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NetsDaily Aug 18, 2016

Croatia and Argentina lose in Rio, ending two Nets Olympic dream

The Nets two Olympians are headed to Brooklyn. Both Luis Scola and Bojan Bogdanovic were on the losing end of mens basketball quarter final games Wednesday. Team USA blew out Argentina Wednesday afternoon, then Serbia upset Croatia later in the evening. The losses were bitter for both.  For Scola, it was the final game for Argentina's Golden Generation. For Bogdanovic, it was a loss to an archrival. "We had a chance to grow up together and do some good things, win some games together. It was fun. It's a lot of years,"said Scola. "Being eliminated in the quarter-finals vs. this kind of an...
Fear The Sword Aug 17, 2016

Rio 2016: Kevin Durant steps up as USA advances past Argentina

Team USA has been plagued by poor starts at the Olympics, and shaky finishes. Their quarterfinal matchup with Argentina was no different at the start, but by the team they recovered, the game was never in doubt. After falling behind by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, Kevin Durant turned on the jets. Team USA didn’t look back. The United States 105, Argentina 78. The Americans move on to the semifinals. At the beginning, this looked like it might be one more classic for Argentina’s Golden Generation. Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola led the country to gold in 2004, the low...
Fear The Sword Aug 17, 2016

Team USA vs. Argentina gamethread and preview

The Americans head into the knockout round looking to find solid footing. In Team USA’s first matchup in the knockout round, they aren’t facing an opponent who will go away easily. Against Argentina, the Americans are facing a national team that is perhaps in the midst of its last run with its so called ‘Golden Generation’. With Manu Ginobli and Luis Scola leading the way, the Argentinians have talent that has aged pretty well. In Group B play, they had the second best point differential and looked like one of the best teams in the group despite losing two games. Also expect the...
NetsDaily Aug 16, 2016

Could Bojan Bogdanovic (or Luis Scola) medal at Olympics?

Other than Greivis Vasquez's decision to drop out of the Olympics to continue his rehab, the Nets front office has to be thrilled with what's going on in Rio de Janiero.  With the group phrase over, both Bojan Bogdanovic and Luis Scola are playing well.  Bogdanovic is the leading scorer in the Olympics ... and it isn't even close while Scola is the third leading rebounder  Both have had issues on defense, but that was no surprise. As Cory Wright notes in a piece on the Nets website, the next round -- the so-called knock-out round -- will be tougher but it's hard not to be optimistic, at...
NetsDaily Aug 16, 2016

Bojan Bogdanovic scores 22 as Croatia beats Lithuania to move on to next round

Croatia will face Serbia Wednesday in the knock-out round of the Olympics after Bojan Bogdanovic once again led the red-and-white to a win over Lithuania, scoring 22 points, 17 of them in the second half. Bogdanovic, the Olympics' leading scorer, shot 7-of-15, including 4-of-6 from three. Although four of the five teams in Group B finished with 3-2 records, Croatia ranked first based on tiebreakers.   By winning, Croatia also avoided Team USA Wednesday.  Instead, Argentina and Luis Scola will face the U.S. With Bogdanovic shooting poorly early, Croatia fell behind 21-13 after the first...
NetsDaily Aug 15, 2016

Spain destroys Argentina in final game of group phase of the Olympics

Luis Scola had a tough game Monday evening as Argentina lost to a resurgent Spain,92-73. Scola finished with seven points, five rebounds and four personals. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Pau Gasol, finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.  Scola was 2-of-6, including 1-of-3 from deep. Spain, who started our slowly, and Argentina, who started out fast, finished the group phase at 3-2 and automatically qualified for the knock-out round, which starts Wednesday in Rio. Argentina's "golden generation" seemed beat after a double-overtime win Saturday vs. Brazil.  Scola went from 14 and 10 to...
NetsDaily Aug 13, 2016

Luis Scola goes for double-double as Argentina defeats Brazil in double OT

First, the good news: Luis Scola scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep, and grabbed 10 boards before fouling out in Argentina's 111-107 double overtime victory over Brazil, virtually guaranteeing that the blue-and-white will move on to pool play next week. Now, the bad news: Nene Hilario had his way with Scola when the two were matched up, finishing with 24 and 11 while shooting 11-of-17 and owning the paint.  Scola, who lost minutes in last season's NBA playoffs because of his defense, looked slow and often tentative. Of course, unlike the NBA, Scola played most...
NetsDaily Aug 12, 2016

Luis Scola goes for 12/7/4 in Argentina loss to Lithuania

Argentina ran into undefeated Lithuania late Thursday night and came away losers, 71-68.  The Argentines are now 2-1 in group play. Luis Scola scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists in the contest, his worst performance to date. Scola was 5-of-11, including 1-of-3 from deep in 30 minutes. Manu Ginobili scored 22 but missed four crucial free throws late and the blue-and-white couldn't recover at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas, the 6'8" forward the Knicks signed this summer, had a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. He accounted for nine of the points in...
Liberty Ballers Aug 11, 2016

Olympic Basketball: Croatia-Brazil and Spain-Nigeria Game Thread

The Homie and the Croatia squad look to bounce back against Brazil, while a winless Spain hopes to get its swagger back against a thin Nigerian roster. Dario Saric and Sergio Rodriguez will both be looking to lead their teams in bounceback efforts today. Croatia's (1-1) comeback attempt Tuesday came up short against an archaic Argentina (2-0) squad led by Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili, despite a 19-11-7 effort from The Homie himself, while El Chacho's efforts weren't enough to propel Spain (0-2)(!) to a win over Brazil (1-1). Croatia now plays its most important game yet against Leandro...
NetsDaily Aug 7, 2016

Do Luis Scola and Bojan Bogdanovic have a chance at a medal?

Marc Stein laid out what he thought were each national team's chances for a gold Saturday, but by Saturday night, things had changed. Australia blew out France. Early assessment of the Olympic Power Rankings: @andrewbogut will surely have something to say about the blowhard who had Australia at No. 8 — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 6, 2016 Still, Stein's rankings are the best of a small bunch.  Here's how he ranks Argentina (No. 6) and Croatia (No. 9). They're also a good preview... Argentina One more ride for Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Carlos Delfino ......
NetsDaily Aug 4, 2016

Deadlines and Commitments - No. 84

Special Olympics edition!  Starting Friday night, the world will be watching the Rio Olympics and two Nets players --and two staffers-- will be on hand in Brazil.  All the mens' basketball games will be broadcast either on TV or online.  We'll trying to find out where in advance. August 5 - 21 -- Rio Olympics.  Bojan Bogdanovic plays for Argentina, Luis Scola for Argentina. Will Weaver, Kenny Atkinson's special assistant, is an assistant coach for Team Australia and Nets medical director Dr. Riley J. Williams is Team USA's team doctor again. Sean Marks said two weeks ago...
NetsDaily Aug 2, 2016

Nets trying to blend "foundational players" and "character guys"

Ian Levy is a Senior NBA Editor for FanSided and the Editor-in-Chief for the Hardwood Paroxysm Basketball Network. Over the past few days, he gathered a group of NBA writers to discuss what the Nets off-season has wrought.  We hesitate to call them "pundits," because that's pejorative and our own Tom Lorenzo was one of them. The group is in basic agreement that what Sean Marks did constituted a dose of bitter pills, but it was needed.  Levy posed three "big" questions: How important is it to have a veteran core — Jeremy Lin, Luis Scola, Greivis Vasquez, etc. — to help develop the...
NetsDaily Aug 2, 2016

Bojan Bogdanovic: "very happy to wear same uniform" as Luis Scola

The final friendly games in the Argentine city of Cordoba are over, with Argentina beating France, 86-79, and Serbia beating Croatia, 86-77.  Luis Scola had eight points and five rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 18 points, but shot 2-of-10 from deep. The Nets two reps in the Olympics -- Venezuela's Greivis Vasquez dropped out over the weekend-- now move on to Rio de Janiero for the main event.  Croatia plays medal favorite Spain next Sunday at 6 p.m. Argentina plays a surging Nigeria immediately after.  NBC Sports will telecast all the Olympic games. Meanwhile, in an...
NetsDaily Jul 31, 2016

Luis Scola, Bojan Bogdanovic teams win in Olympic friendlies

Croatia recovered from its jet-lagged loss to Argentina to beat France while Argentina continued to win at home, defeating Serbia . Both games were part of an Argentine basketball-sponsored Super4 tournament in Cordoba. But the Nets players on the national teams weren't a big part of either win. Bojan Bogdanovic went 0-of-5, including 0-for-2 from deep, playing only 19 minutes in the 76-70 win. The Croatia team coach, Aco Petrovic (Drazen's brother), instead relied on incoming 76ers rookie Dario Saric, who finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes, dominating...
NetsDaily Jul 30, 2016

Argentina destroys Croatia in friendly as Scola, Vaulet score

This is what happens when four members of a gold medal-winning national team gets together or when a team has to fly 32 hours across the world, then plays a game the next night. In any case, the result was the same. Argentina destroyed Croatia, 97-78, in a friendly game in Cordoba, Argentina. Two Nets players, Luis Scola and Bojan Bogdanovic finished in double figures,with 12 and 10 points respectively and Nets stash Juan Pablo Vaulet, had nine points in five minutes before the home crowd. For Argentina, the game was an indication that the four members of their Golden Generation can still...