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  Sunday, April 17, 2005

Tiago & Fran: These Int'l Bigs are for Real
By Luis Fernández

As href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> personal href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> them, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> certifying href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> momentum href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> share.

Their href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> situations. href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> sweet href=/profile//> hangover href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague's href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four, href=/profile//> rolling href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> rivals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> since, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> moment href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far. href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> equally href=/profile//> hot, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> fourteen, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> suffering href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> franchise href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> Jorge href=/profile//> Garbajosa, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Zan href=/profile//> Tabak.

With href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> credentials, href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> appropriate href=/profile//> victim href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> C.B.Granada, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> spoil href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> opportunity. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Ivanovic href=/profile//> placing href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> facing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> frontcourt href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Granada's href=/profile//> (Splitter href=/profile//> feels href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> shorter href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> magnificent href=/profile//> performance. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> dominate href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> dropping href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (8/11 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field; href=/profile//> using href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> typical href=/profile//> weapons, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> & href=/profile//> roll, href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> post-up href=/profile//> game), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> smart href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> teaming href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Luis href=/profile//> Scola, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> benefited href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Tiago's href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> passes href=/profile//> (he href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists). href=/profile//>

Furthermore, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> always, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> intensity href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> positioning href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> individual href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> mode, href=/profile//> materializing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> statistically href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> block. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.

It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> blowout href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> waiting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Badalona, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> homecourt href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> task href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Malaga, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> Garbajosa href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tabak. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> weekend, href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> emerged href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> reference href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> frontcourt, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> go-to href=/profile//> way. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> benefited href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> movement href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (easy href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> athleticism) href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> important, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> ever-improving href=/profile//> mid-range href=/profile//> shot. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 18-20 href=/profile//> feet href=/profile//> jumpers href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> astonishing href=/profile//> ease, href=/profile//> accomplishing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> ridiculously href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> accuracy. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> knocked href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> six, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> missed href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> attempts. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> glass, href=/profile//> amassing href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> captures, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> ok. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Vázquez's href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> showcase href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> skills.

His href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> joining href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> status href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> virtual href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> lock href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> draft. href=/profile//> Both href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> risk, href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> reward href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> neither href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> superstardom href=/profile//> potential. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> displaying href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> equation href=/profile//> heading href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> June's href=/profile//> draft.

 
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