FIBA: Ilyasova's 19 helps Turkey past Slovenia
When did Turkey turn into the '96 Bulls? The host nation steamrolled the Primoz Brezec-led Slovenians 95-68 to advance to the FIBA World Championship semis against Serbia, their seventh win in as many attempts. Ersan Ilyasova was once again feeling it from distance, hitting 3/4 from three and 7/9 overall for 19 points and five boards in 27 minutes. Aside from the threes, Ersan also got out in transition for a couple of dunks and even led a fast break give-and-go for a layup. Turkey have now won their last three games by an average of over 31 points.
The video above has every point scored from the game, and you can also check out a postgame interview with Ersan at FIBA.com. Carlos Delfino can help Argentina book a place in the semis tomorrow afternoon against Lithuania, with the winner likely getting a matchup with Team USA. Both semifinals will take place on Saturday, followed by the gold and bronze medal games on Sunday. For all you Americans, Ty has a terrific preview of tomorrow's USA-Russia game.
Twitter: Bogut getting his checkups, Tiny coming to town?
I'm totally stepping on Speedy's Twitter-documenting toes here, but I figured it was worth mentioning that Andrew Bogut's self-reported Wednesday agenda included both a trip to the hand specialist and an MRI. Let's hope Drew gets some encouraging news this week...lord knows we all need it.
The other interesting bit of info is that Tiny Gallon says he's expecting to be in Milwaukee this week, suggesting that he may be joining the Bucks in camp after all. Or maybe he heard me raving about Kopps and Rocky Rococo's and just wants to check it out for himself. Either way, hunting through Tiny's Twitter feed for real news is the NBA blogging equivalent of Andy Dufresne's escape from Shawshank, so I won't bother trying to go any deeper than I've already gone. Presumably the Bucks have offered him a non-guaranteed deal for the rookie minimum in order to retain his rights, but they'd have to clear a roster spot by the end of camp in order to keep him for the regular season. Maybe Tiny's agent is just trying to force the Bucks' hand so that his client can become a free agent, but at the very least it would appear Tiny's not desperate to go to Europe (or Europe's not desperate to have him).
And on the same day that Darington Hobson sounded excited for his first workout at the Cousins Center, Jonathan Givony was raising fresh doubts about Hobson's health. So in summary: the Bucks' second rounders continue to confuse the hell out of me.
SportsBank: Planning for Andrew Bogut’s worst case scenario
Speaking of Bogut's health, Jake McCormick examines that which we don't want to imagine.
A couple months ago, John Hammond had overstocked the front court and could afford to dangle a power forward for trade bait, should he so desire. Now, that collection of stereotypical fours and tweeners may be expected to shoulder an increased workload under the basket.
Stein: NBA Jam rosters revealed
Back in January, Alex had some fun with the Bucks possibilities of a new version of NBA Jam, and now we see the real roster: Bogut, Jennings, Maggette, and...yep, Mr. Redd.