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    Indeed Sabas Jr. is pleasant surprise, a big one I must say (to me atleast), especially after quite dull performance in youth tournament. I mean his stats were good, but the way he played doesn't look that he is ready to make some noise in senior NT. But here he doesn't have to be the leader, doesn't face double/triple defense against him, has by far better teammates and he is delivering. Of course maybe it's just start of preparation, he is in good shape after u19, so with Eurobasket coming he might fade away. One way or another, now I see him as really strong candidate to make the team, with him frontcourt is obvious: Jankunas, Sabas, JV, Javtokas, Kavaliauskas. Probably Gailius will be left out cause of that


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashtrusis_dantis View Post
    Think it's time to guess squad , and my squad is:
    PG: M.Kalnietis, L.Lekavičius
    SG: R.Seibutis, A.Milaknis, A.Juškevičius
    SF: J.Mačiulis, M.Kuzminskas
    PF: P.Jankūnas, D.Sabonis
    C: J.Valančiūnas, R.Javtokas, A.Kavaliauskas

    There are two possible changes:
    1. A.Gudaitis instead of R.Javtokas or A.Kavaliauskas to make stronger PF position (i would like that decision).
    2. D.Gailius instead of R.Javtokas or A.Kavaliauskas to make stronger SF position.
    But i don't think it will happen. Kazlauskas is quite conservative coach.

    P.S. It's really nice to have Sabonis (and not because of his father name, but because of his game) in our NT. Some users here are to young to remember his father playing, i'm old enough and to see his son playing at such high level is a pure pleasure.

    I really hope Kazlauskas gives a chance to these three and takes to the tournament players like A.Gudaitis D.Gailius and D.Sabonis.
    My choice for the players would be
    PG Kalnietis, Lekavicius PF Jankunas, Gudaitis , D.Sabonis SF Maciulis, Kuzminskas SG Seibutis, Gailius C Valanciunas, Javtokas, Kavaliauskas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashtrusis_dantis View Post
    Think it's time to guess squad , and my squad is:
    SF: J.Mačiulis, M.Kuzminskas
    Isn't it about time for Kuzminskas to be the starter on this team? He had a very good season in EL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christodoulou76 View Post
    Isn't it about time for Kuzminskas to be the starter on this team? He had a very good season in EL.
    He is in friendlies as much as I recall, but the problem that he always dissapears when the main tournament starts, psychological issues. Hopefully this time it won't happen


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindozas View Post
    Indeed Sabas Jr. is pleasant surprise, a big one I must say (to me atleast), especially after quite dull performance in youth tournament. I mean his stats were good, but the way he played doesn't look that he is ready to make some noise in senior NT. But here he doesn't have to be the leader, doesn't face double/triple defense against him, has by far better teammates and he is delivering. Of course maybe it's just start of preparation, he is in good shape after u19, so with Eurobasket coming he might fade away. One way or another, now I see him as really strong candidate to make the team, with him frontcourt is obvious: Jankunas, Sabas, JV, Javtokas, Kavaliauskas. Probably Gailius will be left out cause of that
    D.Sabonis is still young. Obviously he will have to practice on his weaknesses if he even wants to consider entering one of the top NBA teams. But I would say for his age he looks better then most of our older players that played, very much potential. His strengths outnumber his weaknesses at the moment. He feels the game has good movement with a ball has good touch and definitely passes quick and good. He is very good at rebounds. For his size he can keep up with Point Guards. He has a good chance to be a very good post defender whit added bulk. The only weaknesses I would see in him Is no confidence in taking longer distanced shots. And maybe finishing when under the basket or running towards it.So all he needs is to really practice his shooting. Also strong players like Gudaitis.New Point Guard Lekavicius . I thing if Kazlauskas choses players wisely we could definitely compensate for the loss of our other players like Motiejunas or Kleiza for this tournament cause we have very good players on the roster, which I was really not expecting. definitely out of all my favourite so far is Lekavicius. Out of nowhere we find this great Point Guard to replace Kalnietis in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modis View Post
    D.Sabonis is still young. Obviously he will have to practice on his weaknesses if he even wants to consider entering one of the top NBA teams
    If he works on his weaknessess too much he'll be selected by bottom NBA team

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    [QUOTE=LuDux;985710]If he works on his weaknessess too much he'll be selected by bottom NBA team[/Q

    Makes no sense.
    D.Sabonis cant shoot from a further distance. Which is crucial in NBA.
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    Preparation games
    LITHUANIA 86:71 AUSTRIA

    LITHUANIA 18 POINTS FOR MILAKNIS
    LITHUANIA 14 POINTS FOR VALANCIUNAS

    AUSTRIA 27 Points Jakobas Poeltlas 27
    AUSTRIA 13 Points Thomas Schreineris 13

    Fourth successful victory for LITHUANIA ! In their ongoing friendlies
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    what is the story with Valanciunas now?
    Did he join the team again or?
    "Heja, heja Cibosi, hrabri kao vukovi,

    heja, heja cibosi, vodite nas k pobjedi. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picek View Post
    what is the story with Valanciunas now?
    Did he join the team again or?
    Yes, he did.

    Adas Juskevcius was released from the squad. 14 players went to Greece to participate in Acropolis tournament. After the tournament final LTU roster fro EB15 will be annonced (remaining two players will be released).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picek View Post
    what is the story with Valanciunas now?
    Did he join the team again or?
    He did on weekend, travelled with team to Greece, should play tonight


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    Is Kalnietis hurt? Word here is that he may miss the Acropolis tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svoura View Post
    Is Kalnietis hurt? Word here is that he may miss the Acropolis tournament.
    He felt some pain in his leg during last training before traveliing to Greece. Went to hospital to do some tests and they showed nothing serious.

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    So is it time to panic about the team yet?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hepcat View Post
    So is it time to panic about the team yet?

    I am worried that we might no even advance for the 2016 Olympic qualifiers if we play like that . Tournament is 9 days away. Two Friendlies are left. If we don't show some improvement against Greece on Saturday I think we are in trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modis View Post
    I am worried that we might no even advance for the 2016 Olympic qualifiers if we play like that . Tournament is 9 days away. Two Friendlies are left. If we don't show some improvement against Greece on Saturday I think we are in trouble.
    Modis,
    I Thinks, that Lithuania will play in Olympic Games If we will not play in EuroBasket final (and not receive direct ticket to Olympics) we still have 2 others options:
    1. To finish at Eurobasket in TOP7 places and by this way receive ticket o one additional Olympic qualifying tournament
    2. If Lithuania will finish at Eurobasket in place below than 7th - we can tray to win rights to host one of three additional Olympic tournament in our country, and then we will qualify to this tournament as a hosts Yes, it will cost more than 2 mln. €, but i think that Lithuanian Basketball Federation will find sponsors for that, IF NOT, it would be first time, when Lithuania will not play at Olympics...........

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    The last friendly. I hope at least this ends better then Croatia or Turkey.
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    Now that three games have been played, is there any player you fellows think should not have been cut from the final roster? Who would you have let go in his place?

    I think Team Lietuva so far this tournament could have used the icy cold-blooded shooting that Adas Juškevičius showed last summer. Meanwhile Coach Kazlauskas has so far used only two centers in any game. And neither have Artūras Milaknis nor Deividas Gailius been used much at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hepcat View Post
    Now that three games have been played, is there any player you fellows think should not have been cut from the final roster? Who would you have let go in his place?

    I think Team Lietuva so far this tournament could have used the icy cold-blooded shooting that Adas Juškevičius showed last summer. Meanwhile Coach Kazlauskas has so far used only two centers in any game. And neither have Artūras Milaknis nor Deividas Gailius been used much at all.

    No one


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hepcat View Post
    Now that three games have been played, is there any player you fellows think should not have been cut from the final roster? Who would you have let go in his place?

    I think Team Lietuva so far this tournament could have used the icy cold-blooded shooting that Adas Juškevičius showed last summer. Meanwhile Coach Kazlauskas has so far used only two centers in any game. And neither have Artūras Milaknis nor Deividas Gailius been used much at all.

    yeh Juskevicius should have been selected overall, plus 2014 WC experience. I don't get it . Lekavicius is a great defender, but his shooting stats are not great so far. Apart from that this is the best team that we could have put together this year with so many missing. Still to early to judge players I think anyways..
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