to seeing the spirit this one is played in.


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paul
Last year
20:51 16 Aug 16

Reply #595391

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Most of the players on the Serbian and Croat teams get along very well, as they come through the ranks they play together and against each other on a weekly basis in the Adriatic League. The hatred is more for certain former political and military leaders than the people of each country in my experience.

LV, I think we just have different definitions of quality. If by quality you mean a contributor at that level then I completely agree, but if you mean a high-level player in that comp then I strongly disagree.

Joe seemed to be a bit loose with the ball to get a major role in the offence with a top Euroleague team, but his style has been more effective in the NBA and with the Bommers, where he can use his instinctive feel for the flow the game more.

It's very different styles from Australia and the US to the Euroleague, that's a big reason why guys like Motum, Johnson and Khazzouh have had their various issues there, controlled offence and defence in a half-court situation is king.


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ME
Last year
21:13 16 Aug 16

Reply #595396

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Those differences are what makes Olympic basketball so great for me. There is so much diversity in how the game is played and understood from one league and country to another.


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Hydra69
Last year
21:15 16 Aug 16

Reply #595397

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Dazz = village idiot


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Chi
Last year
21:51 16 Aug 16

Reply #595401

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

The game is midnight Wednesday night aka 12am Thursday morning AEST


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Anonymous
Last year
22:09 16 Aug 16

Reply #595403

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

10pm WST Wed night... it's the biggest Big Wednesday ever!


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Zodiac
Last year
22:46 16 Aug 16

Reply #595407

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I'm more worried about Lithuania than any other non-American team in this tournament.

As said above, I hope karma bites them for taking a dive like what happened to us.


Agreed, the one team we wouldn't have wanted to face in the QF. Lose a SF okay you still get the chance to win a medal but it would be a crying shame if this Boomers team bows out in the quarters.

I'd like to say I'm confident but I'm not I've just seen them rise up and beat us too many times. They almost seem to step up a gear in the big games, they live for it and in the past we go into our shells.

This Boomers team seems different to that but Lithuania orchestrated this, they're playing exactly who they want to be playing in the QF.


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ME
Last year
00:27 17 Aug 16

Reply #595433

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I just don't buy that they tanked and no one has anything to suggest they're tanking other than poor performance. Pretty sure their main guys played massive minutes over the past two games and they had no reason to avoid first position so it's a funny looking tank.


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proud
Last year
01:40 17 Aug 16

Reply #595506

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Is it wrong to feel less confident after watching the Opals play awful, lacked movement, defense and turned the ball over 26 (to 9) and just looked unmotivated... And got some strange calls and no calls against them...

Or should we feel just as confident in the knowledge we are coached by somebody that is getting the most out of our boys

I'm just feeling anxious


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Luuuc
Last year
02:01 17 Aug 16

Reply #595521

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

I wouldn't read anything into that. The one thing I'll say is that the Opals have had issues the whole tournament, and it caught up to them tonight.
In contrast, the Boomers are probably playing their best basketball ever. Really can't ask for more than that going into this quarter final.


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ME
Last year
02:07 17 Aug 16

Reply #595523

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Proud, I think tonight's game might put a rocket up the Boomers' asses and cause them to hustle like mad. That was the obvious difference in this game - Australia expected the win, while Serbia desperately pried it away from them.

Win or lose tomorrow, (hopefully win), I am sure the Boomers cannot play as poorly and with the level of entitlement that the Opals showed. I expect them to play even harder now after having seen the game.


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LV
Last year
08:06 17 Aug 16

Reply #595557

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Paul, I guess I just meant starter level player. One of the Main guys off the bench on champs should make him a starter on most teams, and one of the top 3 or 4 for some. Didn't mean star or all star player.

Although your comments are interesting, that might explain why Ingles hasn't got the greatest Euro record that one might expect when watching how well he's done for the Boomers.

Getting back to our original discussion, if you look at the international record of Ingles and Mills, I think my comment had a lot of validity in terms of international records too. Ingles, (2010, 2012,2014) and Mills (2008, 2010, 2012) and Bogut (2004,2006,2008) and Baynes (2014 was great, only bench minutes in 2012) have been impressive in the major tournys, it's just that Bogut has missed so much and Mills missed 2014. You can say those 4 have starred at major international comps, add Delly's form and you have a genuinely star studded 5, with plenty of support from the bench.

Why are people talking about Opals? That had to be their worst major tourny in a long time- their troubles didn't start with the quarter final.


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LV
Last year
08:11 17 Aug 16

Reply #595559

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

And Baynes was a good contributor off the bench in limited minutes in2012 too.

These guys have all got impressive international competition resumes, and now they are all finally playing together In the primes of their careers. Saying Aus has very credentialled Names was a fair thing to say


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ME
Last year
08:23 17 Aug 16

Reply #595560

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

They're credentialed names by some measures but they're yet to truly achieve as a team. Hopefully that changes tonight!


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paul
Last year
09:07 17 Aug 16

Reply #595566

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

"Saying Aus has very credentialled Names was a fair thing to say"

Indeed it is, but that wasn't what you said, you said they had better individual talent than Lithuania.

My view is the Litho players have produced more in international basketball (which is what's relevant here) and that the strong form of the Boomers this tournament makes them two very evenly matched teams.


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LV
Last year
10:06 17 Aug 16

Reply #595577

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Fair enough. I think the reason Lithuania have produced more is because they've had more opportunity. Lithuania gets to play a major tournament every year, where as Australia only gets that chance every second year. And The Boomers best two players missed the last one in 2014. Bogut's actually missed the last 3. So if we're comparing these teams we are comparing apples and oranges. My theory is that, given the names Australia has now got on court together,- ie we now have the opportunity the Lithuanians have had every year, - we're a very good chance of beating them. It all comes down to one game though!


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Bear
Last year
10:27 17 Aug 16

Reply #595584

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Danger game, so sad for the Opals, but this team is better prepared.


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Duke Fan
Last year
10:32 17 Aug 16

Reply #595586

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Most Olympics I can remember it's been the consolation of cheering the girls to a medal after being crushingly disappointed by the guys. Just hoping it's a complete turnaround this time. We've already had the crushing disappointment


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LV
Last year
10:38 17 Aug 16

Reply #595587

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

And also Paul, I think you do have to admit that whilst this Lithuanian group came second in Eurobasket 2015, their team prior to that was quite different. Eg players from their 2012 london, and/or 2013 eurobasket and/or 2014 world cup teams who are not on this current team:

Linas Kleiza
Motiejunas
D Lavrinovic
K Lavrinovic
Pocius
Jasaitis
Delininkaitis
Jasikevicius
Songaila

Now, most of these guys fit into 1 of 2 boats. They are unavailable for Rio, or they've aged significantly and are now retired, or 34+ years old so have been replaced.

So the point is, this current Lithuanian team - whilst it has some experienced heads- is not the same group that has achieved all their success over the past few years. Australia, on the other hand, has brought back their best two players since their last major event






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LV
Last year
10:48 17 Aug 16

Reply #595591

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

A browse through the stats seems to suggest that many of the guys from the above list have been a major part of Lithuanias team in the past few years.

Majority of the main players on their London team are now gone.

http://london2012.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/12/olym/team/p/eid/6232/sid/6232/tid/2135/profile.html

6 of their 12 man roster from Eurobasket 2013 not in Rio.

https://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/team/p/sid/8722/tid/2135/_/2013_EuroBasket/accumulated-statistics.html

6 of their 12 man roster from 2014 world cup are not in Rio either.

http://archive.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/team/p/sid/6241/tid/2135/_/2014_FIBA_Basketball_World_Cup/accumulated-statistics.html

The point here, Paul, is that you're stretching the truth if you're talking about what "this Lithuanian team" has achieved. It's not the same team.




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LV
Last year
10:53 17 Aug 16

Reply #595595

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Eg Paul, your comments yesterday @ #595307 above are not really accurate.

The Lithuanian teams who have achieved past successes have been very different teams. Except Eurobasket 2015.


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Anonymous
Last year
10:54 17 Aug 16

Reply #595596

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Do we know which of Seven's channels will be showing the match?


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LV
Last year
10:55 17 Aug 16

Reply #595597

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

(PS I'm home from work sick. No more posts on this now!!)


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XY
Last year
11:17 17 Aug 16

Reply #595600

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

LV, I would prefer less woofing please. This is a danger game against a team that consistently and historically outperforms expectations based on our own parochial worldview.


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Luuuc
Last year
11:27 17 Aug 16

Reply #595603

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Latest odds
Australia $1.56
Lithuania $2.44

Good to see more money coming in for the aussies, so that when I place my anti-mockers bet on Lithuania I'll get a rather generous (IMO) price.


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ME
Last year
11:30 17 Aug 16

Reply #595604

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

It's going to be a tough game against two fairly evenly matched teams. I feel Australia has a few advantages but Lithuania has a history of playing their way into medal rounds. Yes, this is not the exact same team, but they've done it again and again with different rosters so it tells you just how good their entire program is. It will be a fight, but 'hopefully' the Boomers show themselves to just have a few too many angles to their offense tonight.


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LV
Last year
11:31 17 Aug 16

Reply #595605

re: Boomers v Lithuania Quarterfinal

Lol woofing, you're joking right. I was just pointing out some misleading stuff Paul said. In fact the whole debate started when Paul took issue with me saying exactly what you just said- that the Lithuanians outperform expectations. They play team oriented basketball, they're disciplined, they're experienced.

I don't think the Boomers are a shoe in, far from it. To win a quarter final at the Olympics, you need to play well. Just because the Boomers have been playing well doesn't mean they will continue to do so. One bad half (like Brazils first half vs Lithuania) and it could be all over.


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XY
Last year
11:54 17 Aug 16

Reply #595610

re: Quarter final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

Paul is saying you have a parochial worldview, which is the part of my quote you omitted to reference. So I guess I agree with both of you?

I am just suggesting you leave it until we have a result worth talking about before we congratulate ourselves on how good our team looks on paper (which is pretty meaningless right now for the Opals).


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Anonymous
Last year
17:14 17 Aug 16

Reply #595674

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

Dream scenario is Boomers beat Lithunia and then Serbia beat Croatia. Since if Boomers face Croatia Bogut may play them light.


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Anonymous
Last year
17:15 17 Aug 16

Reply #595675

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

"Do we know which of Seven's channels will be showing the match?"

Why would you watch their crappy traditional channels? Their streaming site has all events live on separate channels. 36 max, it's really good.


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koberulz
Last year
17:20 17 Aug 16

Reply #595678

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

It's incredibly glitchy and has awful commentary.


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Luuuc
Last year
17:29 17 Aug 16

Reply #595682

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

This one is on 7mate


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Anonymous
Last year
17:29 17 Aug 16

Reply #595683

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

No it's not.


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Anonymous
Last year
17:30 17 Aug 16

Reply #595684

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

7mate... what a joke - not in HD. Thank god for the streaming option.


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twenty four
Last year
18:53 17 Aug 16

Reply #595712

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

Thread should be renamed "LV and paul argue over semantic crap".


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paul
Last year
20:19 17 Aug 16

Reply #595729

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

"The point here, Paul, is that you're stretching the truth if you're talking about what "this Lithuanian team" has achieved. It's not the same team."

LV, if you're going to mount a google argument at least search properly.

Seven of this year's 12-man Lithuanian roster have played in either three or four tournaments in the past four years. Another has played in two in that span.

Between them, this Lithuanian team has something like 22 Eurobasket medals and 12 top four finishes in a WC or Olympics. These guys have achieved a lot, even if they've done it without you noticing.


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LV
Last year
21:34 17 Aug 16

Reply #595752

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

Yes, but my point is that Kleiza, Motiejunas, Pocius and others played major roles in getting those medals.

Question: How many NBL titles has Greg Hire won?

Answer: None without Nate Jawai, James Ennis, Jermaine Beal and friends winning it with him.


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skull
Last year
21:58 17 Aug 16

Reply #595757

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

Well Paul & LV, all I can say is, I was born in the 60's.....and I'm scared shitless about us playing Lithuania tonight!!

A bit like a recurring nightmare !!


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LV
Last year
22:07 17 Aug 16

Reply #595758

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

I'm worried too!

I'm hopeful that the Venezuela game was just a blip. That was more Rio Opals than Rio Boomers!


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Luuuc
Last year
22:13 17 Aug 16

Reply #595760

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania pre-game thread

Nerves building here too.
Just got my bet on at $2.55
Here's hoping I finish the night poorer.


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Isaac
Last year
23:21 17 Aug 16

Reply #595766

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Live stats here. Game starts in about 10 minutes.

Bairstow out injured.

Game on 7mate according to Andrew Gaze.


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AussiePride
Last year
23:28 17 Aug 16

Reply #595769

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

As with most events in Rio the Brazilians have stayed away in droves for today's game.

That is why countries such as Brazil and Greece should never be allowed to hold a basketball world cup. They only come out to watch their own team!


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Luuuc
Last year
23:33 17 Aug 16

Reply #595770

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Nice start. 2 threes & 2 fouls


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Jick
Last year
23:39 17 Aug 16

Reply #595771

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Martin is going to really harass fools all night, his aggression is an x factor here.

Bairstow is a big loss but the big men doing well so far.


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Luuuc
Last year
23:39 17 Aug 16

Reply #595772

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Loving this D


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Anonymous
Last year
23:40 17 Aug 16

Reply #595773

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"It does a lap of honour... and doesn't tumble"

"He shoots with his non-preferred left hand... doesnt tumble"


♥ John Casey

WHERE IS THE OLD JOHN CASEY DRINKING GAME??? HAHHAHAH


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Luuuc
Last year
23:42 17 Aug 16

Reply #595775

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Cambage in the stands enjoying a user-friendly roll


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Anonymous
Last year
23:42 17 Aug 16

Reply #595776

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Mills fouled, crashes down... and he tumbles"

hahaha

tumble count = 3

and I missed the first minute

what other Caseyisms do you want to hear tonight?


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Anonymous
Last year
23:44 17 Aug 16

Reply #595777

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I think I heard an "a lap of honour"


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Luuuc
Last year
23:45 17 Aug 16

Reply #595778

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

http://www.hoops.com.au/forum/10653-the-john-casey-drinking-game/


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Anonymous
Last year
23:46 17 Aug 16

Reply #595779

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Fox get John Casey back ASAP please. You really dropped the ball last season - CJ & Homocide = lolwut


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Anonymous
Last year
23:47 17 Aug 16

Reply #595780

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

We are playing well apart from falling in love with the threeball yet Lieutva keep fouling us from out there... thanks!!


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Libertine
Last year
23:50 17 Aug 16

Reply #595781

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Is this a record number of offensive fouls in the quarter?

Try watching this with dodgy Filippino commentary. At least it is on Malaysian tv!


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Luuuc
Last year
23:50 17 Aug 16

Reply #595782

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Settle down, Delly


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Anonymous
Last year
23:50 17 Aug 16

Reply #595783

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"the reverse layup tumbles" that's 4

Delly misses a shot but Baynes cleans it up "Baynes is there to put a lid on it" - haha


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Jick
Last year
23:51 17 Aug 16

Reply #595785

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

DELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYY


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Hendo8888
Last year
23:52 17 Aug 16

Reply #595786

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Solid start here. Umps are out of control with these offensive fouls though.


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Anonymous
Last year
23:52 17 Aug 16

Reply #595787

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Delly way too aggressive

but wait he just hits a three point buzzer beater at quarter time 3/3 9pts

nice


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LV
Last year
23:52 17 Aug 16

Reply #595788

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Great start. Shots hitting and D is intense


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Luuuc
Last year
23:52 17 Aug 16

Reply #595789

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Handy start, that :D


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AussiePride
Last year
23:53 17 Aug 16

Reply #595790

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Brilliant stuff but we can't rely on 3s all game when we are letting them drive into the paint.


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Jick
Last year
23:53 17 Aug 16

Reply #595791

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Lithuania certainly had a lot of shots waived away in that first quarter. They found it hard to finish when Baynes was in the vicinity


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Anonymous
Last year
23:53 17 Aug 16

Reply #595792

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Casey-Gaze combo is like wow


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Hendo8888
Last year
23:54 17 Aug 16

Reply #595793

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

They show the first quarter on 73, then switch to 71 after quarter time. That's going to screw over a lot of people who stayed up to see what channel it was on, to record it.


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Rat10
Last year
23:55 17 Aug 16

Reply #595794

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Showing Delly no respect and he's making them pay.


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AussiePride
Last year
23:55 17 Aug 16

Reply #595795

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Oh my god. They have left the basketball for the athletics. Isn't that why they have 3 channels?

And did Delly just hit another 3?


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Hendo8888
Last year
23:56 17 Aug 16

Reply #595796

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

John Casey is so clinical with his commentary. He pretty much is a human sound board with his set sayings that he cycles through.


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AussiePride
Last year
23:57 17 Aug 16

Reply #595797

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Ok. Regained composure and changed channels.


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Jick
Last year
23:58 17 Aug 16

Reply #595798

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

User friendly roll there for Jonas, but it was waived away


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Anonymous
Last year
23:58 17 Aug 16

Reply #595799

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

dafuq was that D-Mart


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Anonymous
Last year
23:59 17 Aug 16

Reply #595800

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Now that Aus are owning hard 7 will continue with it on the main channel. 7 are classic frontrunners.


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Jick
Last year
00:00 18 Aug 16

Reply #595801

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Dafuq is that floating dessert?


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Anonymous
Last year
00:01 18 Aug 16

Reply #595802

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

How classic would it be if Casey slipped up and said "... on Fox Sports" just before a commercial break.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:03 18 Aug 16

Reply #595803

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Delly 4/9 12pts

dat three


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Luuuc
Last year
00:03 18 Aug 16

Reply #595804

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Flop warning for Patty, and fair enough too. He got a bit Melb Tigers there


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Anonymous
Last year
00:03 18 Aug 16

Reply #595805

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Disgraceful Mills three attempt... let's tone it down a tad please


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Anonymous
Last year
00:05 18 Aug 16

Reply #595806

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Lisch... the non-preferred right hand"

whoah *keanu reeves matrix look*


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Rat10
Last year
00:06 18 Aug 16

Reply #595807

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

World class defence. Holding #3 team in the world to 22 points with 3 mins to go in the 1st half.


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Sirjump
Last year
00:06 18 Aug 16

Reply #595808

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Calm down, Patty.....


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Luuuc
Last year
00:06 18 Aug 16

Reply #595809

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

^ haha, I enjoyed that one as well.
Casey has a couple of variations in his playbook


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Anonymous
Last year
00:07 18 Aug 16

Reply #595810

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Brock-off or Broke-off?


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Anonymous
Last year
00:08 18 Aug 16

Reply #595811

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Loved the camera panning to a grumpy old Lithuanian dude not too happy sitting next to a guy with a Latvia shirt on enjoying himself.


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Rat10
Last year
00:09 18 Aug 16

Reply #595812

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Lithuania losing the plot.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:09 18 Aug 16

Reply #595813

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

we gunna gold?

ok ok looking to far ahead

we gunna collect some metal?

geez note to self: calm down


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Luuuc
Last year
00:11 18 Aug 16

Reply #595814

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Boomers getting the better of this over-sensitive reffing atm


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Anonymous
Last year
00:11 18 Aug 16

Reply #595815

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

We never got any favours in the past.

Now we are good and a few favours I'm taking it.


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Jick
Last year
00:12 18 Aug 16

Reply #595816

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Whoa, you don't see Jingles going upstairs too often


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Anonymous
Last year
00:12 18 Aug 16

Reply #595817

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

A proud basketballing medal collecting nation is getting raped by us. :D


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Anonymous
Last year
00:13 18 Aug 16

Reply #595818

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

HT AUS 48-30 LIT

AUS are LIT!


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Sirjump
Last year
00:13 18 Aug 16

Reply #595819

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Wow, great first half, lets keep this up!!!


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Luuuc
Last year
00:14 18 Aug 16

Reply #595820

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Rest the starters for the semi in this 2nd half :p


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AussiePride
Last year
00:15 18 Aug 16

Reply #595821

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Is it just me or do the Lithanian players always throw their heads back when the defense attempts a steal?


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PlaymakerMo
Last year
00:16 18 Aug 16

Reply #595823

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Those last 20 seconds aside, that was just about as good a half as any of us could have expected.

I feel so privileged to watch such great basketball.


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LV
Last year
00:16 18 Aug 16

Reply #595824

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Liking the confidence the Aussies are playing with. They don't look intimidated by matching up against a bunch of international stars with 20+ Eurobasket medals...

I expect Lithuania to go back to that full court pressure- they have to try something different, and that's what got them within striking distance after giving up a big lead vs Croatia


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Zodiac
Last year
00:16 18 Aug 16

Reply #595825

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Very happy with the 18 point lead at the half but this probably the best run with the refs I've ever seen us get an international game. Everything is going our way. Our defence has been fantastic but they will come out hard in the second half and we need to keep our nerve.

Boot on the throat!


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Anonymous
Last year
00:17 18 Aug 16

Reply #595826

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Calm down folks. This is for a chance at a medal.

It's also the end of Lithuanias golden era, like Spain.
We are favourites.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:17 18 Aug 16

Reply #595827

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

OK, seriously though, that was frikkin sweet and all, but I'd like to see us actually run some offence this half.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:17 18 Aug 16

Reply #595828

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Ok, the lid is off. We're winning a medal this year.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:17 18 Aug 16

Reply #595829

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

2016 > 1988, 1996, 2000. Let's go!!!


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PlaymakerMo
Last year
00:20 18 Aug 16

Reply #595830

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Given that the game was moved to 7s main channel from 7mate (in favor of the athletics no less), I'm assuming the ratings are looking good!


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Anonymous
Last year
00:20 18 Aug 16

Reply #595831

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Ok, the lid is off."

LOL Casey got you!


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AussiePride
Last year
00:21 18 Aug 16

Reply #595832

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Things have gone well because we have beem nailing threes but I am with Luuuc. We need to run and finish some plays this half.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:22 18 Aug 16

Reply #595833

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

BTW Aus paddle rate is 117.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:24 18 Aug 16

Reply #595834

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Time to get the ball into the right hands.
LTU gonna have to start pressing & gambling. Should be some cheap points for the taking if we stay composed and aggressive.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:25 18 Aug 16

Reply #595835

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

offtopic but my god some of these 7 hosts suck

Why does this chick host keep saying "we will go back to THE basketball after THE kayaking after THE whatever"

argh

just say we'll go back to basketball now or go back to kayaking or back to curling.

overuse of the word THE!! argh!!!


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Zodiac
Last year
00:25 18 Aug 16

Reply #595836

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

It's at this point I should probably confess my love for John Casey. Oh how I've missed non-preferred left hand!


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Anonymous
Last year
00:27 18 Aug 16

Reply #595837

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ John Casey

NBL Big Wednesday on FOX! oh the memories


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Anonymous
Last year
00:28 18 Aug 16

Reply #595838

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

50-30 scoreline ♥ this too


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:30 18 Aug 16

Reply #595839

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Let's get Maciulas another foul.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:30 18 Aug 16

Reply #595840

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

eeeeks


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Anonymous
Last year
00:31 18 Aug 16

Reply #595841

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Lameanis looking nervious. Do not screw this up Andrej you got the silver spoon with Breakers after your career loook dead and buried and now this nugget!!!! Most would die for these opportunities.


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AussiePride
Last year
00:32 18 Aug 16

Reply #595842

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Bogut is not going to let this go!!!!


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Anonymous
Last year
00:32 18 Aug 16

Reply #595843

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Silver minimum imo.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:33 18 Aug 16

Reply #595844

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

There it is!


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Anonymous
Last year
00:33 18 Aug 16

Reply #595845

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Ingles... running out of real estate"

HAHAHA I forgot this classic one.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:33 18 Aug 16

Reply #595846

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Nervous 3 minutes but we emerge from it just 1 point worse off and with a couple more fouls for them.
Time to knuckle down.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:36 18 Aug 16

Reply #595847

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Andersen's getting his bad game out of the way tonight.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:36 18 Aug 16

Reply #595848

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Why is Bogut still out there on 3?


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Anonymous
Last year
00:37 18 Aug 16

Reply #595849

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Gaze with a classic.

"Baynes was a solid man. Now he is a very very very solid man."


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Anonymous
Last year
00:37 18 Aug 16

Reply #595850

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Martin with a score.. lol.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:41 18 Aug 16

Reply #595851

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Their captain hasn't played at all. What's that about?


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Luuuc
Last year
00:41 18 Aug 16

Reply #595852

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Damo playing his role to perfection


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Anonymous
Last year
00:43 18 Aug 16

Reply #595853

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Tony G is switching his alliegances from Australia to Lithuania back to Australia.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:44 18 Aug 16

Reply #595854

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Plenty of starch in the D.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:44 18 Aug 16

Reply #595855

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Baynes killing it


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Anonymous
Last year
00:47 18 Aug 16

Reply #595856

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"it won't tumble either" that's 5

3QT 70-43 - oh me oh my!


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Luuuc
Last year
00:47 18 Aug 16

Reply #595857

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Ohhhhh yeahhhhhhh :D


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:48 18 Aug 16

Reply #595858

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Bairstow isn't even suited up. What's wrong with him?


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Zodiac
Last year
00:48 18 Aug 16

Reply #595859

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

This is beautiful.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:49 18 Aug 16

Reply #595860

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Another one of the best games I've seen by the boomers. Just dismantling this team.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:49 18 Aug 16

Reply #595861

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

John Casey definitely the star tonight. Got that extra knockout game grunt in his voice.


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Manoftheworld
Last year
00:49 18 Aug 16

Reply #595862

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Sweet to watch.


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Zodiac
Last year
00:49 18 Aug 16

Reply #595863

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Bairstow dislocated his shoulder it went back in by itself and Casey said he will be a chance to play in the SF.


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Luuuc
Last year
00:49 18 Aug 16

Reply #595864

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Soak it in, people. Soak this sweet 4th quarter in :)


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twenty four
Last year
00:49 18 Aug 16

Reply #595865

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Guys I think we might have a pretty good team.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:50 18 Aug 16

Reply #595866

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Umps were all over Maciulis tonight.


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BigAds
Last year
00:51 18 Aug 16

Reply #595867

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I don't know why I ever felt apprehensive about this game.

This has been beautiful to watch.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:51 18 Aug 16

Reply #595868

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

We got one of the best teams doing its thing with one of the best commentators doing his thing. What a work of art.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:52 18 Aug 16

Reply #595869

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Dat pass


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Luuuc
Last year
00:52 18 Aug 16

Reply #595870

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Just need Lisch to splash a three to make this game complete


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Anonymous
Last year
00:52 18 Aug 16

Reply #595871

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

If FIBA had real time world rankings:

#2 AUS


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Anonymous
Last year
00:53 18 Aug 16

Reply #595872

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Who do you think was smoother in this game? Boomers or Casey. In the Olympic spirit I say dead heat.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:55 18 Aug 16

Reply #595873

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Grigonis grigoni-ing.


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Shaggy
Last year
00:55 18 Aug 16

Reply #595874

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

How awesome would it be to see the Boomers in the Grand Final. Knowing they'll achieve their first medal entering into it and playing Team USA with nothing to lose after already playing them and learning from it.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:56 18 Aug 16

Reply #595875

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

The government of Lithuania has just declared a state of emergency.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:56 18 Aug 16

Reply #595876

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

In news just in: The government of Lithuania has just declared a state of emergency.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:57 18 Aug 16

Reply #595877

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

LOL @ there being a "Grand Final" at the Olympics. but I feel you with the rest of what you are saying.


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Curtley
Last year
00:57 18 Aug 16

Reply #595878

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

How can u watch the ser v Cro game? 7app?


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Anonymous
Last year
00:57 18 Aug 16

Reply #595879

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

The world has been hankering for the NBL since 1979. Let's give the world what it wants - an all-NBL lineup on court. LET'S DO IT.


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Hendo8888
Last year
00:58 18 Aug 16

Reply #595880

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Would be even better if Spain beat USA and we played them for Gold instead.


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Manoftheworld
Last year
00:58 18 Aug 16

Reply #595881

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Turn it on Boomers. This is great to watch


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BigAds
Last year
00:59 18 Aug 16

Reply #595882

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I don't know why I ever felt apprehensive about this game.

This has been beautiful to watch.


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LV
Last year
00:59 18 Aug 16

Reply #595883

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Lithuania's international mega stars really having an off night here....

The fixturing is very kind to the Aussies. An extra 12 hours of recovery and prep time for the semi? Thank you muchly.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:59 18 Aug 16

Reply #595884

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

MARTIN LISCH GOULDING ANDERSEN BAIRSTOW... fk Bairstow injured.. oh well get those four on

NBL WORLD SHOWCASE TOUR


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Luuuc
Last year
01:01 18 Aug 16

Reply #595885

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Motum in for Bairstow.
Goulding at the 3.
Let's go Andrej


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Shaggy
Last year
01:01 18 Aug 16

Reply #595886

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Ahh yes. True. Although it would be "grand", would it not???!!!


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Anonymous
Last year
01:01 18 Aug 16

Reply #595887

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Motum, Ingles, Mills with vital NBL experience also


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Anonymous
Last year
01:02 18 Aug 16

Reply #595888

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Ahh yes. True. Although it would be "grand", would it not???!!!"

Can't argue with that :D


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AussiePride
Last year
01:02 18 Aug 16

Reply #595889

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Best thing about this is we get to see a great Boomers team 2 more times at these Olympics.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:03 18 Aug 16

Reply #595890

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Rimas already knew what the rest of his countrymen just found out. Suns '93 baby


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Anonymous
Last year
01:05 18 Aug 16

Reply #595891

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Rimas right now is like "yep, I was in the NBL. nuthin' better"


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Anonymous
Last year
01:07 18 Aug 16

Reply #595892

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Damo ripped off on all his fouls


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Anonymous
Last year
01:07 18 Aug 16

Reply #595893

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Gaze just said:

"Sarunas Jasikevicius. I just wanted to say that because it's one of the few names I can pronounce that are quite tricky"

OMG Gaze referencing himself at being useless at surnames. hahaha AAA++++ coverage right there.

and he NAILed it!

CAN THIS GET ANY BETTER?


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Duke Fan
Last year
01:08 18 Aug 16

Reply #595894

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse! This is more then making up for last night. Is this the best performance from a Boomer's team? Our guards have absolutely slaughtered them


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Anonymous
Last year
01:09 18 Aug 16

Reply #595895

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Carioca Arena just experienced an earthquake. No a sonic boom. No a tsunami.

A fcking force majeure!


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LV
Last year
01:10 18 Aug 16

Reply #595896

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Well I've thoroughly enjoyed this.

Boomers in the semis of a major tourney- it's been a long time between drinks. Glad that they've proven what I suspected before this started- this is easily the best Boomers team of the past decade and a half.

With Exum, Simmons and Maker, maybe this is the start of a Boomers Golden Generation. For now, let's just enjoy this one


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Anonymous
Last year
01:10 18 Aug 16

Reply #595897

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Team USA right now all like: "DAMMMNNNNNN!"


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Luuuc
Last year
01:10 18 Aug 16

Reply #595898

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Lithwhoania?


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DaHuzyBru
Last year
01:11 18 Aug 16

Reply #595899

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

carn the Boomers!!!


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Anonymous
Last year
01:11 18 Aug 16

Reply #595900

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Greatest Boomers team of all time? Greatest performance?


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Anonymous
Last year
01:11 18 Aug 16

Reply #595901

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Boomers get a semi. But we've all got more than a semi right now. The key is not to premature.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:13 18 Aug 16

Reply #595902

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Word just in from Pier Maua: a cruise ship just quivered.


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Shaggy
Last year
01:16 18 Aug 16

Reply #595903

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Haha. Yes Paul George best be getting his tissue box ready......


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Anonymous
Last year
01:16 18 Aug 16

Reply #595904

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Croatia and Serbia to have a mass brawl in their quarter final so bad they both have to withdraw. #greedy


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Anonymous
Last year
01:18 18 Aug 16

Reply #595905

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Haha. He does quiver however over that Vegas stanchion. #kneeproblems

Shaggy your so boombastic


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Chi
Last year
01:19 18 Aug 16

Reply #595906

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Think Damo really showed his worth right there. Was the perfect do-or-die matchup to demonstrate the reasons for his inclusions. May miss Newley more against other line ups but can't argue the importance of Damo's work in this game,


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Chi
Last year
01:20 18 Aug 16

Reply #595908

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I think I'm a little stunned, it was incredible!!!! Who can get to sleep after that!?


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Luuuc
Last year
01:21 18 Aug 16

Reply #595909

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Those 4 assists & 4 steals .... Newley would have dunked those ;)


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Shaggy
Last year
01:21 18 Aug 16

Reply #595910

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Fiba live feed for this game talled about how we are (were ;) ) ranked 11th in the world.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:21 18 Aug 16

Reply #595911

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

LK is frothing right now. Medalling would be an intangible piece of promotion.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:23 18 Aug 16

Reply #595912

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Okay maybe not intangible per se but it's promotion that is non-monetary so in that sense yes, gold baby gold (even if we silver). NBL - it's all fun.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:25 18 Aug 16

Reply #595913

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Why is this thread not rocking? Weak as piss it isn't that late. This is the TURNING point we've all been waiting for. The biggest thing since 1979 foundation of NBL. Woooooooooooooooo


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Luuuc
Last year
01:29 18 Aug 16

Reply #595915

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I thought it would be cranking too.
Not much more to say I guess. Turned out to be a pretty cruisey win, with nothing we haven't seen before in the pool games.


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LC
Last year
01:30 18 Aug 16

Reply #595918

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

WHAT A WIN!

Boomers destroy Lithuania, move onto the semi-finals

30 assists on 33 made FG!

We next face Serbia or Croatia - no lost between them! Hopefully they beat each other up!


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Shaggy
Last year
01:31 18 Aug 16

Reply #595919

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Because any of us that are that old to know the NBL from the 80's & 90's can't stay up like we used to...


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Luuuc
Last year
01:32 18 Aug 16

Reply #595920

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Haha, that rare time when the WA time zone isn't a disadvantage


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Anonymous
Last year
01:32 18 Aug 16

Reply #595921

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Medalling will create a new generation who can stay up for us instead throughout the next twenty years. #passthetorch


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Luuuc
Last year
01:35 18 Aug 16

Reply #595922

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

No time difference issues when we defend the gold in Tokyo


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LV
Last year
01:35 18 Aug 16

Reply #595923

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

One of the many great things about this win is that we can now rave on about Australia's roster having 12 top 4 (at least!) Olympic finishes.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:38 18 Aug 16

Reply #595924

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Errr LV just like in 1988, 1996 & 2000? lol good one, all about that metal... let's get some


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Anonymous
Last year
01:40 18 Aug 16

Reply #595926

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

So Brock Motum plays in the Lithuanian league. Is he going to be Ahn Jung Hwan'ed?


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Isaac
Last year
01:47 18 Aug 16

Reply #595928

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Incredible team performance.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:48 18 Aug 16

Reply #595929

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Clang clang clang goes the only silverware Australia has ever won... useless junk like a FIBA Diamond Ball, one Stankovic Cup and a ton of Oceania championships. Time for the real stuff!


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Anonymous
Last year
01:59 18 Aug 16

Reply #595931

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Yeah Boys!

Good times people. Drink it in and savour it.


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Anonymous
Last year
02:02 18 Aug 16

Reply #595932

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Well I was #onfire tonight will bring more heat for the semi.

MUMBA OUT.


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ME
Last year
02:30 18 Aug 16

Reply #595933

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

The haters have certainly disappeared from this thread. Remember how we were going to get dominated by Euro teams, lose by 20 every game and not make the crossovers? Where are those guys now? I'd like to hear more about how Delly sucks.. please.


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Andy
Last year
02:59 18 Aug 16

Reply #595936

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Nice Boomers! made going to work this morning a little easier.


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paul
Last year
03:45 18 Aug 16

Reply #595937

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I can't remember being more excited than this about basketball!! This team is truly amazing.

To put how well they play together in perspective, they have now handed out 160 assists (to 70 turnovers) in six games. The previous best by a Boomers team at a major tourny is 143 in eight games. Incredible.

Bogut is just a freak big man with his ability to read the game and put passes on the money.

And Damian Martin - wow! He certainly shut up some critics tonight. He and Delly have 58 assists, 13 steals and just eight turnovers between them.

So amazing to see us dominate a Euro powerhouse with pressure basketball after having lost so many key games not being able to play that European style.

Getting ahead of myself, but the Boomers are a legit gold medal chance. That would be a nice way to flush the memory of so many disappointing Aussie team efforts these Olympics, most notably the Opals.


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paul
Last year
03:45 18 Aug 16

Reply #595938

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Those 4 assists & 4 steals .... Newley would have dunked those ;)"

Gold, my friend.


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paul
Last year
03:48 18 Aug 16

Reply #595939

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I guess the other thing to come out of this is Lithuania either didn't manufacture results, they just fell apart mysteriously after beating Argentina, or else they got completely run over by the karma bus!! Either way, what they'll face at home will make what Joyce and the Opals are copping seem pretty tame.


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Ricey
Last year
07:01 18 Aug 16

Reply #595941

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Boomers win. I get on the screen and my chewbacca helps with a missed Lithuanian free throw. Job well done


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Bear
Last year
07:05 18 Aug 16

Reply #595942

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

One game at a time boys, well done on a great effort but focus on the next game now!

Lithuania were brave I thought, they lacked our depth for sure but were dangerous in a couple of positions, which we scouted and did a good job to nullify.

Confidence is king and at the moment we are on that side of the court, pun intended...


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skull
Last year
07:10 18 Aug 16

Reply #595943

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Offence wins games....Defence wins medals


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Bear
Last year
07:15 18 Aug 16

Reply #595945

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Generally speaking @skull, I wouldn't disagree, however the Boomers have always been a good team defensively and our team oriented style would create good shots from the field, however this team is different.

This team can defend as well as teams in the past, it can play team oriented basketball as well as teams in the past, what separates the 2016 Boomers from the pack before it is confidence gained through experience and self belief.

We just don't usually see this amount of dunking and ally-oopness in our boys and I am loving it...

It sends a message, one that is making the whole world sit up and take notice!


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mystro
Last year
07:28 18 Aug 16

Reply #595947

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Great win for the Boomers, congratulations and lets hope they can snag a Medal.
Lemanis has them playing a great brand of team basketball that is a pleasure to watch.

I will be cheering for the Green & Gold.


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XY
Last year
09:15 18 Aug 16

Reply #595954

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

That was fun. Let's do it again.


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KET
Last year
10:40 18 Aug 16

Reply #595978

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I doubt they sell any of the Olympic uniforms


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Luuuc
Last year
10:51 18 Aug 16

Reply #595985

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Seems an odd thing for a sports apparel company not to bother selling, right?
This sponsorship would not have been cheap. Milk it for all it's worth, Adidas!


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Jimmy Needles
Last year
11:34 18 Aug 16

Reply #596003

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Don't think the Olympic uniforms worn by the athletes in any sport is ever made available to the public. Makes sense, but I sure would love to rock one of those jerseys.


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ME
Last year
11:54 18 Aug 16

Reply #596011

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I think theyy are, yes.


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fstos
Last year
15:12 18 Aug 16

Reply #596099

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

After spending all night on a plane I arrived this morning to the great news. Have been trying to follow as best I could and had a VPN so watch some games on BBC with a crappy internet connection.

Now I am home is there anywhere I can watch a replay as my VPN has expired.


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Luuuc
Last year
15:36 18 Aug 16

Reply #596102

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Pretty sure that game replays are free on the 7Rio2016 website & app.


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koberulz
Last year
16:26 18 Aug 16

Reply #596109

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

They're not, that's premium-only. I think one was, briefly, at a lower resolution, but I've not since seen any replays available without premium (although I've only checked once, back when I couldn't sign in). Premium is free for Telstra customers, though, so all you need is a Telstra ID.


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Dazz
Last year
19:43 18 Aug 16

Reply #596128

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Martin certainly got some good minutes this game. I guess Lemanis likes what he brings on defence.
(definitely not there for his scoring ability)


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rjd
Last year
20:20 18 Aug 16

Reply #596133

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Really pleased with Martin's impact, 4 assists and 4 steals. Martin even had the best +/- per minute on the team with +21 in 16 minutes. It will be interesting to see if Teodosic comes off the bench again, because that might make Martin especially vital if he again is first guard off the bench.


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paul
Last year
21:43 18 Aug 16

Reply #596141

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Damo is now +57 in 59 minutes and is fifth in the comp in steals despite playing less than 12mpg. He certainly isn't wasting this chance he has waited so long for!


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ME
Last year
21:48 18 Aug 16

Reply #596143

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Yes Damien Martin has justified his selection. Australia has done a great job of rotating pests on opposition guards and throwing them out of their offense.


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paul
Last year
22:01 18 Aug 16

Reply #596146

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Question: How many NBL titles has Greg Hire won?

Answer: None without Nate Jawai, James Ennis, Jermaine Beal and friends winning it with him."

You've said some hilariously wrong stuff lately, but comparing Kalnietis, Maciulis, Kuzminskas, Seibutis and Valanciunas to Greg Hire takes the cake! Thanks for the entertainment.


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ME
Last year
22:55 18 Aug 16

Reply #596151

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

This person has missed the point that people don't win NBL titles without having atleast 4 other players on the floor.


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Anonymous
Last year
23:03 18 Aug 16

Reply #596152

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Or in Hire's case, 5 other players on the floor because you're glued firmly to the end of the bench.


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LV
Last year
09:07 19 Aug 16

Reply #596169

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"You've said some hilariously wrong stuff lately, but comparing Kalnietis, Maciulis, Kuzminskas, Seibutis and Valanciunas to Greg Hire takes the cake! Thanks for the entertainment".

Huge straw man.


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LV
Last year
09:36 19 Aug 16

Reply #596175

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

The point is not that Greg Hire is comparable to Seibutis etc, or even that his value on the Wildcats is comparable to the value all those guys bring to the Lithuanian team. The point was that basketball is a team game, and Paul was giving too much credit to these Lithuanian players for results achieved with teams that included other players.

I said the Aussie team had better names- on the basis of what they have achieved at various levels of basketball- NBA, Europe, International. And I also said I expected good results on the court from these names in this team- on the basis of the compatibility of their skillsets on the basketball court. I'm very happy to see the Boomers confirming my suspicions about them and becoming officially the best Aussie team in 15+ years and - the way it’s looked throughout this tournament - the best Boomers team ever.


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paul
Last year
10:14 19 Aug 16

Reply #596185

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

LV, what are you judging their contribution to those wins on. You wrote "I mostly watch NBA and NBL", but now you know who has done what for Lithuania over the years?

How many of their games have you watched over the period where the core of the current group have been playing?

Their top five scorers from the 2015 silver are in Rio, so are three of their top four scorers from 2014 and three of their top four scorers from the 2013 silver.

If the top scorers from their 2nd, 4th and 2nd place finishes the past three years don't get credit for their success, who does? If you look at the other major stat categories the story is mostly the same.

The reality is both Australia and Lithuania have excellent talent, but because you watch mostly the NBA and NBL you aren't aware of many of the Lithuanians like you are the Aussies.





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LV
Last year
10:46 19 Aug 16

Reply #596194

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Paul- when you've been playing, watching and/or coaching basketball for 20 years, you don’t need to watch every game to get an idea of what’s happening. Stats, of course, don’t even tell half the story but they do tell us a lot. Although you don’t need to be some kind of basketball connoisseur to see that the Lithuanian teams from 2013 and 2014 were very different to the teams from Rio.

As I said, Lithuania have virtually the same team as 2015 so I don’t mind you giving them credit for Eurobasket last year (Although, having said that, they won some very close games which suggests that might have been a bit lucky on occasions).

My issue was with prior to that- where analysis of the minutes spread shows that the team was totally different.

In 2014, there were 9 main guys in the rotation. There were only 9 players who played in every single game, and those were also the only 9 players who averaged at least 12 minutes per contest. 4 of them were not in Rio.

In 2013 the story is much the same- They had 9 main guys in their rotation. 7 players who appeared in all 11 games. 3 of them were not in Rio. They had another 2 who appeared in 10 of 11 games. 1 of them was not in Rio. Again, 4 of the 9 rotation players weren’t in Rio.

So in Rio, Lithuania had only about half of their rotation from the 2013 Eurobasket and the 2014 worlds.

Lithuania had a bunch of experienced heads in Rio- but also had some inexperienced kids and lesser players. Perhaps that’s why in the quarter final, after Maciulis did some boneheaded things and had to sit on the bench, and after Jankunas got injured, the team struggled so much. Maybe if they’d had Motiejunas, Kleiza etc- instead of Grigonis, Sabonis etc- they would have put up a more competitive performance.


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paul
Last year
10:56 19 Aug 16

Reply #596197

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I'm just going to repeat this paragraph for you.

Their top five scorers from the 2015 silver are in Rio, so are three of their top four scorers from 2014 and three of their top four scorers from the 2013 silver.

Most of the core of their recent success is in Rio. Seven of these guys have played in either three or four tournaments the past four years, including most of their leading scorers.

Just admit it you got it wrong when you said I was giving the guys too much credit for their part in Lithuania's team success. The facts are clear, these are high-quality international players.

Yes, Lithuania would be better with a couple more of their frontcourt players for sure, but that doesn't subtract from the international quality of the key guys who are here.

Agree with you re their end of bench depth, and I think it's a great credit to the Aussies the way our guys without a heap of international experience have played their roles.


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LV
Last year
11:35 19 Aug 16

Reply #596200

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

We can both pick facts that suit ourselves.

4 of their 9 rotation players from the 2013 worlds and the 2014 Eurobasket, and 6 of their 12 man roster for each tournament were not in Rio. If we go back to 2010- when Lithuania also achieved success which you were including in your tallies- then the team was even more different. Much more so.

Further, go back to the context of the debate. I said that Australia had better names- and I meant the combination of their body of work in NBA, Europe and International basketball- which is all relevant. Nothing you've said has made me question that. I have never said that Seibutis, Kalneitis etc were not impressive players- my argument was that Lithuania is a program that gets the most out of its players but that the Boomers had more impressive individual players. (As it turns out, we both agree that the Boomers under Lemanis are fast turning into a program that also gets the most out of it’s talent!).

I was referring to Patty Mills- who was the leading scorer in the London Olympics and then was a key element of the Spurs bench in their NBA championship- in an offensive system that is as much international as it is NBA. I was referring to Aron Baynes, who was the Boomers best player in the 2014 Worlds. I was referring to Bogut and the roles he has played as the starting 5 man- protecting the rim and setting screens- on an NBA championship team. Etc etc.

Lithuania’s rotation- highly decorated as they are with the important roles they’ve played in World championships, Eurobaskets etc- is simply not as impressive a group of basketball players, individually, as Australia’s players in terms of what they’ve achieved on the basketball court.


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paul
Last year
11:40 19 Aug 16

Reply #596202

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

In international basketball Lithuania's talent is evenly matched to Australia's.

In the NBA Australia has a clear edge.

In Europe the Lithuanians have the edge, with the David Andersen the only Boomer who has been a high-level Euroleague player for more than a couple of months.


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LV
Last year
11:49 19 Aug 16

Reply #596204

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Yeah that's fair, but, of course, Lithuania has had more opportunities to showcase their talent individually because they're in Europe so they get to compete in Eurobasket every 2 years. Whereas Australia gets to play a couple of games against New Zealand. So in some ways, the comparison is a little unfair on the Aussies.

Bogut has been injured and hasn’t been able to show what a talent he is much since 2008. Patty- after leading the scoring in London- missed 2014 worlds, so hasn’t actually had the chance to compete in a major international event during the prime of his career- until now!

Most of the Aussie team (notably Bogut, Patty, Delly) have barely even played in Europe because they went straight to the NBA. The body of the work of the Aussies in the NBA- if you watch them closely- shows that they were likely to translate their abilities and star in the international game. And so far they have.

It’s just unfortunate that with the changing schedule, this team won’t get to play the world cup until 2019 instead of 2018. But it looks very promising for 2019 and 2020!


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LV
Last year
11:50 19 Aug 16

Reply #596205

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

*Most of the Aussie team* as in, the ones in the NBA, obviously.... Baynes and Ingles being the only ones who played much in Europe.


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LV
Last year
11:54 19 Aug 16

Reply #596207

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

"Lithuania has had more opportunities to showcase their talent individually" was meant to be *internationally*, I really need to proof read more :-)


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paul
Last year
11:54 19 Aug 16

Reply #596208

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Andersen, Baynes, Ingles, Motum, Lisch and Broekhoff have all played multiple seasons in Europe, and all played in the Euroleague from memory. Goulding also played one season in the ACB. That's 7/12.


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paul
Last year
12:02 19 Aug 16

Reply #596210

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

The key Aussie guys have played plenty of major tournaments now, and all played together last year too which was a bonus. Lisch is our only rookie.

Andersen 6
Baynes 3
Bogut 4
Ingles 5
Mills 4
Dellavedova 3

That's one of the key reasons they are doing so well, they know the international game, they know each other, they know the game plan.


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LV
Last year
12:05 19 Aug 16

Reply #596211

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I'd like to see them keep Lemanis.

It seems we change Boomers coaches every few years. Off the top of my head I can't recall the reasons (if people stood down, or were pushed?) but regardless of what happens from here, this has been a successful tourny by most observers reckoning, and clearly everyone buys into Lemanis' plan.

Most of the players will still be around in 2019 and 2020 also, so keeping the same successful system can only help.


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paul
Last year
12:17 19 Aug 16

Reply #596214

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Yep. No Aussie team has come close to playing like this one. It's a real Aussie style of basketball and the world is struggling to handle it.

After years of watching NZ play the style from our part of the world and perform really well, it's great to see our boys execute it so well with world class talent to boot.

Huge credit to Lemanis, he has built something special, step-by-step over four years. Hopefully someone will give that man a medal!


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AussiePride
Last year
12:25 19 Aug 16

Reply #596218

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

You are right Paul. I have always been jealous of the way the NZ have played at International Basketball while we looked dis-organised. They were able to get the best out of a bunch of very good and high IQ players that didn't have the talent available that their opposition id. Finally we appear to have added Structure to a very talented squad that have the attitude and basketball smarts to succeed.


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Bear
Last year
12:27 19 Aug 16

Reply #596219

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Adding Bogut was also pretty important, just sayin'


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paul
Last year
12:31 19 Aug 16

Reply #596220

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Yep, without him or a similar passing big man we couldn't be effective in this style offence. He is to the Boomers what Pero Cameron was to NZ, only with a bit more defence!


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paul
Last year
12:35 19 Aug 16

Reply #596221

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

That should say "as effective", the Kiwis have been able to do it pretty well post-Cameron.

I think our other bigs have passed the ball well this tournament, but Bogut is something else in that department. I think there are only two other centres in the tournament within half of his 4.4apg.


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Bear
Last year
12:39 19 Aug 16

Reply #596222

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

I rate him for so much more than an assist %, especially since assists rely of the other guy hitting the shot, not just a great pass.

Bogut brings the positive, take no prisoners attitude and self belief that gives us the confidence to do everything we are doing well!

Yes, he is big and yes he is a terrific player, but if we are talking difference makers, it is his presence and ability to make others play at the highest level that is our biggest bonus IMHO...


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Bear
Last year
12:41 19 Aug 16

Reply #596223

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

We have gone from a team of 'maybe we can win' to a team of 'we should win' players with him leading the charge!


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paul
Last year
12:45 19 Aug 16

Reply #596225

re: Quarter Final: Boomers vs Lithuania game thread

Yep, agree. Patty Mills has been big on that for a few years now too, and the rest of the group has bought in.

Obviously Bogut's IQ at the defensive end allows Mills, Delly, Lisch and Damo to play as aggressively as they are, not just blocking shots but filling gaps before they open and directing teammates. He's a gem.


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