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After two rounds of group play, eight teams advanced to the single elimination quarterfinals, where teams had to win two games to guarantee a spot in the Olympics (which is what Spain and France did) and three games to win the entire competition (which is what Spain did). With so much at stake, every play — both good and bad — gets amplified. Like the first and second round, we are going to be looking at those plays.

A Quick Hitter to Close Out Navarro’s Amazing Quarter

Maybe Spain’s toughest game in the elimination rounds was their matchup with Macedonia. Macedonia, powered by Bo McCalebb, actually found themselves winning at halftime and only down six in the third quarter with about 50 seconds left. After a quarter that saw Juan Carlos Navarro go crazy, Spain knew they had to get the basketball back in his hands, so they ran a very deceptive quick hitter for him.

With the way that Spain is setting up as Ricky Rubio brings the basketball down the court, it looks like they are going to be running a simple staggered screen off of the ball for Navarro as Rubio comes off of a ball screen.

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On today’s final EuroBasket episode, Skeets and Tas breakdown Sunday’s Spain-France gold medal game. Topics include: Serge Ibaka’s Mutombo-like second quarter, whether J.C. Navarro deserved MVP over Pau, Rudy Fernandez decapitating Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum’s rough game, the All-Tournament EuroBasket Team selections, if Spain can defeat the USA in London, some beautiful girl named “Puerto Rica,” emails, and more.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66y_7mWq_Gk

I bet Serge Ibaka is so excited because he just watched that clip of him blocking every shot ever. I had pretty much the same reaction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOSb8-WFaXo

Were I ranking Serge Ibaka’s five blocks in yesterday’s EuroBasketball gold medal win against France, I’d go something like this:

  1. One
  2. Three
  3. Five
  4. Two
  5. Four

You?

On today’s EuroBasket episode, Skeets and Tas dig into Friday’s semi-final games: Spain-Macedonia and France-Russia. Topics include: Juan Carlos Navarro’s “masterpiece,” Spain’s second-chance points, whether MKD should’ve forced the action through Bo McCalebb a little more, Pero Antic’s antics, France’s three-point shooting, Batum out Kirilenko’ing Kirilenko, Blatt’s decision to sit the “beautiful, wild horse” (AK) with three fouls, Noah’s hot sister (again), Greece’s key win over Serbia, and more.

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On today’s EuroBasket episode, Skeets and Tas tackle the final two quarterfinal games: France-Greece and Russia-Serbia. Topics include: Les Bleus’ three-headed monster (Parker, Batum and Spurs’ draftee De Colo), the depleted Greek roster, Joakim Noah’s sister, my main man Milos Teodosic’s rough day, the Russian’s constant penetration, Kirilenko’s box score and dragon tattoo, Mozgov’s feet, Angry Birds, and much more. Enjoy.

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On today’s inaugural EuroBasket 2011 episode, Skeets and Tas try to shake off the vidcast cobwebs to breakdown our first two quarterfinal games. Topics include: Macedonia’s shocking win over Lithuania, Songalia’s late brain fart, Bo McCalebb splitting the D, Jonas Valanciunas’ brutal box score, over-the-top security, large flags, Spain’s zone defense, La Bomba’s FIBA-skills, European cars, Renee Paquette, and more. Ah, it’s good to be back!

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