Strange thing (Traditional Greek Symptom) : Greece has just qualified for the second round. But reading some comments here, it looked like Greece was already eliminated
Furthermore : it's easy to (re)write History after History has been set.
Why do you always want to delete the things ?
Because they are "newcomers" and they are in troubles, Sloukas, Pap, Mavroidis, Kaimakoglou (first time he has minutes) have to be delete of the History.
And of course, Charalambidis (not at P.G, sorry), Batis, Calathes P. and Pelekanos would be so great that this Greece would be a true favorite in any 1/4 final game...
You said in one your post that Kaimakoglou was a great player for this NT, that Sloukas was very talented, that Mavroidis was so underrated (although he had 13ranking in Euroleague with Maroussi)... and now these players are dead loss... Zouros was a good coach yesterday but a bad coach today...The Oscar going to Papanikolaou the player created by media...
You have some points somewhere else, but you exaggerate so often...
By the way, where have you seen Koufos playing at PF ?
I still believe they can reach a quarter final game... and fight for behing in the 6.
Georgia is the team to beat of course. They have "great players", a good frontcourt line and maybe they will play "free".
Russia and Slovenia are supposedly the strongest opponents. In my opinion, Russia is the strongest one (since Mr K has recovered from injury... he is a great point forward, one of the best PF in Europe). Russia is so physical from SF to C.
If Greece managed to have a win against one of these two teams, it would be a great new. Maybe the "end" of all the sarcasms...
Of course, Greece has to improve more and more... They have two days to think and work.
Up to now, they played one "great" second half against Montenegro and one "great" first half against Croatia. These are the moments Greece had run, had some transition game and some easy baskets.
I think most of the people want to see this team a lot.
Sorry, this Greece was without Zisis.
I don't want to point Zisis for the pleasure... (I used to find him good...). It's just a fact that he is very bad since the preparation games.
Calathes had his bad moments (shooting, commiting fouls or making turnovers) but he is the only of our guards who can run, create, eliminate opponent, and gain fouls (it's always good to be gain "easy fouls"). And, I think he's playing better game after game.
It's obvious Zisis is in a bad shape. He has lost confidence. He throws bricks or airballs and he does not show any signs of trust, security when the game is close... Wtf is he penetrating with Barac waiting for him, behind the rim ?!!!!
Zisis is a non-shooting guard... so being the backup of Calathis is perhaps the best thing.... I prefer to see in a second option : Zisis-Vassiliadis-Bramos for example than Calathes-Zisis-Bramos/Vass... the best line being : Calathes-Vass-Bramos/Pap
Zouros must see that Zisis is a "problem" but in the same time, he is one of the "leader"... Hard to put him a long time outside.
He shot well from ft to be fair.
The second point of issue is Bouroussis performance... If he does not recover, Greece would have big problems against big guys (for a chance Russia has "just" Mozgov, Slovenia Lorbek... but humm).
Greece needs a great and healthy Bouroussis... and unselfish.
The less he is in shape the more he plays for himself... and the more he speaks...
In preparation it was nice seing him giving some assists, fixing the defense, shooting from mid range... Now, he eats the clock and take a bad shot.
Some other players can play better and give much more... : Bramos a little bit more in offense. Papanikolaou is so stressed, always eating his fingers... but he took 3 off rebounds that helped the team. He just does his work.
Kaimakoglou is too shy, doesn't believe in his quality and underperforms.
These guys just lack confidence... the kind of confidence Zisis, Bourousis, Fotsis, Calathes have to embody.
Do you notice how Fotsis (thank you for showing the way this afternoon) is irritated in this tournament... he is excessed with all the stupid mistakes the team do... Bouroussis speaking a lot as usual... I hope the team is well united...
very good Achelim!
I saw Bramos yesterday to hesitate to go for the dunk and prefer to shoot ,our guys are afraid the phisical contact in offence (but not in defense).
I would orefer Charalambidis instead of Sloukas but the first is free and the second is Olympiakos...
Zisis in the past two games 1/17 FGs
Greece in the past two games: 2-0 against Croatia and Montenegro. All runs of the team took place when Zisis was out. All struggles and opponents' comebacks took place when Zisis was in
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I think Zisis is much better playing PG than SG, he is just inefficient as a scorer. To put it mildly. As a playmaker, even though he is slow, he is decent and can run a half-court offense ok.
Some positives I guess.
Somebody else mentioned this the other day, Greece leads the tournament so far with most rebounds and blocked shots, and is third in points allowed (not that much of a suprise) and third in FT% too. We're not bad in steels either, so there is a lot of effort put out there by the team.
Speaking of who our best player is so far, based on statistics, Fotsis is amazing. He simply is doing everything and with little wasteage. His rebounds are a little low if I'm going to be picky.