Luuuc
Earlier this year

Opals vs USA Exhibition Game

Pretty good hitout for the Opals this morning I thought, and worthy of not being buried in a Liz thread.
The prime movers in Mitchell, Allen, Talbot & Magbegor all stepped up as needed, O'Hea & Tolo showed that they still have a place, and George & Ebzery both took a while to get going but ended up both being important contributors.

I thought the end result was more about how awful the USA was rather than how good we were, but ultimately I don't have my sights set on winning a gold, I just want this team to fight for a medal. And we look up for the fight.

Very proud of the Opals. It has been a lot of years since we've beaten the USA senior team.



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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Madgen just looks so slow at this level.
Magbegor the standout with Allen.
Still would have had Sami over lei, even as the pg.
Ohea good off the bench.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Magbegor with George at Melbourne helps.
Good to see no more 'into Liz' lobs

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Everyone said we wouldn't medal without Liz. Now what do you think

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I doubt we will medal tbh.

USA will wake up
Serbia imo

Battle for 3rd maybe.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Uniforms were good, should have kept them...

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?  
Earlier this year

teamwork and application go a long way - well done Opals

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The ball movement was so much better without Liz.
Very doubtful that we will medal. Old bodies by the end I think will be overrun by usa, Serbia,
Maybe France, Canada, Japan.

What helps is every team missing key players.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Need some more defensive minded guards before next year, Nicholson, wallace maybe.

Bird, taurasi etc ain't stickin around. It’ll be ogbumawale etc, the new crop.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why does Alana Smith only get 4 minutes

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Because she contributes nothing at either end and plays like she doesn't care

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?  
Earlier this year

i'd say Opals will be in top 5 just depends how it all comes together game day

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tier 1
USA

Tier 2
SERBIA

Tier 3
SPAIN-FRANCE-AUSTRALIA-BELGIUM-CANADA-CHINA-JAPAN

Tier 4
NIGERIA

Tier 5
KOREA-PUERTO RICO

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Madgen need to go, smith has become complacent and does not try, she needs to be cut and work her way back.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Not a fan of cuttin lucas for sandys husband again.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why is Olaf there?? I thought he was with Russia??

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Isn't Olaf the mastermind?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Olaf can coach. That's the difference

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Olaf is chicagomskybassitant. He got booted from Russia a year ago after they lost 80% of games.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

We should beat Puerto Rico
Belgium n China 50/50 chance

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Still a chance of maybe bronze without Cabbage.
Team is better off without the distraction.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

2022
Mitchell - cut (Whitcomb in)
Lavey - cut (Heal or Rocci in)
Ebzery
Madgen - cut - (Nicholson in)
Ohea - vet captain
Talbot
Allen
Smith - cut - (Blicavs or Kunek in)
Magbegor
George
Tolo
Cambage - cut - (Aokuso in)

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lavey and Madgen just don't suite this level of basketball.
Heal n Nicholson would have come in handy.

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Royba  
Earlier this year

Wow guys - they just beat the USA.
How about we acknowledge a hell of an achievement.
Players not scared to attack,played good D and looked locked in as a team.
I've watched them for many years and that was a good comeback win.
Well done Opals!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Just observing the weak links,

We beat usa in an exhibition. When we win in a actual tournament, I'll give them as much praise as you.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Beat the USA, people here still want wholesale changes made to the roster.
It seems a lot of people here think it's best to send a development team to the Olympics every 4 years.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

241, come back after the olympics and tell me we don't need changes going forward.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

How would it be a development squad when the suggested players were in the larger pool for Tokyo selection? It's a matter of opinion, mnost people think Sami should be on the team over Mitchell, that’s crystal clear.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Just observing the weak links"

and you want to make them weaker? Lavey has a proven track record at this level. Heal's most recent attempts against WNBA opposition ended embarrassingly. She needs at least another year of intense development.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lavey never made the wnba and she's never done anything at fiba level. She averages 3 mins for Aus over several years.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Heal can shoot, heal can drive. Lavey may be the better defender, that's it.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lavey had a good wnbl season, her best in a few years but she is a wasted roster spot. Sandys got Mitchell, her favourite pg. Ebzery, the starting pg at the WC and madgen, backup pg at the WC.

Lavey or Madgen, doesn't matter. 1 should not be there, especially when you have a great defender in nicholson or a streaky shooter like heal.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Look at the minutes, smith, Madgen and Lavey around 4-5 mins each. Everyone else 5-7 times more gametime.

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Red84  
Earlier this year

Always good to get a win over the US. A case of Australia playing well enough to capitalize on US mistakes, of which there were plenty. In the third quarter the Americans made the mistake of forsaking outside looks for banging the ball inside to take advantage of a favourable size matchup. They just did not work as hard off the ball setting screens. Britney Griner is not a good mover inside - ask her to move laterally or spin, she loses balance and loses control over her shot. Too much of a right hand bias - surprising that this is so pronounced at this level. Stewart was all class - threatening inside and out. A wonderful player. She's my pick for MVP of the coming Olympics tourney. And Australia defended really well as a group - they way they disrupted the inside pass and had guards snatch on any crumbs. Really impressed by Magbegor, who was consistently good. Ditto Tolo. Allen, George, Ebzery and Talbot had good moments, but Allen is not a great passer, turned the ball over too often. George did a sterling job defending Griner, Fowles and Stewart, although the latter beat George's defense in the final seconds of the game, got an open look but failed to drain a 3 that would have tied the game. In the final analysis the US will learn a lot from this encounter and should gain a better appreciation of (a) the limitations of their bigs; and (b) the potency of leading international teams to punish sloppy US play.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

George where she should be, at centre.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Against smaller teams, quicker teams like Japan or Korea, Allen should play the 4, Talbot 3.
We have lost to japann4 straight times because of ball movement and speed.

Couldface themin crossover.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Taurasi didn't even play. Get a grip people

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

We were second in odds, now without Liz, we are fifth.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Both sites I just checked still have us as #2, albeit quite a bit closer to #3 (France) than we were a week ago.
US have shortened for gold.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Betting site I saw had us 4th

USA
Serbia
Spain
Aus

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Imo, usa will end beating every team by 15+.

Beating them now will wake them up. If we lost today, they would remain complacent.

Huge problem with big teams and using past due by date players. Swan songs for bird, taurasi etcetc over players like ogunbowale doesn't seem right.

Spain has palau who has been crap for Atleast 3 years, she’s almost 42. They have salvadores and Romero sitting.
USA has bird 41,vtaurasi who can barely play with constant injuries 39. A bunch of players can fill in and do more.
Aus has Mitchell, now 36 when we have Whitcomb
Belgium has wauters 41 when they have geldof
Canada has gaucher at 37 when they have konig

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