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  1. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    JV'S PLACE IN A LEAGUE

    With his tenure with the Raptors JV was glued to the hip of DD. His job was to set screens and watch DD shoot his average 40%. DD almost never played decent defense, he was saving himself for his offensive exploits. We can go to the Spurs Talk and we'll get plenty of info what Spurs hardcore fans think about DD. They don't think much. Kyle Lowry sure was taking plenty of charges in the paint, but on the perimeter - short, not much of a defender. We all saw how JV played with the Grizzlies at the end of the last season. Next season is going to be a new experience for JV. As for the Morant too. I think after the first 20-30 games into the season we will be able to pass a better judgement on the JV. If he can improve (regain) his agility - Grizzlies should be fun to watch. We'll see.
  2. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    OK, WC for LTU is over. Party lasted two days: Ws against Senegal and Canada. FIBA is bleeping things pretty good. Euroleague refs (pretty good) are banned from FIBA's tournaments. European championship now - every 4 years. Before it was simple: top basketball competition - Olympic games, second - EC, third - World Championship. Now - it's a circus. Slovenia, EC champ - does not participate. Sure, LTU can only blame itself, falling early behind against the Aussies and French - but we thought back. But we thought to the bitter end. In both games LTU managed to take the lead, just to fall at the end. Regarding JV. I expected him to be in better shape. He better get his bleep together before the NBA starts. As one Lithuanian coach said (he was not with the team) "Before the NBA JV had the muscles of the deer (yep, he did), now - he has the muscles of the bear". Sure, if you look like a bear - go and play for the Grizzlies. Only one thing - bears in the nature are pretty quick predators. What JV is going to do about that?
  3. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    Aussies 9/14 from the distance. 7 threes made by their centers, WHO DON'T SHOOT THREES!!!!!!! Just crazy. And our guys are missing shots they usually make. OK, second half is next, if Aussies centers will make another ~10 long shots - wtf you can do??? BUT, LTU will play and fight till the last second. And maybe we will prevail.
  4. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    With the team LTU has this WC, we, fans, don't have to be afraid of anyone. What about "Who is going do stop and how Domantas Sabonis?" JV is a well known commodity, but Domas - man, dude is relentless. Sure, Aussies will give us hell, but LTU strength - the team is 12 players deep.
  5. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    Pity. DMo is pretty good. His health is not an issue, he is always the main horse on his Chinese teams. Scores, rebounds, plays heavy minutes. Anyway, not always all the guys can get along peachy. But man, with his size and skills LTU would be even scarier (pay attention, I don't say better - this team is all-right).
  6. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    Not only the depth. Only JV is locked in his pure C positions. Other guys can easily play 2 positions, some even 3 (Kuzminskas, Ulanovas, Grigonis). This team was drilled to play D, offense was never a problem for any LTU team. We just need to keep composure and concentration and take one game at the time. One bad L in the group stages (I emphasizes "bad". If LTU losese because of the they teams played - it's an L, move on. Next time play better.), L in the quarterfinals - and we are goners. One game, one step. Yes, team is pretty good, capable to compete for the medals. Will we advance into the medal round? Wish us good luck
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    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    And once again highest +/- on the team. Against Senegal: +42 in 20:59, today: +15. Though in these two games those stats really didn't matter cause LTU plays like a well tuned, high performing machine.
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    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    OK, 5 calls in the second quarter had to go opposite way, but the they LTU plays now - looks like nothing and nobody can affect them. Sorry Canada, you are going home. But why cry? Canadians love hockey, Lithuanians - basketball. If not the crazy seeding, Canada is a good team and in other groups could have a better fighting chance. Once again, LTU played like a machine, everybody new their assignments, played together, nobody got hurt and advanced to the second round. Next game against Aussies. I'm always uneasy facing them. They play very physical, if you answer the same way against way - they begin to play even more physical, on the edge of hurting other team. Or if Aussies fall behind, their "defense" reminds more of rugby, not basketball. I just hope, that with basketball gaining more popularity in the Down Under - their habits will change a bit. Everybody is a pro in the World Cup, there is no need for excesses. It's a game, not a battle for survival.
  9. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP

    Man, my blood is boiling already. Senegal showed up against Aussies, game was close getting into the fourth quarter. Still, Aussies prevailed 81-68. NOW Lithuania - Canada. If we (Lithuania) win - all is rosy. If we lose, and lose last game to Aussies - it would be a national tragedy. My time game starts at 6:30, but at 3:00 i was outside, drinking coffee and smoking. OK, 21 to go to the game start. Hopefully I'll alright after the game. This FIBA WC format with 32 teams, initially just 2 teams advancing after the first round, consisting of 3!!!! games is ridiculous. And oh, no European champ here too. I guess Luka is not good enough to play in the WC. Lithuania, Australia and Canada (with Senegal) in one group and only two will advance. Crazy. Good teams spent months in preparation, just to play for a week in the WC???? Ridiculous.
  10. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Fan favorite of all time

    Good one 🤝
  11. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Lithuanian men (me included) ARE SPOILED BY THE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. Ooops, caps Lock. Anyway, they are not just beautiful, but good girlfriends, good wives. Yep, good life
  12. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Fan favorite of all time

    Yeah, that empty plate and empty seat leaves a pretty bad taste during the wedding party. It describes relationship between the Head Coach and one of his "guys" better than a thousand words. Something was missing, but that's over. Casey had no problems to fly all over USA or Canada to play golf with the people who's arses he wanted to kiss. I guess, he maybe just was afraid to party with JV, cause we Lithuanians (Ukrainians too ) party hard. Especially during the wedding.
  13. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I don't think that there is a big Lithuanian community in Memphis. Chicago and Chicagoland - hundreds of thousands. But Memphis? Too far from the East coast, not an economical powerhouse as Chicago. Sure, couple hundreds are, and out of them some will become a dedicated Grizzlies fans. Nope, I don't now much about his personal affairs. His wife is a daughter of a well to-do LTU businessman, she is fully capable to help him out settling. It's going to be her house more than JV's after all. JV has good team around him too. I'm sure, after FIBA WC, then JV will come to USA to get ready for the next NBA season, he will have to worry about only one thing: be in good shape and mold Grizzlies into a good team.
  14. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Fan favorite of all time

    I became less and less active on RealGM Raptors board. Too many kids, too many blind crazies with their own agenda. I still check GB, but basically that's it. There are plenty of over places on the net were you can have productive and interesting, meaningful talk about the game. People agree to disagree and time always will tell who was right or wrong. Maybe both were right or maybe both were wrong. Any situation in sports can change in split second. Tweak here, tweak there, some simple roster change, some good luck, some bad luck. I never had a Raptors as 'My favorite NBA team'. Yes, I wanted them succeed. I wanted JV to do well in the NBA (guy has tools and skills). I have friends and family living in Toronto (myself never visited, someday in future I will). I live in Chicago - beautiful city on the lake. Toronto is in the same situation, just different lake and different country BUT I had an allergy to Casey's coaching and DD's play. What they were doing in Toronto was counter-productive to the team. They just cared about heir own arses and $$$$$$. After they left Toronto and Kawhi came to town - I'll repeat myself, I saw Raptors winning it all. No LBJ in the East, and if Raptors reached NBA Finals (which they did), any opponent from the West would be trouble. Cause they would had gone through some nasty battles to win the West. And even the best teams in the West had some roster problems. A good wing is missing, bench is weak, Russ and his circus in OKC, GSW had too much mileage, injuries started happening. Nurkic went down for the Blazers. I liked Nuggets, but their inexperience showed up then mattered. BTW, it's an old story, but still... JV had a wedding in LTU. Raptors biggest fan attended, Bayno (at that time he was with Toronto), other guys from the organization. Funny thing, at the wedding table was a plate with the reservation tag "Dwayne Casey", but nobody sat there. I don't like conspiracies, but it always felt that he had some problems with JV. I think Casey wanted to have a 100% defensive C (like Tyson Chandler, when they won it all with Dallas) and Casey was desperately trying to cook the same cake. Sorry Casey. Different team - different ingredients. He is just not a smart or good coach. Though JV didn't win the ring in Toronto (that he promised during his first interview after being drafted), I'm just happy that that soap opera is over. Let's do something meaningful here, in Memphis.
  15. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Nope. Longtime Chicagoan. But born and raised in LTU. I was in sports, I like to watch it now, follow it. About FIBA WC. I think they usually sell their own full access pass. Otherwise - plenty of streams online. Be patient, and you'll get your chance to enjoy some good bball before the new NBA season will start. In these International competition teams have different strategies. It's a pretty short tournament, so every game matters. Another thing - teams that set their goals to compete for the highest places, they prepare themselves so, that they "peak" at the end of the tournament. Still, even at the start, good teams "hide" some certain sets or defensive schemes so they can use it later, then it matters most. Meanwhile, against recent weak opponents South Korea and Angola, LTU head coach was still experimenting, trying to find out what's working and what's need to be adjusted. Everybody now knows how to play basketball. Though different FIBA rules and so on makes life for the big guys on the offense even harder. Our JV, last two games: 20/15 and 16/12 in limited time and plenty of non-calls. I guess, after Draymond's Green incident, refs are protecting guys who are fouling JV. Cause if next time time somebody will try very hard to break something in JV's body - they can only hurt themselves (badly)