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    SEMIFINALS

    Game 7

    Roma-Cant¨ 89-70 - J.Taylor 18 pts + 3 rebs + 5 asts (6/9 2p, 2/3 3p, 0/1 ft), P.Goss 16 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl (5/9 2p, 2/5 3p), G.Lawal 15 pts + 11 rebs + 3 blks (7/9 2p, 2/4 ft), B.Jones 14 pts + 6 rebs + 1 blk (4/4 2p, 1/4 3p, 3/4 ft) ; P.Aradori 20 pts + 7 rebs + 4 stls + 1 ast (10/13 2p, 0/4 3p), J.Ragland 16 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (6/10 2p, 1/5 3p, 1/1 ft)

    Roma won the series 4-3


    Varese-Siena 69-82 - Mi.Green 20 pts + 2 rebs + 4 stls + 6 asts (5/10 2p, 3/5 3p, 1/1 ft), D.Sakota 12 pts + 2 rebs + 1 stl + 1 ast (4/4 2p, 1/4 3p, 1/1 ft), E.Ere 11 pts + 5 rebs + 1 blk + 2 asts (1/4 2p, 3/5 3p) ; D.Hackett 23 pts + 5 rebs + 4 stls + 9 asts (5/10 2p, 1/3 3p, 10/12 ft), D.Moss 19 pts + 6 rebs + 2 stls + 2 asts (4/7 2p, 3/4 3p, 2/2 ft), Bo.Brown 14 pts + 1 reb (3/6 2p, 1/6 3p, 5/6 ft)

    Siena won the series 4-3


    Roma's game was quite a no-contest. Home crowd was a factor and a major boost for the hosts that displayed much more aggressiveness and focus since the tip off. Roma kept a comfortable lead and found a solid contribution from most of its players and didn't even need Datome at his own usual level.
    Funny how Roma managed to have such a great season just when the club's future seemed to be in jeopardy last summer, as the owner (Claudio Toti) wanted to leave and no one was interested in acquiring the team. For a while things became very cloudy as there was the risk that Roma couldn't even take part to the current season but in the end Toti changed his mind and decided to continue providing the lowest budget since he acquired the club back in 2000.
    For years, with Toti Roma had one of the biggest budgets in the league, looking to being competitive in Euroleague and winning domestically, but they were a perennial disappointment, as the only trophy they managed to win in 13 years is an Italian SuperCup in the far away 2000.
    Here's the proof that money is not enough to win and you can be successful with low finances if your choices are right and fair.
    Their coach, Marco Calvani is from Roma and grew up in the team serving mainly as an assistant coach to eventually get small-term jobs in LegaDue and lower divisions. After so many years, he finally got a chance to prove his skills in Serie A, in his hometown's team coaching the team he always supported.
    He did a terrific job, not only on the court but also in the locker room, boosting all of his players and contributed to create a perfect chemistry among the guys. Most players are living together like in a college dorm, sharing time together even when they're not playing or practicing.
    And I think Calvani played a major role in Datome's breakout season too.
    Roma has won only one title (in 1983; in the following season they won their only Euroleague) and that is the third time the team advances to the league's finals.

    As for Siena, it looks like there's no way to stop their dominance. Once again, with their back against the wall, they managed to survive winning a game 7 on the road. Unfortunately for Varese, Bryant Dunston didn't recover and couldn't play and Polonara was too hurt too and could play only 6 minutes.
    With such a depleted frontcourt Varese couldn't do it again, they fought hard and kept the lead for most of the first half but when Siena started to push they just didn't have enough depth and weapons to lean on. Moss and Hackett showed the way in the 2nd half, Varese went trailing in double-digits, they tried to react and they even had a chance to tie the game up but Talts missed a 3-pointer and that basically was the only chance they had to get back on track as eventually Siena re-gained the momentum and kept the lead till the end. In the final minutes Varese's fans and players were really nervous (especially Sakota, who was ejected) and through fouls technical fouls and free throws Siena managed to extend the lead till the buzzer.
    Siena is always there, somehow they are back in the finals even without dominating as in the previous years and even if they don't have homecourt advantage they really appear to be the favorite team, looking to win their 8th consecutive title.

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    I wrote off Siena when they were 0-2 down to Milano in the first round.

    This team whilst nowhere near as talented as in prior years clearly have a lot of fighting qualities about them this season

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    FINALS

    Game 1

    Roma-Siena 76-85 - G.Lawal 17 pts + 8 rebs + 2 blks (7/10 2p, 3/4 ft), P.Goss 16 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 4 asts (2/9 2p, 4/7 3p), J.Taylor 15 pts + 5 rebs + 3 asts (6/9 2p, 0/3 3p, 3/4 ft) ; D.Moss 20 pts + 4 rebs + 2 blks + 1 stl + 2 asts (1/4 2p, 6/11 3p), D.Hackett 18 pts + 2 rebs + 3 stls + 10 asts, ranking = 30 (4/7 2p, 1/2 3p, 7/10 ft), Bo.Brown 17 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 3 asts (2/4 2p, 4/8 3p, 1/2 ft)

    Game 2


    Roma-Siena 67-62 - G.Lawal 19 pts + 13 rebs + 2 blks (8/13 2p, 3/6 ft), L.Datome 17 pts + 6 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (7/11 2p, 1/7 3p), J.Taylor 10 pts + 2 rebs + 1 stl + 6 asts (1/4 2p, 1/4 3p, 5/7 ft) ; B.Ortner 19 pts + 8 rebs + 2 stls in 22 mins (9/11 2p, 1/4 ft), D.Hackett 12 pts + 7 rebs + 1 stl + 4 asts (5/8 2p, 0/1 3p, 2/4 ft)

    Series tied 1-1

    After the first two games, this series is much like the semifinal clash between Siena and Varese. Once again, Siena has been immediately able to win on the road stealing the homecourt advantage. In game 2, Roma reacted and won, but it was a very difficult win despite Siena's overall poor performance.
    The feeling is Siena has the edge, not only because of the homecourt advantage, but the fact is that Roma appears to be proud but tired and they're struggling against the opponents' defense. To this point, % are very poor for Roma and their only productive weapon is Lawal.
    Should Roma find a way to win a game in Siena, this series is open to any outcome, otherwise with Siena ahead 3-1, I think we can consider it over.
    I guess Siena winning 4-2 is the most probable scenario.

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    the more i see siena ,the more i consider banchi a great coach. with such a roster he builted a team perfectly organized for the lonely kind of bball they can play. siena ball moviment for shooters is really perfect and confirm how banchi studied basket in last decade traelling a lot

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    siena won the 7h title in a row...

    4-1 against roma,that no longer had enough energy to fight the phisicality of siena's players..

    mvp playoff: daniel hackett

    mvp regular season : luigi datome

    so good news for our NT...

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