Video: Spain vs. France EuroBasket Final; was Fernandez’ foul on Parker a dirty play?

In case you missed it, here is a video clip of the France vs. Spain 2011 EuroBasket Championship game. Enjoy!


San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker led France with 26 points but it wasn’t enough to dethrone the defending champion Spain and Pau Gasol.

Juan Carlos Navarro was named MVP of the tournament scoring a game-high 27 points in Spain’s 98-85 victory to clinch the EuroBasket crown.

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Spain defeats Parker, France for EuroBasket title

After helping France gain a spot at the 2012 London Olympics, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker knew that there is still a job to be done.

Tony Parker's 26-point effort weren't enough to lead France to a EuroBasket crown against defending champion Spain. (Photo via FIBA.com)

Win the 2011 EuroBasket title.

Against a tough opponent in defending champion Spain, Parker did his best scoring 26 points for France but got little help and could not bring his team its first continental title.

With both teams trading baskets in the opening quarter, Oklahoma City Thurder’s Serge Ibaka had five blocks in the second quarter helping Spain to build a 10-point lead and keep the French nationals at bay.

Rudy Fernandez of the Dallas Mavericks earned himself the wrath of the French nation, when he yanked Parker in mid-air as the French superstar was going for a layup.

Fernandez earned an unsportsmanlike foul leaving Parker lying momentarily motionless on the court. But to the relief of everyone (especially Spurs fans!) Parker got back to his feet, hitting the two subsequent free throws to put his team on a 7-0 run and bring France within, 46-41 late in the second quarter.

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Spurs’ Lorbek led Slovenia to a 7th place finish at EuroBasket

Lorbek and Slovenia finished 7th at the 2011 EuroBasket.

San Antonio Spurs affiliate Erazem Lorbek and the Slovenian national team maybe out of their bid in 2012 London Olympics, but that doesn’t mean they would conclude the  2011 EuroBasket with their heads bow down.

Playing against Serbia for the 7th and 8th spots in the tournament, the Slovenians made sure they’d finish with grace.

Slovenia started the game strong, leading 27-20 after the first quarter and held a 44-39 advantage over Serbia at the half.

In the third quarter, the Slovenians poured it on, outscoring Serbia 20-12 in the period to stretch their lead to 13 points going into the fourth quarter.

However, Serbia made a furious rally in the final period holding Slovenia to just eight points in the quarter while scoring 17 points on their own end, but it came up short as Slovenia held on for a 72-68 victory, and finished the EuroBasket at 7th place.

Houston Rockets’ Goran Dragic led Slovenia with 21 points, while Lorbek finished with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes of action.

Kosta Perovic had 13 points and five rebounds for Serbia in a losing effort.

Spurs’ Parker gets a chance to put stamp on legacy

As France meets defending champion Spain for the 2011 EuroBasket title match on Sunday, aolsportingnews.com provided a feel good story about San Antonio Spurs guard and French superstar Tony Parker.

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is the unquestioned leader of the French national team. If he leads them to a EuroBasket crown, it will put a stamp on his legacy.

There will be familiar names up and down the rosters of the French and Spanish national teams — Pau and Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Rudy Fernandez, Boris Diaw, Joakim Noah, Nicolas Batum.

But other than seeing those guys in action, this will be a game worth watching, because it will tell us a lot about the guy who has come to define French basketball in the last decade, for better or for worse: Tony Parker.

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Manu intends to retire with the Spurs, but near future maybe with Virtus Bologna

In a recent interview with canchallena.com, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili  says that he has at least two or three years more as a basketball player and stressed that his intention is to finish his career with the Spurs.

Manu Ginobili expressed his intentions to retire with the San Antonio Spurs.

“I do not have much left, I am 34 years old. I have two or three years, I will take some time to analyze things and then decide on what to do,” Ginobili said.

Manu continued:

“I have two years left on my contract with San Antonio and my intention is not to play in another team and to retire as a Spur.”

Ginobili as talked about playing in the 2012 London 2012 Olympics.

“At the time I renewed my contract (with San Antonio) it was completely clear that  in 2011 and 2012, I was going to play for Argentina, no question. They tried to convince me, but the Olympic game is non-negotiable ” said Ginobili.

Beyond the Olympics,  Ginobili is aware that the NBA lockout will force him to make a decision about his immediate future, which may include Virtus Bologna of Italy.

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Parker, France defeats Russia; earned Olympic spot and advances to EuroBasket Finals

With an Olympic berth on the line, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Team France showed that with talent, perseverance and hard work it can be done.

Facing the only unbeaten team in the 2011 EuroBasket, the French had the daunting task to hand the Russians their first loss in the tournament in order to earn a spot in next year’s London Olympics.

Tony Parker and Team France gained an Olympic berth on Friday by beating Russia 79-71. (Photo via ESPN)

With the help of the Parker and Portland Trail Blazers’ swingman Nicolas Batum they did.

France won the opening quarter 17-16 and then extended their lead over Russia at halftime, 39-34.

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Spurs’ Parker focused on helping France gain an outright Olympic berth

After defeating Greece in the EuroBasket quarterfinals, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Team France are one victory away from achieving an Olympic berth to the 2012 London Games.

Tony Parker has his sights on the Olympics. (Photo via ESPN)

For Parker it is one of his remaining ambitions, the French starting point guard is focused on helping France defeat Russia on Friday to reach the championship game of 2011 EuroBasket and secure his first trip to the Olympics.

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Parker, France advances to EuroBasket semis; Lorbek and Slovenia falls to Lithuania

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as France rallied to beat Greece 64-56 Thursday and set up a semifinal match against Russia at the 2011 EuroBasket Championship.

Tony Parker leads France into the EuroBasket semifinals.

France started the game slow, scoring just 14 points in the opening quarter and found themselves trailing Greece, 27-31 after the first half of play.

The slow pace and low scoring trend continued in the third quarter as the Greeks held on to a 43-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.

However, Parker scored four straight points to cap an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter to give France a five-point lead and never looked back.

Ioannis Bourousis kept Greece in the game until Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers made two straight baskets with a block in between to give France a six-point lead with a little more than a minute to go.

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Spain too much for Lorbek and Slovenia at EuroBasket quarterfinal match

With a seat to the 2011 EuroBasket semifinals on the line, San Antonio Spurs affiliate Erazem Lorbek and the Slovenian national team gave Pau Gasol and Spain all they can handle at least for one quarter.

Lorbeka and Slovenia will play Lithuania for a chance to place in the Top six at the 2011 EuroBasket.

Entering the game as the heavy underdogs, but playing with a nothing to lose attitude, Slovenia outscored the Spaniards in the opening period 23-16 and appeared to give the defending champions a run for their money.

However, Spain quickly responded in the second quarter, limiting Slovenia to only eight points in the period and held a 35-31 lead at halftime.

Spain took the lead for good when Felipe Reyes made it 30-28 on a three-point play with 1:36 left in the second quarter.

In the second half, Spain put the game away.

The Spaniards poured in 36 points in the third quarter alone while holding Slovenia to just 14 points to build a 71-45 lead heading into the final quarter.

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Should the Spurs consider bringing in De Colo when the lockout is settled?

France national team head coach Vincent Collet has been relying a lot on San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker to run their offense and lead the French offensive attack.

Spurs' draftee Nando De Colo could be a good addition to San Antonio's backcourt rotation.

In their last game prior to the 2011 EuroBasket quarter final round, Collet chose to sit Parker to give his French superstar some much needed rest.

In a recent interview with FIBA, the coach was asked what move will he do in case something happens to Parker (fingers crossed) in the tournament.

He replied:

“So far I have been going to Nando De Colo to replace Tony because he has been doing a good job and I think he is playing better now that he has had some minutes at the point guard position because he likes to run the ball so the position suits him.”

Those are encouraging words for De Colo and should give him more confidence when he plays on the court.

In eight games at Eurobasket, the Spurs draftee is averaging 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field in 16 minutes per game. On top of that he is also a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Not eye-popping numbers, but its pretty solid considering his primary role is to play backup to Parker.

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