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    Hmm.... Nigeria looks capable of a major upset

    The Nigerian coach Otis Hughley is American. Strangely, there's almost no information about him online, but he coached Chinese Taipei women's NT back in 2015. That year they did pretty well, not record-wise, but really challenged Japan in the semi (I think they only lost by a few points, while Japan beat China by 35 or something in the final.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Hmm.... Nigeria looks capable of a major upset
    Nigeria only scored 17 in the second half. Stewart and Griner too tall/long-armed and overall US just too good on the boards.

    China vs. Australia next. China lost by 30 in a tuneup game earlier this month (54-84) so expectations are low, but China has been playing well. Nobody expects Li Yueru and Han Xu to stop Cambage (I suspect Li Yueru will foul out in 3 quarters), but if they play aggressively on offense, China's perimeter players will be able to make things closer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Nigeria only scored 17 in the second half. Stewart and Griner too tall/long-armed and overall US just too good on the boards.
    It's the same problem teams face with the Men's USA, you can't try to out 'athletic' the US, they can play that game too and more often than not they're going to dominate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dtown View Post
    It's the same problem teams face with the Men's USA, you can't try to out 'athletic' the US, they can play that game too and more often than not they're going to dominate.
    US has the most talent no doubt, but the offense is not very convincing. Australia just dismantled China from start to finish. Having watched both games (and the China-US game), I believe Australia will beat U.S. in the final, probably even convincingly.
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    Hopefully the US got their bad offensive game out of the way today because they would have been in real trouble against a team that could score. Worst offensive showing against a non-Russia opponent in many years. Got very little from the guards once again, even less than usual since Taurasi had a poor game.
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    Is there a reason why Sue Bird is still playing? Is it really difficult to find a replacement for her or she’s simply still very good at 37 years of age?
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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    Is there a reason why Sue Bird is still playing? Is it really difficult to find a replacement for her or she’s simply still very good at 37 years of age?
    She just had an excellent WNBA season and her team won the championship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    Is there a reason why Sue Bird is still playing? Is it really difficult to find a replacement for her or she’s simply still very good at 37 years of age?
    She still has good passing abilities and (obviously) leadership. Not easy to replace but younger valuable guards are missing here (Diggins-Smith, C. Gray). Transition from old to new looks a major issue for backcourt, imo.

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    What a foruth quater for Spanish team. Ammazing defense over Canada. Only 3 points in the last quater. Spain is not the more beatifull to see, but WHAT A DEFENSE.

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    Down by 13 at half, China outscored Canada 42-23 in the second half for a hard-fought victory. Switching to zone made all the difference.

    It further confirms Australia's dominance. Spain didn't really beat Canada until the last quarter while China looked like 3rd graders against Australia (for at least 37 of the 40 minutes).
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    US looking incredibly vulnerable. Belgium regardless of the result should be immensely pleased with their world cup debut.

    The US depth takes over again, taking a close game at halftime and once again turning it into a blowout.
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    Since 1994 at wc the semifinal loss vs Brazil, 24 years at olympics and worlds, how many games the USA played how many games within a 10 points margin? It is one the most unbelievable records in sports ever.

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    US gonna need to get off to a good start for once in the final.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoopscoop View Post
    Since 1994 at wc the semifinal loss vs Brazil, 24 years at olympics and worlds, how many games the USA played how many games within a 10 points margin? It is one the most unbelievable records in sports ever.
    1998 WC final: USA 71-65 Russia
    2002 WC final: USA 79-74 Russia
    2004 Oly semi: USA 66-62 Russia
    2006 WC group: USA 90-80 Russia
    2006 WC semi: USA 68-75 Russia
    2010 WC group: USA 83-75 Australia

    The 2010 game against Australia wasn't really as close as the final score indicates, but the 2012 semi against Australia (which the US won by 13) was a tough game, so it balances out.
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    Hmmm... a lot of questionable calls

    Spain playing excellent defense nonetheless
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    Awesome game! Respect to Spain, super physical defense exposed Australia, limited Australian shooters and forced turnovers many of which they converted. But too many fouls also undermined them in the end.

    Prima donna Cambage again showing her immaturity, which is unbelievable considering she is already 27. A couple of Shatin' a fool plays in the 4th, followed by a couple of Shaq moves. Gotta love it. This will be a good final.
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    Do you, guys, think Australia stands a chance vs USA? Missed lot of action of this World Cup, but looking at stats, the way some game goes is really hard to draw right conclusions. USA struggles in some qtrs, but then suddenly has one amazing one and decides the game in it, strange


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    IMO Australia has the best chance they've ever had of beating the US. Not necessarily the strongest Australian team ever, but the weakest US team since 2006.
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    2006 is not an example of a „weak“ US side. Basically this US selection was clearly the best team in the tournament, but you have to lose 1 game of 100 over 24 years. Playing against Russia and Australia 10 times they win max 1 game. USA 2006 was absolutely dominating and not tested til the semifinal. Here falling back 14 points in the first 8 Minuten You lost Your cool and began pressing. Complicating matters were the defections of dominating inside players Leslie and Griffith, the back spasms of Swoopes, very short preparation time, the arrival of the last players on opening day of tournament and the most important one, the best players were the least experienced, Taurasi, Bird and Parker. But even with all this shadows team USA 2006 was a great one, absolutely in line with all the superb selections since 2004 til 2016. You could also make an argument that the bronze medal team 1992 was more talented than the 1996 edition.

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    So far the USA has neutralized Cambage and that basically sums it up.

    Also like every game in the knock out stage, the 3rd quarter absolutely belongs to the US.
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