A near triple-double from Joe Ingles has helped the Australian men’s basketball team avoid a major embarrassment, the Boomers edging out Senegal 81-68 to move a step closer to the next round of the World Cup. – via Yahoo! Sports
Mitch Creek’s athleticism shone once he was injected into the game while Ingles (17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) and Patty Mills (22 points) then found range and their improved defence lifted them 10 clear at the final break. – via Yahoo! Sports
Kane Pitman: Joe Ingles when asked if he knew he fell one assist shy of the first triple-double in @FIBAWC history. “I didn’t know that and even though I do know it now it still doesn’t really bother me. The only goal was to win the game.” – via Twitter KanePitman
Olgun Uluc: FIBA staffer puts ‘Joe Ingles’ on the iPad in front of Joe Ingles before this press conference. Joe Ingles: “That’s not my name.” 😂😂 – via Twitter OlgunUluc
Australia defeated the Dominican Republic, 82-76, in 2019 FIBA World Cup Group L action at Nanjing on Saturday. Patty Mills commanded the charge once again putting up a game-high 19 points, also dished 9 assists. Chris Goulding followed with 15 points. Eloy Vargas went for 16 points, Victor Liz scored 14 and Rigoberto Mendoza had 12 for the losing side. “We were not mentally there in the first half” admitted Landale after contributing to the win with 13 points. “The boys really rallied together. Everybody knows it was just an OK performance. I think we will be ready when the time comes.” – via EuroHoops.net
Gobert was a game-high plus-26 in 34 minutes. The plus/minus stat doesn’t always ring true, but that was an accurate representation of the kind of impact Gobert had against the United States. He was considered the best player in the game before the tip and he showed why.
By who? The USA have 2 all-stars and Mitchell who you'd think was better if you listened to the press
No question about this if you've been paying attention
None of the three players has a reputation of selfishness, and both Conley and Bogdanovic ascended to the role of go-to scorer due to attrition on the roster around them, so sharing the ball shouldn't be a problem. But old habits tend to die-hard and the threat of being overly unselfish could rear its head as well. Establishing a pecking order amongst the Jazz best scorers is a prerequisite to jumpstarting the Jazz offense.
I don't think so. They will have 3 guys who you can give the ball to who can score or throw the lob to Rudy or for an open 3 to 1 of 3 or 4 guys that can actually hit it. The defense should dictate who scores this year
If he can prove that with better coaching and playing with a better supporting cast, it could lend itself to a breakout year for Mudiay. Otherwise, Dante Exum, Nigel Williams-Goss, and even Joe Ingles might be taking minutes from him.
I see all those guys besides Joe fighting for the 10th spot in the rotation along with the winner of the Howard/Kidd roster spot
Ed Davis and Jeff Green should see similar roles this year with the Jazz that they saw with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards last season, but neither player was behind or alongside a dominant center like Gobert, and that may take some getting used to. Those two, for the most part, should be plug-and-play athletes for the Jazz.
Davis won't be playing alongside Rudy or he shouldn't be
As previously noted, the Jazz made a major financial investment in the roster and are one of the contenders to represent the west in the NBA Finals. But they were far from the only ones.
Their payroll is still under the cap so basically the same investment just better players
Though the Jazz may lack superstar power, their depth should be as good as any team in the NBA. But how will they fare against the more star-laden teams across the league?
depth is one of the big questions after the top 9 as is rebounding after Rudy/Davis as is Snyder's rotations and the front office doing what it needs to do to fix any holes later on
In so many occasions, Mitchell was the sole offensive option for his Jazz team that could create his own shot. Not only that, but several times his teammates couldn’t be relied on to make open shots. In other words, there were a number of instances where Mitchell would make the right play and find the open man, but the ball just wouldn’t go down. That probably has far more to do with his less than riveting assist average from a year ago of 4.2 per game than an actual lack of skill set.
He'll be great. Whoever is open now except Exum will be able to score. Big difference in personnel
An uptick in efficiency will be crucial for both the heightened competition of the remainder of FIBA play and for Mitchell’s success with the Utah Jazz this upcoming NBA season.
same as above
Adding a deadly three-point shot would work wonders for Mitchell’s game, and we saw him possess that skill for the latter half of last season. But it’s clearly something he’s still far from perfecting. So for now, with USA facing do-or-die situations through the tournament’s conclusion, it would be preferable if he would cut down on the three-point attempts and focus instead on getting better looks for either himself or his teammates.
stupid to compare what he's doing this summer to what we've already seen from him. Different team. different role etc
Positive No. 3 – Defense and Overall Impact
This is what I'm expecting now that he doesn't have to spend as much energy on offense. The rest of his game should get better
Tim Reynolds: Jazz center @Rudy Gobert on the bronze: “It means everything. Obviously it’s not the one we wanted. We all know that. But being able to come back _ we’re the only team that was on the podium five years ago and on the podium now. So it shows our heart.” – via Twitter ByTimReynolds
None other than Ricky Rubio, who led Spain to the title Sunday with a victory over Argentina. Good for Rubio, always a good guy, who had his moments during his two seasons with the Utah Jazz. Though Rubio was a bit underappreciated during his time in Utah, it was still a good decision for the Jazz to move on and see if they can improve with point guard Mike Conley.
How can you say he was underappreciated? Most people loved him despite his many flaws
— I like Gregg Popovich, despite how he treats my fellow media members, but some of his comments after the USA’s dreadful seventh-place finish in the World Cup, calling critics, “ridiculous,” “immature” and “arrogant” were off-base. So was his assertion that his players “did the best they could.” That last statement could apply to every sports team in the world, but when they play well below expectations, it should be OK to call them out. Keep in mind, the U.S. still had a roster full of NBA players, while runner-up Argentina had zero.
Did they play below expectations though? Most of the team was only there because others dropped out
Utah’s Rudy Gobert and I had a brief chance to chat about this issue — again — after he and his teammates clinched the bronze medal for France in a victory over Australia in FIBA’s third-place game on Sunday. “I wish all the best players would come, but it’s never going to happen,” Gobert said of the modern N.B.A. player’s approach in the Load Management Era. “They think about themselves more than anything — and it’s understandable. It’s a business. We all have families to take care of.” – via New York Times
It’s a notion that would have seemed incredibly unlikely just a few, short months ago, but the Jazz star has seemingly inserted himself into the conversation over the last several weeks. At the least, it looks like he’s impressing the right people. Namely, USA Basketball’s director Jerry Colangelo.
why? I would have put him in the mix after his rookie year. Surprised he wasn't